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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2020, 07:26:39 PM »
where is my h/t.......

Wasn't letting me edit the original! Credit for toaster and helping by talking through our upcoming stay goes to @myb821!

Credit goes to [mention]myb821 [/mention] who shared the link with me first :)

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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2020, 07:28:40 PM »
I would definitely dispute the extra charge for the infant. Whatís the downside? The airport agents were right and the call center agents were wrong, but the airline should still be obligated to live by the guidance it gave you.
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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2020, 07:30:41 PM »
I would definitely dispute the extra charge for the infant. Whatís the downside? The airport agents were right and the call center agents were wrong, but the airline should still be obligated to live by the guidance it gave you.

Appreciate the advice! There's no chance of trouble with the airline in the future? In terms of them not allowing me to fly with them or anything like that?

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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2020, 07:37:11 PM »
I doubt it. AA would maybe make issues with advantage (if it was an AA thing) but I doubt Etihad would do anything. Not sure youíll win it though
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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2020, 07:45:04 PM »
Overall nicer but missing the big open area.
What open area? If you’re referencing the couch area at the SR MLE that was to the left of the bed I would say that they added double that space with the couches in my picture in front of the bed in the WA and with the desk area to the left of the bed as well as the multiple areas to eat or relax outside. Still debating but I think that the enclosed shower and the bathroom finishes in the SR MLE could be nicer. However the bath is much larger here. Besides for that though I can’t think of any other way the SR surpasses the WA in terms of the villa.

What’s also really nice is there is an entrance to the villa outdoors area and then another entrance to the actual villa. This adds even more private and outdoor space and it gives it a much nicer vibe. Will try to add pictures to explain what I’m referencing!

Not the best pic but its like 5AM here and cant take a better one right now:



So as you can see theres a door to enter the private area of the villa and once you open the door you then have access to the pool area and to the entrance of the villa.

(Posted these pics already above but here they are again for reference)



As you enter to the left you have the bikes


And here is the area I was talking about above
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Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2020, 07:45:39 PM »
I doubt it. AA would maybe make issues with advantage (if it was an AA thing) but I doubt Etihad would do anything. Not sure youíll win it though
Itís Qatar if that changes anything. And the charge was through them at the airport so doubt it has anything to do with AA. I donít imagine calling or tweeting to complain will get me anywhere with a company like Qatar either. Unless anyone has similar experience?

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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2020, 07:52:16 PM »
Itís Qatar if that changes anything. And the charge was through them at the airport so doubt it has anything to do with AA. I donít imagine calling or tweeting to complain will get me anywhere with a company like Qatar either. Unless anyone has similar experience?
No reason not to try before disputing.
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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2020, 07:55:56 PM »
No reason not to try before disputing.
Have to call them today for the new infant ticket so will update how my refund request blows over.

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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2020, 08:21:04 PM »

And here is the area I was talking about above

 I meant an indoor lounge area.
Overall looks way better but I think its missing an indoor lounge area.

When people stay for a few days and its really hot outside, it becomes a much needed necessity.
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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2020, 08:26:19 PM »
I meant an indoor lounge area.
Overall looks way better but I think its missing an indoor lounge area.

When people stay for a few days and its really hot outside, it becomes a much needed necessity.
Yeah I could agree that they should have made better use of this space:


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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2020, 08:33:46 PM »
Yeah I could agree that they should have made better use of this space:



I look at it a bit different.

The front of the beds needs an empty space, direct ocean view, unobstructed.

They allocated the side portion that ST Regis has (see pic) and relocated that space to the bathroom.

Hey, in pictures it looks better but in reality its a much needed space for a stay longer then 2 days, this is so much more truer for people eating kosher.


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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2020, 10:17:27 AM »
We warmed up some of our food in the toaster oven. And although it took much longer than I expected for the food to heat up properly once it was done (after about an hour in the toaster oven) the food was great (considering we cooked it ourselves ;)). Not sure if you guys want to see pics of the food so I didnít include them but if thats something I should be doing feel free to lmk!


DAY 2

I guess with all the time difference we woke up at around 4am, mostly because the baby wouldnít go back to sleep, and since the sun wasnít out yet we just hung out outside. At 6:30 breakfast opens up, complimentary for gold & diamond members, so we took our bikes and headed there. This is around when the sun starts to rise so it was a beautiful bike ride and the breakfast area, named the Tasting Place was beautiful. There was only one other couple there. The views were beautiful and it was right on the beach with a choice of indoor or outdoor dining. The buffet was in a separate room and seems to be the only place in the hotel that they require you to wear a mask when entering. When we asked about the kosher options they said that they have separate pots and pans, cutlery, and plates for kosher guests since they get so many and offered to make eggs and such. I also inquired about what milk they have since Iím not CY and for anyone that was wondering Ill post a pic below of the options they have.















