Waldorf Astoria’s new Maldives personal island prices $80,000 per night time
(CNN) – For those with the means, a private island in a tropical destination is the ultimate place to isolate yourself from the global pandemic.
Among the best-equipped destinations to take advantage of this desire are the Maldives, which are made up of 1,200 small islands.
Although most resorts in the Maldives are already relatively private, with one accommodation per island, there are a few options for travelers who want to take things to the next level.
The latest comes courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort, which officially opened “Ithaafushi – The Private Island” this week.
Spreading over 32,000 square feet, it is marketed as the largest private island in the Maldives and can be purchased for $ 80,000 per night.
The island accommodates 24 guests in three buildings: there is a two-bedroom overwater villa with indoor and outdoor rainfall showers, a shared living room, an infinity pool and a hot tub. a three bedroom beachfront villa with two swimming pools; and the four bedroom residence, which has two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms, hot tubs, a large shared living area and direct beach access.
The island’s architecture and interior are described as “sophisticated yet modern”, “with a nod to Maldivian charm”. Guests have their own personal concierge team.
“Designed for the most discerning traveler, Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the epitome of exclusivity. It is perfectly located in one of the most inspiring destinations in the world, with a dedicated team anticipating every need and the brand’s sleek and effortless service offers at every turn, “said Nils-Arne Schroeder, Vice President for Luxury and Lifestyle at the Waldorf Astoria parent company Hilton Asia Pacific, in a statement.
Bonus: The international airport in the capital Male is easy to get to. You can reach the island via a 40-minute ride on one of the resort’s six yachts. A 15-minute flight option is available for those who want to take in the breathtaking views of the seaplane.
In terms of food, the private island has its own culinary team that can put together a bespoke menu in different settings.
Alternatively, the main resort, Waldorf Astoria, is just a short boat ride away if you want to visit the 10 specialty restaurants. These include The Ledge, created by Dave Pynt of the Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant in Singapore.
Are you afraid of being bored? Ithaafushi – The private island offers all of the usual pleasures the Maldives are famous for, including water sports, diving, and yacht excursions. There’s also a dedicated wellness concierge at the island’s overwater spa who offers bespoke treatments.
Additional amenities include a meditation and yoga pavilion and a fully equipped gym. There is a special children’s pool and play area for children.
The Maldives are open to all travelers
In the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives consist of more than 1,000 islands, between which tourists travel by seaplane.
The Maldives reopened to international tourism on July 15th.
Almost all world travelers – including US citizens – do not have to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival at Velana International Airport in the capital, Male.
However, all arrivals except for citizens of the Maldives are required to provide a certificate of negative PCR test performed within 96 hours of departure, clearly indicating the name and address of the laboratory and the date the sample was taken.
Like all countries that are heavily dependent on tourism, the country was hit hard by the crisis. According to the World Bank, tourism directly and indirectly accounts for two thirds of the country’s GDP.
The industry boomed in 2019 as visitor arrivals grew 14.7% year over year and the total number of arrivals hit a record 1.7 million. Officials hoped they would hit 2 million arrivals in 2020.
In a statement released in May 2020, Ali Waheed, the country’s tourism minister, described the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as “more devastating than the 2004 tsunami and 2008 global financial crisis”.