Concierge.com's insider take:
Located a swift 30 minutes from Male International Airport, this intimate property balances convenience with exclusivity. Lattice-carved wood doors open onto Bahamas-inspired white lacquered houses with woven cane beds, steam rooms, and plunge pools. Beach Houses set discreetly out of sight offer private stretches of sand. Ocean Houses have wooden decks that extend right out into the ocean. Take in the view from pillow-topped swinging daybeds or capture it with the easel and art supplies provided by the hotel. The outdoor shower is especially romantic, flanked by elephant-ear-size palm fronds, and in-room massage takes full advantage of these comfortable compounds. Personal attention from charming VGCs (for "Very Good Chap") is impressive even for the Maldives, with a residents' diary that explains virtually all details down to where to find the in-room hair dryer. When the urge to socialize emerges, head to the Living Room's alfresco dining tables set around the all-glass wine cellar for inventive pizzas and extravagant seafood platters, or stretch onto cushioned Indian beds set under the stars. Arrange to have a private dinner at sea on a traditional Maldivian dhoni sailboat. Daytime activities range from dive excursions to Thai cooking classes, surfing safaris to wakeboarding lessons.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
With only 19 expansive guest quarters, this intimate resort provides a level of privacy and personal attention impressive even in the Maldives. Weathered-wood accommodations come with a private garden and an infinity pool, high-ceilinged interiors decorated in cane and tropical hues, and an open-air bathroom with L'Occitane products and a sea-facing tub for two. The Living Room's dining spaces range from tables set around the all-glass wine cellar to cushioned Indian daybeds under the stars, and a fleet of dhonis adds onboard private dinners. Dedicated butlers, or VCGs (very good chaps), exceed expectations with quiet, smiling service. With a location only 30 minutes from Malé's international airport by the hotel's speedboat, Naladhu represents the Maldives' most convenient exclusive destination yet.2007 Hot List
When to go: The drier months are from December through April.
Which room to book: The Ocean Houses enjoy the lullaby sound of breaking waves.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›