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Waldorf Astoria opens in the Maldives

THE NEW WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll.

THE NEW WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES ITHAAFUSHI will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll. The all-villa resort spans three islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape located just 30 minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht.

The resort boasts 122 luxurious villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Each reef, beach and overwater villa opens onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower. In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, the resort offers 11 exceptional, specialty-dining venues. For those seeking the ultimate in exclusivity, the Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa.

The 32,000-square-foot island sanctuary – accessible by yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment centre and beaches. Bookings from July 1, 2019.

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