Naladhu Resort | South Male Atoll | Maldives

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  • Location : South Malé Atoll
  • Distance from airport: 13 km
  • Speedboat Transfer: 30 minutes
  • No of rooms : 19

Naladhu may be a bit off the beaten path – but it can be part of our charm. With the stunning island beauty of the Maldives as backdrop, dramatic arrivals – whether by day or night – are all part of the Naladhu experience.

The following destinations are just a suggestion of the many settings available for your very own intimate affair:

  • Picnic or candlelit dinner on the powder-white beaches of Naladhu
  • Lagoon sunset on the Living Room pool deck
  • Private island hideaway at nearby Guli Fushi
  • Private beach cabana dining
  • Dinner aboard the Riyaa, our dhoni, for a sail across the lagoon.
  • Coconut grove by firelight
  • Wave breakers private dining deck

Naladhu’s own style of pampering begins from the moment you arrive. Upon touchdown at Male International Airport (and clearing customs and immigration formalities), you will be met by your own personal House Master, who will serve as your exclusive concierge, butler and personal assistant for the duration of your stay on this beautiful island. After a warm welcome, your House Master will guide you to the private Naladhu launch. The 13 km ride to Naladhu takes approximately half an hour as you glide over the emerald waters of the Indian Ocean, weaving between some of the Maldives’ famed islands. Seasonal cocktails and snacks, an iPod and sound system with your favourite music are among the elegant trimmings as you are whisked to the paradise of your beautiful, spacious Ocean or Beach House on Naladhu.

Accommodation

Your own island hideaway. Private. Intimate. Created for you. Each of Naladhu’s 19 secluded houses incorporates timeless design, idyllic views and – unique to Naladhu – an unmatched feeling of home. Free-flowing spaces that allow you to drift from one perfect moment to the next. From the expansive bedroom to the classic, intimate comfort of the dressing room, to the open-air bath, steam room and garden rain shower, out to the private plunge pool and gardens and multi-tiered hardwood deck and dining sala, your house abounds in space, beckoning you to explore and uncover the luxurious surprises around every corner.

The largest room in the house, the bedroom manages to be both expansive and intimate, with high vaulted ceilings of free-flowing space, contrasted with cozy corners for reading, lounging, writing or enjoying the house’s home theatre system. White-washed timber wall panels juxtapose brilliant Indian and Sri Lankan motifs and fabrics, hints of local colour.

Naladhu offers two house types;

Beach Houses – facing own stretch of pristine white beach and lagoon side

Ocean Houses – view over the Indian Ocean, with hardwood deck

Bath – Cool hardwood and terracotta floors below and ceiling fans gently whirring above. Unwind in a romantic outdoor bath while gazing out to an endless moonlit sea. Or, cross playful flagstone steps between the dual mirrored vanities to the outdoor waterfall shower, shaded by bougainvillea and frangipani.At the opposite end of the pavilion, by the plunge pool, is the delightful outdoor soaking tub sprinkled with rose petals. Allow all your tensions to melt away with the thermal healing of your private steam room and shower, while you savour the view of the tropical surrounds. Your bath features delightfully aromatic elixirs by L’Occitane, ultra-plush oversized terrycloth towels, scented candles and a daybed for lounging between soaks in the tub. This may become your favourite room in the house – feel free.

Pool – Total privacy. A midnight dip under the stars. Toasting a picture-perfect sunset over the lagoon. The infinity-edge pool is an integral feature of your House – seamlessly blending wood, light, air and water. Sliding doors off the bedroom give way to the clear waters of the pool, as do the hardwood floors of the bath and deck. Meanwhile, the surrounding gardens, lush with native Maldivian flowering plants and island greenery, remind you that you’re firmly ensconced in paradise. Delight in your secluded pool, where the view of the lapping waters melds with the ocean, lagoon and horizon.

