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The busy South Male Atoll, home to resorts such as Taj Exotica, Hard Rock Hotel, SAii Lagoon, Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi and COMO Cocoa Island, recently witnessed the reopening of Minor Hotel’s Naladhu Private Island, following a six-month renovation.
This resort’s renovation has led to more space being optimised along the 20-metre private beach with cabanas that have direct access to the turquoise lagoon, a refreshing, contemporary colonial style to the 20 villas and a bespoke restaurant ‘The Living Room’. New experiences await you at this resort, including a snorkelling trail with an in-house marine biologist and sustainability manager. In addition, a new dedicated spa treatment area will help you relax and rejuvenate on your next trip to the Maldives.
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Paradise for the Discerning Traveler: Naladhu Private Island
The Naladhu Private Island is located on the eastern face of South Male Atoll, a quick 30 minutes speedboat ride away from Male’s Velana International Airport. With just a handful of villas, the Naladhu resort is all about privacy, exclusive access, and spacious villas with personal attention by butler service on hand when at the Maldives.
‘Naladhu’, meaning ‘beautiful island’ in the Dhivehi language, has been remodelled by Yuji Yamazaki, a New York-based architect, blending the natural and modern aspects of the resort and, in the process, maximising on open space.
Each villa or ‘house’ comes with its own private pool. The houses are named after indigenous Maldivian flowers and plants that grow on the island, with the chosen flora in the house’s garden. All the houses have their own butler, called the ‘Kuwaanu’, the Dhiveli word for ‘storyteller’.
Dining & Private Butlers at Naladhu Private Island
The dining experience at Naladhu’s Living Room is more of an interactive experience between the guests and Chef Philippe Wagenfuhrer. Guests can curate their own daily menu with their preferred location to dine. So sail away on a dhoni to a deserted island with your loved one or enjoy a delicious candlelight dinner inside a beautiful cabana by the sea.
The Kuwaanu plays an instrumental role in ensuring a stress-free vacation when at Naladhu. The dedicated butlers help you build your customised menu based on your tastes and wants, communicating the same to the chef. In addition, the Kuwaanu ensure your favourite wines are stocked in the house bar, your perfect fitting snorkel masks and fins are on stand by and unpack your luggage while you hit ‘discover’ mode on the island’s lagoon.
Not content with just one island, the neighbouring Anantara resorts of Veli and Dhigu within the same atoll – one connected by a wooden bridge and the other via dhoni. The guests get immediate access to six more restaurants, activities and facilities.
Sustainability and Wellness at Naladhu Private Island
With the renovation complete, there is a greater emphasis on sustainability, wellness, and local ecosystem management. The new snorkelling trail takes guests through the nearby reefs, accompanied by the in-house marine biologist and sustainability manager, Emilia Fulgido. The dedicated spa and wellness area now have a Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist in residence that focus on nutrition and wellness. ‘Reset’, the new five or seven-night personalised health programme, focuses on gut health combined with detox treatments.
With the recent reopening of Naladhu Private Island, guests can enjoy a new experience on this island, focusing on privacy and personal attention. This resort is more than just an accommodation; it’s also about living life to the fullest in your own private paradise. If you are looking for some peace and relaxation while exploring one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, head to Naladhu on your next vacation to the Maldives.
Location: Naladhu Private Island, Veligandu Huraa, South Malé Atoll 20109, Maldives
© This article was first published online in Dec 2021 – World Travel Magazine.