|If pandemic worries have made you long for privacy - we have the answer. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has unveiled the exclusive Ithaafushi – The Private Island. it is the largest Maldivian private island spanning 32,000 square meters in the heart of the Indian Ocean. And you don't get much more remote than that. The Private Island is the ultimate escape offering unparalleled levels of privacy and personalized service. Located in close proximity to Malé, guests can be escorted directly to Ithaafushi – The Private Island via a 40-minute ride on one of the resort's six luxury Ithaafushi Princess yachts or via a 15-minute seaplane flight. From the moment they land on this piece of undisturbed paradise, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi's Personal Concierge team will ensure their every need is met with the utmost discretion. To explore beyond the private island estate, direct access to the main island is available via speed boat.|
The sprawling estate accommodates 24 guests across two elegantly designed villas and one sweeping four-bedroom residence, perfect for bonding with loved ones or celebrating life's significant milestones with close friends. A two-bedroom overwater villa promises a unique ocean experience with two spacious master bedrooms complete with double dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor rain showers, a shared living room, infinity pool and jacuzzi. A separate three-bedroom beach villa, set within lush gardens and coconut palm canopies, has its own beach access and two swimming pools. Those staying in the four-bedroom residence will enjoy two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, jacuzzies and an expansive common living area, all with direct access to the beach. Surrounded by never-ending tropical greenery and white sand, guests will be greeted by a sense of complete calm and relaxation. Every inch of the expansive paradise is waiting to be discovered, whether by a leisurely stroll along the meandering pathways set amidst lush palms, by bicycle or on one of the island's buggies.
The private island's dedicated culinary team promises to take guests on a diverse culinary journey, offering bespoke menus to be enjoyed in an array of extraordinary settings. Guests can savour world-class dining for any occasion, from in-villa dining to special celebrations in the estate's common living room, Haali (translated to mean 'the nest' in Dhivehi).Guests who want to explore the resort's various dining experiences can journey a short distance to the main island, which has 10 specialty dining venues such as The Ledge and Terra. Created by Dave Pynt, the culinary mastermind behind Singapore's Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant, The Ledge features an Australian barbecue experience, eaten against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Guests can also enjoy the only private hand-crafted bamboo dining pods in the Maldives at Terra, located on the main island's highest point for a unique gastronomic escapade.
The Private Island isn't just about relaxation. guests with an appetite for adventure are catered for too. Beginning with an underwater world which is ripe for exploration, a plethora of watersports, diving activities and yacht excursions are also available. For those who wish to embark on an off-island experience, guests can castaway to a private sandbank in the middle of the ocean where they can indulge in a sunset dinner, a personal yoga session or simply take in the astonishing surroundings.
An abundance of options to soothe the body and mind await those wishing for some quiet time to rediscover and recharge. A dedicated Wellness Concierge is on hand at the overwater spa to provide customized therapies catering to the needs of each guest, helping them reconnect with nature while indulging in a unique spa experience. The meditation and yoga pavilion along with fully equipped gym offer magnificent ocean views, with personal training and classes upon request. Guests will instantaneously be transported from everyday life as they unwind on one of the sea swings, take a moment to relax under the palm hammocks, sunken loungers, or bask in one of the five luxurious pools.
Young visitors will be in a paradise of their own on the private island estate with a dedicated children's pool and gaming area, or they can enjoy the Young Discovery Park at the main resort, which features a water recreation area and a variety of bespoke activities designed to capture the younger guests' imagination. In fact, a myriad of entertainment choices are available in Haali, catering to guests of every generation. The remarkable space features unblocked panoramic ocean views and extends across expansive indoor and outdoor areas, all set within a botanical sanctuary. Guests can host memorable celebrations under the stars, watch a movie on the cinematic LED screen or bask in the 35-meter infinity pool.
With the promise of ultimate exclusivity and every need being met with just a call, Ithaafushi – The Private Island is ideal for intimate group gatherings, from milestone celebrations with loved ones to an incentive trip planned for the most exclusive group of clients. “Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the crown jewel of Waldorf Astoria's luxury portfolio in Asia Pacific, limitless in the level of privacy and unrivalled hospitality guests are promised,” said Nils-Arne Schroeder, vice president, Luxury & Lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “Designed for the most discerning of travellers, the Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the epitome of exclusivity, perfectly placed within one of the most inspirational destinations in the world where a dedicated team anticipates every need and delivers the brand's elegant and effortless service at every turn.”
Lisa Edwards, 15/01/21