The newly appointed Managing Director of the exclusive Ithaafushi private island in the Maldives extends her warmest welcome to past, present, and future clients. In conversation with WAWW Guide, she speaks about this uniquely beautiful gem, hidden in the midst of the Indian Ocean, which could be all yours—for the right price.
First Impressions and Client Focus
Julia Castelli, boasting an illustrious 22-year career, is well-versed in catering to the most discerning individuals. Having collaborated with esteemed brands such as Chanel, Chopard, De Beers, Piaget, and Fabergé, she recognises the exceptional allure of Ithaafushi.
“There is nothing quite like it. It’s about experiencing peace in paradise and knowing that the whole island, at least temporarily, belongs exclusively to you,” she shares.Upon her initial encounter with the island, Julia was captivated.
“After visiting the island, I understood that my job would essentially be to fall in love with the island and share that passion with my clients and the world. The moment I first set foot on Ithaafushi, it was a case of butterflies in my stomach—I fell in love at first sight, and so will you,” she enthusiastically remarks.
The Essence of Ithaafushi
Since stepping into her role in July 2023, Julia has brought a wealth of experience from the upper echelons of the luxury industry, making her ideally suited for the lavishness that defines Ithaafushi. Catering to high-net-worth individuals, CEOs, celebrities, royal families, and heads of state, Julia emphasises the essence of privacy, exclusivity, space, unparalleled service, and extraordinary experiences.
A Priceless Experience
“Although hiring the island comes with a price tag, what we offer on Ithaafushi is priceless. The accommodations are crafted to the highest specifications; the residences are spacious and filled with light, exuding luxury. We provide unique and bespoke services that add a personal touch,” Castelli explains.As a mother of two teenagers and a businesswoman, Julia underscores the family-friendly nature of Ithaafushi. “Time with your loved ones is precious—I know this firsthand. I was delighted to discover that Ithaafushi offers numerous family-bonding activities. Children are in heaven on the island with an array of activities—water sports, diving, excursions, and much more.”
Wellness and Personalised Care
For those seeking wellness, Ithaafushi offers ideal opportunities for healing rituals. The Spa Wellness Concierge tailors bespoke itineraries of unique services and transformative experiences. Julia shares, “In my routine, I incorporate breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, and pilates. Upon arriving on the island, I mentioned my routine to the Spa Wellness Concierge, who designed a programme for me. Ithaafushi boasts a spa, gym, and yoga deck, plus a sauna with the best view in the world. Essentially, we can provide any specialist for any treatment a client desires.”
Sustainability at the Forefront
Ithaafushi doesn’t compromise on sustainability. Deeply committed to marine conservation, the island adopts the Parley AIR strategy in partnership with Parley Maldives—Avoid, Intercept, and Redesign—to combat ocean threats. The in-house marine biologist nurtures coral nurseries, aiding in the protection and restoration of the marine ecosystem. Julia is delighted with this approach: “I am thrilled that our private island integrates sustainability practices into its operations, offering a luxurious yet eco-friendly experience,” she says. “We take recycling very seriously at home, and it is wonderful to see that my new workplace not only contributes to a sustainable future but leads the way.”
A Perfect Balance of Life and Work
For Castelli, Ithaafushi represents the ideal balance of life and work, career ambitions, and ethical values. She is eager for her future guests to connect with the ethos of Ithaafushi Private Island. “My lifelong career in jewellery and passion for luxury have led me to this rare gem in the Indian Ocean, Ithaafushi. It’s no coincidence that the island’s name means ‘The Pearl Island’. I am honoured and excited about this new project because I have the role of sharing the beauty and exclusivity of the island. If you are seeking the ultimate luxury.”
For more details, visit www.juliacastelli.com