Voavah’s on-site stars share what they think it is about the private island that secured its place on the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler (US) Gold List 2018

Featured in the ‘Favourite Beach Resorts’ category of Condé Nast Traveler (US) Gold List 2018 – a collection of the world’s top 100 hotels – Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah was selected as “the spot” for limitless-living family and friends’ gatherings.

Needless to say, it’s an accolade that has delighted the entire team after fewer than 18 months of operation. But what does Voavah’s Katheeb (Island Chief) and on-site team think is the secret to Voavah’s success? (Apart from its exclusive-use capacity for single groups of up to 22 guests, 7 bedrooms, Beach House, Dive School, Ocean of Consciousness Spa, 62 ft. yacht and access to the Maldives only UNESCO Biosphere territory!)

Ismail, Island Chief or ‘Katheeb’

“Being at Voavah is a magical experience – and that’s just from the staff perspective. The whole on-site team works as a family and looks after each other in the same way they look after the guest. As a result, the rapport built with the guest is very special: they become like a friend. The whole team knows their preferences, their likes and dislikes and we work around that to craft the best possible experience for them.”


Pushkar, Beach House Maître D’

“In Voavah, the team undergoes a special butler-like training, which ensures everyone is ready, at any moment, to cater for any whim – from the rooms, to preparing wow dinner set-ups on sandbanks to accompanying a guest on a fishing trip. This makes the team connection stronger, which results in a stronger bond with the guest.

For example, there’s no room service menu. Guests can order anything they desire, any time of the day. In addition, we stock a ‘secret’ fridge for midnight cravings if they don’t wish to order in-room dining – things like exotic fruits and their favourite ice-creams – anything to enhance the sense that the island is theirs to enjoy as they please.”


Lastri, The Ocean of Consciousness Spa Therapist and Yogi

“The Ocean of Consciousness Spa is focused on promoting wellbeing by raising self-awareness, connecting the body and soul with life’s highest values: truth, right action, peace, love and compassion. Voavah is away from the hustle and bustle of a hectic life, work-related stress and other people, making it the perfect place for our guests to really become ‘conscious’ again and bring back these values into their lives.

I love that guests feel so at home here; there’s no interaction with other guests so the whole team focuses solely on them and their happiness leaving them naturally more relaxed. The bond that arises with the team is extraordinary.”


Modex, Dive & Snorkel Instructor

“The reefs around Voavah are perfect for those who want to approach diving in a gentle way. It’s really exciting when a family of all ages decides to dive together; it’s a very special moment for them. My favourite diving spots are the ‘Yellow Wall’, aptly named because it’s a 20 metre wall of vibrant, yellow corals; another one is Hulhuadhoo, where you can find a great variety of fishes, from snappers and fusiliers to trevallies.

What I love about the Voavah experience is the fact that the focus is 100 percent on the guest. Having just one family or group of friends on the island means you can truly dedicate yourself to ensuring the best service possible. Plus it’s inspiring to work with such a highly qualified team at Voavah; we work so closely together and because we are trained to do everything we are also inevitably much closer to the guest.”

To call Voavah your own, contact our Reservations managers by email at reservations.mal@fourseasons.com or by calling +(960) 66 00 888.  They will guide you through every detail of your booking for a sublimely seamless stay. No request is too small, and we love a challenge!




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