Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi just transports you through its Instagram feed. Scrolling through photos of beachside hammocks, tree-top restaurants, secluded overwater villas, pastel sunsets, and seemingly endless turquoise waters can make you feel like you’re in a hotel. of the Maldives.

This is one of the reasons why Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi won the 2021 Instagram Hotel of the Year award from the Forbes Travel Guide.

For the annual Star Awards, FTG’s editorial department selected five nominees (including Airelles Gordes, La Bastide on the Côte d’Azur; Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico; Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort; and Grand Hotel Tremezzo at Lake Como) from its top performing luxury hotel posts on FTG’s own Instagram account for 2020. The team searched for feeds that radiate personality, engage with followers, have an aesthetic overall breathtaking and stimulate the desire to travel. Next, readers and subscribers were invited to select their favorite in an online survey. Thousands of people voted and the Maldives resort came out on top.

To celebrate the second annual winner (Montage Los Cabos won the award last year), we’re bringing you a tour of the most Instagrammable spots in Waldorf Astoria Maldives:

Watch the sun set in the Indian Ocean at the Amber Champagne Bar around bubbles, champagne cocktails and light snacks.

For the ultimate getaway, book The Private Island, you own a 344,445 square foot playground with two villas, five swimming pools, an overwater spa, and an entertainment center with a movie theater.

Head to the treetops to dine in Terra’s Seven Bamboo Pods for upscale food and panoramic views.

One of the resort’s hidden gems is the adults-only mirror pool.

Retreat to a Reef Villa, surrounded by a tropical garden and featuring an expansive wooden deck suspended over the water.

Relax in the largest spa in the Maldives, a tropical oasis.

Paddle (don’t worry, boat transportation is also available) to one of the two Stella Maris Ocean Villa duplexes for a romantic and secluded getaway in the middle of the ocean.

Enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean, an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, and ample indoor and outdoor living space at this three-bedroom overwater villa.

Whether you want a private candlelight dinner or an intimate wedding, this lodge provides an unbeatable backdrop.

Spend the afternoon at the Lagoon Family Pool, with a live DJ, refreshing cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and a delicious tapas menu.

Arrange yourself in a three bedroom villa with two infinity pools and expansive outdoor spaces just steps from the beach.