Ayada is in the southern atoll of Gaafu Dhaalu: it's an hour's flight from Malé to Kaadhedhoo, then a further James Bond-ish hour by speedboat across a screensaver-perfect sea.
Once you arrive, fresh coconut in hand, you really do feel as if you're in the middle of nowhere. Divers will be pleased to see the surrounding coral is starting to look a bit perkier post El Niño and with so few hotels in the area, there are virgin dive-spots just waiting to be discovered. The resort is privately owned by a Turkish company the Aydeniz Group, which is reflected in the staff who really care that you're having a good time. Not just in the gentle Ottoman-inspired decoration of the 112 villas (50 water villas, 62 seafront villas), the Mediterranean-inspired Magu restaurant but also the potent coffee and shisha pipes at The Ottoman Lounge.
The island has seven restaurants each with it's own atmosphere, including a Far East option and a wine-and-cheese bar positioned on the overwater walkway: a perfect pause for a late-night snack and star-gazing from seats hollowed out of wooden boats. As well as diving, fishing and other water activities, there's a floodlit tennis court, mini-football pitch, volleyball and badminton courts, ping-pong, a children's club, an AySpa with traditional hammam and pilates classes. Ayada is big enough to get lost on; the key to avoiding island fever.