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An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

The previously untouched southern Maldives is to get its first boutique luxury resort. Alila Villas Hadahaa  will open  in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in August 2009, an atoll which is rich in history yet unknown to all but the most intrepid divers. It is one of the largest natural atolls in the world and the deepest in the Maldives with a central lagoon plunging about 90 metres down. Despite its size, though, it encompasses only 250 islands over a lagoon area covering 2,800 square kilometres, resulting in the sparsest distribution of individual islands in the country. The new resort  will feature  14 stilted over-the-water Aqua Villas with panoramic views and 36 Island Villas, 20 of which come with a private plunge pool. All villas are designed to enhance the Maldivian experience. It is accessible via a 55 min domestic flight from Male to Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport, where you board a 55 foot Luxury Azimut Power yacht for a 1 hour 15 minute cruise to the resort.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. wow looks like an awesome resort. the alila in Ubud has always been a favorite. the villas looks awesome as well, almost a beach house vibe instead of bungalow style. nice to see some different exterior design of an OVB.

  2. Thanks for the info. I LOVE Alila. I only stayed one night at Alila Cha Am. I had a Benz car to train station after checking out. They gave me a bottle of iced water and one fresh wet towel. I’m looking forward to checking in some other Alila resorts. Just perfect!

  3. Ahhh, the good ol Maldive. My dream. You might want to revise the title. When I first read it, I though, what about the W and 4 Seasons Maldives. But I see you refer to the South. My dream at the maldives, is to stay ] in a bungalow with a hole in the floor (W has this) to see the water below. I would like to have the BBQ on the patio preheated, and catch a fish, and cook it fresh out of the ocean.

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