Contemporary-cool décor and design at every turn themed spaces and entirely individual restaurants are all there to be enjoyed at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, a private Indian Ocean island resort that more than lives up to its impeccable good looks.
The style-conscious will certainly be happy at this resort, whether dining in a treetop bamboo bubble at the magical Terra restaurant or unwinding in the modern Maldivian elegance of your pool villa; every space has been wonderfully well thought through at Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. That said, the emerald seas and soft sands which surround the entire resort are almost always in sight, and still the main draw, of course.
There’s also a real sense of romance around the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, with a good amount of space between each five-star villa and twelve separate eating and drinking venues to cosy up in, as well as a luscious sea-facing spa, several pools (with complimentary cabana service), gardens and multiple private beaches too. And, if you are travelling to the Maldives as a family, you’re in equally good hands here, as the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi provides both babysitting services and their Young Discovery Park, which will happily keep kids going throughout the day.
Finally, between Michelin-star meals, spa treatments, cocktails by the pool and sunbathing atop your private deck there are then a handful of activities available at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. Using the well-equipped gym, complimentary bicycles, kayaks and underwater scooters, parasailing or journeying between islands by boat is about as strenuous as things get at this tranquil Indian Ocean escape, and it’s all the better for it.
All villas at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi come with a private pool and terrace, some being overwater options and others nestled right on the beach. Tall ceilings and walls of glass really help create a sense of space and light, though each is in fact already suitably large and every category enjoys a generous floorplan, no matter which you choose. The décor is a lovely blend of contemporary flurries meeting more traditional elements such as brass sink bowls and exposed beams, while in-room extras come in the form of 65-inch TVs and a sound system, indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, deep-soak bathtubs, a hammock and sun loungers, one king-size or two queen beds and all other essential mod-cons.
A truly novel space of private bamboo cocoons held up on stilts, perched among the treetops and with views to match, Terra is a special restaurant and the fine-dining food is as impressive as the architecture!
Cosy Yasmeen has been decorated and adorned to feel like a traditional Arabian village abode, and it works wonderfully well. Think terracotta tiles, exposed wooden beams and mezze-style Middle Eastern dishes cooked over coals.
Contemporary Chinese cuisine, traditional teas and sake can be savoured at the lovely Li Long restaurant.
You’ll find a real mix of dishes at the beachfront Tasting Table, from delicate pastas to Asian-inspired curries and seafood, best enjoyed out on the terrace with accompanying sea views, of course.
An artisan Asian affair, everything is made to order at Tangled and there is a hand-picked beer or sake to match whatever you order!
An intimate, uniquely styled restaurant housed in the resort’s cave-like wine cellar – great for private dining.
Michelin-star Australian BBQ cuisine comes to The Ledge, a Dave Pynt poolside restaurant that’s not to be missed while here.
All things wellness and homegrown produce are on offer at Glow, courtesy of the island’s own organic gardens. The menus here are sustainably sourced, nutritionally balanced and simply delicious.
For something a little more laidback, head to Peacock Alley where tapas, live music, cocktails and sea views are the order of the day.
The resort’s champagne bar, Amber, is perfectly placed for showstopping sunsets from its outdoor terrace; heavenly.
A hip and happening spot to indulge in a few cocktails, live music and lighter bites, Nava is the Waldorf Astoria’s pool and beach club.
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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi benefits from a beautiful, calm lagoon on its shores which is protected by both the island and resort villas, making it great for sea kayaking and snorkelling, though you can also parasail or explore beneath the waves with an exciting underwater scooter. Bicycles are also available for rent here at the Waldorf Ithaafushi, as well as boat trips around the islands or, why not simply kick back on a lounger to the beat of live DJ music for an easy afternoon in paradise?
As you’d expect, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi doesn’t leave anything to chance when it comes to onsite facilities and comforts, particularly around its heavenly spa, stylish boutique and beauty salon, relaxation areas and multiple swimming pools. Babysitters can be arranged for little ones, while older children have the Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park to keep them entertained, leaving adults to unwind in the spa, hit the gym, or enjoy a glass of champagne on their poolside cabana.
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