Sun, Sand and Serenity of Maldives plus the luxurious Anantara’s private Naladhu Island resort, equals to: One of the best winter escape vacations.
The journey to this little piece of heaven commenced as soon as we landed at the Malé International airport. Escorted away to Anantara’s private lounge, we were served refreshments as we peaked into the tranquil yet adventurous offerings of Naladhu Island while waiting for our connecting private yacht.
Our arrival to the resort island was marked with beats of traditional drums, an energetic and enchanting tribal dance, and the staff and GM of the resort welcoming us with a shower of rose petals all the way to our beautiful villa. “Dreamy” is all we can fantom.
Anantara, well-known for it’s most mesmerising resorts all over the globe has a complex in Maldives: The resort is spread across three islands which are all just a bridge or speedboat away from each other. We stayed at Naladhu – the only private island resort, that offers complete access to the other three islands with a cross-billing system incorporated.
The most incredible feature of our stay was it’s complete isolated nature, away from the fast-paced world we come from. There was “one phone call away” policy: Upon our arrival we were presented with a mobile phone with one number which was of our House Master (private butler).
Any of our requests were attended through that phone, and he made sure we were pampered like royals. We were pleasantly surprised with fully arranged activities, complete F&B schedule,and sweet surprises upon our returns to the villa.
Another unparalleled feature was the resort’s exceptional housekeeping (!) that was done not just once or twice but many times a day. Everything was refilled in a heartbeat (no joke, my ice bucket was always fresh) with the small necessities like coffee capsules and water bottles being replaced throughout the day. The bed was always made, towels were changed momentarily without us even noticing and the jacuzzi was always ready for us. ‘Superb’ really falls short of describing the attentiveness and courteousness of the staff.
Prior to our arrival at Naladhu Island, I was given a small questionnaire by the hotel to note my likes and preferences and everything on the list was attended to! From the music I wanted being played throughout the day to little, sweet surprises waiting for me at my villa door after my escapades at the beach. An example would be a bathtub full of petals with tropical cocktails, intricately made for me to soak in, while enjoying the setting sun…
Verdict: It is the perfect resort holiday. If you happen to love sports and water activities, there’s a massive variety – from snorkelling in the exotic Arabian Sea to swimming with the turtles (a must-try experience). Apart from that, you get to enjoy a wide array of dining and just relaxing experiences; an out-of-this-world SPA in particular.
Overall, to describe our stay in a few words: Luxury Private Vacation with absolutely stunning nature.