Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives will open its doors on June 6. The property, located in the North Male Atoll, touts itself as an experience-driven concept, home to an impressive lineup of gourmet dining options, a beachfront spa and a pool, encircled by sunbeds, cabanas and bars.
The resort provides prime access to one of the world’s top 10 surfing spots (“Chickens”), as well as a host of daily activities and nightly entertainment, such as lobster and champagne nights and sunset DJ sessions.
The Beach Club
With views of the beachfront, the resort’s signature dining establishment, The Restaurant, serves breakfast and offers three menus at dinner: Fire, Earth and Ocean. Fire inspired by the traditional American Steak House experience; Earth is an Asian-inspired concept that celebrates organic ingredients as part of classic dishes like noodles and dim sum; and Ocean is a fine-dining experience championing seafood specialties, prepared in a European style.
The Hawkers is an upscale, three-stall street food market that sits poolside and serves up sharing-style options. The open kitchen dishes up Indian/Arabic-inspired flame-grilled kebabs, charcoaled tandoor and shawarma, along with Thai/Japanese delicacies, such as robatayaki grill and sushi, and Italian-Mediterranean favorites like wood-fired pizza.
A South American take on a beach lunch menu is available at The Beach Club, together with daily live DJ sets and an extended list of frozen cocktails and rosé wines. The resort’s two bars, the Main Bar and the Poolside bar, both offer classic cocktails, mocktails and beers. And overlooking the lagoon, the resort’s Cigar Lounge offers the finest international whiskies and cognacs and a wide selection of premium cigars in a leather-decorated ambience.
Wellness and Activities
The spa at Kuda Villingili has oversized stone baths and organic and plant-based products by VOYA. There are eight self-contained oceanfront spa villas. Restorative leisure pursuits include an elevated yoga pavilion, Technogym and a recreation center with table tennis, billiards, karaoke and table games. There are two tennis courts, beach volleyball and island excursions that range from surfing, scuba and stargazing to wildlife encounters, sandbank dining and big game fishing.
Guests can additionally snorkel amidst the manta rays, reef sharks, tropical fish and coral reefs. Tip: At sundown, you can witness the areas’ unique fluorescent marine life. Kayaking, wakeboarding, jet skiing, windsurfing and surfing the waves at nearby Chickens Break is also on offer. Back on land, sushi masterclasses, mixology courses, morning yoga sessions, cardio lessons and tennis tournaments await—all included with the stay.
For Kuda Villingili’s littlest guests, the resort team can organize such activities as crab discoveries, treasure hunts, creative workshops and sandcastle competitions.
Design and Accommodations
The resort has 95 luxury villas (36 overwater and 59 beachside). All offer views of the ocean. Traditional Maldivian art pieces and textiles are dotted throughout. Inspired by the ocean and local fauna, interiors have custom, eco-friendly furniture and fittings (including carpets manufactured from recycled plastic bottles). This mixed-use resort development also offers a variety of accommodation types to meet the needs of all—groups, couples, solo travelers and families.