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
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
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
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.
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
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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