In charge of Naladhu Private Island Maldives’ re-design is New York-based, Japanese-born Yuji Yamazaki. The award-winning architect and designer is updating the resort with sleek new furniture (the old furniture is being donated to the Maldives’ only hospital for mental health) and a lighter, brighter color palette. Yamazaki has focused on maximizing the number of spaces around the resort’s two categories of houses where guests can have a moment of pause, ranging from waters-edge seating for breakfast to pre-dinner cocktails on the chaise longue overlooking the pool.
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A rendering of the Two Bedroom Pool Residence / ©Naladhu
The Beach House with Pool will offer direct access to the lagoon / ©Naladhu
Each house features 3,229 sq ft of living space and is surrounded by tropical vegetation, leading to total immersion in nature. The Beach House with Pool offers direct access to the lagoon, whilst the Ocean House with Pool and Private Beach Cabana has a large terrace with panoramic ocean views, as well as a private super king-sized cabana to enjoy drinks or lunch served by one of the resort’s Kuwaanus (butlers).
The premier Two Bedroom Pool Residence sleeps up to six guests and benefits from both sunrise and sunset views, a pool with large deck facing the ocean, al fresco dining and of course that private beach.
As well as the accommodation, the resort’s restaurant, bar, wine cellar and gym are also receiving a makeover. It will also be renewing its focus on wellness with a new dedicated spa treatment area as well as a resident naturopath and nutritional therapist to help guests with everything from stress to digestion and managing blood sugar levels.
The accommodation is being updated with a lighter and brighter color palette / ©Naladhu
Rendering of the resort’s Living Room restaurant / ©Naladhu
It’s not just the property that is benefiting from an update either. The guest experience at the new-look resort is set to be completely bespoke with visitors benefiting from the attention of a Kuwaanu, (a name that means storyteller in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language). The Kuwaanu will act as both a guide to the island as well as provide services ranging from unpacking to organizing one of the resort’s new dine anywhere experiences. The new experiences will enable guests to choose their favorite dishes and dining spots around the island — whether it’s a champagne floating breakfast in the pool or a moonlit dinner on the beach.
As part of its sustainability program, Naladhu Private Island Maldives has banned single-use plastic and is working with Parley Air to reduce marine plastic pollution and recycle plastic waste. As well as a host of new water-based activities, educating guests about the Maldives’ ecosystem will also be a top priority when the resort reopens with plans to offer educational sessions with the resort’s marine biologist.
From $1,485 per night on a bed and breakfast basis for two people sharing an Ocean House, naladhu.com
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