Encircled by the vast stretch of the Indian Ocean – humid, clear, warm, and plenteous of life-sustaining coral reefs – the islands at the Maldives have, since the 1980s, fascinated travelers in chase of relaxation and isolation on pristine, sugar-soft beaches. In the last decade or so, as many as 20 to 30 new properties – right from family resorts to five-star-plus options, have cropped up in the country’s atolls. And at present, over 30 new properties are being constructed. In the face of such heavy competition, every new opening strives to offer something new and unique – whether it is through their services, features, or amenities. One of the “relatively latest” properties to get added to the list of the existing ones is Kudadoo Maldives, which officially commenced in November 2018 in the Lhaviyani Atoll.
A serene and intimate resort with just 15 overwater villas, Kudadoo, which also happens to be an adults-only property, packs a grand punch in regards to appeal. This private island hub is all-inclusive and the hundreds of solar panels that engulf the roof make it amongst the first Maldivian resorts that are capable of functioning on 100 percent solar power all through the sunny periods. Here, it feels like a desert-island home party – nonetheless, if you choose, it’s possible to easily pass a day without seeing another soul.
Planned and designed by the New York-based architect, Yuji Yamazaki (known in the U.S. particularly for designing the Armani stores), Kudadoo’s 15 Japanese-style villas are sited along a horse-shoe shaped walkway that originates on the property’s main island. Each over-water villa features an open floor plan; a large, outdoor living space with a private temperature-controlled swimming pool offering direct access to the turquoise sea below; and a massive al fresco bathroom area with a bathtub and shower. Out of the many perks, the in-room touches consist of yoga mats; citrus and herbs for DIY cocktails; and sketch kits just in case the breath-taking Maldivian sunsets inspire patrons to preserve the setting on paper. Located 40 minutes away from Malé by seaplane, Kudadoo’s spacious and sophisticatedly furnished villa boast a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a super-king-sized bed, and a highly advanced AC which monitors your body heat with the help of sensors and adjusts the temperature basis that. How cool is that? Each villa comes with a private deck, sun loungers, a hanging sofa, as well as an area with a wide glass dining table and floor, so you get to gaze at the ocean below. Interestingly, the booking options comprise 13 one-bedroom villas of 3283 square feet and two 2-bedroom villas measuring 4144 square feet apiece. If you are planning a visit to Kudadoo, know that the peak season starts from late fall till early spring and of course, there’s increased demand during holidays like Christmas and the New Year; so, book your stay in advance.
In alignment with Kudadoo’s ethos of “Anything. Anywhere. Anytime” – every single villa is staffed with a personal butler, whose job is to approach the guests via phone or email two weeks prior to their travel to plan out special occasions, dietary requests, preferred minibar items, and desired spa treatment and other leisurely activities. Once at the property, guests can entirely depend on the butler for just about anything and everything. Want more pillows or wish to reschedule your spa time? Need an in-room breakfast or a better bathrobe? Ask and you’ll get it. The same butler can make bigger things come true, too. Just request yours to arrange a romantic dinner; a special wine-and-cheese tasting session with Kudadoo’s happening sommelier; or a floating brunch in your private pool. Moreover, the chefs at the property are dedicated to make what everyone wants, let it be any hour of the day – whether that includes a mushroom soup, an avocado salad, a Maldivian curry night, or a mango smoothie. The head chef of Kudadoo - Antoine Lievaux, has exclusively crafted the menu that incorporates recipes from all around the globe. And the best part? Guests are allowed to dine wherever they like – in nightgowns by the sea, in swimsuits by the private pool, or nibbling sushi in the villa. Visitors assure the food is exceptional, beaches are white and clean, and bubble-like suites are perfect to escape into. Kudadoo Maldives has something for everyone. Just allow yourself to be charmed and pampered for a treasured experience!