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Ayada Maldives is a brand new luxury resort located amidst a pristine reef within the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern Maldives. The island-based resort occupies 150,000 square meters of undisturbed and indigenous vegetation and offers uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Maldivian landscape.
Nestled with the lush vegetation of the island, guests can avail themselves to a variety of dining experiences found in the seven restaurants; each offering a unique culinary experience, an extensive 3500 sqm AySpa by ESPA, a renowned dive and watersports center, kids club, fitness pavilion and tailor-made experiences that will showcase the destination highlights of the Southern Maldives.
Showcasing the majesty of the natural surroundings, Ayada Maldives offers luxury accommodation types all of which bring together contemporary and traditional Maldivian design elements. The 50 stilted water villas have each been carefully placed on the uniquely shaped jetty to capture magnificent views of the endless horizon whilst the 62 beach villas offer an enclave of absolute privacy and serenity less than 30 steps from the Indian Ocean.
Journey through an unparalleled culinary experience at Ayada Maldives where we strive to offer authenticity and variety with our seven vividly enticing outlets; each with its unique influence. Ranging from exotic Asian flavors to tantalizing Mediterranean specialties to the vibrant “Ottoman Lounge” complete with specialty coffees, teas, and shisha, your dining experience is complete with impeccable service and breathtaking views of the ocean and the horizon.
An unforgettable and indulgent journey of luxurious pampering awaits you at Ayada Maldives. Savour the infinite views of the spectacular sunsets, delight in the magnificent coral reef, unwind with rejuvenating spa treatments, revel in the long stretches of pristine beach, partake in authentic Maldivian experiences or simply relax with the impeccable personalized service by your Butler. Ayada Maldives is committed to providing all visitors an authentically luxurious journey of the very finest on offer in the Southern Maldives.
The 26 pancake-flat atolls of the Maldives are coralline formations that formed around the edges of volcanic peaks, thrusting up from diverging plates in the Earth’s crust. These peaks then subsided, leaving the characteristic ring-shaped atolls to continue to grow around the original coastline. This pattern has created a surfing playground rife with reef passes amongst the 1,200 islands, which are part of the 2000km (3280mi) ridge extending from Lakshadweep to Chagos Islands. Southern hemisphere swells cross the equator bringing lined up, smaller swell to the shallow fringing reefs, and predictable monsoonal winds govern the seasons. The southern atolls, namely Gaafu Dhaalu (South Huvadhoo) has an exposed south-facing coast, boasting a dozen good passes, in a 2 hr cruising zone. Charter boats are the only form of access, making this an expensive, luxury type surf trip, but unlike the Mentawai’s, only a few boats operate in the area. Three southern atolls tried to break away from the Maldivian government as recently as 1962, keeping this area well outside the “Tourist Zone” and government permits are required for foreigners to travel here. Maldivian pioneer, Tony Hussein, discovered the area’s potential in 1973, keeping it to himself until the first charters began in 1993, but it remains a secluded destination on the world surf atlas.
Huvadhoo Atoll is about to see an explosion in numbers as a number of land-based resorts open, leaving the long-range charters with more crowds than they are used to.
When to Go
Swell comes from the usual Indian Ocean culprits of the Roaring Forties storms, the occasional cyclone, and localized wind swells. Due its size and location, Gaafu Dhaalu is the only atoll with SW-SE exposure. March-Oct is the most consistent swell season with usual 2-6ft (0.6-2m) waves on the most exposed breaks, plus some 6-10ft (2-3m) swells in the depths of the southern hemisphere winter. However, this coincides with the SW monsoon (Hulhangu) and the boats don’t operate during the stormy, windy conditions from May-August. The best period is the NE monsoon (Iruvai) for clean and sunny conditions during Feb to April and Sept-Oct. Winds will generally have a NW – NE direction but the monsoon can be early or late, bringing unwelcome SW winds to the transition periods. Any wind from the S to E quadrant kills off all the breaks, especially when it’s small. Dec-Jan suffers flat spells but exposure is better than Male Atolls. This time of year the charter boats are fully booked by the diving operators around Male, who have yet to start diving trips in the South. Semi-diurnal odd tides bring an unpredictability to the reef passes, where intense rips drain in and out of the atoll, so check with the boat captain before jumping over the side!
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