Hyatt has announced the opening of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, a private island retreat located in the picturesque Raa Atoll at the northern edge of the Maldives.

The all-pool-villa resort’s modern minimalist architecture was designed by Singapore-based Studiogoto, who took inspiration from the island’s flat topography to create an environment that feels completely at one with nature. The resort’s landscape-oriented design unfolds in terraced layers integrated into the natural surroundings to preserve a sense of intimacy and provide total privacy for each of the 80 beach and water villas while being open to awe-inspiring views.

Against the quiet backdrop of the island’s lush vegetation, the low-rise pavilions and villas cascade gradually, creating the experience of living in a garden with views out to the ocean. Among the resort’s most distinctive features is the tranquil treetop spa. Elevated in the leafy canopy, Spa Alila provides natural privacy screening for guests in the double treatment suites.

Bold architecture with clean lines contrasted with soft natural materials, cultural motifs and organic forms, as well as the balance between intimate and open-air spaces, result in tranquil environments that promote relaxation and draw on the restorative powers of nature. Light tones of timber and sand combine with black elements to create a calming and contemporary palette. The use of landscaping on rooftops to insulate against the heat and sun, and locally sourced fabrics for the interior design, reflect an emphasis on sustainability.

Perched above the turquoise lagoon in a spiral arrangement, the water villas offer a panoramic experience of the ocean with wide floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the open-concept bedroom and living area. Guests can also soak in the ocean view from the infinity pool, the sun deck and the indulgent sanctuary of the bathroom.

The villas feature a separate bedroom and living room, and an open-air bathroom in a garden court setting.