By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009
The Alila hotel brand has become synonymous with style and a certain cool across South East Asia. Innovation has become Alila’s driving force, being among the first in the region to offer modern design, Spa, and Organic Dining, long before it was trendy. As it spreads its wings further afield, with the newest Alila Villas Hadahaa, on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the Maldives, it brings along new ideas. Raising the bar on eco-luxury. A welcome addition indeed to the Maldives’ staple of luxury-studded hotel scene, as they say “good things come to those who wait”.
Alila has decided to go beyond mere eco-friendly operations and sustainable practices that differ between hotel brands, and has chosen to seriously pursue their green commitment ~ through a membership and recognition from the Green Globe, an international benchmarking and certification program for the travel and tourism industry.
The Alila Villas Hadahaa resort, set on the tropical island of Hadahaa in the North Huvadhoo Atoll, is believed to be one of the largest and deepest natural Atolls in the world. Surrounded by a vast expanse of sea, this all-villa resort offers the ultimate Maldivian experience, with turquoise-azure waters and fine white beaches complementing the tranquil setting. Guests at the resort can choose from one of 14 stilted, over-water Aqua Villas or 36 Island Villas, 20 of which come with private pool. All living spaces feature vast sliding windows that afford stunning ocean views and fluidly unite guests with the tropical environment around them. In addition, each room comes with a spacious, open-air wood deck, an LCD flat panel TV, Wi-Fi internet access, a CD/DVD player, an iPod docking station, a tea/espresso machine and a mini-bar stocked according to personal taste.
The private tranquillity of these guest villas is matched only by the peaceful isolation of the five Spa Villas, where guests can take steam showers, enjoy an extensive range of rejuvenation treatments or unwind in outdoor gazebos, tubs and rain showers. A tropical garden, fresh-water pool and floating yoga pavilion round out the spa’s relaxation offerings.
Guests can be sure to experience the ultimate in on-resort activities through consultations with the Alila Villas Hadahaa Leisure Conciege, on hand to help plan excursions or organise events. In-resort facilities include island-wide Wi-Fi access, a library with star-gazing roof, the Alila Living Boutique, two swimming pools, a fully-equipped gym, Poolside & Cigar bars and a Maldivian speciality restaurant offering a sampling of local and regional cuisine.
Environmental impact studies were used to guide the resort design, ensuring the ecological footprint left by this luxurious complex is kept to a minimum. Adhering to set standards during the design and construction stage through to resort operations, the Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first resort in the Maldives to receive Green Globe certification.