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Waldorf Astoria Launches The Exclusive Ithaafushi - The Private Island

Jan. 21st, 2021

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has offered guests the opportunity to escape to the unforgettable since July 2019, and just this week the luxury resort launched the exclusive Ithaafushi - The Private Island. Spanning just under eight acres in the heart of the Indian Ocean, it is the largest Maldivian private island and will offer the ultimate escape for the world’s most discerning travelers. Ithaafushi which in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language, is translated to mean ‘Pearl Island’, perfectly represents the isle’s beauty and distinction.

For guests seeking unparalleled levels of privacy, personalized service and well, an entire island for their personal use, Ithaafushi - The Private Island is the crown jewel of Hilton's Luxury Brands portfolio in the Asia Pacific. Along with unrivaled privacy and hospitality, it was, “designed for the most discerning of travelers,” said Nils-Arne Schroeder, vice president, Luxury & Lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “The Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the epitome of exclusivity, perfectly placed within one of the most inspirational destinations in the world where a dedicated team anticipates every need and delivers the brand’s elegant and effortless service at every turn.”

Ithaafushi – The Private Island Two Bedroom Overwater Villa Master Bedroom


Surrounded by never-ending tropical greenery and white sand, the island can accommodate 24 guests across two elegantly designed villas and one sweeping four-bedroom residence. Each accommodation provides guests with direct access to the beach set amongst lush gardens and coconut palm canopies, where endless space abounds. Examined and perfected to provide a true one-of-a-kind experience, guests are greeted by a sense of complete calm and relaxation upon arrival thanks to the properties' attention to design and staying true to the natural beauty of its surroundings. Every inch of the sprawling estate is meant to be discovered whether on foot, bicycle or on one of the island’s buggies.

With a nod to Maldivian charm mixed with a modern but not over-the-top design, it is just a 40-minute ride on one of the resort’s six luxury Ithaafushi Princess yachts or via a 15-minute seaplane flight to Malé. Guests at the island are also just a short five-minute speed boat ride away from the main island which can be arranged by the esteemed Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s Personal Concierge team.


The undisturbed paradise from its tranquil turquoise-blue waters to its pristine surrounding beach, provides the utmost discretion where ultimate luxury awaits. Furthermore, guests are ensured a memorable stay as on the island any desire can turn into reality and curated experiences are only limited by their guests’ boundaries of imagination. “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, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. “We will pull out all the stops to ensure the most memorable stay for our guests, every single time.”

Ithaafushi – The Private Island Three Bedroom Beach Villa Aerial View

Surrounded by the beautiful Indian Ocean and its sparkling waters, guests are invited to take part in a plethora of watersports, diving activities and yacht excursions during their stay. Furthermore, whether on one of the sea swings, under the palm hammocks, or sunken loungers next to one of the five luxurious pools, guests are transported from everyday life into nirvana. At the overwater spa, wellness concierges create customized therapies for each individual which will surely soothe the mind and body of each guest. Guests can also go to the meditation and yoga pavilion or their fully equipped gym to take part in an individualized training session with the calming open skies as their backdrop. For a more personalized and secluded adventure, guests can mosey over to a private sandbank to simply take in the astonishing surroundings, a personal yoga session or a beautiful sunset dinner.

Ithaafushi – The Private Island Four Bedroom Residence King Guest Room

In terms of dining, the culinary team takes guests on a diverse culinary journey in an array of extraordinary settings. From in-villa dining to special celebrations in the estate’s common living room, Haali (translated to mean ‘the nest’ in Dhivehi), guests are presented with bespoke menus and expertly crafted dishes. One of the unique dining experiences is actually located on the main island where Dave Pynt, the culinary mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant, presents The Ledge and Terra. From elevated Australian barbecue at The Ledge to enjoying the only private handcrafted bamboo dining pods in the Maldives at Terra, culinary innovation meets excellence at one of the 10 specialty dining venues.


While adhering to the Maldivian health and safety guidelines and the industry-leading standards of cleanliness and disinfection of the proprietary Hilton CleanStay program, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is open for guests to book their little slice of paradise.

The Private Island Two Bedroom Overwater Villa Master Bedroom

All Photos Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi 


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