Jun 9, 2022
IMAGINE LANDING IN Velena International Airport, then taking a scenic 45-minute yacht journey to one of the most sought-after locations in the entire Maldivian archipelago. Surrounded by vivid aquamarine waters, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resides on three interconnected white-sand islands that appear plucked from a postcard. Whether you opt for a Beach, Reef, or Overwater villa, you’ll enjoy next-level bespoke service set against the dazzling backdrop of the Indian Ocean.
Guests often spend their days here basking in the sunshine in their private one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, each of which come equipped with private infinity pools, in-water lounges, dining gazebos for in-villa gourmet experiences, and abundant indoor and outdoor space.
For anyone looking for an even more secluded holiday, the Ithaafushi – The Private Island by Waldorf Astoria cannot be beaten. This 32,000-square-meter private island has ample space for up to 24 guests in a two-bedroom overwater villa, three-bedroom beach villa, and four-bedroom residence. Did we mention it also has five swimming pools, its own entertainment club house, a spa, and a whole fleet of dedicated concierges and private chefs?
When it comes to romance, this resort pulls out all the stops with the two Stella Maris Ocean Villages. With names derived from the Latin phrase for the “Star of the Seas” that once guided sailors safely to their destinations, these villas feature stunning Art Deco decor that echoes the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York. The high ceilings and phenomenal scenery mean you and your beloved may never want to leave.
Should the urge to explore move you, the resort provides complimentary bicycles for a leisurely ride through the islands. There’s also a wide range of activities for thrill-seekers, from watersports to swimming with local marine life. Little ones will love the waterslides in the Stars Club, while their teenage siblings will enjoy the curated experiences at Club Nova. And with a whopping 11 dining experiences, including Terra, an eatery situated in bamboo pods suspended in the trees, and Zuma, a world-famous Japanese izakaya serving exceptional sushi, you’ll never run out of exquisite culinary options.
The Maldives is a paradise for wellness-lovers and the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi certainly does not disappoint. Aqua Wellness Centre, the most advanced hydrotherapy pool in the archipelago, uses a jet bath, shower jets, air jets, and a massage lounge to absolutely melt away tension and boost immunity. The expertly trained massage therapists at the wellness sanctuary excel at crafting a truly personal healing journey.
When it comes to bucket-list-worthy island getaways, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi ranks high on our list. The impeccable blend of gracious hospitality, superlative amenities, and some of the most beautiful surroundings imaginable guarantee a most memorable trip.
All photos courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.