NewsFebruary 17, 2021

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Wins Forbes Travel Guide’s Hotel Instagram of the Year Award

As part of its 2021 Star Awards, Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”), the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced that Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi won the Hotel Instagram of the Year accolade and is showcased with other honorees on

Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned authority in genuine Five-Star service. Alongside its yearly list of Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended properties, FTG unveiled a number of special awards.


The second annual Instagram of the Year awards celebrates a property feed that radiates personality, engages with followers and guests and has an overall stunning aesthetic.

Situated in one of the most beautiful, sought-after locations in the world, the award winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers guests unparalleled, bespoke service and unforgettable experiences. Sleek and spectacular, with unprecedented privacy, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul. From extensive outdoor adventure options, including snorkelling and diving in the fascinating underwater world, to the mesmerizing Waldorf Astoria Spa, guests are spoilt for choice.

Guests can select from 11 indulgent dining venues such as The Ledge which was created by Dave Pynt, the culinary mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant, and features elevated barbecue that can be savored against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Discerning guests can also dine amongst the treetops at Terra while enjoying spectacular views of the ocean and horizon, or bask in the magnificent sunset at Amber, the resort’s signature bar.

Forbes Travel Guide’s editorial department determined five nominees from its highest performing luxury hotel posts on FTG’s own Instagram account for 2020. Then FTG asked its readers and followers to select their favorite feed in an online survey. Thousands voted in the contest.

“Even though the pandemic paused many travel plans, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi allowed us to experience the turquoise waters, the powdery sand, unusual treetop dining and more virtually,” says Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “The hotel transported us to the Maldives through its Instagram account and gave us endless wanderlust.”

For more on the 2021 Star Awards, visit