Naladhu Private Island, a resort of 20 private houses on the edge of a lagoon in South Malé Atoll, has closed for six months for a complete renovation and is due to relaunch in November. The resort will undergo a total redesign, with all the public areas and accommodations included. Pretty cool? The resort’s top suite, the Two Bedroom Pool Residence, will reopen with its own 60-foot private beach. The island is located just 30 minutes by luxury speedboat from Malé’s international airport.

The resort is being redesigned by New York-based designer Yuji Yamazaki, with new sleeker furniture throughout and a lighter color palette. Yamazaki has focused on maximizing the number of spots around the houses where “guests can have a moment of pause,” ranging from ocean-side seating to chaise longue overlooking the pool. The restaurant, bar, wine cellar and gym are among the public areas receiving a completely new look. 

The resort’s two categories of “Houses,” each with 3,200 square feet of living space, are surrounded by tropical vegetation. The Beach House with Pool has direct access to the beach and lagoon, while the Ocean House with Pool and Private Beach Cabana has a large terrace with ocean views, in addition to its own dedicated cabana, complete with a super king-sized day bed and butler service (known as a Kuwaanu) for drinks and snacks.

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Beach House with Pool

And more about that 6,400-square-foot Two Bedroom Pool Residence: Sleeping up to six guests, this accommodation benefits from both sunrise and sunset views, with its pool and large deck facing the ocean. There are also loungers, an al fresco dining area and a swing, and its new private beach, which offers direct access to the lagoon.

Good to know: The Kuwaanu will be at their disposal 24 hours a day, both as their guide and to provide services ranging from unpacking or serving early morning coffee to organizing a private island picnic. The resort will also be introducing 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 program.

The Living Room

The resort will be expanding its “no-menu, dine anywhere” concept, enabling guests to choose their favorite 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. The chefs can prepare a myriad of cuisines from around the globe, ranging from Arabic to Italian, French to Sri Lankan or Japanese to Indonesian. 

As part of the sustainability program, 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 the Maldives’ only hospital for mental health.

Naladhu Private Island will be renewing its focus on wellness with a new spa treatment area, including a double treatment room and bathing and changing areas, as well as the introduction of a resident naturopath and nutritional therapist. Guests are 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.   

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