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
It was an overdue review!
We stayed two weeks in Maldives and it is our second time at this group of islands (Anantara & Naladhu)... First week we stayed in Veli which was absolutely amazing and the second week we moved to Naladhu!!!! WOW this place has no comparison on earth and it is why this is called Heaven!!
Since we arrived every single detail was taking care of by our incredible Butler or House Master as they are called here and they are really masters... The Residence is gorgeus and every corner of it is spotless and pure luxury, the amenities and top quality andthe privacy is absolutely the best and I think this privacy is what makes this place so special as every employee is very discreet... they all know you by name and they are very respectful, kind and polite... they know in advance what do you like and how you ususally want to spend your days and if you don't have plans they are always available to help you to create the most memorable moments of your life.
The pool in the villa is to die for.... I was opening the large glass doo beside the incredible bed and jumping to the pool and they walking just a few steps and jumping the the amazing lagoon that surrounds this island and then seating on the privacy of my own beach to order and eat my breakfast which I can have at anytime of the day!!! can you imagine??? BREAKFAST AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY!!! no more subjct to a buffet schedule of a kitchen schedule... if you want to have breakfast at 16:00 you can! and the breakfats was always carefully made and very promptly delivered ... of course if you want to have breakfast in the main restaurant of the island you may but who wants to get out of thei incredible and magic villa?? no one!.
We had a very special Chefs Dinner at the restaurant and those Michelin Restaurants in Paris can close the doors and this was an incredible dinner carefully crafted by their young and very talented chef.
The villa has its own steam room, and also the open shower which was a dream on those hot days of the Madivian tropics.
I know Naladhu has received some incredible hospitality awards but it should receive all of them as I ahve been in several parts of the world and NO ONE CAN SURPASS NALADHU...
Dear friends if you are doing your research looking for places to stay in Maldives... do not think twice... go for Naladhu... life is only one and you must expereince this and if you want to take me! Take me! because I want to be there again, and again, and again!.
Yes! Heaven exist and it has a name which is Naladhu and every employee of this resort is a God Sent... his angels to take care of us and they know and they are professionals doing it!
Best Place on Earth.
We travelled to the Maldives for the first time this month and could not have chosen a better resort. From the moment we arrived at the airport in Male, we were greeted by the friendly and helpful Naladhu team and were taken directly to their private lounge, whilst we waited for the private boat transfer. The team on the boat were also extremely attentive, offering complimentary drinks and wifi, as well as informing us about the local area as we travelled.
On arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by the team of people that would assist us throughout our stay (House Master, Cleaner, Gardener and Hotel Manager)... and the sound of drums! Our welcome to the island was truly magical.
Aslam, our House Master, and Abdullah, our cleaner - alongside the rest of the incredible Naladhu team - are friendly, accommodating and just wonderful. Throughout our stay, they made us feel hugely welcome and as though nothing was too much to ask. They are genuinely invested in delivering a personalised service, to an exceptional standard. At the beginning of our stay, we were provided with a mobile phone, on which we could contact our House Master, Aslam, at any time - a unique service you might not expect to find at other resorts. Both Aslam and Abdullah exceeded our expectations. The manager, Bibin, was also warm, friendly and very attentive.
We stayed in an Ocean Pool Villa (Bilheh/Number 1), which had incredible views of the Indian Ocean, as well as almost direct access to the beach (Naladhu is a small, quaint island, so most areas are literally on the doorstep!) We had a beach cabana at no extra cost, which was set up everyday with fresh towels, water, snorkelling gear and kayaks. The villa itself is stunning. There is a great amount of attention to detail at Naladhu, which creates a special and personalised experience. The room was cleaned to an impeccable standard twice a day, and we would sometimes arrive back at the room to beautiful, fresh flowers from the island on the bed or a bath ran whilst we were out exploring! Other amenities in the room include a complimentary fresh fruit bowl, luxury coffees and Evian water provided each day. This is alongside a great selection of snacks in the mini bar, as well as a wine cellar. The bed was extremely comfortable, with a pillow menu for your comfort. There was also an iPad with daily newspaper updates available and a sound system with an iPod, which were both great. There is a beautiful dressing room and walk in wardrobe, with adaptors, hairdryer, mosquito protection kit, yoga mats, essentials bag and many more! The bathroom facilities are beyond exceptional - with a steam room, indoor and outdoor shower, a bath which overlooks the infinity pool, his and hers basins and complimentary bathing products. Outside, there is a swing bed, outdoor seating area and sun loungers.