Dining

The Living Room is where Naladhu residents come together to enjoy fine wines, conversation, splendid views and sea breezes – and some of the finest dining you may ever encounter on any continent.The Living Room concept features daily table d’hôte menus which change daily based on whatever the chef finds fresh at the market that day. This means you are assured only the best quality ingredients and the chef’s playful fusion of cooking styles to tantalise your taste buds, island style.

Overlooking the lagoon, with an expansive hardwood deck for al fresco dinners in the ocean breeze, or floor-to-ceiling glass walls surrounding the casually elegant interior, The Living Room is a study in chic design without pretension. Its centerpiece is a glass-walled walk-in wine cellar, stocked with some of the most esteemed (and a few of the most rare) vintages from both the Old and New Worlds – a collection to rival any destination restaurant in any world capital. The staff – including the chef himself – will help you pair the wine with the meal or the meal with the wine, in an effort to ensure that every dining experience is one as timeless as Naladhu.

In-house Dining –You’re allowed in indulge at Naladhu – in fact, it’s encouraged.

Sometimes, indulgence means spending a cozy night in your private house, dressed as you wish, watching the waves roll in from your deck, or with a favourite classic film on the home theatre system. For these times, you’ll be happy to know that the chefs of the Living Room can cater to your every whim, right in the privacy of your villa, at just about any time day or night.

Satisfy tastes ranging from the classic to the eccentric, whenever, wherever. Dine in
privacy on your terrace, under the stars or the sun. Enjoy a barbecue on your deck, complete with your own private chef and waiter. Or, for the true romantic, surprise your loved one and organise a champagne breakfast.

The resorts chefs also offer a variety of set dinners for every craving, including Thai, Indian, Maldivian and Western. Or, kick back on your deck at sunset with a platter of the house favourite canapés and a bottle of Krug. Have a favourite that isn’t listed on the menu? Your House Master will see to it that it’s provided – or at least his own creative interpretation.

Intimate Dining – Romance abounds on Naladhu and its spectacular surrounds. Being a bit romantic themselves, the chefs have designed a range of truly unique dining opportunities called ‘Intimate Dining Affairs’, in which they bring their favourite menus to the destination of your choice around the island. Complete with candles, tablecloths, silver ware and all the little touches of perfection, these ‘Intimate Affairs’ offer some of Naladhu’s most precious timeless moments for you both to cherish.

Escape to a nearby desert island for a private beach dinner. Feast onboard an elegant dhoni, the traditional Maldivian sailboat, as you sail into the sunset. The staff will cater private parties, pre-dinner cocktails or afternoon tea in the comfort of your pavilion villa. For the health conscious, guests can  discuss individual dietary requirements, spa menus or other special meal requests.

Spa

In-house Spa – For the ultimate in pampering, Naladhu offers all residents the chance to turn your own Beach or Ocean House into a private luxury spa retreat. Naladhu’s own team of spa professionals have devised a series of day retreats for you to enjoy in the privacy of your own island sanctuary for an especially personalised spa experience. Of course, you can also choose from a range of ala carte treatments to compile your own customised retreat.

Treatments – Drawing on the rich natural traditions of the islands and surrounding ocean, a range of luxurious spa therapies are available to unwind the mind and spirit. Four-hand massage, herbal steam and al fresco floral bath are just a few. You’ll discover the rest. Many of Naladhu’s treatments incorporate locally sourced ingredients from the local island environment, including sea salts, exotic fruits and wild Maldivian herbs and fruits. Each is a recipe that will have you looking as great as you feel.

Spa Journeys – What better way to enjoy all that Naladhu has to offer than with a multi-day Spa Journey that takes you across the islands? A massage here, a scrub there, then jet across the lagoon for a facial – can it get any better than this? Or, if you’re feeling a bit less adventurous, the resident cast of internationally trained therapists can bring their pampering treatments right to you to be enjoyed in the privacy and serenity of your own house.

With a Naladhu Spa journey, you will be transported to three different islands scattered around the emerald lagoon for a variety of invigorating and restorative treatments – and transported to a different state of mind. The spa manager is also happy to customise a Spa Journey with the elements of your choice.

