‘Ottoman influences meet tropical island chic at the Maldives’ first Turkish-owned resort. Ornate Moroccan lamps and Turkish baths add a distinctive sparkle to the luxury resort experience’
Only a few kilometres from the equator lies the exotic Maldives resort of Ayada Maldives. Here in the pristine waters of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, experience an unparalleled sense of seclusion and luxury, balanced with fun activities and amenities at this kid-friendly resort. The 122 villas and suites are scattered along the beachfront or arch out from wooden jetties over the water. Coconut trees line the shore where the powdery white sand slowly melts into the turquoise ocean. Spot dolphins close to the shore of this Maldives island, or snorkel on the house reef to witness some entrancing sights. The extensive spa provides superb massages, body wraps and beauty treatments, but the traditional Turkish hammam takes pride of place – a unique experience in the Maldives. There are countless water-sports activities, three jogging tracks and a Fitness Pavilion, while some excellent surf points are a short speedboat ride away.
In Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll: 70 minutes domestic flight (departing from Velana Airport to Maavarulu) followed by a 15–20-minute speedboat ride
Resort Concept: Luxury, Seclusion, Romance, Families
Relax and enjoy your private Garden Villa, nestled amongst Ayada Maldives’ tropical gardens. They are the perfect retreat for friends and family looking to reconnect in a verdant and relaxing setting. Each of these Maldives villas are furnished in a style that combines style and comfort. A relaxing hammock in the garden beckons an afternoon slumber after enjoying the superb resort facilities, which are just a short walk away.
Idyllic stretches of the white sandy beaches, punctuated by gleaming white villas topped with coconut thatch. Step inside and discover 103 sqm of decadent space. The beautiful private garden reveals a spacious private plunge pool and day bed. Inside, Oriental-Colonial inspired decor in earth tones evokes a spirit of elegance and sophistication.
If more space is the indulgence you crave, discover a Beach Suite with Pool, located upon the sparkling white sand. The large bedroom gives way to an open plan living area that can be converted into an additional sleeping area. As a kid-friendly resort, this is perfect for families, but equally ideal for couples desiring a larger villa. A spacious veranda with sunbeds, plunge pool, bathroom with a bathtub and a large back courtyard with an outdoor shower completes the picture.
Relax in a spacious beachfront suite as you soak up the view of the golden sunset. This large and elegant living space features both an indoor and outdoor shower, a spacious outdoor terrace, and a secluded garden with a private pool and direct beach access. The Sunset Beach Suites are positioned for the ultimate sunset views.
Poised over the lagoon, these over-water Maldives villas invite you to while away your days by lounging in an ocean hammock to the soothing natural soundtrack of the gentle waves. These spacious villas also offer a private outdoor terrace with plunge pool, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the horizon, plus direct lagoon access via private steps.
Resting on the land with the outdoor terrace over the ocean, these suites combine the best of both worlds – a tropical garden as well as mesmerising views over the lagoon. They’re also positioned to optimise sunset vistas. The suites encompass a living and bedroom area complete with a bathroom opening into the private garden with plunge pool. Spacious outdoor terraces tempt you to while away the hours on plush swing sofas.
Suspended over the ocean, revel in the luxury and serenity of an over-water Sunset Ocean Suite. The master bedroom adjoins a bathroom and beautiful living area with a glass floor panel, allowing you to spot fish swimming beneath you. There’s even an additional bathroom and pantry area; the latter being rare in the Maldives. Outside, a huge sundeck with ocean hammocks provides further opportunities for relaxation and sunset views, while snorkellers can enjoy direct access to the sea via private steps.
Enjoy every sunset with your family from your Maldives villa’s private pool. The Sunset Ocean Family Suite with Pool is particularly perfect for families travelling with older children. These sunset-facing over-water suites come with two bedrooms. One features a glass floor panel and shower room, while the master bedroom comes with an ensuite full bathroom with separate tub and shower. Outside, the huge sundeck with dining table, over-water hammock, private pool, sun loungers and daybed also has its own steps leading into the ocean beneath it. Floor-to-ceiling windows line on one side of the bedrooms offer endless views of the horizon.
