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WOW: Waldorf Astoria Maldives launches Ithaafushi – The Private Island

Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi has unveiled the exclusive Ithaafushi – The Private Island, the largest Maldivian private island spanning 32,000 square meters in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

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This private island can accommodate you and your 23 of your closest family members, friends or colleagues, according to the press release by Hilton.

Convenient Location

Ithaafushi – The Private Island can be reached via a 40-minute ride on one of the resort’s 6 luxury Ithaafushi Princess yachts or via a 15-minute seaplane flight. To explore beyond the private island estate, direct access to the main island is available via speed boat.

Arrival Pier

Details about the island

The Private Island is home to two separate villas as well as one large four-bedroom residence and common living space, known as “Haali,” which means “the nest” in Dhivehi, the local Maldivian language.


The overwater villa has two master bedrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi, among other amenities.

Overwater Villa
Common Area
Common Area

A separate three-bedroom beach villa, set within lush gardens and coconut palm canopies, has its own beach access and two swimming pools.

Three Bedroom Villa Aerial View
Three-Bedroom Villa

Meanwhile, the main residence features two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, Jacuzzis and direct access to the beach

Four Bedroom Residence
Four Bedroom Residence – Common Area
Four Bedroom Residence Exterior


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 savor world-class dining for any occasion, from in-villa dining to special celebrations in the estate’s common living room, Haali.

Or, you can venture to the main resort to dine at any one of the property’s 10 food-and-beverage venues, which includes Terra, a restaurant that features bamboo dining pods in trees high above the beach. Or try an authentic Australian barbecue at The Ledge, which is helmed by Dave Pynt of the Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant in Singapore.


You’ll also have access to a whole roster of water-focused activities, such as diving, snorkeling, watersports, yacht excursions and even access to a sand bar in the middle of the ocean that can be set up for private meals, sundowner cocktails or private yoga sessions.


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.

Spa and Wellness Area
Yoga Pavilion


Guests can host memorable celebrations under the stars, watch a movie on the cinematic LED screen or bask in the 35-meter infinity pool. 

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.

You’ll be welcomed by an entire team of personal concierges ready to anticipate any need or desire you may have while visiting the island.

Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the crown jewel of our luxury portfolio in Asia Pacific, limitless in the level of privacy and unrivalled hospitality guests are promised. Designed for the most discerning of travelers, 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. The launch of this unique resort offering represents a momentous milestone for the Waldorf Astoria brand and truly speaks to our commitment to redefining luxury hospitality around the world.”

said Nils-Arne Schroeder, Vice President, Luxury & Lifestyle, Asia-Pacific, Hilton.

“We are committed to making Ithaafushi – The Private Island a highly sought-after, world-class destination for the privileged few. Our dedicated team is devoted entirely to ensuring every moment is absolutely personalized, with exceptional service and unsurpassed attention to detail. We will pull out all the stops to ensure the most memorable stay for our guests, every single time.”

said Etienne Dalancon, General Manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

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