Ayada Maldives

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. 

Activities

Diving

With year round high visibility, favorable weather conditions, stunning coral reefs and free flowing tides of the seasonal monsoons, the Maldives is a haven for divers and ocean lovers.

Over 1,000 species of fish, coral and other marine life inhabit the waters throughout the Maldives; better yet, given the isolation of the Gaafu Dhaalu atoll, the underwater seascape found around Ayada Maldives is still undisturbed and awaiting discovery by enthusiasts. Gaafu Dhaalu atoll is fast gaining an international reputation as being one of the most incredible places to dive and snorkel due to the excellence of its coral reefs and untouched marine life.  Thanks to the relatively small number of divers, it’s still possible to dive a reef where the fish have never seen a human being before.

The courses on offer here are all developed by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) the world’s most premier diving education organization. All our courses guarantee quality and your certification will be globally acknowledged.  All courses are modular allowing for you to begin with an introductory course and progress to a certification course.

Surfing

Surf’s up!  AYADA Maldives is located only a few minutes' boat ride from some of the best surf breaks in the country.  So what are you waiting for? 

Our surfing program is ideal for both beginners and experts who want to surf a few the best surfing points in the Maldives.   We provide high quality guiding to the surf points, taking into consideration the weather, sea conditions and the forecast in the region.

If there are no more than four surfers, we use our 7-meter zodiac to access the surfing point with one captain, and our surfing guides. If we have more than four surfers, we use our 14-meter diving boat, together with our zodiac. 

We offer a variety of boards free of charge for a three to four hour trip.   We can go surfing two times a day, with the exact timings decided by the surfer and our guide according to the weather conditions.

Excursion

BIG GAME FISHING

Big game fishing in Maldives water can be one of the most unforgettable adventures of lifetime for keen fisherman & first timers alike.  Get ready to tackle the big boys of the ocean: tuna, sharks, wahoo, sailfish, swordfish, barracuda . . . you never know what’s out there.

FLY-FISHING

Saltwater fly-fishing is considered one of the most exciting methods of using a fishing rod.  Cast your line and see what bites when we bring you to our favorite fly fishing spot.

TRADITIONAL MALDIVIAN FISHING AT SUNSET 

Take a traditional Maldivian wooden boat and try your hand at traditional Maldivian fishing as we set sail before sunset and see if the fish bite.  If you’re lucky with your line, Ayada’s chef will prepare and cook your catch for you tomorrow.

GLASS-BOTTOMED BOAT TOUR

See the sights of the undersea world from the breezy comfort of our glass bottomed boat as we take you for a drive above the beautiful coral reefs of Ayada.

SUNSET AYADA ROUND TRIP 

See the island from another angle – from the ocean – as we take you on a boat trip around Ayada at sunset so you can take some spectacular pictures. 

EQUATOR CROSSING 

Join the band of the select few who’ve crossed the Equator by sea and impress everyone with your souvenir signed certificate.  Please note: this excursion is weather dependent and the waves can be a little rough on this trip.

DESERTED ISLAND PICNIC

Let us take you to a nearby deserted island for a romantic Robinson Crusoe experience you’ll treasure forever.

ROMANTIC SUNSET CRUISE 

Sunset cruises are among the most romantic activities for honey moon couples in the Maldives.  Jump on board for a cruise into the beautiful blue ocean and make sure you have your camera with you to take some photos on the boat's top deck as you watch the sun goes down.

ISLAND HOPPING 

Find out for yourself why we have a worldwide reputation for amazing coral reefs as we take you snorkeling to two of our favorite sites.

LOCAL ISLAND VISIT

See what life is like on a real Maldivian island; see textiles being woven and maybe say hello to a few of the locals.  This island adventure starts at a traditional local village where you can immerse yourself in the lives of a local Maldivian community and drink fresh coconut after it’s been picked from the tree for you.

DOLPHIN SPOTTING

We head out to join our neighbors in the ocean, the spinner dolphins to see them play and leap.  Note: sightings are not guaranteed but we’re pretty good at finding them.‚Äč

DOLPHIN SPOTTING & SNORKELING 

Grab your snorkel and jump on board for this trip to visit our lovable neighbors: spinner dolphins followed by snorkeling on a beautiful coral reef. Note: there is no swimming with dolphins on this trip and sightings aren’t guaranteed.

PRIVATE HOUSE REEF SNORKELING

Our house reef is one of the best in the country. Let one of our guides take you to explore its beauty.

Water Sports

SNORKELING 

Ayada Maldives has some of the most amazing coral reefs in the area which are well worth exploring, and snorkeling is the easiest and best way to discover the reef and abundant marine life. We recommend that you speak to us first regarding the ocean conditions because the currents may affect your experience. We advise you to begin snorkeling against the current as when you get tired, it is easier to come back with the current. Remember that sunburn is very common, so cover up with waterproof sunblock to protect yourself prior to snorkeling.  Fins, mask and snorkel are provided free of charge to our guests during your stay and we kindly request that you return them one day before your departure.  For less confident swimmers we also provide lifejackets to wear in the water free of charge.  Please see the map for the best snorkeling spots around the island.

CANOEING

Take a gentle tour of the island from the ocean on our ocean paddle boats either on a single or double canoe and enjoy the beauty of the sea while getting a good upper body workout.