Our eating experiences in Naladhu were out of this world! Every morning (though breakfast is available at any time of day in Naladhu), we were able to choose from a huge range of carefully selected ingredients for breakfast - from eggs Benedict to cereals, pastries, cheeses and fresh fruit smoothies - we were well looked after! We also received complimentary champagne - little touches like this made every morning special. On our first night, we enjoyed a Michelin star dinner, paired with carefully selected wines. Every aspect of this meal was incredible! All the waiting staff were very attentive throughout our stay and in particular Abdul Jeet - an enthusiastic and friendly member of the team. Most nights, we attended buffet style dinners on the other islands - Veli and Dhigu. As a guest at Naladhu, you are able to access these other restaurants, but guests from these islands cannot access the facilities on Naladhu, which added to the seclusion and exclusivity of the island. There was a great choice of food on the other islands, including Italian, BBQ Grill, Maldivian and Thai. Through booking directly with Anantara, we received a complimentary Private Beach Dinner experience. We enjoyed this experience on our final evening at Naladhu, and the food was again, incredible. It was special that our House Master, Aslam, served us on this final evening.
Every day, we were able to explore the lagoon and other islands, with complimentary access to kayaks and snorkelling equipment. Whilst this was enough for us, there are plenty of other water activities available across the three Anantara resorts. Every day, we saw new, exciting sea life in the lagoon and on the snorkelling island of Gulhi Fushi. One day, we enjoyed time at the spa on Veli, taking advantage of a 60 minute treatment and lunch offer, which was incredibly relaxing. The staff across all islands are very professional and experts in what they do. Three times a week, there is a 'Cinema Under the Stars' evening, on Veli. We attended a viewing one evening, which was a great experience. We also received complimentary popcorn!
We would highly recommend the luxurious and special experience that Naladhu has to offer. Thank you to the exceptional staff at Naladhu Private Island for the holiday of a lifetime!
We got everything what we were waiting for this place! I couldn't figure out anything what they didn't organise. Fruit quality and variety. All food was delicious.., breakfast asian or european or any other style what you wish.
Dinner was privacy and romantic.
Look no further than Naladhu, everything about this island spells quality, we never wanted to leave our villa, it was just stunning, so private and secluded it felt like the whole island belonged to us! Our bedroom was just gorgeous and the bed and pillows and sheets so comfortable, if your not used to the ocean it can be very loud, I would suggest earplugs as I couldn’t sleep from the noise ! Hassan our Butler was fabulous, nothing was to much trouble and we were given a mobile to call him anytime we needed him. Breakfast was brought to our room, you can order whatever you want. There is one restaurant adjacent island into he swimming pool, with a mitchilin star chef, if it’s not on the menu they will make it. The water sports are fantastic, so much on offer, snorkelling is amazing, we saw reef sharks, octopus and so many stunning colourful fish, the spa was very good, my facial was Elemis and excellent, my husband had a massage. If you go to the other island they have a spa overlooking the sea which is picturesque. I would have no hesitation recommending this amazing place, we cannot wait to return. All the restaurants on all the islands are fantastic offering top quality Japanese/Thai/Italian/Pan Asian, along with speciality themed nights, the other island Veli is approx an 10’minute walk, but it was a lovely walk and we never minded the exercise, and a 2 minute boat ride to Dingu to the other restaurants and another bar, it’s lovely to have all 3 islands to be able to go to as you don’t feel trapped on one tiny island, this is a definite plus point. I loved the flowers on the bed when it was our Anniversary and my Birthday, and they even made me a birthday cake and sent a bottle of processo, which was so kind of the staff. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MAKING OUR ANNIVERSARY/BIRTHDAY SO SPECIAL, we will definitely be returning .
Tina Turner song Simply the Best sums up this hotel perfectly. Lyrics with slight adjustment: You're simply the best, better than all the rest,
Better than anyone, any other resort that I have ever been to!
There has been many comments on how wonderful Naladhu Private Islands are & concur with them all. Will therefore not bore by repeating all the fabulous words that have already been written.
However there are few names we have to mention for making our stay so memorable:
Adnan our fabulous breakfast server, Sohobah, Indi @ Elemis Lab/Spa, Binin, Nazeer, Jen, Jayesh & Chef Alfie.
Etched in our hearts forever our time at Naladhu.