The island of Voavah in the Maldives attracts high-end clients looking for a private island getaway. // © 2016 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Feature image (above): A three-bedroom beach villa at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll // © 2016 Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Affluent adventurers in search of their own private island getaway will have a new luxury vacation option in the Maldives later this year. The 5-acre Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll is scheduled to open Dec. 1, providing a collection of impressive amenities and activities for as many as 22 guests.
About a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport, the small island of Voavah is located within the UNESCO Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve and will be home to seven separate bedrooms, a centralized beach house, a spa, a dive center and its own 62-foot yacht for ocean adventures in the surrounding preserve.
“The island is a perfect fit for whoever chooses to go, as the whole ethos of the island is ‘an island to call your own,’” said Armando Kraenzlin, regional vice president and general manager for Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. “What this means in reality is that the island is yours for the duration of your stay, with all staff members, activities and food tailored to your exact requirements.”
Just 20 minutes by speedboat from the Landaa Giraavaru resort, Four Seasons’ private island experience at Voavah will offer three accommodation options, including overwater bungalows, beachfront guestrooms and Mezzanine Suites — located on the upper floor of the island’s beach house.
Home to a range of conveniences, the central beach house hub will also feature an open-air living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a pool deck, a gym and a library. According to Kraenzlin, dining options are extremely flexible, and guests can enjoy meals within the beach house, poolside or along the beach. Freedom of choice throughout the island and its facilities really seems to be the dining theme.
“Alternatively, you can venture beyond Voavah and enjoy sunset cocktails and catch your own sashimi onboard your yacht,” he added. “Dine in sublime seclusion marooned on a sandbank. Go native at Baathala island while we prepare a picnic lunch. Or head to Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru for Arabic, Italian, teppanyaki and more.”
Not surprisingly, water activities are one of Voavah’s major highlights, and the surrounding UNESCO reserve offers ocean lovers some incredible diversity.
“It places guests in the heart of some of the richest waters in the Maldives,” Kraenzlin said. “And with access to their own boat and no schedule other than the one they create, they are free to venture out on sunset dolphin cruises, nighttime snorkels, daytime swims with manta rays or even seasonal whale-shark-spotting trips whenever they so desire.”
Voavah also offers guests “the latest in motorized beach toys — from kite surfing, parasailing and X-Jets Jetblades to wakeboarding, Jet Skiing and windsurfing,” according to Kraenzlin.
Commissionable to agents, nightly rates at Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll range from $38,000 to $46,000, depending on the season. And Kraenzlin stresses that the experience is great not only for families, but also for incentive and retreat groups or even clients looking for “the ultimate party hangout or place for a special celebration — somewhere paparazzi-free to let their hair down.”