When considering a getaway holiday to the Indian Ocean, Ayada Maldives has certainly excelled in creating a private island resort with superlative facilities, and where the surrounding waterscape is fully appreciated.

Included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best hotels in the Maldives, it was voted the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort & Spa’ at the 2014 World Travel Awards. Ayada Maldives offers a truly luxurious retreat with a genuine Maldivian style.

Set in the relatively unexplored Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the country, just a few kilometres above the equator, the luxury resort offers an impressive choice of both land and water based villas and suites, with private pools, butler service and thoughtful five- star detailing. Traditional thatched-roof water-villas stand on stilts over the resort’s peaceful lagoon, while beach villas offer absolute privacy amid tropical greenery alongside powder-soft, palm-lined white beaches.

Food lovers can explore the six restaurants with cuisine ranging from exotic Asian flavours to tantalising Mediterranean specialities to the vibrant Ottoman Lounge complete with speciality coffees, teas, and shisha, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa which boasts a Turkish Hammam and eight private treatment villas.

The resort is noted for its gardens and tropical greenery and is ringed by a pristine coral reef where dolphins are frequent visitors. The active can explore the area on a host of excursions while at the resort they can play tennis or badminton, take up watersports, learn yoga, Pilates or Zumba or simply hit the modern gym.

Outstanding diving and snorkeling opportunities surround the island on reefs that have barely been visited by humans while some of the Maldives’ best surfing breaks are just a quick speedboat journey away offering both beginner and expert level experiences.

Ayada Maldives can definitely be described as an ideal, all-rounder resort, with facilities that will accommodate to the discerning needs of its guests, whatever their age. Indeed, whilst it may draw couples for the perfect honeymoon (or perhaps even as a wedding venue) it also has great family appeal with special, family-size accommodation and even child-friendly facilities in the form of the ZuZuu Kids Club, complete with its own pool, nanny room, a stage and playground area with a jungle gym.