Just a few kilometers above the equator, nestled between pristine beaches and lush tropical vegetation, sits the Ayada Maldives. The award-winning Resort and its AySpa offer their guests an extravagant retreat in an authentic Maldivian setting on a private island in the Indian Ocean. Whether you retreat to the spa for a pamper session or sail from island to island to discover more of the Maldives, the Ayada Maldives Resort offers everything you could wish from a vacation in the turquoise paradise.

Location

What makes the Ayada stand out among all the magnificent resorts in the Maldives?

The Ayada is located on a private island in the middle of an immaculate reef at the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, about 431 km south of the capital Malé. Once you step off the plane at the Velena Airport, lean back and let the resort take care of you. You will be greeted with a friendly smile from one of the hotels’ representatives and escorted to the lounge, where you can relax and freshen up before hopping on a picturesque boat ride through azure waters passing beautiful little islands.

Key Facts

  • a 55-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport (MLE)
  • organized boat transfer to the resort from the airport
  • located on one of the southernmost atolls in the Maldives

What is special?

  • escape the cold and relax in a sunny paradise in the middle of the world, as the resort is located close to the equator and has a “no-low-temperature” guarantee
  • enchanted gardens and lush tropical greenery invite to explore the island and feel like Robinson Crusoe
  • the resort owns one of the only few private chapels on the Maldives so you can say “I do” with a stunning backdrop

What do the guests say?

  • honeymooners love the resort due to its remote location, which allows them to savor the time as newlyweds fully
  • the boat ride to the island is highly appreciated by vacationers and helps them to get into relaxation mode
  • travelers were astonished by the breathtaking location, the sea’s shades of blue and natural beauty of the island

Accommodation

Which villa will provide me with panoramic views and direct ocean access? How are the private spaces designed?

The resort offers 122 spacious villas and suites, each with a private plunge pool, a complimentary butler service and a variety of Maldivian décor details. The Water Villas, sitting on wooden stilts in the lagoon, feature traditional thatched roofs, adding to the authentic experience. Vacationers can choose between the Ocean-Top or Seaside Villas with stunning sea views along the palm-lined white beaches or retreat to a villa hideaway in the tropical garden of the property.

Key Facts

  • 122 villas with appointed personal butler
  • each villa features a private veranda and indoor / outdoor shower amenities to experience the surrounding nature fully  
  • direct access to the lagoon and endless views of the horizon from the Sunset Ocean Suite

What is special?

  • feel the ocean breeze underneath you as you relax in the hammock on the deck of your private Water Villa
  • the over-water Ocean Suite surprises with glass floor panels so you can immerse yourself in the marine life from the comfort of your living room
  • no wish will stay unfulfilled thanks to the personal butler, who is always on call and will do everything to make your stay unforgettable

What do the guests say?

  • guest love taking the buggy or bikes to explore the island and drive to the resort’s restaurants
  • the secluded location of every Garden and Beach Villa is the perfect hideout for lovebirds who want their privacy and their piece of private beach to swim every morning
  • explorers love that they only have to step out of their villa to discover the beauty of the coral reef  
  • guests are extremely impressed by the impeccable service and attentive staff

Pools & Spa

What is the best treatment to unwind after a long day of snorkeling through the vibrant coral reef?

Each villa offers its guests a deck with a private pool, stunning views of the Indian Ocean and a bit of refreshment at all times. If you wish for more than an energizing dip, head to the resorts’ award-winning AySpa for pure relaxation. Created with marble and timber elements, inserted in the terrazzo floors, the spa interior takes you to the world of the indigenous Maldivians. Local scents, ingredients, and techniques help to soothe your soul.

Key Facts

  •  the spa spreads over 38,000 square foot
  • steam and sauna rooms, heated vitality pool

 and cold plunge pool
  • hairdresser
, manicure and pedicure salons
  • eight spacious treatment villas and private 

treatment suites for two

What is special?

