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Purely Maldives Ltd
24 Baddesley Close, North Baddesley
Hampshire SO52 9DR
Included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best hotels in the Maldives, voted the‘Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Villa Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards, Ayada Maldives is a 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 above the equator – the luxury resort offers 122 spacious villas and suites, with private pools, butler service 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, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa which boasts a Turkish Hammam 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 while at the resort they can play tennis or badminton, take up watersports, learn yoga, Pilates or Zumba or simply hit the modern gym. Outstanding diving and snorkeling opportunities surround the island on reefs that have barely been visited by humans while some of the Maldives’ best surfing breaks are just a quick speedboat journey away. Weddings take place just before sunset in one of the most beautiful private wedding chapels in the Maldives set in a tree-lined garden, or on the beach under a gazebo draped with flowing material.
A beautiful island with great beaches and lush vegetation. A new resort with a few teething problems that are on their way to being straightened out.
Atmosphere: Warm and welcoming. Not too fast paced - perfect for a relaxing getaway. A mixture of well-trained and new, slightly inexperienced staff.
Rooms: All rooms come with a private pool and have amazing views. The rooms are spacious with fresh, contemporary decor.
Dining: Breakfast buffet in the main restaurant offers a good selection. Dinner buffet is a bit hit-and-miss but the dessert selection is impressive. Themed cuisine nights are being introduced and the other restaurants (particularly Ocean Breeze) offer a higher standard of dining.
Activities: A good dive base with helpful and friendly staff. Snorkelling is so-so; the reef is recovering from damage in some parts. Better snorkelling can be had at high tide when it is possible to swim out further.