This Maldivian Resort Unveils New Upscale Villa With 66ft Private Beach
If you’re the type to get away from it all when the temperatures start to drop, we’ve found your fall destination.
The private island of Naladhu in the Maldives recently announced it will reopen in November after a six-month shutdown for a full renovation. Located just 30 minutes by speedboat from the international airport, the luxury resort of South Male Atoll is introducing a complete overhaul of its accommodation and most public spaces, including its restaurant and bar, cellar wine cellar and its gym.
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The new look is designed by a New York-based architect Yuji yamazaki, who worked on several projects in the Maldives-from others five star resorts VIP lounges at the international airport, as well as luxury boutiques from brands like Theory and Calvin Klein. From new bespoke furniture to the lighter color palette, the architect’s vision gives a modern twist to the colonial style of Southeast Asia. Yamazaki also pays special attention to creating a number of places around the resort where guests can enjoy moments of reflection, from new oceanfront breakfast seats to lounge chairs overlooking the pool. .
For a quieter time, guests can retreat to the accommodations, which consist of 20 private villas, or “houses,” each measuring approximately 3,229 square feet. The houses fall into two categories: the Beach House with Pool option, which offers direct access to the white sand and lagoon, and the Ocean House with Pool and Private Cabana, which has a large terrace with sea views. ocean and a cabin where your butler (or Kuwaanu) can serve meals or drinks. Each renovated house will be named after a native Maldivian flower or plant found on the island, and the corresponding flora will be planted in that house’s garden.
The jewel in Naladhu’s crown, however, is his upper house: the Two-Bedroom Residence with Swimming Pool. Spanning 6,458 square feet, the resort’s largest accommodation can accommodate up to six people and has the distinction of offering both sunrise and sunset views. The superb residence has a swimming pool, a terrace facing the ocean, an outdoor dining area and a swing, but best of all, after the renovation it will reopen with its own 66-foot-long private beach, from which you can head straight out to the lagoon.
When they feel like venturing out of their accommodation, guests will have access to a multitude of new experiences. The Kuwaanus (a name meaning storyteller in Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives) can help you organize private island picnics, guided nature walks or snorkeling trips with the marine biologist at the island. company, during which you will see some of the island’s 2,000 species. tropical fish and marine mammals and learn about Naladhu’s coral conservation program. Staff would also be happy to discuss the resort’s sustainability initiatives (like a ban on all single-use plastics) and the new partnership with Partley Air to help reduce marine plastic pollution and recycle plastic waste. (As part of her commitment to give back, Naladhu also donated all of her pre-renovation furniture to the only mental health hospital in the Maldives.)
The resort will also expand its signature “no menu, dine anywhere” concept, which allows guests to order their favorite dishes to enjoy anytime and anywhere on the island. Although there is a principal Salon restaurant, overlooking the lagoon, it’s fun to mix it up with a “champagne floating breakfast” served in the pool, or moonlit midnight snacks on the beach. This non-traditional dining concept is led by Peruvian Chef Patricio Basombrio Cedano, who oversees a culinary team that is familiar with world cuisines such as Arabic, Sri Lanka, Italian, French, Japanese and Indonesian.
To renew its attention to well-being, the resort will also unveil a new dedicated spa space including a double treatment room, and will accommodate a naturopathic resident and nutritionist for tailor-made treatments. Rates start at $ 1,145 per night including breakfast for an Ocean House.
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