Kudadoo Maldives Private Island wins Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Hot List recognition

Condé Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 2019 Hot List with Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi recognised as one of the world’s best new hotels.

The Condé Nast Traveler Hot List recognises the best hotels and cruises around the world that have opened in the past year and uncovers the top trends inspiring modern travellers. The list includes “definitive picks of the boundary-pushing properties” that “define why we travel now and where we are going next,” according to Melinda Stevens, Global Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveler.

Choosing Kudadoo for its 2019 Hot List, Condé Nast Traveler praised the recently opened resort’s eco-friendly credentials and its luxury all-inclusive approach.

“If anyone understands what discerning visitors to the Maldives want, it’s Lars Petre, the Swedish entrepreneur who not only developed the country’s first sea-plane company, but co-manages nine other island resorts. On Kudadoo, he has created the country’s first solar-powered hotel and its first all-inclusive luxury resort — all off a tiny coconut-forested sandbank,” the world-renowned travel magazine’s editors said.

“Unusually, thanks to the 989 solar panels that roof the airy living area, there is not a single generator to be heard, just a gentle lap of waves on creamy beaches, and the occasional thud of a coconut.”

Kudadoo is an exclusive resort comprising just 15 expansive, overwater Ocean Residences. Kudadoo is the first top-end five-star deluxe resort in the Maldives to be truly fully inclusive with its ‘Anything, Anytime, Anywhere’ concept; from unscripted dining experiences, on the beach or on your private terrace, to in, on and above the water adventures and incredible spa treatments. Ideal for exclusive hire, Kudadoo also offers additional accommodation for guests’ personal team.

Designed by renowned architect Yuji Yamasaki, Kudadoo is inspired by traditional Japanese architecture with gently sloping roofs, graceful curves and stunning vistas.

The Retreat – a central complex based over the water alongside the intimate 30,000sqm island – is home to the spa, restaurant (including wine cellar and cheese room), bar, games room and swimming pool. Its design includes perhaps the highest vantage point in the Maldives built on the sea and 300kw of solar panels integrated into the stepped sloping roof, which can fully power the island – one of the first sustainable deluxe resorts of its kind in the Maldives.

Inside The Retreat guests will find Sulha Spa of well-being, featuring carefully selected organic Healing Ocean products from Healing Earth and skillfully combined with the healing power of touch, ensuring guests receive some of the best massages and facials in the Maldives. Treatments include ‘Touched by the Ocean’ massage or ‘Morning Light Rituals’ encompassing a beach yoga session. The spa features the only Himalayan Salt Room in the Maldives, a nail bar, a steam room, sauna and treatment rooms, as well as a fully equipped gym with a personal trainer, yoga instructor and meditation guru.

All 13 one-bedroom Ocean Residences and 2 two-bedroom Ocean Residences are linked by walkway. These totally private villas – some of the largest in the Maldives – offer ocean seclusion and includes super-king-sized beds, in-villa baths as well as indoor and outdoor showers, 44 sqm terrace pools and one of the largest sundecks in the Maldives. The interiors also include the first Bang & Olufsen audio systems and IPTV (including Netflix and Spotify).

All villas are located 10-20 meters away from the reef edge of one of Maldives most healthy and vibrant coral reefs.

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