Waldorf Astoria introduces True Waldorf Service to the Maldives with its first iconic resort in the Indian Ocean.
Spread across three private islands on the South Malé Atoll, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi provides a tranquil respite for discerning guests of all ages.
Perfect for thrill-seeking families and couples seeking a relaxing escape, the resort’s 122 beach, reef and overwater villas serve as a private enclave with unforgettable views, while 11 world-class restaurants offer immersive dining experiences.
Even getting there is a memorable experience via the resort’s private yacht that’s just 30 minutes from Malé International Airport.
Now accepting reservations, here are five reasons to book your next vacation with Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives.
1. Exclusive Enclaves
Each luxuriously appointed villa opens onto either a white sand beach or an expansive deck. Each features a private infinity pool with uninterrupted ocean views, a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower, allowing guests to bask in the island’s natural beauty in the privacy of their own villa.
Accessible only by boat, two Stella Maris Ocean Villas boast floor-to-ceiling windows, providing unmatched views of the sunlit paradise by day and the clear Maldivian sky by night.
2. Celebrated Culinary Journeys
Whether you’re seeking a sandbank dinner, romantic sunset dinner cruise, or lounge to take in the breathtaking views, guests can enjoy a wide range of culinary experiences at the resort’s 11 exceptional restaurants.
Indulge on Alba White Truffle and Miyazake Wagyu Beef in one of seven bamboo nests at Terra, located on the island’s highest point.
Savor mezzes and hot Saj bread baked in traditional ovens in an Arabian village setting at Yasmeen; signature Peking duck roasted in the Maldives’ first classic wood-fired oven at Li Long; while island-to-table fare is offered at Glow, tucked in a greenhouse-style structure shaded by lush greenery.
The Maldives’ only hand-pulled noodles and freshly prepared dim sum are served at Tangled, and meals are paired with the world’s finest wines at The Rock, a rustic cellar nestled among boulders, with a menu that pays homage to the world’s most renowned wine regions.
3. World-Class Chef
Famous for his Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends, in Singapore, Dave Pynt lends his expertise to the Australian barbeque grill restaurant, The Ledge.
The poolside restaurant features Pynt’s custom-designed, four-ton, dual-cavity oven and elevation grills, enabling smoking, slow roasting, baking and grilling.
Bringing culinary theatre to the Maldives, The Ledge allows guests to view the preparation of their dish, including favorites such as the Dry Aged OP Rib, a 45-day dry-aged beef rib, and the signature Lobster Roll, a brioche bun stuffed with freshly grilled lobster and lobster aioli.
4. Unforgettable Experiences
The calming ambience of Waldorf Astoria Spa lures guests to enjoy invigorating treatments—all from the tranquility of an overwater or garden villa.
Nearby, soft white sand beaches provide the perfect backdrop to spend a day in the sun, while the 40-meter Mirror Pool is an ideal place to cool down.
In the Ocean Pavilion, guests can hit the weights in the fitness center, or join energizing wellness activities.
For adventure-seekers, the water sport and PADI dive center features plenty of thrilling watersport action, and for younger guests and their families, Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park and Lagoon Pool provides exciting opportunities to play and explore.
5. Private Island Paradise
For those seeking a secluded retreat, Ithaafushi Private Island features a dedicated staff and luxury amenities. Accessible only by yacht, the 32,000-square-meter sanctuary boasts a four-bedroom suite, three-bedroom beach villa and two-bedroom overwater villas.
The private island comes complete with its own chef and personal concierge team, plus an overwater spa and gym, five swimming pools, an entertainment center and, of course, pristine white sand beaches.
To discover your own island getaway, escape to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.