This Maldives resort is a complete fantasy island
For most of us, summer brings vacation. And whether it’s an understated trip to visit family or an annual pilgrimage to the seashore, mountains or favorite lake, it’s a season for planning travel. But doesn’t your summer deserve an upgrade?
The announcement of the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has me wishing for some exotic travel in my near future.
If your travel plans aren’t already set, you need to listen closely. Because when you hear what this vacation has to offer, you’re going to be ready to book your tickets for this remote, Indian Ocean destination.
Where are the Maldives?
If you don’t already know, the Maldives are a collection of independent islands located south of Sri Lanka. This cluster of atolls, with landscapes evoking thoughts of paradise, compose the smallest nation in Asia.
It is a relatively successful nation and one that is a popular tourist destination for celebrities and anyone looking for a luxurious, tropical vacation.
Why you should go to Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
And the new Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi provides just that. The resort stretches across three islands.
Every one of the resort’s 119 villas boasts its own private infinity pool. (Need a romantic getaway? This is it!) Villas can be reserved in a variety of locals, including oceanfront in the sand or, for the more adventurous, over the water.
But wait, there’s more…for guests who need a little more seclusion, there’s a private island, with two villas and five pools for your private use.
Things to do at this luxury, Maldives resort
And although the property is diminutive by resort standards, it still boasts a substantial spa. (Over 100,000 square feet of it, in fact.) Treatments are conceived to represent the elements. Guests can order from one of 30 treatments under menu categories of earth, water fire and metal.
Of course, if you’re like me, you won’t even need spa treatments to keep you busy.
The Maldives are world famous for the reefs and aquatic life making this remote collection of tropical islands their home. Snorkeling and diving activities could easily fill a week’s worth of vacation. And the resort offers a resident marine biologist to help guide efforts toward protecting this spectacular environment.
There are also windsurfing lessons and catamaran sailing adventures. There are kayaks available for guest use plus the chance to reserve paddle board lessons or even try kitesurfing.
There’s also fishing, jet skiing and a chance to embark on a dolphin encounter.
Of course, if lounging poolside is more your style, the resort offers plenty of that. In addition to private villa pools, the resort offers two sparkling, blue pools with private cabanas.
As you might expect, since the hotel is part of the Waldorf Astoria brand, dining is an emphasis at Ithaafushi.
The hotel offers nine different restaurants plus two lounges. There’s an emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. And the resort tries to focus on local and sustainable choices. They even offer a garden to table restaurant, Glow, with healthy choices straight from the hotel’s gardens.
How to book your stay at the Waldorf Maldives
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi opens on July 1, 2019. So now is the time to plan your adventure.
The resort is a 30 minute trip from Malé International Airport and transfers are arranged by the resort’s fleet of four yachts. Believe me when I say that there will be nothing but the best awaiting you from the moment you land in this remote, private island paradise.
But just one thing…can you make some room for me in your suitcase?
Can’t make it to the Maldives right now? Try this tropical cocktail and pretend you’re on a remote island.
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