Maldives property joins Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

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The Beach House Maldives has joined Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and at the beginning of March renamed the resort to The Beach House Maldives, The Waldorf Astoria Collection. Guests at the resort were part of the inauguration ceremony, which included the unveiling of a specially commissioned sculpture in the resort's new art gallery.

The property is located on the Haa Alifu Atoll, and consists of a 35-acre resort comprising 83 villas, three restaurants, four bars and a spa. Each villa has a private pool and butler.

Hilton Worldwide's management team has been on location at the resort since July 2009 and has overseen a number of key developments as part of the US$58-million renovation project, which has led to resort becoming the first Waldorf Astoria property in Asia Pacific.

President of Hilton Worldwide, Asia Pacific region, Martin Rinck says: "An independently branded hotel since 2007, The Beach House Maldives has built a solid reputation for world-class luxury and quality that epitomises the Waldorf Astoria name. The Maldives remains one of the most sought-after luxury leisure destinations in the world, and we are delighted to be able to offer our guests the unique experience of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts on the beautifully private and breathtaking island of Manafaru".

John Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle divison for Hilton Worldwide, adds: "Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts features a collection of landmark properties around the world, each ranging in elements of modern grandeur to timeless classics, and all renowned for their individuality, refinement and unparalleled service. The Beach House is no exception and we are delighted to extend our portfolio to Asia Pacific."

The resort's restaurants and bars have been redesigned to incorporate local heritage and ingredients with global influences. They include over-water fine-dining restaurant Saffron, tapas and sangria bar with a Mediterranean-theme Salt Water, and martinis and cocktails inspired by Waldorf Astoria properties around the world at Infiniti. Each dining experience offers a local twist.

The new Art Gallery showcases local art and has a caf serving traditional Maldivian High Tea. The restaurant 30 Degrees is the smallest and most exclusive restaurant in the Maldives, offering private dining in a glass-floored, over-water pavilion.

New wine experiences are created by wine master Ron Georgiou and include the introduction of a wine-tasting journey at the underground Cellar restaurant. Neighbouring private island Medafushi offers additional experiences, including a four-poster bed on the beach with lanterns, music and food.

Upgraded villa and restaurant interiors and new spa programmes from UK-based Aromatherapy Associates, Ayurvedic philosophies and traditional Maldivian treatments are also on offer, plus a Kids Club and new designer retail boutiques.

Excursions to the nearby island of Utheem, home to a Sultan's Palace, give visitors a sense of the regionl's history. Transfers to the resort have also been improved, with a direct 75-minute seaplane transfer offered as an alternative to a domestic flight and boat transfer.

Waldorf Astoria is Hilton Worldwide's luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one designed to be a singular and timeless, from classic elegance to modern grandeur.

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