Inside Waldorf Astoria’s private-island resort in the Maldives

Luxury now has a new home at Waldorf Astoria’s all-new private resort in the Maldives. Called the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi, the exclusive property spans a light of three islands and is a mere 30-minute yacht ride from the airport.

Built as the ultimate holiday destination, the plush resort is a foodie’s paradise with 11 distinctive dining venues to choose from. Guests can enjoy Middle Eastern flatbreads and mezzes at Yasmeen; delectable Chinese cuisine at Li Long; healthy feasts using the freshest ingredients from the property’s herb garden at Glow; or dine at a barbecue grill restaurant by Dave Pynt, of Michelin-starred Burt Ends fame.

Those craving a slightly more intimate experience can opt for the ultra-romantic Terra – a treetop concept where one can dine in a private den while experiencing incredible views of the ocean.

Apart from the gastronomic fare, the resort houses 122 luxurious villas, each being 2,500 square feet and accommodating a patio furnished with a swinging daybed, a dining gazebo, an outdoor shower and an infinity pool with an in-water lounge.

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The overwater villas at the property further feature two suspended hammocks and a reef option with a stilted deck for added comfort. Guests looking for more intimacy can opt for the Stella Maris Ocean Villas that feature one-bedroom duplexes with a private chef’s service, an alfresco barbecue station, and a hot tub.

Other amenities at the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi include – watersports and a PADI dive center along with a waterpark for kids and young adults. There’s also a world-class spa and wellness sanctuary for your perfect unwinding spree. Get going to the Maldives already!

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