By Adina Marcut
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, a Hilton brand, has signed a management agreement with Ithaafushi Investments Pvt. to open Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, a 138-key hotel scheduled for completion in early 2019.
The opening of the five-star property will mark the first ground-up project for the Waldorf Astoria brand and Hilton’s second in the Maldives overall. Last year, Hilton announced plans to develop a Waldorf Astoria in San Francisco, slated to open in 2020 or 2021.
Villas over water
Located on the South Make Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will be a 20-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport and about 20 minutes away from the Maldivian capital of Male. The resort will feature 138 villas on the beach and over water, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and a four-bedroom presidential suite. Each villa will be equipped with a private outdoor pool, jacuzzi and a lounge deck area.
The hotel will feature an approximately 22,000-square-foot spa which will include:
- indoor and outdoor facilities
- an extensive outdoor bathing circuit
- two single-treatment rooms
- four double-treatment rooms
- a VIP spa suite
- a Hamman suite
- four resting pavilions
- a vitality pool
- a beauty salon
- an outdoor and indoor mind and body studio
Other common-area amenities will include a fitness center, aqua spinning classes and an over-water yoga platform. The resort is run by Dubai-based JA Hotels and Resorts as JA Manafaru.
“Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts continues to deliver on its mission to be the world’s fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brand, expanding its global footprint with landmark signings in iconic destinations,” said John Vanderslice, global head of Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle brands, in a statement.
“Waldorf Astoria Maldives will set a new standard for Maldivian luxury, offering global travelers first-class accommodations in a unique and inspirational environment where they can experience our bespoke True Waldorf Service, while enjoying an unforgettable getaway in the Indian Ocean.”
Images courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts