Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Maldives
Why: The property debuted in July 2019. Every single villa on the island – whether on the beach, reef, or stilted over the ocean – is equipped with a private infinity pool, dining gazebo, and an outdoor deck with a swinging daybed. Standout experiences at the property include dinner in a private treetop bamboo nest designed by Stickman Tribe; coral framing experience with the property’s resident marine biologist; and a spa treatment on a secluded sandbar in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
How: There are flights to Velana International Airport in Malé via connection in many international cities including Doha (Qatar Airways) and Dubai (Emirates). Unlike most luxury properties in the Maldives that require a non-optional overnight in Malé due to daylight travel restrictions, Waldorf Astoria’s private fleet of seven yachts is available for a 40-minute boat ride to the property 24/7.
Rules: Maldives is open to all tourists with proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. More information is available on Visit Maldives website here.