Kudos For Kooddoo

Anyone who has endured the haul from Male International Airport south across the Maldives to Gaafu Alifu knows that getting there is definitely not half the fun. But that two-hour-plus turboprop and speedboat combination has been cut by at least half with the September debut of Kooddoo Airport, a domestic hub right on the doorstep of The Residence Maldives and a 20-minute speedboat ride to the Park Hyatt Hadahaa. With nine more luxury retreats slated to open in the near future around Gaafu Alifu—one of the world’s largest atolls and a must for serious divers—the airport couldn’t have opened at a better time. From Male, national carrier Maldivian takes only 45 minutes to fly over the archipelago’s full spectrum of nautical hues and reef-fringed islets to Kooddoo, a twice-daily service that gives resort-bound guests an extra hour or more for tanning and other paradisiacal pursuits.

Originally appeared in the October/November 2012 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Kudos For Kooddoo”)


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