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Is this the world's most exclusive private island?

Waldorf Astoria Maldives opened Ithaafushi - The Private Island this week.

Bookings opened this week for Ithaafushi - The Private Island, the largest private (and possibly the most exclusive) island in the Maldives.

The exclusive island is part of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort and is conveniently located nearby to the Maldives’ international airport at Male.

Hilton has described this latest launch as the “crown jewel” of its luxury portfolio in Asia Pacific and the glamour starts the moment you land. Opt for a 15-minute seaplane flight or relax aboard one of the resort’s six luxury Ithaafushi Princess yachts for the 40-minute sailing to the resort.

Soaking up the Indian Ocean views from the island's four-bedroom residence.

Isolation and exclusivity being very much the order of the day in these Covid times, the island accommodates just 24 guests in a two-bedroom Overwater Villa, a three-bedroom Beach Villa and a four-bedroom residence.

The villas boast two spacious master bedrooms with double dressing rooms, indoor and outdoor rain showers, living room, infinity pool and Jacuzzi.

An aerial view of the sprawling three-bedroom Beach Villa.

The Beach Villa is set in lush, coconut palm-fringed gardens with private beach access and two swimming pools.

And if you really want to stretch out, the four-bedroom villa has two king bedrooms, two queen bedrooms and direct beach access.

Each villa comes with a private concierge.

Sweet dreams guaranteed - the master bedroom inside the Beach Villa.

The island is also supported by its own dedicated culinary team (natch), with bespoke menus served in a variety of paradisiacal settings.

Alternatively, head to the main resort island to enjoy eleven dining spaces and bars, including treehouse ‘pods’ at Terra. Or tuck into an ‘elevated’ Aussie barbecue with to-die-for views over the Indian Ocean at The Ledge, created by Dave Pynt of Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant.

Children will feel right at home enjoying the dedicated kids pool and gaming area, as well as the Young Discovery Centre, a gargantuan kids club back at the main resort.

Peel yourself away from your hammock for water sport action, diving activities and yacht excursions, or off-island trips to castaway sandbanks.

Recover your mental health equilibrium at the island's spa.

“We are committed to making Ithaafushi - The Private Island a highly sought-after, world-class destination for the privileged few,” said Etienne Dalcanon, the resort’s general manager. “We will pull out all the stops to ensure the most memorable stay for our guests.”

The Maldives has enjoyed a successful reopening after welcoming back international guests in July. A number of health and hygiene policies have been introduced by the government to keep visitors safe and entry requirements include proof of a negative Covid-19 medical certificate.


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