Ithaafushi – The Private Island is a new offering at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which opened doors in mid-2019, has just launched a new exclusive island that’s perfect for taking a breather from the all-too-real pandemic.
Ithaafushi – The Private Island includes a three-bedroom beach villa, two-bedroom overwater villa, four-bedroom residence, five swimming pools and a private entertainment clubhouse. The island accommodates 24 guests, and can be accessed from Malé via a 40-minute ride in one of the resort’s six yachts or a 15-minute seaplane flight. And it could be your own private sanctuary at USD75,000 (Rs55 lakh) per night.
Prices for an immediate booking per villa start from $1,980/Rs1,44,705 per night, for a reef villa that sleeps two adults and two kids (under 12 years). The reef villa comes with an infinity pool, overwater terrace and an overwater hammock, direct ocean access, indoor and outdoor showers and a dining gazebo.
The 32,000sqm island fits in an entertainment clubhouse, spa, meditation and yoga pavilion, gym, kids’ pool and gaming area, and watersports, as well as a dedicated chef and personal concierge. Meals can be had in-villa or in the common living area. Off-island activities include a sunset dinner or a personal yoga session on a private sandbank.
The main resort, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, also offers yoga and fitness classes and spa therapies (such as the starlight ocean massage in the candle-lit spa garden). Plus, there are no less than 10 dining venues. There’s Middle Eastern cuisine at Yasmeen, private dining pods at Terra, Australian barbecue-style cuisine at The Ledge by Dave Pynt, open-theatre kitchen counters at Tasting Table that dishes out Asian and European cuisines, modern Japanese cuisine at Shimizu and contemporary Chinese at Li Long.
Guests can also partake of cocktails and wood-fired pizzas at Nava, eat garden-to-table and sip organic wine at Glow, graze on light meals at Peacock Alley lounge, soak up the sunset at champagne bar Amber, and linger over wine-paired dinners at The Rock’s 200-year-old Jarrah wood table set in a cave-like room hewed from Jordanian limestone. House reef snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing are just some of the adventures on offer to make the most of island life.