Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi transports you just through its Instagram feed. Scrolling past photos of beachside hammocks, treetop restaurants, secluded overwater villas, pastel sunsets and seemingly endless turquoise waters can make you feel like you’re at the Maldives hotel.
This is one of the reasons why Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi won Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Hotel Instagram of the Year honor.
As part of the annual Star Awards, FTG’s editorial department determined five nominees (including Airelles Gordes, La Bastide in the French Riviera; Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico; Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort; and Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como) from its highest-performing luxury hotel posts on FTG’s own Instagram account for 2020. The team sought out feeds that radiate personality, engage with followers, have an overall stunning aesthetic and spur wanderlust. Then readers and followers were asked to select their favorite in an online poll. Thousands voted, and the Maldives resort emerged as the winner.
To celebrate the second annual winner (Montage Los Cabos took home the award last year), we take you on a tour of Waldorf Astoria Maldives’ most Instagrammable spots:
Spanning three islands, the luxury hotel affords privacy with 119 villas, each equipped with an infinity pool and stunning ocean views.
Watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean at Amber champagne bar over bubble, champagne cocktails and light bites.
For the ultimate getaway, book The Private Island, you own 344,445-square-foot playground with with two villas, five swimming pools, an overwater spa and an entertainment center with a cinema.
Head to the treetops to dine in Terra’s seven bamboo pods for upscale fare and panoramic vistas.
One of the resort’s hidden gems is the adults-only Mirror Pool.
Retreat to a Reef Villa, which is surrounded by a tropical garden and has an expansive wooden deck suspended over the water.
Unwind at the Maldives’ largest spa, a tropical oasis.
Paddle your way (don’t worry, boat transport also is available) to one of the two Stella Maris Ocean Villa duplexes for a secluded, romantic getaway in the middle of the ocean.
Get uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, an infinity pool, a Jacuzzi and ample indoor and outdoor living space in this three-bedroom overwater villa.
Whether you want a private candlelit dinner or an intimate wedding, this pavilion offers an unbeatable backdrop.
While away the afternoon at the family Lagoon Pool, featuring live DJ, refreshing cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and a delicious tapas menu.