NOW BOOKABLE: Two AMAZING New Hilton Maldives Hotels

hilton waldorf astoria maldives ithaafushi overwater villa

The Maldives currently appears to be in the middle of a surge in the tourism industry, meaning countless luxury 5-star resorts are being planned in the country. The Maldivian government recently announced there are around 120 resorts in the making that will widen the already huge hospitality industry. Some of these new resorts include well known hotel chains brands who already have properties in the country, such as Hilton. Others hotel chains are also starting to enter the country including Accor and Radisson Blu, who both have eye-catching resorts that are set to open later this year.

The existing Hilton Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island is well known as one of the best Conrad properties in the world, and a perfect place to redeem Hilton Honors points considering the high nightly rates if paying cash. Now Hilton are expanding in the Maldives by adding two new properties to their Waldorf Astoria and Curio Collection by Hilton brands.

Both Hilton resorts are set to open as follows:

Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives hotel is probably one of the most anticipated hotels to join the Hilton Honors portfolio in the past few years and boosts considerably the Waldorf Astoria brand in my opinion. The exclusive 5-star resort named “Ithaafushi” means “Pearl” in native Maldivian tongue and is only a short sea journey from Male airport – no seaplane needed.

The resort consist of 3 pristine islands, surrounded by the crystal clear azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort has 138 guest villas, ranging from 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas and 4 bedroom presidential suite, carefully positioned and orientated to guarantee guest exclusivity and privacy and unsurpassed views over the ocean. In true A true Waldorf style the tropical paradise is an all-pool-villa experience meaning that each villa is equipped with private outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and lounge deck area. The simple thatched roofed villas may appear basic on the outside, but on the inside some of the over-water villas offer spectacular views through the glass flooring for an extensive look to waters below.

There are numerous food and beverage offerings, catering to a diverse culinary palette, including an elevated tree-house or alternatively a cave like area for a private dining experience. For healthier dining option the “Glow Organic” restaurant is the choice. There is also a laid back atmosphere of the resort’s beach champagne bar where guests can relax on the beach and enjoy cocktails while watching the sun set over the horizon.

Rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives have just become bookable from 1st July 2019, and for a low tier room start at around £1,600 per night, making this resort one of the most expensive brand hotels in the Maldives. In you are looking to redeem Hilton Honors points for the Waldorf Astoria Maldives this will cost you 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night, more than the current Hilton Honors cap of 95,000 points per night. You may want to stock up on Hilton Honors points, with a 100% bonus, in the current promotion.

120000 hilton honors points per night at waldorf astoria maldives hotel

With properties like this in the Hilton portfolio they may even increase redemption by introducing a new category specifically for this property, as you would be getting around 2 pence per Hilton Honors point – much more than the usual 0.3 pence per point. Let’s hope that Hilton don’t see this as a start of redemption increases at other properties.

You can read more about the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi direct on the Hilton site.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton

The SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a luxurious tropical escape that is being developed on the stunning Emboodhoo Lagoon, near the capital Malé. This slice of heaven will be one of the bigger properties in the Maldives, at 198 rooms and the Maldives’ first ever integrated leisure and entertainment resort destination. Another plus point of why you might want to consider is that this resort is a mere 15 minute speedboat ride away from Velana International Airport.

The SAii Lagoon Maldives is now positioned as the “cheapest” Hilton hotel in the Maldives, followed by Hilton Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, then Hilton Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi being the crown. Rooms per night at the SAii Lagoon Maldives are around £250 per night when picking a random date after the opening, or 78,000 Hilton Honors points – which is on point based on the room rate.

hilton saii lagoon maldives curio collection

You can read more about the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi direct on the Hilton site.