Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WHERE I WANT TO BE: Naladhu Maldives

On a palm-covered atoll in the Maldives, surrounded by a coral lagoon, Naladhu - Maldivian for "beautiful island" - offers luxury and tropical seclusion.

Upon touchdown in the Maldives, your House Master from Naladhu, an exclusive concierge, will escort you, by boat, to your private house. The Ocean Houses are on the sunrise side of the resort overlooking the open ocean. They offer a greater feeling of seclusion than the Beach Houses that face the turquoise lagoon. Soak in the romantic outdoor bath, or lounge, read, and nap in the swinging daybed on the covered patio. Every day, around 5:30pm, your housemaster will bring you drinks and some canap├ęs. When you saunter off to a nearby desert island for a private beach dinner, he will restock the house with provisions.

On your walks, you'll see kayaks scattered around Naladhu. Just pick one up and go. Paddle out to the small, uninhabited island and snorkel the reef from there. Naladhu is restricted to guests only, but you can freely visit the other islands. Just ask your House Master for a boat transfer, a dhoni - a traditional Maldivian boat - will whisk you away.