Some things I forgot to mention or include yesterday was some pics of the stroller and highchair they offer as well as the fact that they donít have or offer a printed map of the resort so I would recommend you bring your own as its a big place. Also going to include the floor plan of the OWB and the kids program schedule:












After visiting the breakfast area we wanted to bike around the resort to see more of it as we didnít explore at all on the first day. The day and weather were really beautiful and sunny. The bike ride felt like it was never ending since the hotel is just so big. I remember being able to walk around the SR in like 30 minutes but this Island seems triple the size of the SR. It really felt as if every time we say a new part of the resort on our bike ride we didnít believe it could get any nicer. There are lots of nice bridges with scenic views as you bike around the resort. Our first stop was the beach and water sports area. They have a really nice swing area that the baby really enjoyed and made for amazing pictures. In this area they have volleyball court, ping pong, foosball, and the like. As well as where you would do paddle boarding and all that. In regards to the beach, I am not sure if Iím mixing up my trip to SR MLE or SR BOB but one of them had pretty bad sand by the beach. I think it was BOB. For the WA the sand leading up to the water is pretty horrible and uncomfortable to walk on but once you get close enough to the sea its soft and nice to walk on.























Nearby that area is the public pools and the kids club. The kids club was closed since it was before 9am but we got to see the water park area that looked amazing. The pools were empty since we were there so early. I know it seems like I keep saying this but the pool was absolutely stunning (since it was easy in the AM the pictures do not do it justice!). There were two right next to each other and it seemed as if the first one was really shallow for kids and the second one less so. This is considered the family pool and approximately called The Ledge because the zero edge look it has at the end. Both pools have an amazing view of the beach and meet at the end to make one big pool. Not expecting another pool, since that one was so big, I was shocked to see another one that also looked really nice. It had a cool purple tile throughout and behind it was a grass and lounge area. After that we biked around some more and came across this arching bridge that over looked a beautiful stream. On the edge of the stream you can see the gym which looked really cool and something I will be visiting later (open 24/7)! The spa is near the fitness center as well. Continuing to bike around we passed by a nice looking tennis court (tennis is free if you donít use a coach), cool restaurants that had beautiful views overlooking the ocean, and Ö.









































We headed back to our villa as the baby was getting tired. And as I was telling my wife how it seemed that snorkeling wouldnít be as good as it was at the SR we happened to see an eagle ray swimming under the bridge! We also some pretty birds and fruit bats. And even a pretty looking bird perched on top the stunning terra restaurant (where they donít allow kids to dine due to safety concerns).









Once we got back to the villa we went swimming in the pool and also went in the ocean. The ocean was warmer than the pool which was also the case in the SR. What I really donít like compared to the SR is that you canít really jump of your OWB into the ocean since the reef is so shallow. It basically goes up to your knees and it looks like that is throughout all the OWB.

You could see that where the reef ends there was lots of activity from jack fish jumping out the water and chasing small schools of fish. Some of the areas mentioned on FT for good snorkeling that we have yet to try are circled or highlighted in red below:






We went snorkeling for a little and although we didnít see much Iím happy we at least saw some fish as I was worried that because we didnít see much fish from our patio the first day compared to the SR. But today we saw a lot of activity. We saw a long eel (I think), a nurse shark, and some other big colorful fish! Unfortunately, we only got crappy pics above water for those so my GoPro pics of the snorkeling we did do will have to do for now:

























We found Dory


Corals were clearly bleached and damaged. You really didnít see much fish unless you ventured closer to the end of the reef.


After snorkeling we just lounged by the pool and enjoyed some of the fruit we got from breakfast this morning. Then we took our son to the kids water park and kids club which was really amazing. There was slides and water guns at the water park to enjoy and if not interested in getting wet there was a bunch of things to do and even a trampoline! Inside is a lot of toys and activities to do like painting and coloring.






























Since the kids club was next to the public pool and beach we headed there next to enjoy and then headed to the villa to heat up some homemade penne vodka pasta and Mayven pizza! Like last time we seemed to have messed up with packing the pizza as the cheese either gets stuck to the foil or the pizzas stick together. Welcoming any advice on how to properly pack pizza :). Needless to say it was delicious and after that we headed for the complimentary drinks for happy hour at Peacock Alley. Here is the selection to chose from:



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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2020, 10:35:43 AM »
Really great TR and beautiful pictures.
The comparison with STR is very helpful

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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2020, 10:37:31 AM »
Really great TR and beautiful pictures.
The comparison with STR is very helpful
Thank you! I plan on finishing my long overdue STR TR in the next couple days to further help anyone whoís in between the two get a better picture of what each offers... at least from my perspective.

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Re: Maldives Round 2 - Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2020, 11:19:09 AM »
Happy anniversary!
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