facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Alila Villas Hadahaa

Tricia Welsh

The recent explosion of resort construction in the Maldives has been concentrated in the now-crowded central atolls, leaving the island nation’s southern reaches relatively untouched. Opened last August, Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first resort on the 1,120-square-mile atoll of Huvadhoo. The remote southern isle, the second largest atoll in the world, is located about two hours (by way of plane and speedboat) from the busy capital of Male.

Like Hadahaa’s location, the resort’s architecture is out of the ordinary for a Maldivian retreat: Instead of the ubiquitous thatch-roofed accommodations, Hadahaa features villas with slanted timber roofs. Native vegetation shades 36 Island Villas, which have sundecks, walled gardens with outdoor showers and baths, and, in some cases, plunge pools. Panoramic windows and direct Indian Ocean access are highlights of the 14 over-water Aqua Villas.

Guests at Hadahaa can snorkel and scuba dive in the ocean, try the resort’s Spa by Mandara, and play billiards in a reception lobby that resembles a huge upturned wooden boat. Breakfast and lunch are served in the open-air Relish restaurant, while fine dinners can be had at Battuta’s Restaurant, perhaps the only true Maldivian dining venue at a Maldivian resort. Alila Villas Hadahaa, +960.682.8888, www.alilahotels.com

Read Next Article >>
Four Seasons meets Orlando’s great Walt Disney World complex.
Wherever you’re going, you can expect the very best of comfort and gourmet...
With more than 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands offers...
With a nod to its illustrious past, The New York Palace has taken an...
For as long as it has been an elite summer destination, the Hamptons’...
Photo by Dana Allen
Wilderness Safaris’ new Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp accesses a remote oasis...
Laurence S. Rockefeller's eco-luxury legacy lives on in these six one-of-a...
Sri Lanka’s Cape Weligama resort is the new jewel of the south coast.
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, located on Banderas Bay on Mexico’s...
Early fall is the most popular time of the year to visit Northern...