Beautifully showcasing its stunning natural environment at every turn, the Maldives’ Velaa Private Island is an exceptional choice for a luxury holiday to the Indian Ocean.
Take the 45-minute seaplane flight from the airport and you’ll be transported to this 20-hectare retreat which goes above and beyond ‘luxury’.
Meaning ‘Turtle Island’ in the local language - thanks to the sea turtles who have come to nest and hatch their eggs on its beaches for generations – you’ll find its namesake woven throughout the design of Velaa, with even the shape of the resort from above resembling a turtle!
Accommodation choices are superb, with eight categories to choose from, including 18 overwater. For extra space for families, there are four-bedroom residences, or honeymooners will find the extra seclusion of the Romantic Pool Residence hugely private.
Dining is certainly a reason alone to visit Velaa, with the three restaurant options each creating distinct environments in which to indulge. At Aragu & Cru you’ll discover a twist on modern European cuisine, while Athiri & Avi is a casual beachfront setting serving wood-fired pizzas by day and a bar with live DJ and mixologist at night.
For us though, the jewel in Velaa’s crown is Tavaru, a stunning white tower that’s home to Teppanyaki grill cuisine and a wine cellar with more than 500 bins!
Destination and in-villa dining are also available for a more private experience.
And when you’re not lazing by your private pool? Well there’s the spa that works in conjunction with My Blend and Clarins to offer a huge selection of treatments; the all-singing-all-dancing golf academy designed by Jose Maria Olazabal; a vast array of watersports including more unusual pursuits including Seadoo Scooters; a well-regarded PADI dive centre; and a gym, yoga pavilion, tennis and squash courts, football pitch and even a climbing wall. Children meanwhile will be in their own mini-paradise at the Lha Velaa kids’ club with its pool, playground and supervised activities.
All activities at Velaa Private Island are private so are tailored to individual guests, simply book with your butler.
With Villas, Houses and Residences to pick from, there’s plenty to choose from within Velaa’s 43 property portfolio. Privacy is key, and each retreat is built with local materials and generous outdoor spaces to showcase the island setting in all its glory. Butler service is at hand to see to your every whim, with the villa phone ensuring personal service at the touch of a button. Some 18 of the 43 retreats are built over water, with the Romantic Pool Residence reached by boat for extra privacy.
Noonu Atoll, 45-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport.
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9/12 - Tavaru Restaurant at Velaa Private Island, Maldives, Indian Ocean
10/12 - Golf Academy and 9-hole Golf Course at Velaa Private Island, Maldives, Indian Ocean
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