First Look: Ithaafushi, the Maldives’ largest and most exclusive private island
When the airport opens for hassle-free international travel again, this destination ranks extremely high on our must-visit list.
The Waldorf Astoria has announced the opening of Ithaafushi Private Island. It’s set to become the largest Maldivian private island. The property spans 32,000 square-meters, right at the heart of the Indian Ocean. It promises to be the ultimate escape with unparalleled levels of privacy and personalised service befitting the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts brand.
[All images courtesy of Ithaafushi Private Island]
Ultimate Privacy on Ithaafushi Private Island
There are two ways you could reach Ithaafushi. The resort offers a 40-minute ride on one of its six luxury Princess yachts, or via a 15-minute seaplane flight. The private island only accommodates 24 guests across its sprawling estate, which houses two elegant villas and one sweeping four-bedroom residence.
A two-bedroom overwater villa is perfect for those who wish for an ocean experience and comes with double dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor rain showers, a shared living room and an infinity pool and jacuzzi.
For those who wish to reside on land, there is the three-bedroom beach villa, hidden amongst lush gardens and coconut palm canopies for the utmost privacy, and comes with its own private beach access and two swimming pools.
For larger groups, there is the four-bedroom residence, with two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, jacuzzis and an expansive common living room, all with direct access to the beach.
Fine Dining at Every Turn
You might be surrounded by sea on a remote private island, but when it comes to dining, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The private island’s culinary team offers bespoke menus for any occasion you desire. You could choose to enjoy your meals in the villa, or at the estate’s common living room, Haali.
Guests can also dine back on the main island, which features 10 other speciality dining venues such as The Ledge and Terra. The restaurants are all created by Dave Pynt, the mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant. The Terra offers a unique dining experience. Guests dine in private hand-crafted bamboo dining pods located on the main island’s highest point, surrounded by spectacular views.
There’s plentiful to do on Ithaafushi, no matter what your preferences are. Wellness seekers can head to the dedicated Wellness Concierge in the overwater spa. There’s also a meditation and yoga pavilion with magnificent ocean views. The Young Discovery Park, where the water recreation area and various activities will capture the minds of young guests.
Health and Safety
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi operates with industry-leading standards of cleanliness and disinfection under the Hilton CleanStay programme. The programme adheres to the Maldivian health and safety guidelines. You could learn more about the Hilton CleanStay programme here.
This article first appeared on Prestige Hong Kong.