Alila comes back to the Maldives with the opening of Alila Kothaifaru, a superbly designed resort, in Raa Atoll.
Alila Kothaifaru is Hyatt’s second resort in Maldives
Set on a beautiful island surrounded by an excellent house reef for snorkeling, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, initially scheduled for opening mid April 2022, finally received its first guests this last May 16th.
Kothaifaru is Alila’s second resort in the Maldives. The hotel brand, well known for its modern design and zen concept previously had Alila Hadahaa Maldives, now Park Hyatt Hadahaa, in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, in the south of the archipelago.
Opening of Alila Kothaifaru. What we know
Hyatt new resort in the Maldives is a private island retreat located in the picturesque Raa Atoll at the northern edge of the Maldives. The all-pool-villa resort offers a refreshing blend of serenity and discovery in a relatively untouched corner of the archipelago renowned for its abundant marine life.
“As countries continue to open up and travel confidence grows, we look forward to guests from all over the world visiting Alila Kothaifaru Maldives for a memorable getaway in what we hope will become the centerpiece of Raa Atoll,” said David Udell, Group President, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt.
“We are delighted to add this beautiful resort in the Maldives to our growing Alila portfolio, with new Alila hotels opening in sought-after destinations such as Suzhou and Shanghai in China and Nha Trang in Vietnam in the future.”
A Soft opening
Alila announces on its website that the resort is open with Beach Villas and guests may enjoy a wide array of dining and recreational services. Finishing works are in progress in limited areas and are slated to be completed by June 30, 2022;
Alila Kothaifairu Design
Alila Kothaifaru remains in the spirit and design of the brand with an elegant minimalist architecture with clear lines created by Singapore-based Studiogoto.
Its design encompasses terraced pavilions, villas and a treetop spa that are carefully integrated into the existing landscape to immerse guests in the picturesque natural surroundings.
The low-rise structures and contemporary interiors feature open-air spaces and a calming palette of island-inspired colors and textures, creating an idyllic setting for complete relaxation and connection with nature.
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Alila Kothaifaru is surrounded by Nature’s Wonders
Housed on a 27.6 acre (11.2 hectare) island, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives can be reached via a 45-minute seaplane journey from Malé. As one of the deeper atolls in the archipelago, Raa Atoll offers abundant snorkeling and diving options to discover its rich marine life, from colorful corals to manta rays and sharks.
The resort offers easy access to the famous Hanifaru Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll and is close to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the spectacular ‘Sea of Stars’ phenomenon.
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives features white-sand beaches overlooking the infinite expanse of ocean blue, a stunning house reef and lush greenery.
Alila Kothaifaru’s sustainable tourism
From protecting the environment to advancing the local community, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives aims to drive positive impact through innovative and intuitive ways.
In line with their goal to achieve the EarthCheck certification, the world’s leading environmental certification and benchmarking programme for the travel and tourism industry, green initiatives have been implemented from the ground up, including:
- Thoughtful architecture built around the island’s natural landscape, conserving up to 70% of the existing vegetation and the maximum number of native trees
- Use of eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics
- Sustainable water consumption practices
- Widening the energy mix to include recyclable energy
- Waste management measures including converting paper products and vegetable waste into fertiliser and the use of an on-site bottle crusher and garbage compactor
A Private Island Sanctuary
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives offers 80 pool villas, of which 44 are along the beach and 36 are perched overwater with direct access to the sea.
Guests can unwind in these understated, sophisticated spaces that balance privacy with openness to the outdoors. Each villa comes with a private pool and sun deck where guests can bask in picture-perfect views and enjoy personalized service whether they are staying steps from the beach or above the turquoise lagoon.
The Sunrise Beach Villas offer early birds captivating views to start their day alongside quick access to the resort’s main facilities such as the infinity pool, Play Alila kids’ club, Seasalt restaurant and Mirus Bar.
Restaurants and Bars
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives offers a delightful variety of culinary experiences and bars including :
Seasalt, the resort’s beachside all-day dining restaurant with an ocean view, serves coastal Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences. Not to be missed are the restaurant’s signature salt-baked fish dishes.
A spectacular Maldivian sunset alongside a refreshing selection of cocktails at Mirus Bar inspired by the region’s former spice trade routes and concocted with ingredients from the resort’s own herb garden.
Umami offers Japanese-inspired menus prepared in a teppan theater with a premium selection of organically grown vegetables, Wagyu beef and sustainably sourced fish and seafood. The adjourning Yakitori Bar is the place to be to indulge in sundowners, from Asian-inspired craft cocktails and mocktails to fine Japanese sakes and spirits, amidst delicious smoky aromas from a robata grill.
Pibati Café provides light bites and comfort food that are convenient for grab-and-go en route to an excursion.
Guests dreaming of an ultimate castaway experience can set sail in a traditional Maldivian dhoni on a two to three-hour journey around the Raa Atoll before returning to the resort’s private sandbank, The Shack, a secluded spot for a gourmet picnic, a sunset barbecue or a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars.
The resort Spa : A Haven for Relaxation
Nestled just above the treetops, Spa Alila features four double treatment suites, all with a private bathroom, shower and a floor-to-ceiling window with verdant views. Guests can indulge in rejuvenating treatments and beauty rituals that put a contemporary spin on ancient healing techniques and draw on the benefits of natural ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary daily yoga session in a tranquil outdoor space within the spa. The resort also offers a 24-hour fitness center and a beachfront infinity pool.
Leisure and Activities
Alila Kothaifaru boasts a wide range of water activities and excursions organized through the expert marine guides at the resort’s Water Sports and Dive Center.
Young guests also have their own fun space with Play Alila, a dedicated play and learning space for kids and teens to keep them entertained with toys, games and fun, supervised indoor and outdoor activities.
From barefoot chic to elegant sophistication, couples can tie the knot or renew their vows with an enchanting celebration set in tropical splendor, whether on a pristine palm-fringed beach with the glistening ocean as a backdrop or on the private sandbank at sunset followed by a bespoke dinner under the stars.
“We are honored to welcome guests to one of the world’s most blissful destinations and we look forward to sharing with them the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us,” said Alexandre Glauser, general manager, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.
“Here at our all-pool-villa sanctuary, guests can unwind in peaceful seclusion with charming views while our gracious hosts deliver personalized experiences leading to unique moments and treasured memories.”
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