Where is Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah located?
Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah is located in the Maldives’ remote BAA Atoll in the Indian Ocean. Spread across 1,200 square kilometres, this atoll comprises of 75 islands and is a designated UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is home to the world’s largest known population of manta rays and an astoundingly rich coral-reef system. The waters and reefs around Voavah are renowned for their marine diversity and its beaches are nesting sites for green and critically endangered hawksbill turtles.
Male is the primary gateway to this island nation and is well-connected with major regional and international travel hubs. Popular Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways; Asian airlines such as Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Air India; as well as European airlines such as British Airways offer direct flights to and from Male. Furthermore, Male’s international airport regularly handles private jets.
The journey from Male to Voavah takes approximately 40 minutes and is done by a private seaplane. It’s a fantastic experience with breath-taking views of the azure waters and dotted with numerous islands. Four Seasons have a private eight-seater VIP seaplane, but a larger 15-seater seaplane can also be arranged if necessary.
What sort of accommodation is available at Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah?
The retreat consists of seven exquisitely designed bedrooms spread across a three-bedroom beach villa, a two-bedroom water villa and two mezzanine suites located in the two-story Beach House. There are three additional rooms for children and two additional rooms for private staff, and extra beds and cribs can be accommodated in the main bedrooms upon prior request.
The common areas at the Beach House feature a lounge, a dining room, a library, a fully equipped gym, a guest kitchen, and a pool deck. There is also a Four Seasons’ signature ‘The Oceans of Consciousness Spa’, a PADI 5-star diver centre and an exclusive use 62 feet private yacht, Voavah Summer, which can be used for local explorations. The yacht can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests for daytime excursions and can sleep up to 4 guests in 2 cabins for overnight excursions.
Three-bedroom Beach Villa:
- Located on the north side of the island, this expansive villa is spread over 1,078 square metres.
- The Master Suite offers ocean views on three sides and comes with an attached study, which can also be used as a children’s room. The other two bedrooms are housed in individual pavilions.
- This villa can comfortably accommodate up to 6 adults and 2 children.
- Each bedroom features en-suite facilities and an outdoor garden shower.
- The villa also features a large sunbathing pool and an alfresco living room.
Two-bedroom Water Villa:
- Spread across 440 square metres, the Two-bedroom Water Villa features a master bedroom with an attached study, which can be used as a children’s room, and a separate bedroom pavilion.
- It can comfortably accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.
- Built on stilts in the lagoon, the villa is located on the southwest side of the island overlooking the lagoon and ocean.
- There is an air-conditioned living room that opens onto an alfresco deck with loungers and hammocks, with steps leading down into the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon.
- Both the bedrooms have separate bathroom facilities with two open-air shower rooms and a common powder room.
Mezzanine Suites at Beach House:
- Enjoying the most elevated position on the island, the two Mezzanine Suites occupy the upper floor of the Beach House and overlook the pristine beach, turquoise lagoon, and the vast ocean beyond.
- Both the suites feature an outdoor sea-view shower and a balcony.
- There is an additional Bunk Room that can accommodate up to 4 children.
- The Beach House is located on the west side of the island.
The resort has the most amazing staff, a dedicated team of 25 members led by your very own Island Chief, who are available around the clock to ensure that all your needs are taken care of from local excursions, housekeeping, and childcare, so that you have the ultimate ‘Sun, Sea and Sand’ experience with utmost privacy and luxury.
The food is masterfully tailored to your tastes and dietary requirements. No matter what you fancy from Asian and Oriental curries, Middle Eastern barbecue and European fine dining, the chefs specialise in multiple cuisines and can create unforgettable dining experiences including beach picnics, romantic sandbank sundowners and dinners, cooking classes and much more.
What activities are available at Four Seasons at Voavah?
With such an incredible location at your doorstep, the world is your oyster at Voavah. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors, spend some quality time with your loved ones, acquire new skills in fishing, diving or cooking, immerse in a quiet reflection and rejuvenation, or celebrate and party in style, you are sure to create wonderful memories that you will cherish forever.
- Snorkelling: Voavah’s house reef is renowned for its marine diversity including resident turtles. There are many other incredible locations within a short cruise. For a more in-depth experience, it is possible to arrange, upon prior request, specialist excursions accompanied by a marine biologist or a Manta Trust scientist. Snorkelling and swimming classes can be arranged for kids.
- Diving: Whether you are a qualified diver, a keen amateur or a complete novice, the Maldives is without a doubt one of the finest diving destinations in the world. With Voavah Summer on hand, you can visit the finest dive sites in the BAA Atoll to dive with turtles, sharks, and rays; explore coral-filled overhangs, vibrant thilas (underwater pinnacles) and intriguing shipwrecks; or embark on courses from Enriched Air Nitrox to Underwater Photography. There is also a PADI Seal Team dive programme for the kids and marine biology lessons can also be arranged. For older children (from age 8) and adults, dive courses are offered ranging from basic scuba diving through to Master Scuba Diver qualifications.
- Yacht Cruises for island-hopping, dolphin spotting, fishing, Champagne sunset soirees, castaway picnics, and overnight experiences. For a bit of a cultural immersion, you can visit the nearby village of Kudarikilu to see its charming museum and ancient mosque, mingle with the friendly locals and perhaps enjoy an impromptu bodu beru (big drum) session.
- Surfing in the northern atolls, especially Lhaviyani Atoll, which provides a great wilderness surfing experience.
- Water sports including X-jet blades, seabobs, kite surfing, wakeboarding, wake-skating, water-skiing, tube rides, kayaks, windsurfing and paddle boarding, beach football and volleyball, as well as hermit-crab racing.
- Indoor games including pool, video and traditional board games are available. The library in the Loft Lounge has a collection of books and traditional craft sessions can also be arranged.
- Yoga and meditation classes
- Spa therapies and traditional massages
- Extraordinary culinary experiences and celebrations from a beach party with a DJ playing poolside, an elegant dinner with a string quartet performance, a Maldivian fisherman’s feast to a Bollywood-style party, Voavah is your very own stage with endless possibilities.
Does Four Seasons Private Island Resort at Voavah cater for families with young children?
The Maldives is an exceptional destination for families. Children of all ages are welcome at Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah. With around the clock security, a doctor on call, babysitting and nanny services, as well as brilliant tropical weather, Voavah makes for a safe and incredibly fun and engaging destination for children and adults alike.
When is the best time to visit the Maldives?
The Maldives is one of those rare destinations that is in season all year around. However, the most popular time, when the weather is dry and warm, is between November and April. Being a tropical paradise, the temperatures are consistently in the range of high 20 degrees and low 30 degrees Celsius.
For those seeking ideal sea conditions for diving and snorkelling, January to April is the best time. It is a fantastic destination for Christmas holidays and can be easily combined with cultural hotspots like India and Sri Lanka. The manta season runs from June to November in BAA Atoll and January to April in RAA Atoll.
How does Four Seasons at Voavah protect and nurture the local environment and communities?
The resort supports various marine conservation programmes including the pioneering coral propagation project, Maldivian manta ray research, Maldivian sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation, and sustainable fish breeding. Furthermore, it supports a range of humanitarian and cultural conservation initiatives focusing on healthcare, education, traditional lacquerware artisans and bodu beru (big drum) performances.