  • get in the mood for your spa experience in complete privacy or rest after your massage in your treatment suite, where a private steam and waterfall shower

 and a secluded outdoor courtyard with a sunken hydrotherapy bath await you   
  • 
cleanse yourself from all the worries and stress of everyday life and experience the Indulgence Hammam Ritual, a signature treatment at the AySpa, to uncover the pleasures of a traditional Hammam 
  • 
the Tropical Aroma Rain Massage allows you to surrender in complete relaxation as the Vichy shower pours its water on you like little raindrops, washing away all your sorrows and massaging you gently

What do the guests say?

  • 
vacationers love lounging at the peaceful pool area in the late afternoon, gazing over the sea and awaiting the sunset
  • to completely de-stress guests recommend the 5-Day Detox Program, which consists of a daily treatment to center yourself and soothe body, mind and soul
  • couples love the romantic spa treatments in the treatment suite for two

Culinary

What kind of flavors are used in the Maldivian cuisine? Are there different restaurants to choose from?

Dining options at the Ayada Maldives are limitless – whether you enjoy Japanese Teppanyaki, Mediterranean fine dining or the vast array of Asian flavors, there is an option for everyone. The farm-to-table principle of the island provides you with fresh organic ingredients from the resort garden and local farms. Enjoy your meal at the Ocean Breeze restaurant perched over the aquamarine Indian Ocean or lunch poolside in a cabana and indulge in grilled seafood, homemade pasta and excellent steaks.

Key Facts

  • 
8 restaurant options from seafood over Asian to Mediterranean menus
  • relaxed afternoon tea at the Ottoman Lounge with Turkish Coffee and traditional hookahs
  • intimate over-water open-air cheese and wine bar

What is special?

  • organic vegetables, herbs, and fruits are grown in a secret garden in the heart of the island and all produce is used in the daily menu
  • for a romantic evening opt for the private dining option and dine at the candlelit beach with your feet in the water
  • dance the night away with a unique cocktail in your hand, following the tropical beats of the in-house DJ at the Zero Degree Bar

What do the guests say?

  •  couples enjoy dining in absolute privacy on a Dhoni (a traditional Maldivian boat)
 in the moonshine
    * travelers recommend booking the all-inclusive package so you won’t miss out on all the little unique delicacies and cocktails offered at the resort
    * the kitchen theme nights are an absolute favorite of all guests, especially the Mexican and Turkish menus are loved by everyone
    * seafood lovers appreciate the beachside BBQ and enjoy the variety of fresh lobster, shrimps, and fish

Activities

What do the Maldives have to offer? How can I spend my day outdoors?

Being surrounded by the beautiful aquamarine Indian Ocean, most activities at the Ayada Maldives focus on exploring the great sea: stay on the surface and speed around like James Bond on a jet ski or discover the breathtaking vibrant coral reef and explore the depth of the ocean on a diving excursion. The isolated Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll is a prime spot for divers as it offers an undisturbed and untouched underwater seascape with more than a thousand different species of fish, colorful corals, and other marine creatures.

Key Facts

  • watersports offered include windsurfing, jet ski, wakeboarding and snorkeling
  • the fitness center AyClub provides a fully equipped gym, jogging tracks through the resort and workout classes like yoga, pilates, Zumba and aerobics
  • the Games Hall at the recreation center offers a Playstation 4, table tennis, a pool table, table football, and darts
  • a variety of excursions to explore neighboring islands and the magic of the Indian Ocean

What is special?

  • If you cannot decide what to do, simply press the “Things To Do” button on your room phone and the Leisure Concierge will create the perfect itinerary for you
  • grab your goggles and snorkel and dive into the turquoise waters to play with the friendly spinner dolphins in the vibrant coral reef
  • join the special equator tour and take home a truly special souvenir, as only a few people are able to cross the equator by sea and get an official certificate afterwards

What do the guests say?

  •  travelers love the catamaran sailing trips and enjoy the rush of adrenaline as the sailing boat takes up speed and glides on top of waves through the Indian Ocean
  • honeymooners appreciate the romantic sunset cruise, where they are able to cuddle up on the boat deck as the sun disappears behind the horizon
  • many guests are excited about the excursion on which they learned traditional Maldivian fishing techniques from locals and had their catch prepped for next day’s dinner