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Heavenly Maldives Resort

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The Maldives is home to some of the most uber-luxurious resorts in the world but a new opening from Waldorf Astoria is taking things to the next level.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which launched yesterday (July 1), spans across three islands and boasts 122 villas that start from £1,400-a-night ($1,800) and all come with private infinity pools.

But the best part? Forget waiting around for an airport transfer – guests travel to the resort in style on the resort’s private yacht.

Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to the resort’s culinary offering which includes no less 11 speciality dining venues. World-renowned chef Dave Pynt, the mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends, offers his expertise to the island’s barbeque grill restaurant, The Ledge.

The restaurant features his signature, custom-built, four-ton, dual-cavity oven and elevation grills, enabling the use of techniques such as smoking, slow roasting, baking and grilling. Bringing culinary theatre to the Maldives, The Ledge allows guests to witness the preparation of their dish, including favourites such as the Dry Aged OP Rib, a 45-day dry-aged beef rib, and the signature Lobster Roll.

Other dining highlights include Terra, located on the island’s highest point and providing a ‘unique gastronomic dining experience’ in private dining pods crafted from natural bamboo.

Nestled among boulders, The Rock is a rustic wine cellar and dining experience set in a carved-out space, where guests can indulge in wine pairing meals or an elevated dining experience with a menu that pays homage to renowned wine regions around the world.

While Yasmeen offers diners the chance to savour authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Hot pitas and puffed breads baked in ovens based on centuries-old designs, charcoal-roasted meats, and hot and cold mezzes are served in dining rooms filled with decorative artefacts and antiques.

The immersive journey continues at Glow, which is set in a greenhouse-like structure shaded by lush greenery. It celebrates the concept of interactive garden-to-table dining by serving healthy and holistic cuisine made from fresh ingredients harvested from the on-island garden.

Wellness warriors will be in their element at the Waldorf Astoria Spa which offers a range of treatments all from the tranquillity of an overwater or garden villa. There’s also a fitness centre, water sport and PADI dive centre – and bespoke experiences from sunrise meditation to private sunset dining.

Alan Watts, president of Asia Pacific Hilton, said: ‘Asia Pacific is enjoying a golden age of travel, and the launch of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is part of the growing momentum of Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio throughout the region.

By

SAMANTHA LEWIS

 

 

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