WIND SURFING

The mild winds and the shallow lagoon provide for the perfect conditions for wind surfing. Our water sports instructor will be happy to provide a refresher course or to teach you on the finer points of windsurfing. Combining the basic elements of surfing and sailing, Ayada Maldives offers a variety of options for windsurfing with different boards and sails for experienced windsurfers with lessons and courses available for those wishing to try for the first time.

STAND UP PADDLE BOARD

The latest trend to hit the water sports world, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is easier than surfing and gives you the chance to catch more waves in set and get a better view of incoming sets.  As well as being tremendous fun, it’s also famous for giving a strong core workout – great for fitness fans.

CATAMARAN SAILING

Set sail with our seasoned captain and enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes from being out on the water on a catamaran. Visit a nearby island or simply bask in the delight of being in the open sea. These non-motorized sailing experiences are perfect either by day or at sunset.

JET SKI

One of our most popular activities, here you can enjoy the thrill of speed on the water. As you head off to your adventure rest assured that one of our experienced guides will safely lead you to beautiful spots.

FUN TUBE

Bounce across the waves in a tube connected by a rope to our speedboat. Just give it a try and you will understand why it’s called a FUN tube. With you sitting inside that tube, the boat slowly starts accelerating and you move just above the water at great speed. Great fun!

BANANA BOAT RIDE

The classic water fun: you sit with up to five people on the banana as we tow it at speed: the aim is to remain seated. As the speedboat gets faster and turns you’ll have to hold on to the banana and try to stay sitting on it. It’s an easy, fun, sport that’s safely conducted with lifejackets.

WATER SKIING / MONO SKIING / WAKEBOARDING 

When the wind is calm and the water on the lagoon is flat, it’s the perfect time to get out on the water for water skiing.  For seasoned water skiers, why not try the mono ski or wakeboarding?

SPEEDBOAT RENTAL 

Speed lover? Long to feel the wind in your face and taste the tang of the sea spray?  Then ask about renting our speedboat and feel the gentle adrenaline rush as you race across the ocean.

Sports & Wellness

FITNESS CENTER

A fully equipped state of the art fitness center is available from 08.00 am - 11.00 pm at the Recreation Center. Manned by highly qualified  trainers, this  center offers a range of cardiovascular equipment, weight machines and free weights. The trainers are available for private consultations or private sessions. A games hall is available at the Recreation Center for your enjoyment and offers PS4, table tennis, billiards, table football, and darts. Please refer (23) on the resort map for directions to the Recreation Center or please contact the Leisure Concierge by pressing the “Things To Do” button on your telephone or contact your Butler or Guests Relation Agent for more information.

GAMES HALL
A games hall is available at the Recreation Center for your enjoyment and offers PS4, table tennis, billiards, table football and darts. Please refer (23) on the resort map for directions to the Recreation Center or please contact the Leisure Concierge by pressing the “Things To Do” button on your telephone or contact your Butler or Guests Relation Agent for more information.

JOGGING TRACKS
Three jogging tracks measuring 900m, 1200m and 1600m around the resort are available. Please contact the Leisure Concierge by pressing the “Things To Do” button on your telephone or contact your Butler or Guests Relation Agent for more information or please review the resort map for the detailed outline of the tracks.

SWIMMING
The  lagoon  is  shallow  and  safe  for  swimming  as  there  are  no underlying ocean currents. We advise visitors who are not strong swimmers to make use of free life jackets available at the dive center and to stay in close proximity to the beach. Please take extreme care during bad weather and heed the flags indicating swimming restrictions. Please contact the dive center by pressing the “Below The Surface” button on your telephone or your Butler or Guests Relation Agent for more information. We advise all guests to contact the Medical Team in the event that you are cut by the coral as some may lead to infections or allergic reactions.

FOOTBALL
A mini artificial floodlit football ground widely regarded as the best available in the Maldives is available adjacent to the Recreation Center. The ground is open from 08.00 am to 10.00 pm. Please refer (25) on the resort map for directions to the football ground or please contact the Leisure Concierge by pressing the “Things To Do” button on your telephone or contact your Butler or Guests Relation Agent for ground availability and equipment rental.

TENNIS COURT
Our floodlit tennis court is open from 08.00 am to 10.00 pm. Please refer (24) on the resort map for directions to the tennis court or please contact the Leisure Concierge by pressing the “Things To Do” button on your telephone or contact your Butler or Guests Relation Agent for ground availability and equipment rental.

YOGA STUDIO 
An exhilarating schedule of Yoga/ Pilates and aerobics are on offer for fitness enthusiasts who don’t want to cut back on their regimes whilst on vacation. An experienced instructor will allow you to schedule  classes  at  your  convenience  and  fitness  level.  Please refer (23) on the resort map for directions to the Fitness Pavilion or please contact the Leisure Concierge by pressing the “Things To Do” button on your telephone or contact your Butler or Guests Relation Agent.

UZUU KIDS' CLUB

Ayada Maldives provides a fully equipped Kid's Club on site supervised by trained and experienced professionals. Open from 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM and inviting all children, this facility offers a host of recreational and educational activities conducted by a personable and attentive team.

The Kids Club area is complete with its own pool, nanny room, a stage and playground area with a jungle gym. All activities and services are offered complimentary unless specified. Baby sitting service is available on request. 

Fun and innovative activities are on offer including supervised snorkeling and swimming lessons, cooking classes, t-shirt painting, face painting, and an educational insight into the flora, fauna and marine life that is so unique to the Maldives.

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