Set on the beachfront of Ithaafushi private island, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is a tropical paradise of white sands and crystal-clear blue waters, a 30-minute journey by yacht from Velana International Airport. With 11 bars and restaurants, a world-class spa and plenty of activities for all ages, it’s an excellent choice for a family holiday or a romantic getaway.
Tucked away amid the botanical gardens, the spa offers a full menu of luxurious holistic treatments as well as exercise programmes.
There are 122 luxurious villas, each with ocean views and its own private pool, as well as a generous outdoor living/dining area and bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. Each also has a television and sound system.
You can take a dip in the pool or in the sea, take a cruise on a luxury yacht, enjoy watersports or yoga, or head out for a picnic on a secluded beach. There’s also a full programme of kids’ activities, and a fitness centre, while if you want to explore the island your personal concierge can help arrange tours and excursions.
There are 11 excellent restaurants and bars onsite. You can take in the ocean views as you enjoy gourmet fine-dining in one of the bamboo nests at Terra, savour Levant cuisine at Yasmeen, enjoy Chinese fare at Li Long, or go for noodles and dim sum at Tangled, Australian barbecue at The Ledge by Dave Pynt, delicious health food at Glow or Asian and European cuisine at Tasting Table. When you fancy a drink, head to The Rock wine cellar or Amber Champagne bar, and there’s also a pool and beach club featuring live DJs, cocktails and wood-fired pizzas.