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Some places blur the lines between dreams and reality. The Ayada Resort is one such spot that captures the power of what can happen when man and Mother Nature come together. This carefully curated five-star resort occupies prime real estate on the sweet southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. Lagoon-like waters, around the clock butler service, sunset suites, and expansive spa are just a few murmurs that made the likes of Conde Nast sit up and take notice. Surfers seeking a blend of world-class breaks near the ‘five islands’ along with a picture-perfect paradise to call home, will adore the decadent delights of Ayada.
Ideal for Couples and Families
Close proximity to surrounding surf breaks
Spa and Recreation Facilities
Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Southern Atolls, Maldives
Wayfarers Atlas can make your journey to Ayada as seamless as possible.
AIRPORT – Velana International Airport Male
TRANSFERS – The mesmerising floral scent of the Maldives entices you as soon as you step foot on the shimmering airport strip down in Male. From here, in keeping with the VIP theme synonymous with the Ayada Resort, an airport representative will guide you into the lounge for light refreshment. Next, be whisked away on a short 55-minute flight to the Kaadhedhoo Airport perched on the pristine shores of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. The next part of the journey will have Little Wayfarers whooping in joy as you cross the warm blue waters on a 50-minute speedboat journey while sipping on ice-cool drinks and snapping photos for your Instagram feed.
WEATHER – November to April
SURF SEASON -March to October – however March to April and September to October are considered the best time of year.
Stock up on bikinis and boardshorts and leave the wetsuit at home. This side of the Maldives South Atoll stays true to its image as a tropical paradise. Temperatures lend themselves beautifully to blue skies, clean green waves, and silica white sands. The hottest months can be found sizzling from April to June. The preferred surf months of May to September is the rainy season, but the temptation of big billowing swells and the fact that storms sweep in and out quickly is more than enough to keep wave riders returning.
“Worthy of the endless accolades; Ayada rewrites the rule book for paradise, blending epic surf with seamless service to sweep you off your feet.”
Family Friendly Resort
Family Villas Available
Laundry and pressing service
Water sport centre
24-hour room service
24-hour butler service
No direct access to waves – Boat transfers to surrounding breaks with the closest, Love Charms, only a 5 minute boat ride away
Seven stunning dining venues turn Ayada into a full sensory experience and ensures that hungry surfers will never grow tired of the same dishes. The main restaurant Magu is built on a low level around a shimmering peace pool, with low lighting and a laid-back vibe. Diners seeking a far eastern kick will find plenty to satisfy them at Kai, where Vietnamese summer rolls dunked in chilli, fat prawn tempura, steaming dim sum and glistening fresh sashimi makes for a fun-filled finger picking dinner. If you prefer to dine alongside bright sunset and sea views, then the aptly named Ocean Breeze delivers cool cocktails and whimsical linen pale romantic vibes.
Those dreaming of blackened lobster and icy beers with their heels digging in the sand will adore the beach barbeque joint of Sea Salt. The Ottoman Lounge invites dreamy afternoons sipping elegant bergamot tea behind the gauzy veil of sweet shisha smoke. For those who crave comfort with more than a dash of European elegance – the wine and cheese island of Ile de Joie boasts beautiful bottles like Pieno Sud from Italy and Cote de Provence Roses served with platters of handpicked cheeses and carefully kept cigars.
An infinity pool that seems to blur both with the lagoon, the salt tang sea, and the sky lends yet another hue of blue to the water world of Ayada. During the day you can sprawl out on the cool cabana seating or sun yourself on the lush loungers as you nibble on light lunches from the Zero Degrees pool bar and restaurant. When the stars start to prickle the inky sky, the vibe steps up a notch with designer DJ’s on the decks, and lemon tuna platters whisking out the kitchen.
Paradise wouldn’t be perfect without a dedicated space for pampering. The expansive AySpa has been beautifully designed to fit in seamlessly with Maldivian tropical surroundings. Cool marble floors invite barefoot wonder, hewn timber soothes with its indigenous vibe, and the extravagant marble hammam brings the feel of blended cultures in a space where wellness comes first.
Including eight treatment rooms and the first Vichy in the Maldives, and tailored treatments – guests can lose themselves in the Tropical Aroma Rain Massage, a full body scrub in the Turkish Hammam, and find restored equilibrium in an ESPA energy boosting ritual.
