Following one year of construction and development, [Amari Havodda Maldives](http://www.amari.com/havodda-maldives/hotelpackage/duo-villa-experience-package_657.aspx) marked its official opening in the presence of senior government officials from the Maldives and Sri Lanka, including Mr Abdulla Jihad, Minister of Finance and Treasury, Republic of Maldives, Mr Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Both Ministers were accompanied by Mr Hussain Lirar, Deputy Tourism Minister of Maldives, who originates from Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll where the resort is located.
Situated on one of the most preserved atolls in the archipelago, Amari Havodda is an ideal hideaway within the pristine nature of the Maldives with its own house reef and uninterrupted views of the ocean and underwater life. The resort features 120 guest villas with overwater and beach options and is designed by Isabelle Miaja with the concept of ‘natural simplicity’, inspired by the beauty, art and motifs of the Maldives.
Culinary highlights at the resort include the Amaya Food Gallery which presents the street foods of Asia in a market style venue, Ember Robatayaki which is an island-style interpretation of the Japanese fireside cooking tradition, and Pizza Kaage, a poolside takeaway pizza pavilion. Amari Havodda Maldives is also home to Breeze Spa with six secluded treatment villas, a large infinity pool deck, extensive snorkelling, diving and watersports options around the island’s house reef.
Peter Henley, President & Chief Executive Officer, ONYX Hospitality Group, said: “The Maldives continues to be a popular destination and we are confident of the appeal of an upscale brand like Amari in this pristine and beautiful location. This opening marks a key milestone in our international development plan, as we continue to expand our presence in key destinations across the Asia-Pacific. We look forward to welcoming our first guests to this island paradise, and to a long and successful partnership with our project partners Sanken Overseas, Singapore Hospitality and Momentum.”