Amari Havodda is a tranquil private island resort in the remote Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the southern Maldives, where swaying palms and powdery white sands are surrounded by a turquoise lagoon with a breath taking coral reef. Reached by a domestic flight and short speedboat transfer, the island maintains a secluded feel and is perfect for those looking to relax.
Accommodation is in 120 villas, half of which are nestled amid the tropical vegetation on the beach and the others which are on stilts above the crystal clear water. Design is elegant yet simple, inspired by typical Maldivian architecture with light colours, high ceilings and open-air bathrooms ensuring a great sense of space.
Stays at Amari Havodda are on a full board basis with all meals included at the Amaya Food Gallery, a light and airy buffet restaurant by the beach with open sides and soaring ceilings. Ember Grill is a Japanese-themed restaurant in a peaceful part of the island, while takeaway pizzas and light snacks are available at Pizza Kaage, a fantastic option for families. Guests can relax with a drink by the pool at Thari Bar or enjoy the spectacular sunsets at the laidback Iru Bar.
Guests have the option to upgrade to Premium All-inclusive which includes all beverages plus a range of additional benefits including a complimentary cooking class, one dinner at Ember Grill, a spa treatment and an introductory dive for certified scuba divers.
A highlight of Amari Havodda is the spectacular lagoon that surrounds the island, where a vibrant house reef is home to species including sharks, tuna, barracuda and sailfish. Guests can enjoy fantastic snorkelling just off the beach, while the resort’s dive centre leads trips to nearby dive sites. The water sports centre offers a range of activities from windsurfing to waterskiing, while other facilities include a beachfront infinity pool, an air-conditioned library with a selection of books and board games and a superb spa.
Last Visited By Jo, Founder
Amari Havodda is a superb resort with a wide range of facilities. The resort is spacious and contemporary, with lovely rooms which are extremely private and feature good in-room amenities. We enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch at Amaya Food Gallery, where a great range of fresh fish and international dishes are on offer, while breakfast was delicious and varied. A wonderful resort which is great for families or couples!
Children: Children are welcome at Amari Havodda. Children aged under 12 years old are only able to stay in overwater villas when parents sign a disclaimer.
Transfers: Amari Havodda is reached by a 55 minute domestic flight from Male International Airport followed by a 10 minute speedboat transfer.
Facilities: Water sports centre offering motorised and non-motorised water sports such as stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, banana boat rides and jet skiing. Dive centre, Breeze Spa, fitness centre, library with selection of books and board games, tennis court, beach volleyball court, swimming pool, organic herb & vegetable garden, boutique, health clinic.
Complimentary: One guided house reef snorkelling tour per person per stay, daily sunrise and sunset yoga, use of snorkelling equipment, fitness centre, beach volleyball court and tennis court, evening entertainment at Thari Bar, Wi-Fi.
Spa: Breeze Spa has six treatment rooms amid the gardens, four with a private terrace and two with a Jacuzzi. A range of relaxing treatments are on offer, from massages to facials and manicures.
Excursions: Excursions include boat trips on a traditional Maldivian dhoni, desert island adventures, sunset cruise and reef snorkelling trips.
Meal Arrangements: Stays at Amari Havodda are on a full board basis including all meals at Amaya Food Gallery accompanied by unlimited soft drinks and mineral water. All-inclusive and Premium All-Inclusive meal plans are also available.
Dining: Amaya Food Gallery is the island’s light and airy main restaurant, serving Asian and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ember Grill is a Japanese themed, open air dining venue on the beach where guests can enjoy freshly cooked seafood and meat in the evening, while Pizza Kaage serves takeaway pizzas and light snacks throughout the day. Thari Pool bar serves light snacks and refreshing beverages throughout the day and evening and Iru Bar is a laid back beachfront venue which is open in the evening.
All villas feature amenities including climate control and a ceiling fan, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, free Wi-Fi, an LED TV, Multimedia hub and DVD player.
Standard Beach Villa: These villas are surrounded by tropical greenery and feature a king-size bedroom, an open-air bathroom, a daybed and a furnished private terrace with direct beach access. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child (95sqm)
Beach Villa: These villas are similar in layout to the Standard Beach Villas but are even closer to the lagoon, offering stunning ocean views. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child (95sqm)
Sunset Beach Villa: These villas are similar in layout to the Beach Villas but are located on the sunset side of the island, promising spectacular views in the evening. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child (95sqm)
Beach Garden Pool Villa: These villas are similar in layout to the Beach Villas but with the addition of a private plunge pool located in the enclosed garden area at the back of the villa. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child (121sqm)
Beach Pool Villa: These villas are similar in layout to the Beach Villas, but with the addition of a private plunge pool located on the beachfront just in front of the villa. Maximum occupancy: 2 adults + 2 children or 3 adults + 1 child (121sqm)
Overwater Villa: These villas are perched on stilts above the lagoon and feature a king-size bedroom, a covered open-air bathroom and a furnished deck with overwater hammock and direct access to the water. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults (77sqm)
Overwater Pool Villa: These luxurious villas are similar to the Overwater Villas but are more spacious and feature a four poster bed, a separate living room and a private plunge pool on the deck. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults (153sqm)
* Price given as a guide only. Departure date, exchange rate, flight class, board basis and room type can affect prices considerably.