The Ayada Maldives understands that while family memories make for a beautiful foundation, sometimes adults need space to play too. The Zuzuu Kids Club lends a watchful eye over your little wayfarers, so you can give yourself to the saltwater gods, indulge in perfect pampering at the spa, sail out on that romantic sunset cruise, and take all the time you need to reconnect with your inner self.
The Ayada Resort weaves together tropical Maldivian style with more than a flourish of Ottoman elegance. Boasting a well-curated collection of nine different villa, suite and bungalow styles – the majority sit perched like great wooden birds around the jetty, ensuring that no guest is more than a handful of steps from the allure of the ocean. Teak and terrazzo set a precedent for gorgeous honeymoon boltholes and family homes, dressed in the very best materials the landscape has to offer. Everyone has their own perfect pocket of space, and those added touches like personal butler service and plunge pools only add to the dreamy feeling that follows your every step in Ayada.
Sitting on the edge of the jetty and offering shimmering horizon views, the Royal Ocean Suite offers split level living for small families or couples seeking an extra dash of space. Two bedrooms, lavish living quarters, and an upper floor terrace offering starlit views of the Indian Ocean set the mise-en-scene for sheer delight. Overwater hammocks and glass panels in the floor invite you to watch silver shoals of fish pass by, and endless sun-loungers, day bed swings, and sink down terrazzo tubs make for effortless lounging.
The overwater Sunset Ocean Suites are generous slices of pleasure for couples seeking an intimate escape. Offering two bathrooms, a master bedroom, and separate living and spaces right on the lagoon, you will never grow tired of waking up in this corner of paradise. The huge sundeck with direct lagoon access and overwater hammocks offers those much-loved added extras that invite you to rest and play in the great outdoors.
Families with older children wanting two bedrooms, bathrooms, and a gigantic overwater sun porch with al fresco dining space and a private pool may never want to leave the Sunset Ocean Family Suite. Floor to ceiling windows invite endless hues of gold and blue to seep inside elegant spaces, and 24-hour butler service ensures that every whim and wonder is met.
Clinging to the tropical landscape with a terrace that edges out over the water, the Sunset Lagoon Suite is every bit as romantic as its name suggests. Caught between that sweet space of the gardens and the lagoon, you can shower in the sublime foliage of your own private garden, swing on the sofa over the turquoise lagoon, and drift away in the dream of your own private pool. With one master suite and separate living quarters, this is the perfect space for couples or small families.
The amazing ocean villas are for those who can’t get enough of seawater dreams. If you adore gazing endlessly over a tapestry of blue, tumbling straight from the deck into the tropical shoals of fishes, and the murmur of the sea to send you to sleep, then these spacious villas will soothe your soul. One master suite suits couples and small children can roll out on the indoor daybed. The evening turn down service, private pantry, and having a butler at your beck and call ensures you don’t have to lift a finger.
The beautiful interconnecting beach suites are an idyllic choice for larger families planting themselves firmly in paradise. With direct beach access, you can run hand in hand with your little wayfarers across the sand or take a moonlit stroll with the one you love against a backdrop of inky blue. The delight of your own terrace and plunge pool, along with fabulous features like air conditioning, housekeeping twice a day, and a roman shower in the garden truly add to the fantasy feel.
Beach Villas are the icing on the cake for those Ayada guests seeking space, serenity, and a front-row seat the endless concert of the sea. Flanked by lush vegetation and silica white sand, you can peruse magazines in the shade, sprawl out on your private deck, plunge into your own pool, or splash in the waves that lap right at your doorstep. Indoor daybed, a large master suite, and Harman Kardon sound system ensure that the summer mood wafts through every inch of space.
Family friendly excursions
Complimentary cribs are on hand for sleepy Little Wayfarers
Little Wayfarers will adore the freedom and finesse that can be found on the shores of the Ayada Resort in the magical Maldives. From the pleasure of watching fish swim beneath their feet in their private villa to daring days at the Kids Club, enticing activities snorkelling and surfing, and even a stage for putting on their own plays. Parents too will revel in knowing their little ones are well loved and cared for – both in the daily club and those evenings when romance calls. Children aged 4 – 12 years are welcome at the Zuzuu kids club. Children under 4 can be accommodated with a baby sitter who are available on request.
Those families travelling with older children will find the Sunset Ocean Family Suite a haven of space. The private pool, separate bedrooms, and expansive sundeck hits that soft note between shared adventure and personal space. Families with smaller children who don’t want direct access to the lagoon but do want to be as close to the beach as possible will find revelry in the beautiful beach villas.
