While the resort isn’t yet accepting reservations, it looks like the new Alila Maldives is targeting an opening date in late 2021.
Alila Maldives nearing completion
At the beginning of 2020 we learned that Alila was planning on opening a property in the Maldives. Specifically, the Hyatt developments website began listing the Alila Villas Maldives, and at the time there was an expected opening date of October 2020. As is the case with so many new properties (especially during coronavirus), the opening has been delayed.
However, it looks like it’s not delayed quite as much as we had initially feared. There’s now a Hyatt webpage for the Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, and the projected opening date is in late 2021. The company behind the hotel has what looks like real pictures of the property, and the property looks more or less complete, so it seems like at this point the focus is on finishing touches as well as hiring and training staff.
Hopefully the hotel starts accepting reservations soon, as it sounds like we should expect an opening in the next several months. Below are some pictures of the property.
For context, the Alila Villas Maldives will have 80 villas, 36 of which will be overwater. The hotel will be located to the north of Male, in the Raa Atoll, and will be accessible with a 45-minute seaplane flight.
Alila brand coming full circle in the Maldives
What’s interesting about the upcoming Alila Maldives is that it will represent a return of the Alila brand to the Maldives:
- In 2009 the Alila Maldives Hadahaa opened (at the time the Alila brand had nothing to do with Hyatt)
- In 2011 management for the property was turned over to Hyatt, and the former Alila became known as the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
- Then in 2018 Hyatt acquired Two Roads Hospitality, which manages Alila properties
- Now there will once again be an Alila property in the Maldives, except this time it will be managed by Hyatt
For those of you not familiar with Alila, it’s essentially Hyatt’s luxury nature-focused brand. I’d say it’s roughly on par with Park Hyatt, though like all hotel brands, there’s some variance in terms of quality.
Funny enough, the pictures we see so far of the new Alila in the Maldives look fairly similar to the Park Hyatt.
This is exciting for World of Hyatt members
While no details of pricing (in cash or points) has been announced yet, this is a property that many World of Hyatt members will likely be excited about. I would imagine that this will be a Category 7 World of Hyatt property, meaning that a free night redemption will cost 30,000 points.
There’s a lot to love about redeeming points with World of Hyatt vs. other hotel groups, especially if you’re a Globalist member. Hyatt is great about offering elite perks at Alila properties, so here’s to hoping that this is no exception.
It would also be nice if this property had standard suites that were eligible for suite upgrade awards, unlike the Park Hyatt Maldives, which is excluded from the program.
The Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is expected to open in late 2021, so hopefully the hotel starts accepting reservations soon. I can’t wait to learn more details about this property, from the room types, to the amenities, to the pricing. Hyatt does such a great job taking care of loyal members, so I’m sure this property will be a treat.
Would anyone consider staying at the Alila Kothaifaru Maldives?