New Luxury Hotel on Remote Island Getaway to the Heart of Maldives. Raa Atoll is one of many gorgeous atolls that make up the Maldives and is a perfect destination to spend your vacation time. The Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, a new luxury resort recently opened in the stunning Raa Atoll, offers an unparalleled opportunity to get close to the heart of Maldives and explore all that the islands have to offer.
Raa Atoll, 45 minutes by seaplane from Male, is known for its beautiful coral reefs, clear blue waters, and abundant marine life, including manta rays and whale sharks. It is thus an excellent place for snorkelling and diving. With its luxurious accommodations and amenities, Alila Kothaifaru is sure to provide the perfect place to relax and unwind as you take in the unforgettable sights and sounds of the Maldives.
Nestled in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, Alila Kothaifaru is home to 80 luxurious villas, each designed to offer unmatched privacy and comfort. Forty-four beach villas and 36 overwater villas are available, each with its own private pool. Guests can enjoy stunning ocean views from their villa or take advantage of the resort’s many amenities, including a spa, fitness centre, and restaurants. The Maldives has a ‘one island, one resort’ policy which ensures that each resort is exclusive and private.
The perks of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
The Alila resort offers easy access to the famous Hanifaru Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where guests can indulge in guided snorkel amidst the feeding manta rays and whale sharks. Hanifaru Bay is truly a sight to behold. From June to November, the South West monsoon causes a massive build-up of plankton in the bay, drawing hundreds of manta rays and whale sharks.
It is worth noting that diving is not permitted in the bay. The best time to visit is during the day when the sun reflects off the water and illuminates the creatures below. It’s an unforgettable experience to see these magnificent creatures up close and personal.
The island is close to Vaadhoo Island, where guests can witness the spectacular ‘Sea of Stars’ phenomenon. This natural light show is created by bioluminescent plankton and can be seen best from the shores of Vaadhoo Island.
Alila Kids Club is an amazing experience for kids of all ages. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by the friendly staff and whisked away to the play area. There, your children can explore, play and learn in a safe and supervised environment. With plenty of toys and games to choose from, they will never be bored. Best of all, parents can enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation knowing that the children are being well cared for.
The Alila Kothaifaru Maldives Water Sports & Dive Centre has a good range of equipment, including paddleboards, glass-bottom kayaks and windsurf boards and sails. Private lessons and guided tours ensure that even the novice amongst us enjoys themselves when at Alila. In addition, catamarans, speed boats, and even a Dhoni are available to cruise the crystal clear waters of Raa Atoll when heading out to the blue in search of dolphins, manta rays or even turtles.
The Dive Centre at the resort offers a wide range of PADI courses and recommends Labyrinth, Vadhoo Thila, Kottefaru Kuda Thila, Sola Corner and Beriyan Bodu Thila as the top dive sites for certified divers at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.
This new resort offers guests a unique opportunity to explore Raa Atoll and all that it offers – from its world-famous coral reefs to its clear blue waters teeming with marine life. With its idyllic setting and luxurious accommodations, the Alila Kothaifaru Resort will provide a fantastic Maldives vacation experience.
© This article was first published online in May 2022 – World Travel Magazine.