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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 09/13/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Awarded with the “Certificate of Excellence” and “Traveller’s Choice” in 2019, also listed among the top 25 luxury resorts worldwide, Ayada Maldives is a luxury 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 from the equator - the island offers 122 spacious villas and suites, all with private pools, butler 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 and bars, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa set in beautiful tropical gardens which boasts a Turkish Hammam as well as a Vichy Shower and eight private treatment villas. The resort is noted for its gardens and tropical greenery and is ringed by a pristine coral reef where dolphins are frequent visitors. The active can explore the area on a host of excursions that include visits to the equator, local villages and fishing trips, while at the resort they can play tennis or badminton, take up watersports, learn yoga or simply hit the 24-hour gym. Outstanding diving and snorkeling opportunities surround the island on reefs that have barely been visited by humans while some of the country's best surfing breaks are just a quick speedboat journey away. Weddings take place just before sunset in the private wedding chapel set in a treelined garden or on the beach under a gazebo draped with flowing material.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Yoga classes
Yoga room
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Swimup bar
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Tennis court offsite
Children's playground
Children's television networks
Indoor play area for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Free airport transportation
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Banquet room
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Makeup services
Massage chair
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Russian, Arabic and 18 more


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Matthew J wrote a review Nov 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
If you are questioning whether or not to spend your time here, let me answer it for you and say yes. It does take a bit of travel to get to Ayada, but the 1 hour plane and 1 hour boat ride here are well worth it. the island is beautiful. The rooms, delightful. The food, delicious. The service and ambiance, unrivaled. Zeeshan was our butler, and he did am amazing job helping is with reservations, activities, and any need that arose. You will not regret coming here. Pro tip: do not discount the buffet. It is amazing.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Ayada Maldives, General Manager at Ayada Maldives
Responded yesterday
Dear Mattjach Thank you for providing a glowing recommendation of our island paradise. All of my colleagues at Ayada Maldives are so pleased that you had such a phenomenal time and that you enjoyed the quality of our villas, food and exceptional service - in particular Zeeshan. The Magu Restaurant team are so grateful for your comments about the buffet being amazing. They are thrilled that they were able to exceed your expectations. I look forward to welcoming you back soon Kindest regards Simon Quarrell General Manager
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abiamelia wrote a review Apr 2021
Baltimore, Maryland16 contributions13 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
We had an amazing week at Ayada! Villas are very well appointed and comfortable. The four of us stayed in one Sunset Beach Suite and one Ocean Villa, both lovely. I had a few preferential requests at the beginning of our stay and they were all accommodated immediately by the resort. The AC unit in our Beach Suite struggled a bit. However, the resort is actively addressing this. It was certainly cool, just not as cold as I prefer at times. I do tend to be a bit more particular than most about temperature. Special thank you to Maiz and Tuncay from the Dive Kingdom. I gained so much confidence and thoroughly loved diving with them both. They also scheduled and made available everything I wished to do within our timeframe. The absolute highlight of my holiday! Aside from diving, we did a snorkel excursion which was fantastic. My mom felt very at ease as she sometimes is slightly nervous in the water. Our guide, who's name escapes me, took excellent care of her to ensure we all had a great experience! Snorkeling the house reef is brilliant. Drop off is easily accessible allowing us to spend many relaxing hours exploring the reef and seeing the colorful signs of coral regrowth. I feel compelled to recommend bringing reef safe sunscreen or rash guards for the water, as hopefully the coral continues to thrive. Spa atmosphere is gorgeous. Thank you Sugi and the rest of the team! My mom and I absolutely loved each treatment. Food was delicious at each restaurant we tried. A personal favorite was Kai, offering many really great vegetarian entrees. Buffet lunch at Ocean Breeze was a surprising standout, my preferred lunch spot. The menu at Zero Degrees was also very good, we enjoyed chatting with the bartenders while having drinks. This illustrates one of the aspects I feel Ayada really excels at. They offer an outstandingly balanced range of options without sacrificing quality. After a full day in the water, or a full day traveling from the US!, the relaxed atmosphere in Magu allowed us to comfortably enjoy a great buffet dinner. I was equally impressed with the more formal dining experience and high quality menu at Ocean Breeze on certain evenings. Sitting by the water, under the stars was truly amazing. Overall, the staff at Ayada really shined. Everyone we encountered was genuinely friendly, warm and welcoming. My parents loved talking with Mai at breakfast every morning, she truly made them both feel right at home. Management went out of their way to greet and check in with us regularly, making sure everyone was happy. Huzaif took excellent care of our villa. And yes, Zeeshan is every bit as fantastic and professional as other reviews have expressed. An invaluable asset to this excellent team, promptly answering any questions, suggesting activities and facilitating all of our requests. Thank you Ayada!
