An Ultimate Retreat Destination: the New Ayada Maldives

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Yes, that really is a glass-bottomed floor you see in one villa pictured here — and it’s just part of the fascinating villa experience at Ayada Maldives, a brand-new luxury resort located in the middle of a pristine reef at the rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, in the southern part of the Maldives. This is no small endeavor: it comprises 33 beach villas, 4 family beach suites, 14 sunset beach suites, 33 ocean villas, 11 sunset lagoon suites, 14 sunset ocean suites, 2 family ocean suites, and the pinnacle residence, Ayada Royal Ocean Suite. But sheer numbers don’t mean lack of privacy: the stilted water villas have been placed just-so on a unique “jetty” to capture magnificent views of the endless horizon, while beach lodgings offer a haven of serenity less than 30 steps from the Indian Ocean.

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Interiors use an abundance of natural materials — teak, marble, and terrazzo — and pay tribute to Turkish influence with subtle Ottoman style in both villa décor and dining venues. But you won’t stay inside much: the resort’s proximity to the southern end of the reef makes Ayada a perfect location for divers and surfers alike, and a prime spot from which to enjoy an unspoiled view of marine life. Water sports are at your fingertips — swimming, snorkeling and fishing. A fitness pavilion helps you get in a workout — if you don’t get one jogging along the resort track or playing tennis, football, or volleyball. For less strenuous moods, indulge in billiards or board games at the games hall…or just enjoy lounging on the beautiful white sand beach. Your choice of adventure, in gorgeous surroundings, awaits at Ayada Maldives.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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