Naladhu Private Island Maldives
What We Love
- Gracious service, courtesy of the top-notch butlers
- Lots of on-site activities
- Stunning villas with private pools
- Guests have access to facilities at neighboring resorts
What To Know
- Guests arrive via a 35-minute speedboat ride
- Guests can participate in reef creation and contribute to the ongoing conservation effort by adopting a coral frame
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
In the Maldives’ South Malé atoll, Naladhu Maldives achieves a level of intimacy that’s remarkable even by the castaway isles’ standards. In fact, most guests stay ensconced in their stylish villas — and it’s easy to understand why. The 19 “houses” epitomize tropical elegance, with loft ceilings, woven cane beds and a cosmopolitan collection of objets d’art, including Moroccan screens and Sri Lankan fabrics.
Bed and Bath
All 19 houses are identical in size and decor; the ones on Naladhu’s rocky ocean side are slightly elevated. These Ocean Houses offer extra privacy away from the busy lagoon, private palapas on the beach (a two-minute walk away) and, of course, the romantic soundtrack of waves crashing on the shore. Bedroom walls open out to private infinity pools and decks with swinging daybeds and easels, if you’re in the mood to capture the spectacular ocean blues on canvas. The island fantasy open-air bathrooms overlook the ocean and have outdoor garden showers, steam rooms and soaking tubs that seem to connect to the pool (the two are actually separated by a plexiglass screen).
Butlers (or VGCs: very good chaps) are more than happy to bring you breakfast (and lunch and dinner, for that matter) in bed or arrange spa treatments on your patio. For couples who do eventually venture out, there are plenty of on-site activities, from yoga lessons and Thai cooking classes to long, authentically Maldivian meals in the lagoonside Living Room. And should you still need more to do, the resort is connected via walkway or boat to Anantara’s other properties, Dhigu and Veli. While Naladhu guests have access to all three properties, the resort itself is for the exclusive use of its privacy-loving residents.
How to Get There
This is the third island of the lagoon which is shared with Anantara Dhigu and Veli but Naladhu is private and with 20 houses only. A big thank you to the manager Bibin, the house master Boday and Falan for their non obtrusive and elegant service. Spa, kayak, water sports, all other restaurants of the 2 other islands are available to you but you might as well prefer to stay in your house and its private pool....
We set off in late October for 8 days of adventure to Naladhu with high expectations...the scenery, the setting, the amenities and, of course, our wedding!
Our experience here with a gorgeous and elegant villa, amazingly beautiful natural surroundings, peaceful relaxation and unbelievable food far exceeded our high expectations. Our wedding ceremony, the lavish attention and thoughtful details couldn’t have been more wonderful. An amazing love celebrated in a heavenly setting. We were and remain in love with each other and fell in love with Naladhu.
While we’re sure you hear similar compliments about Naladhu, we wanted to be sure you know that our biggest surprise and the absolute icing on the cake was the care provided us. We so very much enjoyed learning from our House Master Aslam about his culture, family, hopes and history. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making a trip of a lifetime absolutely perfect!
Please also know that Abhi and Logu at The Living Room (restaurant) made lasting impressions, even more than the amazingly wonderful food. The Thai restaurant was fantastic as was snorkeling and boating with dolphins, the quiet beach and super private villa. We've traveled to numerous resorts in multiple countries and know that plenty of places are beautiful but few have beautiful people sharing such kindness. We hope to come back to Naladhu again...this special place, with its fantastically wonderful people, will always be in our hearts.
With deep respect and thanks...
Our stay was quite a memorable experience starting by the welcoming reception with drums and flower petals thrown on our pathway, to the friendly staff; Mimi, Haitham, Abdullah, and Ameen. This wonderful dedicated team didn't spare any effort to make our stay a magical trip. The beauty and tranquility of the island created such a peaceful atmosphere. We enjoyed our stay and thankful to the superior service of everyone responsible for our comfort!
The team at Naladhu are spectacular! Shaudi and Bibin in particular are thoughtful and considerate. The island is exceptionally quiet and the service is attentive. You have access to the two other islands via a walk or boat in a few minutes, which are more lively and offer a variety of other restaurants and bars. Naladhu is expensive but not uncommon with the Maldives. The little touches make this place feel truly special, an abundance of Elemis products, fresh fruit daily, and the odd romantic bath run for you to top the week off. The rooms themselves are large and spacious, the outdoor showers are heavenly and the bath tub is huge. Breakfast is delightful and we loved the freedom that you could have this wherever you felt. A truly beautiful and romantic destination.
Stayed for 9 nights in an ocean house in October 2018 as a family of 4 with 2 children aged 11 and 13. The ocean house is amazing with beautiful decor and design and an outlook over a beautiful reef leading out to the azure Indian Ocean. We sat on the deck and watched amazing sea life, rays, eels and reef sharks cruising around literally meters away from us. The room facilities are excellent and we made good use of the private pool, sauna and swinging day bed. Naladhu is relatively small and exclusive island with only approximately 20 rooms but we made good use of the surrounding islands at Dighu and Velhi and the snorkel island as well. The staff were only to happy to arrange a boat transfer across any time of day or night for us. This was particularly useful for a family as the children could head across and kick around Dighu or snorkel island for a while and let mum and dad relax (don' send your kids to Velhi though it's adults only we found out).
The service is next level at Naladhu, right down from Mimi the manager to the room boy. Our house master Aslam would appear when needed as if by magic, then disappear into the ether when not required giving us just the right amount of space and privacy. There was just excellent anticipation of needs by all staff. I recall one rainy night we were walking to dinner and we passed the reception and Mimi was on the phone, she spotted us walking in the rain, broke from her phone call, ran into the office and fetched us an umbrella. This was symptomatic of the service level.
Our favourite part of the trip....probably the breakfast. Sitting in the living room, at any time of day you like and having a coffee and eggs Benedict with just the best service and yummy food. Special thanks to Louiu, Hassan, Boday, Abijit & Sabah.
We were asked any suggestions for improvement, my only tip maybe some better coffee beans. They have a good expresso machine in the Living Room, get some training for the staff and some good quality beans. If you can fly lamb from New Zealand and Beef from Australia, you can source some beans from Black Star in Brisbane or Tobys Estate in Sydney and really take the coffee to something special to match that amazing food and service.