Little Wayfarers are sure to find amazement and fun around the clock at Ayada. The Zuzuu Kids Club is orchestrated towards endless adventure inviting kids to play between the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. Every day brings something new – from cooking classes to swimming lessons, palm leaf crafts, jungle mask making, crab racing, and pampering in the mini spa. A jungle gym, kids’ stage, and nanny room bring an added sigh of relief for parents wanting their Little Wayfarers to have a blast.
Older kids aren’t forgotten at Ayada – with snorkelling trips, surfing lessons, a gorgeous games room, fun tubes and banana boat rides; your teens can blow off steam and top up on your adrenaline fix.
At the Zuzuu Kids Club, your Little Wayfarers have access to their own pool for all the yelling and splashing they have been dreaming of. As most villas and suites come with their own private plunge pool – families don’t have to worry about small people staying cool.
Seven restaurants – one for each day of the week put Ayada on the map as being a gorge worthy gorgeous resort. Picky Little Wayfarers won’t have a problem finding the perfect plates to meet their palates. Many of the restaurants boast dedicated child-friendly flavours for both young ones wanting home comforts and adventurous eaters. With around the clock room service, families who want to stay home and nibble on the deck will still be satiated in style at Ayada.
Get in touch with your local Travel Doctor for up to date health information, precautions and travel advice for your destination, including information regarding clean drinking water.
A doctor is permanently based on the island and is available 24 hours a day.
For peace of mind, Wayfarers Atlas recommends travel insurance that includes medical evacuation. Let us organize this for you.
Mozzies can be found in paradise too.
Sublime Surf – The glorious Gaafu Dhaalu is said to boast some of the best surf in the whole of the 26 atolls that make up the Maldives. This sublime surfer’s paradise throws up the biggest swells on a consistent basis.
Amazing Accommodation – More than a place to rest your head, the accommodation at Ayada is heaven sent. From tropical thatched roofs to terrazzo tubs with flat screen TV’s and lavish lagoon views – you couldn’t ask for a finer home in the midst of the Maldives.
Epic Excursions – From dolphin spotting trips to equator crossings, desert island picnics, island hopping adventures, and glass bottom boat tours – you will never get cabin fever when on the shores of the Ayada Resort.
The Luxury Touch – Part of the magic of the Maldives is its divine commitment to decadence. For those wanting an extra special island stay, Ayada pulls out all the luxury stops. From personal service to dedicated wine and cheese restaurants, and all the Veuve Clicquot you could want in the privacy of your pool cabana – this is the art of living well.
As soon as your toes hit the sands at Ayada Maldives, you will want to grab your board and go. Ayada is surrounded by some of the Maldives best surf spots, with 6 quality breaks located within 30 minutes of the resort.
Another amazing thing about the majesty of the Maldives is the endless atolls, islands and slips of sand you can visit. Head out for the day on a sailing adventure to hop and skip across the finest islands. From lazy afternoons snorkelling to romantic gourmet picnics on places without another soul in sight – island hopping puts you in the way of great beauty.
Being surrounded by the bliss of the ocean, the Ayada Resort is a prime destination for divers. Crystal clear visibility, sweet free flowing tides, and coral reefs forever in bloom invite you to plunge in and explore. With so many rich atolls, its possible to be the very first to dive a certain spot around these parts and Ayada offers PADI courses for those who dare to dream deeper.
An immense adoration of water isn’t confined to surfing and diving at Ayada. There are an endless array of water sports on offer for those who want to get wet and wild. Little Wayfarers can laugh themselves senseless with banana boats and tubing. Adrenaline junkies can pick up speed on the Jet Skis and Wakeboards, and those who prefer softer discovery can canoe and SUP into the sunset.
Exclusive, remote and unspoiled and often referred to as the final surfing frontier. This is one of the most remote areas on the planet, accessed only by charter boat or those lucky enough to be staying at AYADA Maldives – it’s just you, the waves and the serenity.
With boat trips provided twice daily and some of the hottest breaks around Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll only a short boat ride away, you can get as much saltwater styling in as you please. Surf programs and guiding are suitable for Intermediate to advanced surfers.
The prime time to head here is in March/April or September/October, when the northwest monsoon season is at its sparkling best, offering light winds and clear skies. The southwest and southeast swell means you can jump on a wave almost anywhere with barely anyone in sight.
March to October, however March to April and September to October are considered the best
Intermediate to Advanced
No direct access to waves
Boat Transfers to Surrounding Breaks Provided
Coaching & Guiding