• Best Time to Visit

    Year round

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Theme

    Adventure, Beaches, Nature & Landscape, Spa & Well-Being

  • Accommodations

    Luxury island resort


Escape to an idyllic island embedded in the azure blue waters of the Maldives. Unplug from the noise and bliss out in a luxurious over-water bungalow overlooking the turquoise lagoons. Make your dream vacation come to life on powdered white sand beaches of a paradise hidden in the Indian Ocean and immerse in an abundance of custom-crafted experiences ranging from delectable gastronomy to exhilarating watersports.


Day 1

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Anticipation peaks as you glide in a speedboat from Male to your fantasy island getaway in Ayada Maldives! Drool over your impeccably designed over-water bungalow before exploring 15 acres of lush vegetation in the vast property. Delicious dilemmas await at the main restaurant, Magu. Which flavours are you craving today? In the evening, give in to the temptation of the Indian Ocean with a relaxing Jet Ski experience or an adventurous Fun-tubing ride. Stroll over silky soft sands and melt into the romance of a flaming sunset.

Day 2

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Treat yourself to a floating tray breakfast in your private pool. Reserve a few hours for a fun-filled session of wake-boarding with a professional instructor. Did you pick up a clever mid-air manoeuvre? Laze over a leisurely lunch of contemporary European fare at the Overwater Restaurant. Later, go scouting for exotic organic produce in the Secret Garden, have an insta-moment at the beach swing location or sleep like a baby in a hammock under the drooping palms. Spend the evening cooking up your own authentic fish curry in a Maldivian cooking class.

Day 3

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Blend your love for surfing and sailing by signing up for a morning of windsurfing. Post-lunch pampering is in order. How about an Indulgence Hammam Ritual, featuring a deep-cleansing body scrub, full-body foam massage and orange-rose-geranium body mask? Or the signature Balancing Ritual, which includes intensive exfoliation under a Vichy rain shower, salt and oil scrub, a full-body massage and a re-balancing facial? Continue the extravagance theme by dining barefoot in the water at the Zero Degree restaurant. A crisp fresh salad and some middle-eastern delicacies can be on the menu today.

Day 4

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Start the day on a high note by ordering breakfast on the white sands of the beach with turquoise ocean as your backdrop. Then zip off by speedboat to lose yourself in an exclusive haven at a secluded sandbank. Dip in a crystal-clear lagoon, or swim and soak in the glorious sun before gorging on the sumptuous picnic spread. End the day with a guided night snorkeling excursion in the crystal blue waters of the underwater paradise finding an unimaginable array of marine life and coral. You might even spot a rare Zebra shark!

Day 5

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Slip into celeb mode today by hiring a private sailboat for a champagne cruise. Relax on the upper deck, ride the waves, stare into endless blues, spot dolphins, get that cool breeze in your hair and relish the range of culinary treasures specially prepared for you. Witness the dramatic shows of the skies, from the glittering golds of the sunset to the silver sparkles of the moonlight and capture every magical moment in your heart forever. Isn’t this the truly relaxing vacation you always wanted?


Pricing is indicative and subject to change depending on travel month, duration and selected accommodations.


  • Return International Airfare to Male
  • Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private Speedboat Transfers
  • Activities & Excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • Travel Insurance


  • Lunch, unless specified in the itinerary
Teresa Fisher

Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website,, and photojournalism. Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.

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Tim Jepson is a British, London-based writer, traveler, and broadcaster. He began his traveling life at the age of 12, exploring the mountains of Britain and Ireland. After graduating from Oxford University, he lived and worked in Italy, writing for a variety of British newspapers and leading high-level expeditions in the country’s remotest corners. His experiences were recorded in a book, Wild Italy. He has since written more than 20 books, including several titles for National Geographic, and numerous articles for publications worldwide. Tim worked as a travel editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively, with a passion for the farthest-flung destinations and the untrammeled cultures of Bhutan, Laos, Tibet, and Myanmar. He recently completed The British World: An Illustrated Atlas for National Geographic.

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