Jeremy & Katinka Somers

Ayada Resort

with Jeremy & Katinka Somers
  • Where:Maldives

  • Why:‘Workation:’ it's like a "holiday" where you "do stuff" for "business."

  • When:February 2014

  • Who:Jeremy and I and 4 of our closest friends, who also work for us.

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Highs & Lows

  • The non-disruptive serenity is the best I’ve ever experienced. They have really nailed ‘build a paradise and then leave the guests the hell alone to enjoy it’.

  • Take advantage of your butler and stay in your villa all day! With 24 hour service and an in-room bar/wine cellar what could go wrong?!?

  • The whole island is WiFi enabled. It’s crazy! You’re in the middle of the ocean and can totally brag about it on Facey. Downside - your friends will hate you.

  • Zero Degrees’ swim up pool bar could be bigger. It’s not enough of an attraction compared to sipping a sling on the poolside daybeds.

  • The music at Zero Degrees had us thinking we were in a club, not an island poolside restaurant. We had to ask for it to be turned down most days. It was disturbing our serenity, after all.

  • When the tide is very low you can’t safely jump off the infinity pool – but ssshhhh because it’s technically not allowed during high tide either…

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury resort in one of the most remote parts of the world!

  • Vibe

    Relaxed in paradise, there’s no need to bring a watch!

  • Location

    So remote. We took 4 planes and a speedboat to get there from Sydney.

  • Rooms

    112 - 50 water villas in addition to 62 villas and suites at the edge of the lagoon and on the beach.

  • Music

    An eclectic mix, depending on the location.

  • Year Opened

    October 2011

  • Designed By

    Designed & developed by the Aydeniz Group.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes. Fully equipped fitness centre & 3,500 sqm spa with eight treatment villas.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, 7 dining options!

  • Bar

    Yes – a couple to sip slowly at.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children

    Kids are welcome, but we recommend leaving them at home.

  • Price

    Opulent luxury.

Ayada Resort

Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maguhdhuvaa Island, Maldives

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