Alila Kothaifaru Maldives Opens in Raa Atoll

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, a private island retreat located in the Raa Atoll at the northern edge of the Maldives. The resort offers 80 pool villas, of which 44 are situated beachfront and 36 are perched overwater with direct access to the sea. Each villa comes with a private pool and sun deck.

The resort offers a range of culinary experiences. Seasalt, its beachside all-day dining restaurant with an ocean view, serves coastal Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences. Mirus Bar offers a selection of cocktails inspired by the region’s former spice trade routes and prepared with ingredients from the on-site herb garden. Umami offers Japanese-inspired menus prepared in a teppan theater. The adjourning Yakitori Bar offers Asian-inspired craft cocktails and mocktails, besides Japanese sakes and spirits. Pibati Café provides light bites and comfort food on the go.

Nestled just above the treetops, Spa Alila has four double-treatment suites with a private bathroom, shower and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can indulge in treatments and beauty rituals. A complimentary daily yoga session in an outdoor space within the spa is also available. The resort also has a 24-hour fitness center and a beachfront infinity pool.

Mirus Bar at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
Mirus Bar (Hyatt Hotels)

A range of water activities and excursions are organized by the marine guides at the resort’s Water Sports and Dive Center. Play Alila, a dedicated play and learning space for children provides toys, games and supervised indoor and outdoor activities.

Guests 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, for a picnic, sunset barbecue or candlelit dinner. Couples can also tie the knot or renew their vows on a palm-fringed beach with the ocean as a backdrop or on the private sandbank at sunset followed by dinner under the stars.

Situated on a 28-acre island, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives can be reached via a 45-minute seaplane journey from Malé. The Raa Atoll offers snorkeling and diving options. The resort offers easy access to the Hanifaru Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and is close to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the “Sea of Stars” phenomenon.

David Udell, group president, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt, said that future plans include Alila hotels in Suzhou and Shanghai in China, and Nha Trang in Vietnam.

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