Our stay of the week – Ayada Maldives

Ayada Maldives villas OCEAN VILLA (3)

With clear emerald waters teeming with tropical fish, dazzling white beaches and lush greenery, the Maldives are regarded as a veritable paradise. Winner of a raft of World Travel Awards and TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, and included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best Maldivian hotels, Ayada Maldives creates its very own slice of heaven.

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Set in one of the relatively unexplored atolls, here you truly can live out a private desert island fantasy. Stay in a traditional thatched over-water villa on stilts or in splendid seclusion along one of the powder-soft beaches that ring the island. Subtle Ottoman stye decor blends with local natural materials and designer touches. Five-star additions include your own plunge pool and seamless butler service.

Blissfully private Beach villas are set steps from one of the soft white sandy beaches, backed by lush green vegetation, while Ocean villas are out over the water on stilts and boast private hammocks and decked areas with loungers. All mix Maldivian and Turkish design elements to exquisite effect and have their own private pools and outdoor showers.

Ayada Maldives Villas BEACH VILLA (2)

Ayada Maldives villas OCEAN VILLA (2)

International-style buffet breakfast and dinner is served in the main Magu restaurant which has a laid-back vibe and lovely sea views. Elsewhere is the Mediterranean Ocean Breeze Bar, Kai for Far Eastern flavours and the Turkish-style Ottoman Lounge.

Enjoy complimentary access to the delightful Ayspa, a timber and marble creation, where you’ll find a steam room, sauna, cold and warm pool and tranquil relaxation areas. ESPA treatments and products guarantee five-star quality.

Ayada Maldives dining Magu Restaurant (1)

Ayada Maldives Spa (7) Turkish hammam

Reached by domestic flight from Male airport (about 270 miles away), then by boat transfer, Ayada Maldives is set on its own private island in the unspoilt Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. Ringed by coral reefs, you can expect excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. A short speedboat ride will take you to great surfing breaks too.

Other excursions include a sunset cruise or fishing trip, visiting uninhabited islands or the nearby artisan isle of Ghadoo, known for its intricate reed mats.

Ayada Maldives beaches (4)

Ayada Maldives villas BEACH VILLA (1)

Days can be spent wandering the tropical gardens, relaxing in the spa and infinity pool or diving over pristine reefs. Up your energy levels with a spot of tennis, gym workout or yoga session. One of the seven bars and restaurants even has an in-house DJ each night if you fancy a dance. With all this and more, you’ll soon see why many previous guests have described Ayada Maldives as heaven on earth.

Book a stay at Ayada Maldives here, with prices from £402 per night for a beach villa, including breakfast, dinner, airport transfers and use of the spa facilities.

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