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As luxury travel experiences continue to evolve, there’s one trend that stands out: the desire for unique and intimate moments that allow travellers to reconnect with nature, their loved ones, and themselves. And what better place to do that than on a private sandbank surrounded by the endless Indian Ocean?
Enter ‘The Shack‘ at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, a one-of-a-kind elevated private sandbank experience that promises to deliver a moment of solitude, fun, or romance in an understated, open space. The Shack is a five-minute boat ride from the resort aboard a traditional Maldivian dhoni, adding extra excitement to the journey.
‘The Shack’ at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
Once you arrive at the sandbank, you’ll be greeted by the gentle waves and ocean breeze, inviting you to immerse yourself in a luxurious and relaxing adventure. The Shack is designed to pamper in style, with an open kitchen and bar just for you, where you can indulge in a range of craft cocktails made with natural and organic ingredients and premium spirits.
The Shack’s signature infused cocktails are a must-try for a taste of island bliss. Indulge in the Shack Lagoon, a perfect blend of gin, cherry liqueur, lime, blue curacao, yuzu, and agave. Try the Sun Hit Refresher with gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice, Aperol, lime juice, and a drop of saline solution for a refreshing option. The Ananas Tropic is a tequila sous vide with pineapple, sweet vermouth, orange, and falernum caramel syrup.
Unique experiences at ‘The Shack’ at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
But The Shack is more than just a bar and restaurant. It’s a space that invites you to unwind and celebrate special moments. So whether you’re in the mood for a relaxed dining experience, a pampering session at The Sandbank Spa by Spa Alila, or an indulgence of a daybed or swing hammock, The Shack has got you covered.
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There are two distinct trips to The Shack daily, each four hours long and featuring a set lunch or dinner menu. The meal’s highlight is the Josper Charcoal Grill Experience, which features meats and seafood grilled to perfection in a Josper charcoal oven.
Enjoy a delectable lunch selection at The Shack, featuring appetizers like Roasted Vegetables & Quinoa and Middles Eastern Mezze, followed by flavourful mains from the Josper like the Australian ‘Mulwarra’ Lamb Chops or Beef Angus Striploin with Herbs. Top off your meal with a Coconut Berries Crumble Tart or Mascarpone Pistachio Bar dessert.
Indulge in a sumptuous dinner with a Chef’s Dinner Selection Menu. Enjoy flavourful appetizers like Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare and Beetroot Carpaccio, and savour mouth-watering mains like Australian Angus Beef Tenderloin and Reef Lobster Tail. Finish off with delectable desserts like Trilogy Chocolate Sabayon or Mango Cheesecake.
For those who prefer a more intimate dining experience, The Shack Castaway Picnic Signature Dining Experience offers a couple’s or family picnic with a bento box filled with an array of tempting light bites, desserts, and fresh, healthy juices. And for those who want to enjoy a beach barbecue cooked by a private chef as the sun dips, The Shack Dinner Under the Stars Signature Dining Experience is a must-try.
Relax or explore at ‘The Shack’ at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
But why stop at food when you can also indulge in a spa session? The Sandbank Spa Experience offers a surprisingly different place, guided by experienced Spa Alila therapists and various treatments, including massage, guided meditation, and foot reflexology.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, The Shack is nestled in the house reef, inviting you to jump right into its crystal-clear waters and snorkelling.
The Shack’s elevated private sandbank experience, surrounded by the endless Indian Ocean, white sand, and turquoise lagoon, is a moment of luxury and indulgence you will never forget. So, if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, The Shack is the perfect place to start. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Apr 2023 – World Travel Magazine.