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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Celebrates Top Accolades in Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Awards

MALÉ, Maldives - Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi today celebrates its recognition in the coveted annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards list. Anchored in the timeless heritage of Hilton’s iconic luxury brand Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, the 119 all-pool-villa resort paradise came in at a resounding third place amongst the Top 15 Resort Hotels in Asia and fifth amongst the Top 100 Hotels in the World.

“Having just celebrated its first year since opening in July last year, we are truly delighted to see the positive impression Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has left on our guests, which is testament through these outstanding accolades the resort received. As the island opened to guests once again from August, I have every confidence the team will continue to deliver the unparalleled level of hospitality and service that will position the resort at the top of mind for discerning travelers to the Maldives,” said Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, South East Asia, Hilton.

In addition to the awards picked up by Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, the Waldorf Astoria brand has also been recognized as one of the Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World, coming in alongside other luxury brand stalwarts.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi and their relentless commitment in delivering on Waldorf Astoria’s brand ethos, inviting our guests to Live Unforgettable – where every single element of the experience contributes to authentic moments that become unforgettable memories,” said Nils- Arne Schroeder, vice president, luxury and lifestyle, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “In the months and years ahead, the Waldorf Astoria brand will continue to deliver on our legacy of anticipatory service with unwavering attention to detail, satisfying our guests’ every desire and evolving along with their changing needs and preferences,” Schroeder added.

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. Set in a tropical paradise, the resort features 119 all-pool Beach, Reef and Overwater villas across three interlinking islands. Guests can select from 10 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. The endless list of experiences and activities ensures that all generations are catered for. Should they choose to, the option to unwind in one of 10 luxurious spa treatment villas within a blissful botanical sanctuary, explore the ocean’s incredible marine life or traverse the island’s dazzling white sand beaches by bicycle or on foot are all at their fingertips.

“Being one of the latest additions to the Maldives, it is truly an honor to be named amongst the top resorts in Asia and the world. We could not have achieved this without the dedication and hard work of all our team members, and the recognition by our guests is an encouragement for us to keep delivering exceptional service for all who enter our resort paradise,” said Etienne Dalancon, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

Now in its 25th year, the Travel + Leisure’s Awards program celebrates the ultimate in hospitality and travel, recognizing the world's finest providers of luxury-travel experiences, from the most impressive hotels, destinations, cities and more. The results are drawn from Travel + Leisure's exceptionally well-travelled readers, and award winners can take pride in a title that is recognized and respected by holidaymakers and tourism-industry insiders alike.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising 7,000 properties and 1.1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the 139 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors appHilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at, and follow the brand on TwitterInstagram and Facebook