Featured image: It’s a pearler. Photo: Ithaafushi – The Private Island
Okay, so you had us at ‘Maldives’. Throw in the prestigious Waldorf Astoria name and a heavenly private island, and we cannot look away.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi (already on our bucket-list) has just unveiled its crown jewel, Ithaafushi – The Private Island, an exclusive estate spanning 32,000 sqm. True to its name (Ithaafushi means ‘pearl island’ in the local language, Dhivehi), the island is an absolute gem, lush with tropical greenery and encircled by silken-white sands. It’s just 15 minutes by seaplane from the capital Malé — although we love the idea of an ocean-going arrival aboard one of six Ithaafushi Princess yachts (around 40 minutes).
This idyllic, intimate sanctuary accommodates up to 24 guests across an elegant four-bedroom residence, two-bedroom oceanfront villa, and a couple-perfect overwater villa with private infinity pool and jacuzzi. Definitely our pick! With expansive indoor/outdoor spaces and natural materials throughout, the feel is modern barefoot-luxe with a nod to local traditions. There are bicycles and island buggies for exploring, swimming pools for lolling, palm hammocks for cosy respite, and even sea swings for fun.
Special request? The island’s Personal Concierges have you covered, be it a sunset dinner on a sandbank or a tropical cocktail at 2am. R&R on the menu? See the Wellness Concierge at the sublime overwater spa for a customised therapy then slip away to the yoga/meditation pavilion for a little peaceful reflection. And if you’re looking for adventure, a raft of overwater and undersea delights includes water sports, snorkelling and diving safaris, and luxury yacht charters.
Naturally there’s a gifted team of chefs on hand too, with exquisite bespoke dining offered in villa or in the island’s entertainment clubhouse/lounge. And if you tire of this private paradise (unlikely), you can always pop over to the main island and resort where ten speciality dining venues await.
“We are committed to making Ithaafushi – The Private Island a highly sought-after, world-class destination for the privileged few,” said Etienne Dalancon, General Manager of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
“Our dedicated team is devoted entirely to ensuring every moment is absolutely personalized, with exceptional service and unsurpassed attention to detail. We will pull out all the stops to ensure the most memorable stay for our guests, every single time.”
Couples will love: the ultimate Maldives experience, designed for discerning couples or a special occasion family escape. We’re thinking destination wedding …
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