Ithaafushi Island


Waldorf Astoria Maldives’s concept aims to harmoniously blend the resort in nature; nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters. The development consists of 3 pristine islands, surrounded by the crystal-clear azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort has 138 guest villas, ranging from 1, 2- and 3-bedroom villas and 4-bedroom presidential suite, carefully positioned and orientated to guarantee guest exclusivity and privacy, with the unsurpassed views over the ocean.
We ensure that our design follows the international standards meeting the local environmental requirements and needs. Building design, height, orientation and density is guided by the natural setting and local architectural style, to reduce visual impact and intrusion, while maximizing natural solutions and optimizing cultural integration and identity, especially at more sensitive sites. Sourced and harvested materials are maximized in construction, and consideration is given to the durability and the recyclable nature of all materials and furnishings used. Furthermore, it is at the design stage that many of the impacts could occur and can be avoided.
Operational facilities such as tertiary-level wastewater treatment systems, villas and beachfront lighting, renewable energy systems and other measures to limit energy and water consumption are considered to avoid biodiversity and ecosystem impacts during the operational phases.
In addition, consideration is given to the potential impacts of increased visitation to the surrounding area during the operation of the resort. To the maximum extent possible, native or naturalized plant and animal species are used in landscaping and gardening.
The natural linear shape of the islands allowed disposing all villas with a sea view whereby each space from living area, bedroom and bathroom are either overlooking a private beach or open to the ocean for the overwater and garden villas.

Elements define your style

A contemporary architecture and natural rough solid wooden cladded villas giving a rustic feeling conceived in harmony with the location's natural surroundings and contrasted with spacious elegant modern open space interior with a lofty 7m tall ceiling. Featuring a natural oriented color palette of coral sandy bright off white, oyster greige with modern fumed oak highlights. Each room in the villas from living, bedroom and even bathroom has been oriented towards lagoon, ocean or beach view framed with a fully openable slim sliding bay leaving the internal spaces totally open to blend with the island's landscape, vegetation, ocean and lagoon views. Every villa is equipped with a large infinity pool furnished with a plunged sun lounges ( 4x10 m for single villas up to 5x17m for 2 and 3 bedrooms villas) accessible from a spacious terrace with a sunbed hanging gazebo and a covered terrace filled with stylish modern blended Maldivian outdoor furniture with wooden Maldivian inspired umbrella and a hanging hammock on the beach for the beach villas and a relaxation net over the water for garden and water villas. Each Bedroom is connected to an extravagant bathroom, external landscaped open to the sky shower area.
The overall architectural and Interior design, visually appealing sceneries and unique F&B outlets stood out for this prestigious project. This development will set the standard in terms of luxury leisure developments in the area.

  • 122 beach, reef and overwater villas with private pool
  • 10 specialty dining venues and bars including Terra, an elevated treetop restaurant
  • World-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary
  • A myriad of adventure and watersports activities
  • Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park - water recreation area and enriching activities for kids
  • Romantic wedding pavilion for a special occasion

Scope: Full Architectural Design & Supervision

Area: 60,000 sqm.