Ithaafushi – The Private Island is one of the Maldives most luxurious hotels – here’s why

Jan 31, 2021

The largest of its kind, find out why this Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi private island is an extravagance worth every penny  

Those who have been to the Maldives before, know the drill. White sand beaches, gradient ocean views, and luxurious accommodation are archetypal of an atoll stay. However, rewriting the paradisiacal Indian Ocean narrative for a select few comes, Ithaafushi – The Private Island. Promising a unique Maldivian experience, here are five reasons this Waldorf Astoria property is a cut above.

It offers a bespoke service

Aerial view of Haali at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. Credit │ Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi private island

Sleeping just 24 guests on the entire island (which is set away from the main resort) in three villas, the concierge team are able to wait, near enough hand and foot, on the lucky few that shack up here. Offering unparalleled levels of bespoke luxury, almost every experience is customisable. At the heart of the island, is Haali, meaning ‘The Nest’ in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, where guests can curate their own experience, from an evening cinema showing under the stars, to a celebratory meal that’s served in style.

Wellness is personalised

Yoga on an overwater deck at Waldorf Maldives Ithaafushi
The yoga pavilion sits on the Indian Ocean at Waldorf Maldives Ithaafushi. Credit │ Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi private island

Drawing inspiration from its serene surrounds, the island aims to rejuvenate – naturally. Housing the Maldives’ first Wellness Concierge service, personalised treatments seek to relax and rebalance. Each month the island will host industry-leading practitioners in disciplines such as Ayurvedic energy treatments and reflexology. If boosting your metabolism is high on your atoll agenda, wellness programmes and private exercise classes mean guests will leave feeling revitalised.

The accommodation is second to none

Beautiful pool and garden overlooking the beach in the Maldives
Three-bedroom Beach Villa Garden at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. Credit │ Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi private island

The largest of its kind in the Maldives, the island can host just three groups, or be rented in its entirety. The two-bedroom overwater villa has two spacious master bedrooms, double dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor rain showers, living room, infinity pool, and Jacuzzi. While the, larger three-bedroom villa stands alone in the midst of the green gardens, boasting two palm tree-shaded swimming pools. While the largest of the villas, a four-bedroom residence, contains two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, Jacuzzies, and a living area – all with direct access to the beach.

World-Class dining

Interiors of Haali at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
The relaxing interiors of Haali at Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. Credit │ Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi private island

There are over 10 speciality eateries atop the isle, each crafted by chefs of the highest ilk. The Ledge helmed by Dave Pynt (the brains behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends) puts a delicious twist on Australian barbecue. Elevating dinner to the next level is fine-dining restaurant Terra, where guests can dine in bamboo pods overlooking the canopies of trees and azure waters below. Indian Ocean facing, Yasmeen takes guests on a gastronomical journey around Arabia.

An array of watersports

A couple snorkelling in the reefs of Ithaafushi private island
Snorkel among the crystal clear waters of Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. Credit │ Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi private island

Inviting guests to take advantage of the turquoise waters – that they can proudly call their own during a stay here – Ithaafushi has a comprehensive range of water-based activities. From soaring high above the waters while parasailing, to diving into the dark depths to explore shipwrecks perched on the ocean bed. Unique fishing experiences, surfing, and snorkeling excursions can be arranged in total privacy.

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