LAST UPDATED: 2nd November 2013 at 09:45am
As one of the more exclusive resorts in the South Malé Atoll (just a hop, skip and a speedboat jump from Malé airport), the pace is slow and the vibe luxurious in the Maldivian paradise of Naladhu.
Come if you want peace (there are just 19 private villas on the island) and excellent service (each has its own house master). You'll have your own pool, sun deck, giant day bed and outdoor dining space, but you'd be mad not to dine on the beach at the hotel's Living Room restaurant.
Not romantic enough? Opt for the 'intimate dining affair' among the island's palms, in a private cabana or aboard a dhoni boat.
With two sister hotels, Naladhu scores highly for entertainment, too: if you want to attack the cocktail menu, head to Aqua at Dhigu; if you fancy Japanese, head to Geckos at Veli. You can explore all three hotels, including the spa on Dhigu (unless you prefer the therapists to come to you).
WOW FACTOR: The speedboat pick-up at Malé that whisks you to Naladhu, with ice-cold drinks and face flannels at the ready.
FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours
WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring
LAST UPDATED: 12 October 2011 at 10:50am
At Naladhu, exclusivity and privacy are the name of the game. There are no bells and whistles here, no mega-spa (you can have treatments in your room or at nearby Anantara Dighu), just 19 colonial-style houses with plunge pools, swinging day-beds, outdoor dining areas (you may never need to set foot in the restaurant - many don't) and fridges stocked with vintage cheeses and foie gras. Everything is tailored to you, from the books in your bedroom to the wines in your fridge, and your 'housemaster' is there to take care of your every whim. Wow Factor: If you really need to feel connected to the outside world, you can browse the news on a complimentary iPad over breakfast.