Sep 30, 2020
IF Robinson Crusoe DEVELOPED A TASTE for the finer things in life, he might have envisioned the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Situated a breezy 40-minute yacht ride from Velana International Airport, this island oasis represents the ultimate blend of seclusion and style. Here, amongst the pearl-white sands and cerulean waters, guests can indulge in rest and relaxation from the comfort of 119 private reef, overwater and beach villas. Each of these spacious abodes draws design inspiration from the local architectural styles of the Maldivian people. Thatched roofs, timber cladding, and custom furnishings embody the barefoot luxury ethos.
After closing earlier this year, the resort is now ready to welcome guests to unwind with the peace of mind afforded by state-of-the-art hygiene procedures and regulations. The array of once-in-a-lifetime adventures available here is dizzying. Guests can charter a seaplane to fly over garlands of islets, whale sharks and manta rays, or sip champagne on a sunset cruise. Although the night sky visibility is spectacular anywhere in the archipelago, for an exceptionally romantic evening, the resort will whisk guests to a remote sandbank to gaze up at the stars.
With 10 stellar dining venues, gourmands are spoiled for choice here. Whether you opt to savor Miyazaki Wagyu beef with shaved Alba white truffles from a bamboo nest in the treetops at Terra or charcoal-grilled meats and seafood with a Levant flair at Yasmeen, or crisp-skinned Peking duck in a setting inspired by Shanghainese royalty at Li Long, every meal here promises to be memorable. If you’re seeking something bespoke, the staff are delighted to make your culinary fantasies come true with private dining experiences on a sandbank, in a stunning bamboo pod, or the comfort of your villa.
While basking in the Maldivian sun is already soothing for the soul, those seeking further restorative tranquility may wish to book a spa journey at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, a healing sanctuary where expertly trained wellness practitioners use exclusively all-natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology. Treatments here draw on the ancient five-elemental theories of traditional Chinese medicine and are guaranteed to help revive your inner bliss.
Photos courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.