Hilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts has signed a management agreement with Malé-based Ithaafushi Investments. The partnership will open a resort in the Maldives archipelago.

John Vanderslice, the global head of luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton said, “Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts continues to deliver on its mission to be the world’s fastest growing, most innovative luxury hotel brand, expanding its global footprint with landmark signings in iconic destinations. Waldorf Astoria Maldives will set a new standard for Maldivian luxury, offering global travellers first class accommodations in a unique and inspirational environment where they can experience our bespoke True Waldorf Service, while enjoying an unforgettable getaway in the Indian Ocean.”

The second Hilton resort by Waldorf Astoria in this region, Waldorf Astoria Maldives will span across three islands in South Malé Atoll, and have ten F&B options, including nine speciality restaurants.

Guy Phillips, the senior vice president of development – Asia and Australasia at Hilton says, “We are thrilled to continue our luxury expansion in Asia by introducing Waldorf Astoria in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. With magnificent natural beauty and an amazing underwater world, the Maldives remains an inspirational choice for world travellers today.”

The Maldives has nearly 1,190 islands and sandbanks, surrounded by crystal clear water. It is home to a large variety of coral and other marine flora and fauna.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives will be part of Hilton Honors, the Hilton loyalty programme for 14 brands under this hospitality group. Members who book directly through Hilton will have access to loyalty benefits, such as an exclusive member discount, free wifi, and flexible payment options that lets members choose any combination of points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their points for free nights.

The opening date for Waldorf Astoria Maldives hasn’t been announced yet.