Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, HiltonÕs luxury brand of iconic landmark hotels,Êhas announced the signing of a management agreement with Ithaafushi Investments for the brandÕs first new-build resort in the Maldives.
Located on the exclusive South Male Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives will be the second hotel in the Maldives for Hilton, adding to a total of 11 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts properties open or under development in Asia Pacific.
ÒWaldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts continues to deliver on its mission to be the worldÕs fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brand, expanding its global footprint with landmark signings in iconic destinations,Ó said John Vanderslice, Global Head, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Hilton. ÒWaldorf Astoria Maldives will set a new standard for Maldivian luxury, offering global travellers first class accommodations in a unique and inspirational environment where they can experience our bespoke True Waldorf Service, while enjoying an unforgettable getaway in the Indian Ocean.Ó
Spanning three islands in the South Male Atoll, approximately 23 kilometres from Velana International Airport, about 20 minutes away from the Maldivian capital of Male, Waldorf Astoria Maldives will offer the best of both worlds Ð an exclusive, charming escape with easy access to the mainland. The resort will boast 10 dining outlets, including nine specialty restaurants, providing guests with a selection of unique experiences.
ÒWe are thrilled to continue our luxury expansion in Asia by introducing Waldorf Astoria in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations,” said Guy Phillips, Senior Vice President of Development Ð Asia & Australasia, Hilton.Ê”With magnificent natural beauty and an amazing underwater world, the Maldives remains an inspirational choice for world travellers today.”
The Maldives is famous for its natural beauty and world-renowned dive sites. Consisting of approximately 1,190 islands and sandbanks, encircled by a lagoon of crystal clear water, it is home to exclusive and spectacular underwater life. In addition to the extensive range of water-based adventure sport available, other activities, include exploring island villages, sourcing local handicrafts, visiting the National Museum and watching cultural performances. With its unspoiled beauty and rich and vibrant culture, the Maldives is a perfect getaway.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives will participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for HiltonÕs 14 distinct brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, such as an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their points for free nights, and can gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform.
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