Recognised as the World’s Leading New Villa Resort by the World Travel Awards, Ayada Maldives has been making waves since opening last year. Breaking Travel News calls in at what is fast becoming one of the most sought after resorts in the Indian Ocean.
Since opening last year, Ayada Maldives has made a grand impression on the luxury hospitality scene, reflected in its victory at the World Travel Awards Grand Final 2011 when it was voted ‘World’s Leading New Villa Resort’. This was preceded by top honours at WTA’s Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony in September, when it was named ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort’.
Owned by Turkey’s Aydeniz Group, the 112-villa resort is located just 30 kilometres from the equator in the Gafuu Dhaalu Atoll and on the previously undeveloped island of Maguhdhuvaa. The location is ideal, with the distance from Maldives capital Malé meaning the resort takes on the feel of an intimate hideaway, with the closest inhabited island more than ten kilometres away. The lack of ambient light also allows for breathtaking star-gazing opportunities.
Ayada is made up of 62 seafront and 50 water villas, starting from 103 square metres. Each of the sea villas comes with its own private pool and terrace overlooking the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean. They are positioned so as to capture views of the spectacular sunrise and sunsets with infinite views of the ocean. For a taste of ultra luxury try the outstanding duplex Ayada Royal Ocean Suite.
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 sandstone finishings throughout the property.
Ayada Maldives offers guests seven vividly enticing outlets, each with its own influence, ranging from exotic Asian flavours to tantalising Mediterranean specialities. The unique ‘Ile de Joie’, for example, offers an extensive selection of quality wines and cheeses with an array of the finest chocolate as well as a humidor stocked with a variety of top quality Cuban cigars. All dining experiences at Ayada Maldives come complete with impeccable service and breathtaking views of the ocean.
Like much of the Maldives, Maguhdhuvaa is surrounded by pristine waters – perfect for both diving and snorkelling. The onsite dive and watersports centre offers a range of courses and experiences, including anything from professional PADI diving certifications to fun dives, snorkelling, canoeing, wind surfing, catamaran sailing, stand up paddling, and water skiing. Other recreational facilities include a large infinity pool, tennis, mini football, volleyball, badminton and a games room with Xbox, PS3 and pool tables.
The resort also benefits from proximity to the best surfing spots in the Maldives, Kid’s Club and babysitting services. Private events are catered for with ‘The White Room’ offering a venue for a wedding or large scale event with a garden setting for up to 450 people.
Ayada’s 3,500 square metre AySpa, which is managed by spa consultants ESPA, was designed by leading spa experts and unites the nurturing effects of water with earth’s elements. AySpa boasts the only private hammam in the Maldives and is also the only facility to offer Vichy spa products. At over 3,500 sqm, it is one of the most comprehensive in the Indian Ocean. Guests can try three exclusive signature rituals, all of which have been carefully considered to unite the nurturing effects natural elements as well as three unique AySpa hammam rituals.