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Reviewed 9 May 2022 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at this Paradise on Earth.
I loved every minute of it, staff of all functions were so attentive, professional and friendly.
My special thanks to Esmee, liyaaz, Naanu, Brian and I am sorry I forgot some names.......
This was without doubt the best beach holiday we've ever been.
Went for our 4th wedding anniversary and couldn't have asked for more .
The staff go above and beyond to make you feel welcomed and relaxed.
WA experience starts from airport itself when you are greeted from one of the WA staff who escort you to luxurious yachts (one of its kind).
& Unforgettable experience begins

I have never stayed somewhere where the staff are so good- they were honestly amazing from start to finish.

At last

The sea, the atmosphere and the tranquility of Waldorf Astoria ithaafushi cannot be described, it must be experienced .

Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Etienne Dalançon, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Yogeshwark,

Tropical greetings from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an escape for unforgettable experiences!

Thank you very much for choosing our resort as the destination to celebrate this special milestone in your life. We were so pleased to finally welcome you to paradise and grateful to you for taking the time to share your glowing experiences with us.

It is a delight to know that your stay at our resort was a memorable and satisfying one and that you were pleased with the resort as whole and the True Waldorf Service provided by the team.

Your comments were shared with the team especially with Esmee, Liyaaz, Naanu and Brian who were delighted that they created unforgettable memories for your holidays with us. Our team strives to ensure that each and every guests experiences the true sense of luxury in a safe and secure environment every day during their stay.

Thank you once again for your feedback and we shall look forward to welcoming you back to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to indulge in a paradise of endless luxury and bliss.

Kind regards,

Etienne Dalancon
General Manager

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Reviewed 8 May 2022

Truly exceptional experience for the whole family. The recognition for Hilton Honors elite members, the grand welcome on arrival, the specially curated experiences with Dining....list goes on and on.. Certainly delivered a well crafted experience for the entire family.

Room is top notch and special appreciation should go to house keeping team (forgot the name). Quality, variety and taste of food is awesome. Probably a little pricey, but it is expected in this type of resort.

Kids club is another place we have taken advantage of, the staff in the Kids club are truly awesome. They know how to entertain kids and have fun. Facilities in the Kids club are truly awesome.

Luxury Yacht experience is truly awesome. We lucked out both times as there are no other guests sharing the ride with us.

This is the only place, where Learning & development managers interacts with guests directly to understand the needs of guests, gather feedback so can be made it as a part of the training plan.

Special thanks for Chef Sowmya, Pallavi (Learning & Development), Zinger, Annes..

Date of stay: May 2022
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Thank KalyaniA27
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Etienne Dalançon, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear KalyaniA27,

Warm greetings from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an escape for unforgettable experiences!

Thank you very much for being a loyal Hilton Honors member and for choosing our resort as your holiday destination. We are grateful to you for taking the time to share your glowing experiences with us.

We are overjoyed to hear that your stay at our resort was thoroughly satisfying and that you were pleased with the resort as whole, the luxury transfer experience, the interior and exterior of the villa, the adventurous Kids Cub and the True Waldorf Service provided by the team.

Your heartfelt comments were shared with Chef Sowmya, Sheba , Zinger, Anees and the rest of the team who were thrilled to know that they have succeeded in making your stay more wonderful and memorable.

Thank you once again for sharing your wonderful feedback with us and we shall look forward to welcoming you back to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to indulge in the True Waldorf Service and experience many more moments of luxury in life.

Kind regards,



Etienne Dalancon
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Reviewed 5 May 2022

They say you can't go wrong in the Maldives and that statement applies to the Waldorf Astoria Maldives also. We have been going to the Maldives for the past 10 years, usually trying out a new place each time, but Waldorf Maldives is the only resort which we have returned to.

Pros:
- The villas are spacious, large, and well equipped with smart controls and modern amenities. All villas have a plunge pool and a very large breezy cabana for relaxing.
- This is a larger resort style with many activities, it's hard to get bored - From multiple dining outlets, tennis courts, pools, spa options, exercise pavillions, excursion options, it's one of the best equipped hotels in the Maldives. They also have an extensive master wine list, not common in the Maldives.
- The SPA massages are reasonable and very good - I recommend the Balinese style massage.
- The sea transfer is on a 50+ foot yacht, talk about making an entrance. So much more convienent than a sea plane and more comfortable than a speedboat.
- The service is impecabble. The resort staff is incredibly well trained, friendly, and you will feel welcome/pampered every step of the way.
- I really enjoyed getting around by bike to work off the calories.
- The best breakfast buffett, huge spread (St. Regis is comparable, ala carte better at W Maldives)

Cons:
- This is a large resort so does not have the exclusive feel as some other resorts (ie: Cocoa Island), but we we're still able to find a lot of secluded spots and privacy.
- House reef - while we saw some sea animals, you'll need to go out on a boat to see rich sea life. This is a man made island so will take a few years before house reef is richer.
- More mosquitos than other resorts we've been to, not sure why. Outlets provide spray upon request easily.
- Public beach - not the best sand due to man made island, more of a "party vibe", and lots of motorized sports dampen the ambiance. No other available beach spots unless you book a beach villa. Some of the smaller resorts we went to would have beach chairs (no service) at other spots available tot he public - hope Waldorf can add this.

