Included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best hotels in the Maldives, voted the‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards, Ayada Maldives is a private island resort offering a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style. Set in the relatively unexplored Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the country – just a few kilometres above the equator – the luxury resort offers 122 spacious villas and suites, with private pools, butler service and thoughtful five-star detailing. Traditional thatched-roof water-villas stand on stilts over the resort’s peaceful lagoon, while beach villas offer absolute privacy amid tropical greenery alongside powder-soft palm-lined white beaches. Food lovers can explore the six restaurants, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa which boasts a Turkish Hammam and eight private treatment villas.
Showcasing the majesty of the natural surroundings, Ayada Maldives offers nine luxury accommodation types, all of which bring together contemporary with traditional Maldivian and Turkish design elements. The stilted water villas have each been carefully placed on the uniquely shaped jetty to capture magnificent views of the endless horizon whilst the beach villas offer an enclave of absolute privacy and serenity less than 30 steps from the Indian Ocean.
The resort comprises 33 Beach Villas, 4 Family Beach Suites,14 Sunset Beach Suites, 33 Ocean Villas, 11 Sunset Lagoon Suites, 14 Sunset Ocean Suites, 2 Family Ocean Suites, and the outstanding duplex Ayada Royal Ocean Suite. Designed, planned and constructed exclusively keeping in mind the need to provide a luxurious yet simple, modern yet authentic experience for our guests. All exterior and interior elements have been especially commissioned to use the most durable natural elements and as such there is an abundance of teak, marble and terrazzo finishing’s on display. The resort pays special tribute to its Turkish influence by introducing subtle Ottoman style decorative elements in the guest villas and dining venues.
Magu (Main Restaurant) Open for breakfast and dinner, Magu is Ayada Maldives’ main restaurant showcasing a generous international buffet with daily changing themes – for example Far Eastern, Chef’s Special, Maldivian, Mexican, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern – ensuring that every night diners enjoy an abundance of variety and flavor.
The buffet is noted for its emphasis on choice and quality: heaps of vegetables, salads and tropical fruits are set alongside steaming dishes, hot and fresh from the kitchen while a team of chefs are ready to conjure up a choice of dishes a la minute in the central show kitchen. Set on the beach, this elegant restaurant has a peaceful central reflecting pool and is surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Diners have the options of sitting outside under the palm trees and wonderful Maldivian sky, or in an air-conditioned pavilion.
Ayada Maldives offers an extensive list of excursions that will showcase the finest and authentic Maldivian experiences. Ranging from sunset cruises, fishing trips and genuine island excursions to inhabited islands, all excursions are undertaken under the care of experienced and personable team members.
AYSPA Treatment Suites allow you complete privacy to enjoy the ultimate spa experience. Consisting of two individual treatment beds, relaxation area with day bed, steam shower, private bathroom, an outdoor courtyard with sunken bath and waterfall shower. The Treatment Suite is perfect for sharing indulgent relaxation time with a friend, loved one or simply by yourself.
• AySpa Haven – One hour relaxation time and your choice of any 2 hours treatments.
• AySpa Oasis – One hour relaxation time and your choice of any 3 hours treatments.
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Ayada Maldives has some of the most amazing coral reefs in the area which are well worth exploring, and snorkeling is the easiest and best way to discover the reef and abundant marine life. We recommend that you speak to us first regarding the ocean conditions because the currents may affect your experience. We advise you to begin snorkeling against the current as when you get tired, it is easier to come back with the current. Remember that sunburn is very common, so cover up with waterproof sunblock to protect yourself prior to snorkeling. Fins, mask and snorkel are provided free of charge to our guests during your stay and we kindly request that you return them one day before your departure. For less confident swimmers we also provide life jackets to wear in the water free of charge. Please see the map for the best snorkeling spots around the island.
Take a gentle tour of the island from the ocean on our ocean paddle boats either on a single or double canoe and enjoy the beauty of the sea while getting a good upper body workout.
The mild winds and the shallow lagoon provide for the perfect conditions for wind surfing. Our water sports instructor will be happy to provide a refresher course or to teach you on the finer points of windsurfing. Combining the basic elements of surfing and sailing, Ayada Maldives offers a variety of options for windsurfing with different boards and sails for experienced windsurfers with lessons and courses available for those wishing to try for the first time.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
The latest trend to hit the water sports world, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is easier than surfing and gives you the chance to catch more waves in set and get a better view of incoming sets. As well as being tremendous fun, it’s also famous for giving a strong core workout – great for fitness fans.
Set sail with our seasoned captain and enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes from being out on the water on a catamaran. Visit a nearby island or simply bask in the delight of being in the open sea. These non-motorized sailing experiences are perfect either by day or at sunset.
One of our most popular activities, here you can enjoy the thrill of speed on the water. As you head off to your adventure rest assured that one of our experienced guides will safely lead you to beautiful spots.
Bounce across the waves in a tube connected by a rope to our speedboat. Just give it a try and you will understand why it’s called a FUN tube. With you sitting inside that tube, the boat slowly starts accelerating and you move just above the water at great speed. Great fun!
BANANA BOAT RIDE
The classic water fun: you sit with up to five people on the banana as we tow it at speed: the aim is to remain seated. As the speedboat gets faster and turns you’ll have to hold on to the banana and try to stay sitting on it. It’s an easy, fun, sport that’s safely conducted with life jackets.
WATER SKIING / MONO SKIING / WAKEBOARDING
When the wind is calm and the water on the lagoon is flat, it’s the perfect time to get out on the water for water skiing. For seasoned water skiers, why not try the mono ski or wakeboarding?
Speed lover? Long to feel the wind in your face and taste the tang of the sea spray? Then ask about renting our speedboat and feel the gentle adrenaline rush as you race across the ocean.
All our holidays come with full ABTA and ATOL protection - guarranteed.