Things to do

Diving/Snorkelling – Some of the best views in the Maldives can be found below the surface. Naladhu’s on-site PADI Dive Centre offers a full range of scuba certification courses. With classes ranging from scuba discovery to advanced open-water, wreck diving and even rescue dives, Naladhu residents, from first-timer to fanatic, are sure to find an adventure suited to their abilities. Every day, the centre offers up to four dives at a variety of locations – in fact, within a half-hour radius of the island, there are no less than 20 world-class dives to enjoy.

All dives are guided and divided into small groups for maximum comfort and enjoyment underwater. Just bring yourself, as the Dive Centre has everything else you require – towels, equipment, suits and onboard refreshments. Your House Master can arrange a gourmet picnic lunch of your choice. Just choose your desert island.

For more laid-back residents, the resort offer a variety of snorkelling excursions to neighbouring reefs, manta ray “cleaning stations” and of course the resorts own house reef teeming with underwater beauty. Embark on an adventure via catamaran, dhoni or the Naladhu launch to locations near and far afield. Given the beauty of the Maldives, the journey is unforgettable in itself.

SailingThe warm ocean breeze in your hair. The rustle of canvas sails above. Naladhu’s own fleet of luxury launches, catamarans and sailing yachts are available for charter, fishing trips and island-hopping adventures all around the South Male Atoll. The experienced (or adventurous) can harness the power of the winds and hone their knot-tying skills in the calm waters of the Indian Ocean, or more relaxed residents can simply unwind on deck with champagne or a cocktail (and awe-inspiring tropical views) while experienced local skippers do all the work. For the ultimate in sailing style, unwind on the decks of a luxurious dhoni, the traditional Maldivian sailboat. The graceful lines and sweeping curves of the prow are a uniquely Maldivian design motif that inspired Naladhu’s original designers. Cruise at your whim and picnic on a completely deserted island. Return just in time to enjoy the perfect Naladhu sunset from your private pool.

FishingAll aboard the elegant dhoni, the Riyaa, for a sail across the lagoon. The resort provides all the equipment for a Private Sunset Fishing expedition. When you start craving dinner, you’ll be back just in time for the chef to grill your catch however you’d like!

After you’ve taken a dive in the reefs of Naladhu, you’ll be curious to see what roams in deeper waters. There are afternoon or morning deep-sea fishing excursions. You’ll first cruise past smaller atolls until you reach open ocean, where Sailfish, Marlin and Wahoo thrive.

The game fishing launch is outfitted with advanced equipment for the expedition, which is able to handle the weight of the bigger game you’ll be catching. As always, the crew is eager to cater to every whim. Perhaps you’d like a champagne toast or an assortment of evening canapés in between the big-game action. Your House Master and chef can arrange your outing however you please.

WatersportsKayak to a nearby desert island. Water ski over a placid emerald lagoon. Take in a bird’s-eye view of paradise in a seaplane photo flight at sunset. Try your hand at wakeboarding or surfing on the Indian Ocean. All in a day’s adventure at Naladhu!

You can start your water sports adventures with the complimentary canoes provided for you to enjoy the beautiful (and calm) lagoon fronting the island. For those feeling a bit more adventurous, have a go at windsurfing. Don’t worry if it’s your first try – encouragement comes with a lesson or two that will enable you to enjoy the wind and sea in a new and challenging way.

Surfers will discover that these sparkling islands offer ideal surfing conditions. With a handful of some of the best surfing destinations in the Maldives only a quick launch ride from Naladhu, you’ll never have a better opportunity to try this exhilarating sport.

ExpeditionsWhile most guests to the Maldives skip past Male, Naladhu gives you the key to unlock this fascinating city, one of the world’s most unique capitals.

If you’re searching for tangible local colour to bring home, let the Naladhu launch whisk you away for a day of shopping in the bustling markets of Male. Naladhu’s local guides are always eager to show guests their country’s capital city. You’ll find its pleasantly walkable streets, filled with exotic foods and wares from around the Subcontinent, a memorable setting for an afternoon adventure of cultural discovery.

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