Hyatt Opens Second Resort in Maldives
Hyatt has opened its second resort in the Maldives with the debut of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives in Raa Atoll. The all-pool-villa resort opened its doors on 16th May 2022, after a decade since the opening of Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa in Gaafu Alifu Atoll.
Alila Kothaifaru is a joint venture partnership between Sri Lankan based Sanken construction and Orca Holding. The official opening celebration was held on 12th May 2022 and was attended by the resort’s key business partners. The event was hosted by Laith Pharaon, Chief Executive Officer of Orca Holding and graced by Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism.
“As countries continue to open up and travel confidence grows, we look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world to 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.”
“We are honoured 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.”
Alila Kothaifaru is situated on a 11.2-hectare island, a 45-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport (VIA). It features eighty pool villas that are either located overwater or on the beach, with minimalist architecture by Singapore-based Studiogoto, who also designed the treetop spa at the resort. The low-rise structures and contemporary interiors feature open-air spaces and a calming palette of island-inspired colours and textures, creating an idyllic setting for complete relaxation and connection with nature. Spa Alila features four double treatment suites, all with a private bathroom, shower and a floor-to-ceiling window with verdant views.
The resort offers six dining experiences – two restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences, and Japanese-inspired menus; two bars, and a café. The Shack is a unique experience where guess 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 for a gourmet picnic, a sunset barbecue or a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars.
True to the Alila brand, meaning “Surprise” in Sanskrit, guests enjoy a range of bespoke experiences. Further, a wide range of water activities and excursions organised through the expert marine guides at the resort’s Water Sports and Dive Center are also available. Meanwhile, Play Alila, a dedicated play and learning space for young guests will keep them entertained with toys, games and fun, supervised indoor and outdoor activities.