Alila debuts private island retreat in the Maldives

by | 03 Jun 2022 | Hotel Openings, Projects

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Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is now welcoming its first guests in the Maldives’ far flung Raa Atoll.

An all-pool-villa retreat, this Alila sanctuary places guests at the northern edge of the Maldives amid lush vegetation, white sand shores and marine-life-rich turquoise waters.

A privileged location

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the debut of Alila’s new private island retreat offering serenity and an introduction to the locale in a more isolated part of the archipelago that’s celebrated for its abundant marine life and exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities.

The resort, which is accessed by seaplane from Malé, provides easy access to the archipelago’s famed UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Hanifaru Bay, as well as one of the best locations for seeing the Sea of Stars phenomenon, Vaadhoo Island.

Singapore-based Studiogoto designed the resort’s elegant minimalist architecture comprising terraced pavilions, villas and a treetop spa that are all integrated into their natural surroundings. Contemporary interiors pair open-air space with a palette of island-inspired colours and textures.

Commenting on the opening, David Udell, group president in Asia-Pacific for Hyatt, said: “As countries continue to open up and travel confidence grows, we look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world to Alila Kothaifaru Maldives for a memorable getaway in what we hope will become the centrepiece of Raa Atoll.”

“We are delighted to add this beautiful resort in the Maldives to our growing Alila portfolio, with new Alila hotels opening in sought-after destinations such as Suzhou and Shanghai in China and Nha Trang in Vietnam in the future.”

Alexandre Glauser, general manager of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, added: “We are honoured to welcome guests to one of the world’s most blissful destinations and we look forward to sharing with them the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us.”

“Here at our all-pool-villa sanctuary, guests can unwind in peaceful seclusion with charming views while our gracious hosts deliver personalised experiences leading to unique moments and treasured memories.”

The Alila Maldives experience

Altogether, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives comprises 80 pool villas, consisting of 44 beach villas and 36 overwater villas, with sun decks and private pools.

During their stay, guests can dine at the resort’s beachside all-day dining restaurant, Seasalt, serving coastal Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences or try Japanese-inspired dishes in Umami, which is connected to the Yakitori Bar also serving Asian-inspired craft cocktails.

Pibati Café offers grab-and-go items, Mirus Bar provides the setting for sunset cocktails and gourmet picnics as well as candlelit dinners are offered as a part of a Maldivian dhoni castaway experience at the resort’s private sandbank.

A highlight of the resort is its treetop Spa Alila encompassing four double treatment suites with floor-to-ceiling windows for verdant views and a tranquil outdoor space for yoga sessions. 

The island experience is completed with additional facilities including a beachfront infinity pool, 24-hour fitness centre and the Water Sports and Dive Centre.

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