Alila Kothaifaru Maldives opens in the scenic Raa Atoll

An all-pool-villa sanctuary, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives provides guests with a luxurious island escape with abundant marine life, clear blue waters, and lush vegetation.

Luxurious island life has found a new address in the Maldives. Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, a private island retreat located in the picturesque Raa Atoll, offers a refreshing blend of serenity and discovery in a relatively untouched corner of the northern edge of the Maldivian archipelago.

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Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is tucked away in the beautiful Ra Atoll. Image: Courtesy Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

A luxury property by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the ‘all pool-villa’ resort spreads across 27.6 acres of a tropical island with abundant greenery and marine life. A 45-minute seaplane journey away from Malé, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives features white-sand beaches overlooking the infinite expanse of ocean blue, a stunning house reef, and lush greenery. The resort offers easy access to the famous Hanifaru Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and is close to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the spectacular ‘Sea of Stars’ phenomenon.

David Udell, group president, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt, said, “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. 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.”

With 80 pool villas, including 44 set along the beach and 36 perched overwater with direct access to the sea, the island resort offers understated, sophisticated spaces that balance privacy with openness to the outdoors. Each villa comes with a private pool and sun deck where guests can bask in picture-perfect views and enjoy personalised service whether they are staying steps from the beach or above the turquoise lagoon. The Sunrise Beach Villas offer early birds captivating views to start their day alongside quick access to the resort’s main facilities.

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Sunrise Beach Villa comes with private pool and outdoor sun deck. Image: Courtesy Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

The resort’s elegant minimalist architecture by Singapore-based Studiogoto encompasses terraced pavilions, villas, and a treetop spa — each carefully integrated into the existing landscape to immerse guests in the picturesque natural surroundings. 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.

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives also offers a delightful variety of culinary experiences. Seasalt, the resort’s all-day beachside diner serves coastal Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences along with ocean views. Enjoy spectacular Maldivian sunset alongside a refreshing selection of cocktails at Mirus Bar. With its Japanese-inspired menu, Umami offers dishes prepared fresh with a premium selection of organically grown vegetables, Wagyu beef, and sustainably-sourced fish and seafood in a teppan theater.

Yakitori Bar is where you can indulge in sundowners, from Asian-inspired craft cocktails to fine Japanese sakes and spirits, while Pibati Café provides light bites and comfort food that are convenient for grab-and-go en route to an excursion. Guests dreaming of an ultimate castaway experience 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, a secluded spot for a gourmet picnic, a sunset barbecue, or a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars.

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The resort is surrounded by abundant natural beauty. Image: Courtesy Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Nestled just above the treetops, Spa Alila features four couple-treatment suites, complete with a private bathroom, shower, and a floor-to-ceiling window with verdant views. Rejuvenate yourself with wellness treatments and beauty rituals that put a contemporary spin on ancient healing techniques and draw on the benefits of natural ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary daily yoga session in a tranquil outdoor space within the spa. The resort also offers a 24-hour fitness center and a beachfront infinity pool.

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, while 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.

From barefoot chic to elegant sophistication, couples can tie the knot or renew their vows with an enchanting celebration set in tropical splendor, whether on a pristine palm-fringed beach with the glistening ocean as a backdrop or on the private sandbank at sunset followed by a bespoke dinner under the stars.

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