(30 June 2021)
Naladhu Private Island
resort in Maldives has closed for a complete
renovation and is due to reopen in November.
The resort will undergo a total redesign with
all the public areas and accommodation included in the renovation
and the resort’s top suite, the Two-Bedroom Pool Residence, will
reopen with its own 20-metre private beach.
The island is located on
the edge of a pristine lagoon in the South Malé Atoll, just 30
minutes by luxury speedboat from Malé’s international airport.
20-key resort is being redesigned by New York based designer Yuji
Yamazaki, with new sleeker furniture throughout and a lighter colour palette creating a modern colonial South East Asian look.
Yamazaki has focussed on maximising the number of spots around the
houses where guests can have a moment of pause, ranging from
ocean-side seating for breakfast to pre-dinner cocktails on the
chaise longue overlooking the pool.
The restaurant, bar, wine
cellar and gym are among the public areas receiving a complete new
The resort will also introduce some new experiences,
including a snorkeling tour with the in-house marine biologist to
see some of the 2,000 species of tropical fish and sea mammals and
to understand more about the coral conservation programme.
The jewel in the resort’s crown is the 600 sqm Two
Bedroom Pool Residence. Sleeping up to six guests, the
Residence benefits from both sunrise and sunset views, with its
pool and large deck facing the ocean, along with loungers, al
fresco dining area and a swing, and its new private beach offering
direct access to the lagoon.
The resort will be expanding their no-menu dine
anywhere concept, enabling guests to choose their favourite dishes
and dining spots round the clock – whether it’s in The Living Room
with views over the lagoon, a Champagne floating breakfast in the
pool, or moonlight midnight snacks on the beach.
As part of the sustainability programme, Naladhu
has started working with Parley Air to reduce marine plastic
pollution and recycle plastic waste and all single use plastic has
been banned on the island. In addition, all the resort’s old
furniture has been donated to Maldives’ only hospital for
Naladhu Private Island will be renewing its focus
on wellness with a new dedicated spa treatment area including a
double treatment room and bathing and changing area and the
introduction of a resident Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist.
Guests will be offered the opportunity to focus on their nutrition to
help overcome stress, sleep issues and unhealthy eating patterns
as well helping with immunity, digestion, weight management,
hormones, skin and blood sugar balance.
Giles Selves, Naladhu Private Island’s General Manager, said, “This substantial investment will ensure that Naladhu
Private Island continues to be one of the most exclusive private
islands in the Maldives. The resort already has a significant
number of repeat guests, and I have no doubt the new-look Naladhu
will entice many new travellers to experience the privacy,
seclusion and bespoke personalised service that it’s renowned
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