According to Forbes, the most exciting hotel openings in Asia in 2019 included the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi opening in March 2019. The Maldives can expect a slew of upcoming resorts to open in its far-flung atolls this year, but possibly the most exciting is this luxury resort from Waldorf Astoria.
Just a 30-minute yacht ride from the international airport in Malé. Spanning three islands in the South Male Atoll, the resort will have 10 dining outlets and 138 carefully positioned beachfront and overwater villas. Each lavishly appointed villa will be equipped with a private pool, hot tub, and lounge deck area. Some overwater villas will also have magnificent glass flooring for crystal-clear views of the lagoon below.
The pristine beach has a massive 21,500-square-foot spa with an extensive outdoor bathing circuit, a VIP spa suite, a hammam suite, four resting pavilions, a vitality pool, a beauty salon, and an indoor and outdoor mind and body studio. A gym, an outdoor fitness center, aqua spinning classes, and an overwater yoga platform complement the spa’s offerings.
Among the other soon-to-open resorts to keep an eye on are the Baglioni Resort Maldives and the Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa.