Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort and Spa assessment

Hilton opened its fourth resort within the Maldives — the Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa — in July 2022. This new resort joined Hilton’s different resorts — Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and SAii Lagoon Maldives — in a tropical island vacation spot notably well-liked with {couples} and, due to the expense of getting and staying there, award vacationers.

It is comparatively straightforward to search out customary award availability on the Hilton Maldives costing 110,000 Hilton Honors factors per evening. My husband and I had two Hilton free evening certificates expiring quickly, so we redeemed 220,000 Hilton factors and these certificates for a four-night keep this June. This is what it is like to remain on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri and how one can profit from a go to.

What’s Hilton Maldives Amingiri?

The Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is on North Male Atoll and contains 109 villas. The resort says it’s only a 20-minute speedboat experience from the nation’s major worldwide airport in Male, however our outbound speedboat took 29 minutes, and our return speedboat felt prefer it was racing to hit the 20-minute mark. Throughout our keep, round-trip speedboat transfers price $383 per grownup and $191 for kids ages 6 to 11 for shared service. And because the resort would not enable friends to make use of third-party transfers, you will have to make use of resort-operated speedboats.

Hilton Maldives Amingiri is on a small non-public island lower than one kilometer (about 0.6 miles) in size. You may discover three eating places, seashore villas, procuring retailers, an artwork middle, a dive middle, a water sports activities hut, a soccer pitch, a multisport area, a youngsters middle, a teen zone and the reception space on the primary island.

A restaurant, a bar, the spa, overwater villas and overwater suites are all out there on walkways that reach from the island.

It is easy to stroll in every single place, however the resort additionally offers bicycles for friends to make use of.

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Huge, well-designed villas with non-public swimming pools

Every of the 109 villas at Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa has a non-public pool. We booked and stayed in the one villa sort we may reserve with factors and free evening certificates as a normal award: the 1,485-square-foot one-bedroom seashore pool villa.

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Seashore villa on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri. KATIE GENTER/THE POINTS GUY

The principle entry door of our seashore pool villa opened into a big bed room space. Behind the mattress had been the desk and minibar, which supplied paid objects and complimentary espresso, tea and nonetheless water. You possibly can ask for extra complimentary tea, espresso and nonetheless water to your room at any time.

In entrance of the mattress was a desk and bench (which was nice for gazing out on the views whereas nonetheless having fun with the air-con). There was a 54-inch TV to the left of the sofa and a chair with a aspect desk to the proper. The bed room had massive home windows on three sides, however sheer shades and heavy curtains did a superb job of blocking out daylight and offering privateness when wanted.

We discovered the mattress snug and liked looking on the ocean every morning after opening the curtains. The fan over the mattress was additionally helpful for producing additional airflow, particularly for those who do not take pleasure in air-con.

Behind the desk had been two massive wood doorways resulting in the closet space with two closets and a suitcase bench in between every. We wished there have been cabinets or extra drawers for clothes storage, although. And it was awkward that you just could not open the doorways to at least one closet once you had the doorways between the bed room and closet space open.

Sadly, the doorways between the bed room and closet space had been noisy when opened or closed, so you will seemingly get up others in your villa for those who go to the restroom (which is simply previous the closet space) at evening. And you may need to shut the doorways whereas sleeping for the reason that glass door between the closet space and the backyard would not have blinds or curtains.

The lavatory held a bathe room on the left and a rest room room on the proper when getting into from the bed room. The indoor bathe room had a glass door resulting in the backyard and its out of doors bathe. I liked utilizing the out of doors bathe, and we discovered the drying rack within the out of doors backyard helpful for our swimwear.

The lavatory additionally had bench on the left and an oval-shaped soaking tub on the proper. The bathtub had a built-in neck assist that was meant to be ergonomic however won’t be snug primarily based in your peak. The self-importance space had two sinks set right into a limestone counter, lighted mirrors and a snug ground mat. Remember that anybody on the seashore will see clearly into this space in the course of the day or evening if you do not have the curtain lowered.

The within of the villa was spectacular. However the spotlight of the seashore villa was its out of doors space. The plunge pool — which was L-shaped and ran from the toilet space to the entrance of the villa — was strongly chlorinated however in any other case nice to loosen up in, due to its snug temperature and elegant ocean views.

I liked sitting on the two-person swing within the evenings. And the two-seat desk was the right spot to take pleasure in a room service meal. When you wished to loosen up nearer to the seashore, the 2 lounge chairs within the sand had been adjustable and normally shaded by a big umbrella.

The Wi-Fi in each our villa and across the resort was ok for social media and even some video calls I made for work. I did not have any points with the Wi-Fi disconnecting or requiring reauthentication all through my keep, whilst I walked across the island.

Web velocity check from our villa. SPEEDTEST.NET

The one-bedroom seashore villa was wonderful, particularly contemplating it is the room sort you’ll be able to e-book at customary award evening charges. However, for those who’d want an overwater villa, on many dates you’ll be able to e-book an overwater villa at a decrease paid charge than a seashore villa. So, if snagging an overwater villa to your journey is essential to you, contemplate reserving a paid charge or including on a couple of paid nights in an overwater villa initially or finish of your award keep to check out each villa varieties.

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You possibly can earn and redeem Hilton factors

The first cause I selected to remain at Hilton Maldives Amingiri as an alternative of one other resort for the final 4 nights of my Maldives journey was the flexibility to make use of two soon-to-expire Hilton free evening certificates. Plus, for the reason that $383-per-adult round-trip speedboat payment is a bit a lot for a two-night keep, I appreciated with the ability to redeem 110,000 Hilton factors per evening to increase our keep two extra nights.

Most nights on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri will be booked as customary room award nights for 110,000 factors per evening, so award availability is not a problem for those who hope to redeem Hilton factors or free evening certificates. And since Hilton Maldives Amingiri is a resort, you should utilize the Hilton Honors American Categorical Aspire Card’s Hilton resort credit score at this property.

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You possibly can switch American Categorical Membership Rewards factors to Hilton Honors at a 1:2 ratio for those who want extra Hilton factors for an upcoming keep. Or, you’ll be able to join a brand new Hilton Honors card and earn extra factors as you utilize your card. I’ve the Hilton Aspire Card, however you may additionally contemplate the Hilton Honors American Categorical Surpass® Card, The Hilton Honors American Categorical Enterprise Card or the no-annual-fee Hilton Honors American Categorical Card (see charges and charges).

You may additionally earn Hilton Honors factors in your keep as a Hilton member. I earned 20 factors per greenback as a Hilton Diamond member and 14 factors per greenback with my Hilton Aspire Card when paying for my keep’s incidental bills.

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Completely different perks for Hilton elite members

You should not count on an improve when staying at most Hilton resorts within the Maldives, whilst a Diamond elite member. Realizing many Gold and Diamond members could also be disillusioned by the dearth of an improve, Hilton’s web site shows a checklist of alternate advantages at Maldives resorts. For Gold and Diamond members staying on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri (and as much as one visitor staying in the identical villa), these advantages embody:

  • Day by day breakfast at Habitat.
  • In-villa welcome bottle of wine and fruit basket.
  • With choose 60-minute massages, get an extra half-hour at Amingiri Spa (just for Diamond members).
  • Complimentary every day afternoon indulgence with a collection of drinks from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sip Tea Lounge.

As anticipated, we did not get an improve to an overwater villa or suite as Diamond members. However a bottle of wine and a fruit platter awaited us in our seashore villa as promised.


The breakfast buffet at Habitat was plentiful every morning, providing all kinds of Asian, Western and Indian delicacies. You could possibly even make mimosas or take pleasure in a smoothie on the juice bar. And you may order numerous specialty objects from cooks on the buffet, together with dosas, soups and egg dishes.

We got tables with ocean views most mornings after offering our villa quantity to a workers member on the entrance to the restaurant, presumably as a result of our Diamond standing.

We additionally loved the “every day afternoon indulgence” at Sip Tea Lounge every afternoon. There have been all the time a couple of different Gold and Diamond members at Sip throughout this time, however we by no means struggled to discover a place to take a seat. The featured cocktail and mocktail had been completely different every day, however the menu additionally listed quite a lot of different drinks (each nonalcoholic and alcoholic) that you may order.

Primarily based on our expertise (and what we noticed of the opposite friends round us), you may take pleasure in a number of drinks from the particular menu without spending a dime from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day throughout this service slightly than simply getting a single drink.

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Personal retreat vibes

Most friends appear to come back to Hilton Maldives Amingiri for privateness and rest. You will not see many friends strolling concerning the resort, as most go for buggy pickups or experience the offered bikes. And though we did discover one group being towed behind a speedboat in an inflatable raft and noticed a younger household biking across the resort a couple of instances, most friends appeared to spend most of their time of their villas. Although there’s a public pool close to Aura with a swim-up bar, we hardly ever noticed every other friends utilizing it.

The villas are shut collectively. However though we may hear our neighbors from our out of doors space — and see them as they went out to the seashore a number of instances — we by no means heard them whereas inside our villa. The resort has put in fencing and planted dense greenery (that largely hides the fencing) between the seashore villas, so our seashore villa felt sufficiently non-public regardless of its proximity to different lodging.

Some seashore villas are nearer to the island’s primary pathways than others. Ours was offset from the trail, so I did not hear a lot site visitors even whereas utilizing the out of doors bathe. Plus, the backyard partitions are tall sufficient (and friends aren’t allowed to make use of drones on the island) that privateness whereas showering within the backyard is not a priority, even for villas near the pathway.

