Hilton’s newest Maldives resort opens this summer

May 22, 2022

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If you’re holding on to a haul of points and miles with hopes of spending them this year, here’s something to consider. Hilton’s newest resort in the Maldives is opening on July 1, and no matter what room you book, you’ll be staying in a villa with a private pool. A large portion of the villas are over-the-water accommodations at that.

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Beach villa with private pool. (Rendering courtesy of Hilton)

Thrifty Traveler was the first to point out that the property has started accepting bookings.

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The Hilton Maldives Amingiri resort, like so many in the Indian Ocean archipelago, looks pretty compelling, at least according to the renderings Hilton has shared; the resort’s website does not have actual photos just yet. With 109 villas, this is Hilton’s fourth resort in the Maldives, to go along with its Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and Curio Collection properties.

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(Rendering courtesy of Hilton)

It’s located on Amingiri Island, not far from Male’s Velana International Airport (MLE). Of course, because we’re talking about the Maldives, when we say not far, we mean not far by speedboat. The resort is about a 15-minute boat ride away from the airport, Hilton says. The ride costs $300 for travelers age 13 and over, $150 for those age 6-12, and free for younger children.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps)

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While the rooms at the resort certainly are not cheap, but when you consider what you can end up paying for this kind of stay, the prices you’ll find in the first few months might not be quite as high as you’d expect.

The property

The new Hilton Maldives Amingiri includes a combination of over-the-water and beach villas, but each of them has a private pool.

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Inside an over-the-water villa at the Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort.(Rendering courtesy of Hilton)

At the resort, you’ll also find a spa, fitness center, salon and six restaurants and bars.

From a pool bar and cocktail lounge, to a champagne bar, tea lounge and seafood dining options, the property’s eating and drinking spots appear to capitalize on the surroundings, with a wealth of covered outdoor spaces, waterside seating and incredible views of the water.

Indoors, the resort’s spa uses floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure you can still take in the beautiful scenery.

 

While the property certainly caters to couples, there are also two-bedroom options and a six-bedroom villa for larger groups or families traveling together.

Below is a rendering of the property’s least expensive accommodation. You can see the above-water villa, surrounded mostly by glass windows, with a private pool, hammock and private ladder down to the ocean.

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A one-bedroom, over-the-water villa at the property. (Rendering courtesy of Hilton)

Booking

The resort will take bookings for stays starting July 1. I was able to easily find villa availability starting on that day and throughout the summer and fall months, well into 2023. The villas can also be booked with cash, Hilton Honors points or a combination of the two.

Taking a look at a week-long stay at this property from its first day available, I found a nightly rate of $739 for a villa. That seems to be a pretty consistent starting price as I looked into August and September, with the prices trending upward toward the later months of the year.

hilton maldives booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Hilton)

Better yet, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to spend your points, it’s a decent redemption. You can get this villa for 110,000 points per night. According to TPG’s valuations, that’s worth about $660 per night.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Hilton)

As mentioned, the one-bedroom villa is just the starting point. If you’re looking for two bedrooms (or more) you’ll obviously pay more. I found two-bedroom villas listed at above $2,000, and upwards of 900,000 to just over a million points per night.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Hilton)

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The property currently has availability throughout the summer and much of 2022.

Other Hilton properties

As you consider Hilton resorts in the Maldives, keep in mind there are three others in its portfolio including the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and the Saiid Lagoon Maldives, which is a Curio Collection property.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives (Photo by Brian Kelly/The Points Guy)

The latter included some rooms at far less expensive rates than the new Hilton property, but it’s worth considering what you’ll get for your money.

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Looking at that early July timeframe, I found an on-the-beach room for $278 at Saiid Lagoon, but there’s no private pool. To get a more comparable accommodation to the new Hilton, you’ll pay similar prices.

hilton curio maldives booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Hilton)

Getting to the Maldives

Checking Google Flights for the best airfare to Velana International Airport during the first week this Hilton resort is open, the best cash fare I found out of New York was on Qatar. The $1,871 round trip includes stops in both directions at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (DOH).

JFK MLE booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

As is the case for many destinations in 2022, the prices drop significantly if you’re willing to wait until the fall months. I found an $1,107 round trip on Ethiad, although take a good hard look at the itinerary to ensure you’re OK with the lengthy layovers before you book that trip.

JFK MLE fall booking screenshot
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Now, back to points and miles. If you’ve got them, you can get a better deal than you’ll find in cash. I found a round trip on United out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in July for 90,000 MileagePlus points. TPG values that at about $1,089, so when you compare that to fares in the $1,800 to $1,900 range, that’s a much better value in miles.

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(Screenshot courtesy of United Airlines)

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Bottom line

This is an exciting resort opening not just because it is (what appears to be) a stunning new property in a bucket list-worthy destination, but one that has rewards booking available from the first day it’s taking reservations.

If you’ve been hunting around for the right place to use a large haul of points and miles for a great vacation experience, this could be a trip to consider.

Rendering courtesy of Hilton.

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