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Alila Villas Hadahaa is now open

Alila Villas Hadahaa, the first luxury resort in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in the Maldives’ new southern frontier is now open. Ten kilometres away from its nearest neighbour, Alila Villas Hadahaa promises guests the original tranquillity and unspoilt beauty of the Maldives which first drew travellers to experience the natural charm of the destination so many years ago.

The second resort under the new Alila Villas brand, Alila Villas Hadahaa delivers the best in ultra-luxury. The Alila Journey begins from the moment guests arrive at Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport from Male. One of the resort’s luxury Azimut power yachts will take guests on a 75-minute cruise to Alila Villas Hadahaa.

To commemorate its opening, from now till 19 December 2009, Alila Villas Hadahaa is offering a unique and meaningful “Gift to Share” stay package which provides one night of complimentary accommodation with every night booked as a gift to its guests. In turn, Alila Villas Hadahaa encourages their guests to pass on this generosity by donating any amount of the savings to their preferred resort-driven Maldivian community project: contributing a diverse collection of reference books to the libraries in local schools; re-introducing Maldivian traditional crafts to local primary schools; supporting the development of community farming projects.

“We count ourselves fortunate to be able to build such a luxurious property on the previously untouched Gaafu Alifu Atoll, and we seek to involve and give back as much as we possibly can to its lovely community,” says Frederic F. Simon, Managing Director and COO of Alila Hotels and Resorts.

Alila Villas Hadahaa is also deeply concerned about preserving the natural beauty of the pristine environment in which it is located. Together with its appointed architect, Chan Soo Khian of the award-winning SCDA Architects, extreme care was taken to sustainably plan, design and construct the resort from scratch such that in August 2008, Alila Villas Hadahaa became the first in the Maldives to attain the rigorous Green Globe “Best Practice Building, Planning and Design” certification.

In fact, only twenty percent of Hadahaa island has been built up with large areas designated for biodiversity protection. All villas were orientated to best deal with the tropical climate conditions; rainwater harvesting and waste treatment plants were implemented; and special green design elements include high roofed areas and open ceilings, cross ventilation in all indoor spaces, deep roof overhangs, and window shading.

“As we receive our first guests, we will continue to contribute to the positive growth of our community and our environment while offering an unparalleled experience in luxury island living and destination discovery,” says Frederic F. Simon.

The Huvadhoo Atoll, which Alila Villas Hadahaa stands on, is one of the oldest inhabited regions of the Maldives. It is one of the largest natural atolls in the world and is the deepest atoll in the Maldives with a central lagoon plunging more than 90 metres down. Few adventurous divers have ventured to the region to witness a spectacular underwater world of abundant and diverse marine life, steep forested valleys, vast peaks and spires, and table corals several metres wide. Alila Villas Hadahaa’s own PADI diving and water sports centre will offer full valet service in the region’s largely unexplored waters at any time of the year.

Besides diving, other guest facilities and services include an international restaurant, a contemporary Maldivian restaurant, an island spa retreat by Mandara Spa, and a series of carefully crafted, one-of-a-kind guest activities known as “Journeys by Alila”, which offer authentic and meaningful experiences unique to the destination and culture.

This prestigious development features 16 Island Villas, 20 Island Villas with a private pool, and 14 Aqua Villas. Nestled in natural vegetation, the Island Villas create an intimate setting for relaxation and are only a short sandy walk to the azure waters of the house reef. The 14 stilted over-the-water Aqua Villas allow guests to retreat into the endless horizon of the Indian Ocean.

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