A private isle in the Maldives beckons the most discerning traveler with all the comforts of a jaw-dropping ocean estate—not a hint of civilization for miles.
If being stranded on a deserted island with all the modern conveniences of home were ever an actual thing, this would be it: the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll.
But Voavah (pronounced VOH-VAH) is no ordinary deserted island; it has private butlers and chefs, four-poster beds and soaking tubs, marine biologist–led snorkel tours on a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, and an overwater spa flanked by crystal-clear ocean. Accessed by a 62-foot private yacht, the Voavah Summer, the exclusive, two-acre island, with space for up to 22 guests, features three outdoor pools, a fitness center, a library, full WiFi coverage, a loft lounge with a pool table, and 24-hour security.
“Voavah’s buildings and facilities were designed around the island’s existing natural elements, from its vast shallow ‘swimming pool’ lagoon on the western side to its established foliage, to honor and protect the raw site,” says Armando Kraenzlin, regional vice president and general manager at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. “The multisensory, globally inspired design experience extends from the use of carefully considered natural resources to a unique selection of artifacts gathered from Asia and beyond. The result is an enticing and eclectic ‘at-home’ feel, with key pieces to draw the eye and steal the heart.”
At $40,000 per night plus tax, nothing is out of the question. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect on the private oasis:
Guests can choose from an 11,523-square-foot, threebedroom beach villa with three outdoor garden showers; a twobedroom water villa with overwater built-in hammocks, direct ocean access for prime snorkeling, and panoramic ocean views; or two mezzanine suites in the main building.
Snorkeling and underwater exploration are musts here. “Experiences focus on the UNESCO territory, guided by a team that has already spent a decade protecting it,” says Kraenzlin. “Guests can dive with whale sharks, snorkel with manta rays, swim with Hawksbill turtles, or go fishing for dinner.” There’s also kite surfing, parasailing, wakeboarding, jetskiing, and wind surfing.
Built by Sri Lankan architecture firm MICD Associates and appointed by Singapore and Kuala Lumpur–based interior design company Avalon Collective, the island is layered with Java teak root benches; woven fishing baskets from Malaysia and Vietnam fashioned into lamps and side tables; and a large-scale abstract installation made entirely of clear cable ties assembled into coral shapes to reflect the creation process of the resort’s coral reef regeneration project. (The project uses cable ties to attach the coral fragments to frames that act as scaffolding for new coral reefs.)
“The island is run by a highly selected, butler-trained Four Seasons Resort Maldives team, who look after the guests’ every whim during their stay,” says Kraenzlin. “When a guest books Four Seasons Private Island, there are four chefs at their disposal and the culinary experiences can be as wild as the imagination. Cuisines can range from Japanese, Maldivian, Indian, Sri Lankan, French, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese, to Thai, Vietnamese and everything in between. There are no set menus, as all menus are discussed and tailored to guests’ preferences.”
Spa standouts include the 180-minute healing Ocean of Consciousness Spa treatment, complete with a salt-and-crystal scrub followed by a bath soak and rejuvenating massage, and the 120-minute Voavah Gems of Consciousness, which uses specialized massage techniques based on individual needs and a tailored blend of oils and clays. “The Ocean of Consciousness Spa offers treatments based on the five pathways of Truth, Wise Action, Love, Peace, and Compassion,” says Kraenzlin.