The pathway from our villa. KATIE GENTER/THE POINTS GUY

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4 eating places and three bars

Hilton Maldives Amingiri gives 4 eating places and three bars:

Sadly, my husband and I had been sick with meals poisoning from a earlier resort for a lot of our keep, so I did not eat something our first evening and ordered vegetable fried rice via in-villa eating our second evening. Though I usually would not order fried rice at a resort within the Maldives, it smelled nice and — most significantly — did not additional upset my abdomen.

Regardless of nonetheless feeling unwell, I obtained an 8:30 p.m. reservation at Origin on our third evening. The passionfruit iced tea was flavorful and refreshing, whereas the fettuccine alfredo included freshly made noodles and was surprisingly good for a seafood restaurant. I additionally tried the pan-seared coral grouper, which tasted bland regardless of its beet sauce and passionfruit topping.

We lastly felt largely higher on our final full day, so we headed to Aura for a day DJ set. We performed desk tennis and foosball whereas listening to the Dubai-based DJ earlier than sitting right down to order pina coladas. We discovered Aura to be an ideal place to loosen up on a heat day.

We additionally made an 8 p.m. reservation at Seashore Shack for our remaining evening on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri. The meat tartare was recent and flavorful, whereas the rooster was tender and served with creamy mashed potatoes. We did not really feel like dessert, however the server delivered a complimentary baked Alaska from the chef so we gave it a strive. It was a enjoyable presentation — so for those who’re contemplating dessert at Seashore Shack, I extremely advocate it.

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Inconsistent service

Normally, most workers members we interacted with had been pleasant and casual. We liked how the workers at Sip remembered our elite hour order from our first day on every subsequent day.


We additionally loved speaking to the pleasant, down-to-earth workers on the water sports activities hut. They’ve a pet hen named Simba, who’s pleasant and adored by many of the water sports activities workers, however it’s a must to ask for them to carry him out for a go to.

We additionally preferred having a single level of contact, our GEM (Visitor Expertise Maker). She greeted us by identify after we arrived on the island, confirmed us across the island by way of a cart experience and created a Whatsapp group with my husband and me to share data all through our keep. She was typically conscious of our requests in below an hour, made dinner reservations when requested and secured late checkout on our departure day.

Nevertheless, the GEMs gave the impression to be juggling a variety of friends. Plus, since they’re additionally tasked with offering cart service to their friends, friends needing extra help can simply monopolize a GEM’s time. We’re undecided what occurred with our GEM, however she did not ship us every day digests with out our prompting throughout our keep (regardless of telling us she would achieve this at check-in). And the logistics round our checkout had been poorly communicated, resulting in pointless confusion.

Service at some meals was additionally awkward. For instance, we appeared to have two workers members serving our desk after we ate dinner at Seashore Shack, however they did not talk properly with one another so our order had a couple of kinks. A workers member adopted my husband across the breakfast buffet one morning providing to serve him dishes, which additionally felt pointless. In the meantime, one other server insisted on giving me fresh-cut watermelon at breakfast even after I mentioned I did not need any.

I additionally discovered it irritating that some resort workers members solely addressed my husband. At a resort that caters to many cultures and nationalities, I discovered it disappointing to be fully ignored by some workers members.

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Tropical vegetation and wildlife

This wasn’t my first journey to the Maldives. I first visited in 2021, staying at 5 completely different resorts: Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort, Six Senses Laamu and Vacation Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives. One facet that units Hilton Maldives Amingiri aside from most different Maldives resorts I’ve stayed at is its greenery.

For instance, I liked the flowers current all through the resort, from these I may see from our villa’s pool and porch to the flowering shrubbery adorning the surface of the overwater villas and suites. I additionally appreciated the bamboo on the desk in our villa and the vegetation on the tables at many of the resort’s eating places.


Seeing wild chicks by the children membership on a number of events and dolphins swimming alongside the coast in entrance of our villa one morning was superior (and intensely unusual, in line with our GEM).

However I notably loved seeing black-tipped reef sharks. My husband seen a black-tipped reef shark within the boat harbor after we arrived, so we returned the subsequent day and realized that lots of them are sometimes within the harbor.

However we additionally seen these younger sharks simply off the seashore by our villa and swimming close to the overwater walkway to the overwater villas. So, maintain an eye fixed out for them for those who go to — they’re enjoyable to look at.

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Points to think about earlier than reserving

There are numerous wonderful resorts within the Maldives. So, it may be daunting to choose the perfect resort for you. Listed here are some facets to think about earlier than reserving a keep on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri.

