Ayada is the perfect resort for couples looking to spend a quiet, romantic holiday.
Things we really loved:
1. Beautiful island, beaches and surrounding waters. Maldives is beautiful wherever you go but the waters go from beautiful to spectacular the further you go from the population centers.
2. Great staff! Very responsive and helpful--I needed a lot of support as part of my plan to do a surprise proposal while there and I must say that the staff (Cathy the concierge, Mahdhoon our personal butler in particular) were all wonderful in helping to make my plans come true. Kitchen crew, waitstaff and landscaping crews were all very friendly.
3. New facilities. Ayada is a new resort so as you can imagine, all the amenities are unworn and well appointed. It's very obvious that this place was built for romance--they even have a very nice wedding chapel right in the middle of the island.
4. Because Ayada is a bit far from Male, the number of guests was pretty low. For us, this was a big plus as our goal was to spend private time together away from others. It was really only at meals where we saw a lot of other couples, which worked out great for us.
5. Snorkeling was loads of fun, even for me a non-swimmer. Did not get a chance to try scuba this time around but it's on the list for next time.
Things that could have been better:
1. The big compromise in deciding on Ayada is the distance. Getting there requires a plane ride from Male to another airport, then a speedboat ride. In total, it means another 3 or 4 hours each way of travel in addition to whatever travel time you have from your home country to the Maldives. We had to leave very early in the morning, which felt like we lost half a day that we would have loved to spend on a beach overlooking the water.
2. The food was okay but not great. I was a little surprised that there was not a wider selection of seafood/fish given that we were surrounded by ocean. The main restaurant's ventilation is a bit weak, resulting in a lot of smoke when they are grilling meats--even though it is an open-design restaurant with no walls. That means you are breathing in a lot of smoke and fumes as you select from their buffet as all the food is placed surrounding the central grilling station.
All in all, we really enjoyed our first time in the Maldives--so much so that we really regretted having to leave. Ayada is probably not so great for families or people looking to party or meet new people. It's a very serene and quiet resort geared towards romantic getaways.
We had really high expectations and I'm very happy to say that Ayada delivered, giving us memories that will last a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the 'Leading Water Villa Resort' in the world at the 2014 World Travel Awards, 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayada Maldives Hotel Maguhdhuvaa
- AYADA Maldives Maguhdhuvaa