What is life’s ultimate luxury? While many may point to elements such as time or fortune, those who have experienced the ultra-secluded sanctuary of Naladhu Private Island Maldives will surely posit the delight that is unadulterated privacy.

Dotting the edge of a pristine aqua lagoon in the South Malé Atoll – one of 26 that make up the Maldives archipelago – is the most exclusive resort from hospitality group Anantara, which lives up to its name of “beautiful little island”. In fact, it is the only resort on the entire coral-fringed inlet of Veligandu Huraa (its sister properties, Anantara Veli Resort and Anantara Dhigu Resort, are across the coast), creating a private playground for the 50-some guests who occupy Naladhu’s 20 beach houses and villas.

Beautifully lavish, yet with a rustic Maldivian sensibility, the teak-floored, gabled-roofed properties all boast dedicated butler service, plus luxuries to delight for days on end. The 3,230sqft ocean and beach villas feature a sprawling bedroom and al fresco bath, which flows into the private glass-tiled infinity pool; steps away, a dining pavilion, veranda and private beach cabana offer the perfect settings for lazing with a cocktail or two at sunset, with majestic views of the Indian Ocean on full display from every corner.

For those wishing to take secluded relaxation to new heights, the resort’s single 6,500sqft, two-bedroom residence is a foliage-festooned oceanfront mansion that boasts its own private stretch of beach to explore. Experience the charm of island living here, powered by all the space and privacy you’ll need – whether it’s whipping up a gourmet meal in the state-of-the-art kitchen that can then be enjoyed on an above-water sundeck, going for a few laps in the infinity pool that fronts the mansion, or retreating to the en suite twin bedroom and upper floor that’s dedicated to a marble-adorned, balcony-equipped master suite.

Stroll along Veligandu Huraa’s white-sand beaches and snorkel in the surrounding sparkling azure seas, where extraordinary growth has recently been observed across the reefs and coral gardens, the result of a pioneering five-year holistic reef protection programme.

Other excursions on offer include dolphin cruises and sunset fishing. Then, rejuvenate with an in-suite massage session before indulging in an outdoor candlelit dinner at the hotel restaurant The Living Room or another spot of your choosing within the neighbouring resorts. The wondrous unity of exclusivity and adventure is what gives Naladhu its unique allure – one that has those seeking solitude returning time and time again.

Scroll through the below gallery to see more of Naladhu Private Island Maldives:

The dramatic coral reefs fringing the resort have recently seen exceptional growth, thanks to a holistic reef protection programme pioneered three years ago

Majestic sea views welcome guests upon entering the private residence

 Minimalist decor that doesn't lack cosy comforts and style

The living room is framed by floor to ceiling windows, an outdoor patio and private swimming pool

The speedboat ride over to the resort is equally imbued with luxurious touches

Understated and charming decor

The in-room massage is a must-try for harried city dwellers looking for an ultra-relaxing escape

The bathroom is swathed in quality marble

Indulge in dinner with a view by the sandbank 

Enjoy many restful lazy days on the beach

Dinner can be personally set up on any specific desired spot on the island

The hotel also offers private champagne service

Experience unadulterated luxury and privacy

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