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Date of stay: April 2021
5 Helpful votes
Response from Ayada Maldives, General Manager at Ayada Maldives
Responded Apr 28, 2021
Dear Abigail B Thank you for your lovely recommendation of our island paradise. We are thrilled that you found our resort to be amazing and you enjoyed the quality of the scuba diving, snorkeling and excellent food in all of our restaurants. I am so pleased that my colleagues were able to provide you with such friendly service and we were able to exceed your expectations. All of the colleagues that have been mentioned are so grateful for the recognition that you have provided. Thank you again for taking the time to provide a review of Ayada Maldives. We look forward to welcoming you back soon to create even more happy memories. Kindest regards Simon Quarrell General Manager
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Mohamed wrote a review Nov 2021
United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
The accomodation was absolutely perfect, the staff was really kind, nice and helpful, smiling to you all the time, available 24 hours. The main restaurant Magu is one of the best, different kind of food with different cultures a lot of options every time. Every single corner in the island and the villa is tidy and clean. Honestly I would strongly recommend. You will have a life style butler who will be your guide throughout the vacation and we were very lucky to have Shahin such a nice, kind and helpful person.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Ayada Maldives, General Manager at Ayada Maldives
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Vacation45536170866 Thank you so much for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay at Ayada Maldives. We are so thrilled that we were able to provide you with the perfect vacation and that you enjoyed the quality of the food in our Magu Restaurant and the service provided by my colleagues. Shahin is grateful for the recognition that you have provided him for ensuring you had a wonderful stay. We are equally proud that he exceeded your expectations to make a memorable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon to our island paradise. Kindest regards Simon Quarrell General Manage
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Paola S wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in Ayada for 1 week and it was just heaven. It surpassed any expectation. Everything is so thought through to perfection. While Maldives are beautiful, Ayada is a true gem. The people were genuinely amazing and made all the difference. Special thanks to Zee our butler who was always there for us, but also to Burak and Nailam, and everyone else - because you will know them by the end of your holiday- for letting us feel pampered and part of the family. Every experience, every dinner, every sunrise and sunset will be treasured for life. And what you see in any picture, well it is even more beautiful in real life. 10/10 and looking forward to go back! Paola & Andrea
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Ayada Maldives, General Manager at Ayada Maldives
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Paola & Andrea Thank you for your wonderful recommendation of our island paradise. My colleagues and I feel sincerely grateful for our resort to be described as a true gem in the Maldives. We are delighted that were able to exceed your expectations and that you enjoyed not only the quality of the resort, but the excellent service provided by the team - in particular Zee, Burak and Niliam. We look forward to welcoming you back to create even more happy memories. Kindest regards Simon Quarrell General Manager
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megantaylor2312 wrote a review Nov 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
Ayada is an Outstanding resort, amazing food, fabulous service! Our butler Zee was incredible and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! 10/10 for Ayada. It was the most special honeymoon. We stayed in the sunset ocean villa which I would recommend highly
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Ayada Maldives, General Manager at Ayada Maldives
Responded 1 week ago
Dear megantaylor2312 Thank you for choosing Ayada Maldives as your honeymoon destination. We are all thrilled that we were able to provide you with the perfect vacation and that you enjoyed the quality of the food and excellent service provided by my colleagues (in particular Zeeshan). Our Sunset Ocean Suites are extremely popular as they are not only spacious but have a wonderful view of the sunset each day. We are grateful for your lovely recommendation. I look forward to welcoming you back to our island paradise to create even more happy memories. Kindest regards Simon Quarrell General Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ayada Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at Ayada Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Ayada Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Ayada Maldives?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ayada Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Ayada Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, Ayada Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ayada Maldives?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Ayada Maldives offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ayada Maldives?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, and Hindi.
Does Ayada Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is Ayada Maldives accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.