Summary: I struggled to find the cons, because they were so minor vs the overall experience. The Waldorf Maldives is a fantasitc choice, the food is truly delicous and same pricing as other high end resorts. The conviencne of arrival and departure from Male will make this a return choice for us. The staff is truly amazing, special thanks below. You can't go wrong in the Maldives and you can't go wrong with Waldorf Astoria Maldives.

Special thanks: Hazuki, Adhikko, Sam, Andu, Inaash, Shehan, Chef Ming Hai, Tommy N., Sudi, Rubeen, Marco, Ahkmed, Brian D., Wahyumi, Thari, Sophia

Date of stay: May 2022
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Etienne Dalançon, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Moneytracy,

Warm greetings from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an escape for unforgettable experiences!

Thank you very much for choosing our resort as your holiday destination in the Maldives and for taking the time to share your experiences with us.

We are extremely delighted to know that your overall stay at our resort was an incredible one and that you were pleased with the resort as whole, from your arrival at the airport to the resort, the culinary offerings, the relaxing Balinese spa treatment and the True Waldorf Service provided by the team.

Your glowing comments were shared with each and every team member especially Hazuki, Adhikko, Sam, Andu, Inaash, Shehan, Chef Ming Hai, Tommy, Sudi, Rubeen, Marco, Ahmed, Brian D, Wahyumi, Thari and Sophia who were thrilled to be able to create unforgettable memories for you during your stay with us. Our team strives to ensure that each and every guest experiences the true sense of luxury in a safe and secure environment every day during their stay.

We take great note on your feedbacks on the water sports activities and the mosquito repellent options. Please rest assured that your feedback is of utmost importance to us. This will be discussed in details with the team for further improvements for our guests.

Thank you once again for your feedback. The team and I hope that you are keeping well and safe. We shall look forward to welcoming you back to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to indulge in a paradise of endless luxury and escape to the unforgettable yet again.

Kind regards,

Etienne Dalançon
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Reviewed 30 April 2022

very kind people in an outstanding hotel with great food und sensational experiences
aplace to stay even longer than one week, may be also a month would not be too long. Personal had to wear masks which is complete unneccessary and useless

Room tip: reef villa is a super combination, both sides (lagoon and sea) are fine
Date of stay: April 2022
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Thank O6063AValexanderb
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Etienne Dalançon, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear O6063AValexanderb,

Warm greetings from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an escape for unforgettable experiences!

Thank you very much for choosing our resort for your recent vacation in the Maldives and for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We are delighted to hear that your stay at our resort was thoroughly satisfying along with the True Waldorf service provided by the team. Our team strives to ensure that each and every guest experiences the true sense of luxury in a safe and secure environment every day during their stay

Thank you once again for your feedback. The team and I hope that you are keeping well and safe. We shall look forward to welcoming you back to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to indulge in a paradise of endless luxury and escape to the unforgettable yet again.

Kind regards,


Etienne Dalancon
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Reviewed 30 April 2022 via mobile

When it comes to a Maldivian getaway, you want 3 things: natural beauty, luxury, and experiences. Waldorf astoria ithaafushi has them all.

Right from Male airport, when they pick you up with their beautiful yacht, you know you will be showered with luxury. The ride itself is filled with natural beauty of multi color sea of Maldives.

Upon arrival, first thing you see is a beautiful white sand beach surrounded by turquoise, then the welcome ceremony begins. Your butler will take you for a tour to see how beautiful this enormous resort is before taking you to your villa.

Villa here is among the most spacious in maldives, every villa is guaranteed with breathtaking views and oversized outdoor space.

After you take it all in, with the natural beauty and luxury, experiences begin.

There are a ton of restaurants to choose from. From the beach, to an overwater mansion, to a treehouse, you need to stay here for a week to have all the dining experiences. We visited during Easter, had a wonderful Easter reception and party.

An Maldivian trip is incomplete if you don't see the amazing under ocean world. Waldorf offers some of the most unique under ocean experiences. I have stayed in many resorts in Maldives, this was the first time I got offered an experience to snorkel with dolphins. And it was an unforgettable experience.

The spa is also an experience not to miss.

Another important thing, photos you take here, need absolutely no touchups, no filters.

Overall, this is a must stay resort when you visit Maldives.

Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank 836luz
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Etienne Dalançon, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear836luz,

Warm greetings from Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an escape for unforgettable experiences!

Thank you very much for choosing our resort as your holiday destination in the Maldives and for taking the time to share your glowing experiences with us.

We are extremely delighted to know that your stay at our resort was an incredible one and that you were pleased with the resort as whole and the True Waldorf Service provided by the team.

Your glowing comments were shared with each and every team member who were thrilled to be able to create unforgettable memories for you during your stay with us. Our team strives to ensure that each and every guest experiences the true sense of luxury in a safe and secure environment every day during their stay.

Thank you once again for your feedback. The team and I hope that you are keeping well and safe. We shall look forward to welcoming you back to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to indulge in a paradise of endless luxury and escape to the unforgettable yet again.

Kind regards,

Etienne Dalançon
General Manager

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