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. 

Dine & Wine

Magu  (Main Restaurant)

Open for breakfast and dinner, Magu is Ayada Maldives’ main restaurant showcasing a generous international buffet with daily changing themes – for example Far Eastern, Chef's Special, Maldivian, Mexican, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern - ensuring that every night diners enjoy an abundance of variety and flavor. 

The buffet is noted for its emphasis on choice and quality: heaps of vegetables, salads and tropical fruits are set alongside steaming dishes, hot and fresh from the kitchen while a team of chefs are ready to conjure up a choice of dishes a la minute in the central show kitchen. 

Set on the beach, this elegant restaurant has a peaceful central reflecting pool and is surrounded by lush tropical greenery.  Diners have the options of sitting outside under the palm trees and wonderful Maldivian sky, or in an air-conditioned pavilion. 

Magu has a maximum seating capacity of 166 (130 indoor and 36 al fresco) and is open from 07.00 to 10.30 for breakfast and 19.00 to 22.00 for dinner

Ocean Breeze  (Over water Restaurant & Bar)

Named after its beautiful over-water location where the warmth of the sun is tempered by a refreshing breeze, this stylish restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers gourmets a tempting menu of modern European dishes.  With regular seasonal changes to the menu, items such as grilled seafood, home-made pasta and fine steaks are perennial favorites. 

As one of the most romantic settings of the island, the open-air restaurant stands over the lagoon, in its sophisticated atmosphere. 

By day the endless shades of blue from the shimmering ocean enchant, while at night the restaurant transforms into a magical candlelit paradise.

Ocean Breeze seats 40 diners under its thatched roof and 28 diners under the stunning Maldivian night skies and is open six days a week from 12.00 until 15.00 for lunch and 19.00 to 22.00 for dinner

Kai  (Far East Restaurant)

An exquisite range of far-eastern and Asian delicacies awaits in this gem of a restaurant hidden away amid tropical greenery.  Open for dinner each evening, diners can choose from an extensive sushi and sashimi list made from the freshest local seafood as well as classic interpretations of regional Asian specialties from China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.  The décor, with its calm reflecting pools and typical Japanese-inspired architecture, sets the scene for a memorable evening of fine dining. 

Kai seats 54 diners and is open from 19.00 until 22.00 for dinner six nights a week

Ile de Joie

Lovers of the finer things in life will adore this tiny over-water open-air cheese and wine bar set 100m over the lagoon.  Truly an ‘island of joy’, this is home to the island’s fine wines cellar where oenophiles will enjoy perusing the eclectic wine list, while the resident bartender can suggest the perfect tipple from a range of fine label cognacs, premium whiskies and other delectable bottled digestifs and aperitifs.  The collection of specialty imported, hand selected cheeses make this the perfect venue for open air pre- or post- dinner relaxation over a fine cigar from the well-stocked humidor.

Diners can choose sit up at the bar, walk through the chilled wine-fridge or simply enjoy the star-filled Maldivian night skies from seats carved into the shape of dhonis, a traditional Maldivian sailing boat.

Open nightly from 18.00 – 23.00, Ile De Joie seats 16+ al fresco on the deck

Ottoman Lounge

This far-flung outpost of the Ottoman empire graces the island with fine Turkish teas and coffee presented in the traditional manner in filigree silver- service. Ayada Maldives showcases the beauty and unique experience of sipping authentically brewed Turkish coffee and specialty teas in a lounge with low seating, as inspired by a traditional café in Turkey. This welcoming lounge is a perfect spot for a private meeting or a relaxed drink with friends.  For a soothing afternoon ritual look no further than chef’s modern interpretation of afternoon tea. In the evenings, a choice of aromatic shisha water pipes (narghile) adds elegance.  The décor, with its sand-floor and thatched roof with carved wooden furniture, lends itself to photographic interest, especially in the evening when the ‘chandelier’ of hundreds of tiny Turkish style lanterns light up the lounge.

The Ottoman Lounge seats 16 guests indoors and opens from 13.00 until 22.00 daily

Zero Degree

Zero Degree restaurant and bar is where you’ll find poolside dining at its finest: a simple yet wide menu of international dishes that addresses all cravings from crisp fresh salads to European, Asian and middle-eastern dishes. Guests can choose to dine barefoot in the water, under a thatched roof, in one of the poolside cabanas swathed in fabri, or of course for the ultimate sun lovers, the sun beds by the pool. At night, thanks to its incredible LED lighting display, the pool transforms into a myriad of tiny stars, reflecting the incredible night skies for a unforgettable midnight swim. 

At this time the bar becomes the social place to be, with live music, DJ and special events such as open air movies enjoyed in the pool while the bartenders work their magic from an enticing list of cocktails and guests dance the night away.

Seating 33 diners under its thatched roof and 40 diners al fresco, Zero Degree is open daily from 09.00 until late (lunch menu from 12.00 – 18.00)

Sea Salt  (Beach Barbecue)

Feel the magic of the Maldives at our mouthwatering beach BBQ held under a carpet of stars where you can feast on freshly grilled meat and seafood.

Ideally situated on our Zero Degree Beach with golden sand, amazing sunshine and a gentle sea breeze, this is the perfect place to savour food from the grill with your feet in the surf… a true delight!

Sea Salt open every Tuesday & Friday at the Zero Degree beach from 19.00 until 22.30 

Mizu (Teppanyaki Grill)

The word Teppanyaki is derived from “Teppan” meaning iron hot plate and “Yaki” which means to grill or fry. That is exactly what you'll experience at Mizu : The chef will prepare the most delicious fish, meat and vegetarian dishes as you watch him skillfully cook in front of you with precision. Add to this the use of top quality ingredients, an extensive choice of sakes and wines and the characteristic of sitting between the ocean and the tropical Ayada Maldives.

Mizu seats 10 diners under its stunning Maldivian night skies and is open seven days a week

Private Dining

Ayada Maldives provides private dining experience exclusively for you and your loved one : on the soft sandy beach, on the secluded pagoda, or simply on the deck of your own villa. A private chef and waiter will cater you the perfect evening under the Maldivian stars.

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