The Beach House Maldives has joined Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. With effect from 1st March 2010, the resort has been renamed, ‘The Beach House Maldives, The Waldorf Astoria Collection’. In celebration, guests at the resort were invited to join the inauguration ceremony, and became a part of a new chapter in the exclusive resort’s history.
Located on the pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alifu Atoll which is fringed by powder-white beaches and has unspoilt leafy jungle at its centre, the 35-acre resort comprises 83 Maldivian-style villas, three restaurants, four bars and a luxurious spa. Each villa comes complete with a private pool and butler.
“An independently branded hotel since 2007, The Beach House Maldives has built a solid reputation for world-class luxury and quality that epitomises the Waldorf Astoria name,” said Martin Rinck, President Hilton Worldwide – Asia Pacific. “The Maldives remains one of the most sought-after luxury leisure destinations in the world, and we are delighted to be able to offer our guests the unique experience of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts on the beautifully private and breathtaking island of Manafaru”.
The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a specially commissioned Maldivian sculpture in the resort’s newly created Art Gallery, which showcases local art and culture to guests. As the sun set, the festivities continued with a party and DJ set, followed by a Gala dinner on the beach and live band.
Hilton Worldwide’s management team has been in situ at the resort since 1st July 2009 and has overseen a number of key developments as part of the US$58 million renovation project, which has led to the resort becoming the first Waldorf Astoria property in Asia Pacific.
John Vanderslice, Global Head Luxury & Lifestyle, Hilton Worldwide, commented, “Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts features a collection of landmark properties around the world, each ranging in elements of modern grandeur to timeless classics, and all renowned for their individuality, refinement and unparalleled service. The Beach House is no exception and we are delighted to extend our portfolio to Asia Pacific.”
The resort’s four restaurants and three bars have been redesigned to incorporate local heritage and ingredients with global influences. Including over-water fine-dining restaurant Saffron, a Tapas and Sangria bar with a Maldivian edge at the Mediterranean-themed Salt Water and martinis and cocktails inspired by Waldorf Astoria properties around the world at Infiniti; each dining experience offers a local twist.
The new Art Gallery showcasing local art together with a cafe serving traditional Maldivian High Tea has also just been introduced. And from 1st March, 30 Degrees is the smallest and most exclusive restaurant in the Maldives, offering private dining in a glass-floored over-water pavilion.
New wine experiences created by renowned Master of Wine, Ron Georgiou, include the introduction of a wine-tasting journey at the underground Cellar restaurant. And for those looking to truly experience a desert island getaway, neighbouring private island Medafushi offers a wealth of experiences including a four-poster bed on the beach complete with lanterns, chill-out tunes and food.
Upgraded villa and restaurant interiors and new spa programmes from UK based Aromatherapy Associates, Ayurvedic philosophies and traditional Maldivian treatments are also in place, with developments to the Kids Club, and new designer retail boutiques.
The opportunity to sample an insight into the history of the Maldives will be on offer with excursions to the nearby island of Utheem, home to a Sultan’s Palace. Transfers to the resort have also been improved with a direct 75-minute seaplane transfer offered as an alternative to a domestic flight and boat transfer.