The Maldives, 8th December 2014 – Ayada Maldives has been awarded the world’s leading water villa resort at the prestigious World Travel Awards ceremony held in Anguilla yesterday.  One of only two hotels in the Maldives to be included on the list of the best in the world, Ayada Maldives is a private luxury resort in the south of the country with 112 villas and suites.

“Words can’t express how happy and proud everyone here at Ayada Maldives feels today,” said general manager, Zafer Agacan.  “This is a wonderful confirmation of our commitment to delivering a high standard of quality and service and we’re delighted to win an award that puts us alongside the best hotels and resorts in the world.  We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us”.

Included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list of best hotels in the Maldives, voted the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort’ and the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort & Spa’, Ayada Maldives is a private island resort offering 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 112 spacious villas and suites, all with private pools, butler 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 as they nestle amid tropical greenery alongside powder-soft palm-lined white beaches.  Food lovers can explore the six restaurants and bars, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa set in beautiful tropical landscaped gardens which boasts a Turkish Hammam as well as a Vichy Shower and eight private treatment villas.

The resort is noted for its gardens and tropical greenery and is ringed by a vibrant coral reef where dolphins are frequent visitors.  The active can explore the area on a host of excursions that include visits to the equator, local villages and fishing trips, while at the resort they can play tennis or badminton, take up watersports, learn yoga, Pilates or Zumba or simply hit the 24-hour gym.  Outstanding diving and snorkeling opportunities surround the island on reefs that have barely been visited by humans while some of the country’s best surfing breaks are just a quick speedboat journey away.  Weddings take place in the golden hour just before sunset either in the air conditioned wedding chapel set in a tree-lined lawn, or outdoors on the beach under a pagoda of flowing gauze and flowers.

The World Travel Awards is widely regarded as the most celebrated event in the travel industry.  Hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, World Travel Awards celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.  The brand aims to celebrate those organisations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.  A full list of winners for the Grand Final Gala Ceremony can be seen here.