Look Inside the innovative design of Zamani Islands by Shaun Killa

Maldives New and Upcoming resorts

Book Your All Inclusive Vacation and save 25% in Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts, Maldives
Book Your All Inclusive Vacation and save 25% in Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts, Maldives
Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest news:
Follow Maldives Magazine social media
Follow Maldives Magazine social media
Shaun Killa

12 February, 2024

Set to opening in 2026 Zamani Islands project has fundamentally reimagined the conceptual foundations upon which resort structures are traditionally built. At the forefront of this groundbreaking design is Shaun Killa, the visionary design director and founder of Killa Design, who graciously unveiled the intricacies of this avant-garde project in this exclusive feature.

Killa Design has skillfully intertwined inspiration from natural elements, sustainability initiatives, and cutting-edge technologies to craft a resort that stands at the height of luxury and eco-friendliness.

Inspired by Nature

The master plan for Zamani Islands draws inspiration from the enchanting natural formations of the lagoon atolls. The design concept takes cues from the wind, waves, and tidal currents that shape the islands, creating a synergy between nature and the multitude of resort experiences. Sculpted by environmental surroundings, the islands prioritise maximum beach access and panoramic views, offering guests an immersive connection with the surrounding lagoons and horizon.

Shared Values and Sustainable Vision

Uber Luxury Resort in maldives

Killa Design’s involvement in the Zamani Islands project was propelled by a shared vision with Atoll Estates – the creation of a highly sustainable luxury resort powered entirely by renewable energy. The architects, known for their expertise in zero energy/water/waste ultra-luxury resorts such as Sherbara Resort in Saudi Arabia, were instrumental in materialising the client’s vision and setting new benchmarks for eco-friendly luxury hospitality in the Maldives and beyond.

Further to the sustainability accruements, the owners wanted to create an innovative hospitality destination differentiating from other resorts through design and guest experiences, which is at the core of Killa Designs’ approach to resorts.

Overcoming Challenges with Innovation

offshore resort construction in maldives

Shaun acknowledges the distinctive challenges of offshore resort construction, yet Killa Design boldly addresses them through innovative building technologies. Employing a modular construction methodology, the team ensured high quality and durability throughout the resort. Sustainability goals were met through the use of regionally available materials, including reclaimed timber, bamboo, and recycled aluminium, minimising environmental impact and reducing the resort’s embedded carbon footprint.

Furthermore, their design seamlessly integrates biophilic elements, such as green spaces, natural light, and ventilation systems.  These features not only enhance guests’ well-being but also contribute to a reduction in energy consumption.

Cutting-Edge Technologies at Play

The integration of cutting-edge technologies for the project further enhances the uniqueness of Zamani Islands’ design. Killa Design leveraged BIM (Building Information Modelling) software to meticulously model every resort aspect, offering the owners a virtual reality experience during the design phase. Parametric and regenerative software optimised design elements, improved buildability, and contributed to unforgettable guest experiences within the resort.

Sustainability Embedded in Every Detail

Zamani Islands proudly stands as the Maldives’ first 100% renewable energy-powered property, and Killa Design’s emphasis towards sustainability is evident in every aspect of the design and development. Building Integrated Photo-Voltaic (BIPV) systems harness solar energy efficiently, harmonising with the resort’s aesthetic appeal. From conscientious material selection to implementing Agri-Photovoltaics and indoor farming, every detail is crafted to minimise environmental impact while nurturing local ecosystems.

Zamani Islands, maldives: aerial

Shaun Killa has expressed a sense of pride in the role played by his team in establishing a prospective benchmark for ecotourism with Zamani Islands. The belief is that this initiative will serve as an inspiration, not confined to the Maldives but extending globally, encouraging the development of more sustainable resorts. By setting new standards for environmentally conscious hospitality, he hopes to educate guests and encourage them to make more environmentally conscious choices in their vacation destinations and overall lives.

Atoll Estates‘ Signature Architectural Direction

Amit Majumder & Dmitry Bourtov, the founders and curators of Atoll Estates, articulate the strategic reasoning behind their selection of Killa Design for the project:

“Our decision to appoint Shaun Killa and Killa Design as the master planner for Zamani Islands and architects of the most prominent resort within the development was a strategic choice inspired by their exceptional track record in creating visually striking, sustainable architectural marvels. Killa Design’s approach to design, which masterfully blends aesthetic elegance with environmental consciousness, resonates perfectly with the ethos of Atoll Estates and the vision of Zamani Islands. This collaboration is more than a partnership; it’s a harmonious fusion of shared values and innovative ideas, poised to set a new benchmark in luxury hospitality and environmental stewardship on a global stage.”

For more information, please visit the website or email [email protected].

Related pages:

kuramathi deals and offers this week

Maldives Luxury Guide

Maldives Luxury Guide

Over a million tourists visit these islands every year for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Now it's your turn to experience Maldives, the gem of the Indian ocean to discover plenty of hidden treasures. You can experience different experiences of luxury in Maldives best resorts, mingling with celebs in your best beachwear, dining in style, and falling in love with the underwater world. For those seeking romance, the Maldives offers enviably luxurious private accommodation and indulgent spas. Maldives makes the best holiday experiences year after year after year.

Read More
what is better: beach or overwater

Beach or Water Villa?

Maldives - a name that became synonymous with honeymooners' paradise in the tourism world, has slowly revamped to cater to the needs of families visiting

Read More
Maldives Resort Offers & Packages

Best Maldives Resort Offers & Packages

Find out more about the most unparalleled Maldives hotel deals and special rates, when Book Direct your next beach holiday

Read More
Best Resorts for Vegetarians

Maldives Hotel Reviews

Some of the best hotels and resorts in the Maldives are already included in this list, and the good part of them offers the best prices. We will constantly add new hotels

Read More
10 Exclusive Resorts in Maldives

10 Exclusive Resorts in Maldives

The Maldives is paradise destination that should be on the bucket list of every discerning travelers. There's a special breed of hotels there that cater to the most tasteful of luxury travelers Read More

water pool villas, male

Newest Maldives resorts to Explore in 2024

Here are just 10 of the amazing new resorts in the Maldives that are set to welcome guests Read More

10 Cheapest Water Villa Resorts in Maldives

10 Most Affordable Water Villas

While it may never be cheap to visit thу Maldives, fortunately there are still some chic and relatively affordable overwater villas you can stay. Read more

luxury privaye villa

Maldives Luxury Guide

Here's the best of Maldives for luxury travellers. We've compiled the finest recommendations of places to stay, ranging from the most celebrated five-star resorts to luxurious private islands Read More


Maldives Romantic Guide

The ultimate ‘flop and drop' and honeymoon destination, the Maldives is the playground for the most amazing and finest utilization of each second of this extremely valuable and hopeful time with each other in tota Read More

maldives on the cheap

Maldives Budget Guide

Budget travellers choose Maldives as their destination of choice thanks to the variety of affordable stays  Read More

family holiday

Maldives Family Guide

Maldives - a name that became synonymous with honeymooners' paradise in the tourism world, has slowly Read More

scuba diving in the maldives ultimate guide

Maldives Diving Guide

The life of these paradise islands below the Indian Ocean's level is the main draw attracting thousands of divers Read More