  • No home reef: You possibly can borrow complimentary snorkeling tools from the dive store and get a briefing on the perfect locations to snorkel across the resort from the pleasant workers. Nevertheless, though you’ll be able to see some fish and scattered coral, there is not a home reef (one positioned simply offshore) such as you’ll discover at some Maldives resorts (together with Six Senses Laamu and InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort). When you’re a powerful swimmer, I like to recommend snorkeling off the 500s villas (there is a ladder all friends can use partway down the walkway to those villas). My husband and I left our footwear on the water sports activities hut, obtained a cart to the ladder on the 500s pier after which snorkeled with the present for about an hour from these villas to the water sports activities seashore.
  • Reservations are sometimes wanted: I want to eat once I’m hungry slightly than having to plan each meal prematurely. Particularly whereas touring, I would like to make a last-minute reservation or present up and be seated. At Origin and Seashore Shack, it’s essential to make a reservation, although — and if you wish to dine at your required time, you will have to make your reservation a number of days prematurely. Our GEM mentioned you’ll be able to cancel till the final minute, so you could need to make reservations once you arrive after which cancel later if wanted.
  • Complimentary upgrades are unlikely: Hilton resorts within the Maldives provide different advantages for Gold and Diamond members since they do not normally provide room upgrades as an elite perk. So, for those who’re hoping to get a complimentary improve, you could need to stick with a unique lodge loyalty program. If you wish to stick with Hilton, contemplate reserving the room you need or being proactive about asking for a paid improve earlier than your keep.
  • Nicely-equipped youngsters membership: I haven’t got any kids, however the youngsters membership on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri seems to be nice. With pleasant workers, indoor and out of doors play areas, a young children’s pool and even sleeping rooms, that is simply one of many nicest youngsters golf equipment I’ve seen whereas reviewing resorts.
  • It isn’t distant: As you would possibly count on from a resort that is only a brief speedboat experience from the nation’s primary worldwide airport, the Hilton Maldives Amingiri is not distant. You may see different islands and resorts from numerous angles on the island. And you may see the lights of Male at evening and its skyline on clear days.
  • Visitors maintain to themselves: When you’re searching for a resort the place you will make mates on the bar or pool, Hilton Maldives Amingiri is not the place for you since most friends maintain to themselves. There aren’t many resort actions to carry friends collectively moreover twice-a-day yoga courses, once-a-week seashore soccer, a once-a-week marine discuss and a modest schedule of paid actions.
  • Account for meals, drinks, actions and transfers: In case you have a decent trip finances or are delicate to prices whereas touring, a visit to the Maldives can nonetheless price you a superb bit of money even for those who use factors and miles to your flights and inns. Check out the menus above to get a really feel for meals and exercise pricing on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri, which might begin to add up over a couple of days.
  • Fashionable gymnasium with a view: If you wish to get a exercise in whereas on trip, the gymnasium on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri is a snug place to take action. A lot of the cardio tools has ocean views, as does the out of doors yoga platform. You can too take a bathe and benefit from the steam room and sauna within the gymnasium. And for those who get hungry whereas figuring out, you’ll be able to snack on the offered apples and nuts.
  • The overwater spa is gorgeous: If it matches your finances (and bear in mind, Diamond members obtain extra time with sure massages) then it is value a go to to the resort’s overwater spa, which gives therapies like a hammam, facials and specialty baths among the many ordinary suspects.

Lastly, a observe about accessibility: Hilton’s web site says the Hilton Maldives Amingiri has at the least one room with no steps that’s accessible to wheelchair customers. However, the identical webpage states that the resort would not provide an accessible public entrance. And certainly, vacationers with restricted mobility might battle to get on and off the boat required to achieve the resort from the airport.

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Essentially the most memorable components of my keep on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri had been our engaging seashore villa, the black-tipped reef sharks within the harbor and the stay DJ set we listened to at Aura one afternoon whereas taking part in pingpong and foosball.

We obtained wonderful worth utilizing two Hilton free evening certificates and 220,000 Hilton factors for our keep. I appreciated the every day Diamond and Gold elite hour at Sip Tea Lounge and using flowers within the resort’s landscaping. And though the villas are positioned shut collectively, and you’ll see different islands and resorts from some areas, I did not discover both notably problematic throughout my keep.

I loved my keep on the Hilton Maldives Amingiri, however I am not actively planning a return journey as I would slightly strive a unique Hilton property or return to one in every of my favourite resorts from my earlier journey. Nevertheless, I like to recommend the resort, particularly to vacationers for whom it could be a superb match. In spite of everything, the Hilton Maldives Amingiri has maybe the best-equipped youngsters membership I’ve seen within the Maldives, good alternatives for procuring (together with a jewellery boutique), an ideal pool space at Aura and great villas good for privateness and rest. And it constantly gives customary reward availability, making it a compelling selection for Hilton loyalists.

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