Located in pride of place on the corner of the jetty, this duplex split-level suite is the ultimate in space, style and luxury at this five-star Maldives resort. Your palatial suite offers spacious bedrooms on both the ground and upper floors, as well as a lavish living area and an upper floor terrace providing superb 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean and infinite tropical skies. Absolute privacy, total luxury.
A tempting array of global cuisine awaits you at Ayada Maldives Resort. From a Turkish shisha lounge to continental cheese and wine on an islet of its own, this Maldives island resort offers a range of distinctive dining venues and themes so you’ll never get bored.
Meaning ‘street’ in the local language, Magu is the main restaurant, located overlooking the ocean on eastern side of the island. It is open for breakfast and dinner. Here, you can enjoy international buffets with themes changing daily. The menu is carefully crafted with variety in mind. Dine in the air-conditioned comfort of the interior or al fresco in the open pavilions.
The aptly named Ocean Breeze invites you to savour delicious cuisine as the warm breeze gently caresses your skin. This romantic open-air restaurant is perched over the turquoise blue ocean. Here, you can soak up panoramic views of the Indian Ocean while you feast upon seafood specialties, showcased on a replica of a traditional Maldivian dhoni (wooden boat), as well as European dishes, and other classics. As one of the most romantic settings on the island, this elegant Maldives restaurant and bar is also a prime destination to enjoy an indulgent cocktail or aperitif.
An exquisite range of Asian delicacies awaits you at Kai Far East Restaurant. Tucked away amidst lush tropical greenery, Kai is a dinner-only venue providing an intimate dining experience. It evokes a relaxing ambience, with its calm reflecting pools and typical Japanese-inspired architecture. Choose from a wide selection of fresh sushi and sashimi made from local fish and seafood, or popular regional specialties from China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
If charcuterie and cheese boards accompanied by fine wine are your indulgence, then Ile De Joie will truly be an ‘island of joy’ for you. Set 100m from the shore, this unique over-water cheese and wine bar is home to Ayada Maldives Resort’s fine wines cellar, plus an extensive selection of cheeses and cold cuts. The humidor is stocked with a variety of high-end cigars. Stroll through the chilled wine-fridge and admire the selection of labels, relax upon a seat carved in the shape of a Maldivian dhoni, or simply bask in the views of starry Maldivian night skies using a state-of-the-art telescope.
It wouldn’t be Ayada without a signature Turkish café. Ayada Maldives Resort evokes the atmosphere of an Istanbul coffee house at the Ottoman Lounge with low Ottoman-style seating and hundreds of Turkish lanterns. Enjoy authentically brewed Turkish coffee and specialty teas along with a wide array of traditional shisha flavours at this cosy and unique lounge. It is a perfect spot to unwind, afternoon or evening. A modern interpretation of Afternoon Tea is also available.
The entertainment hub of the resort; Zero Degree is a lazy relaxation area by day which transforms into a lively venue for entertainment and events in the evening. Lounge on a sunbed by the infinity pool or in the cool of one of the luxurious cabanas. Refreshments and a light menu of international dishes are served under the shade of the thatched roof. After the sun goes down, dance the night away adjacent to the star-like LED-lit pool and make memories of your Maldives stay that will last forever.
Taste the best of the Maldives at the mouth-watering beach BBQ venue, Sea Salt. Under a canopy of stars, feast upon freshly grilled fish, seafood and prime cuts. Take in the views from the Zero Degree Beach, as the sun sets over the glittering Indian Ocean. Delight your tastebuds with locally caught fish and the finest steak, with your toes on the soft white sand.
Enjoy delicious fish, meat and vegetarian dishes from the sizzling teppanyaki grill. The Chef cooks each item fresh in front of you using this classic Japanese technique. Top quality ingredients are complemented by an extensive sake and wine list.
Treat yourself to a dining experience in the comfort of your own villa or suite. Indulge in a private breakfast, a light lunch on your terrace, or a romantic dinner by your own pool. The extensive In-Villa Dining menu is available around the clock, so whether you have midnight cravings, get hunger pangs before you’ve adjusted to the time zone, or simply want to kick back with a meal in privacy, there are multiple dining options to suit you every day.
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