Velaa Private Island

Maldives | Indian Ocean & Africa

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The ultimate in exclusivity. Join the jet-set elite on Velaa Private Island


Since opening in December 2013, Velaa Private Island has made a considerable impact within the competitive local market, the realization of one man’s quest to establish a truly exceptional island resort in the Maldives. A popular choice amongst the jet-set elite, Velaa is a perfect combination of privacy and luxury – an ultra-exclusive boutique hideaway, set within sensational scenery which has to be seen to be believed.

Location
Located just a 45-minute seaplane flight north of the Maldivian capital of Malé, Velaa Island is tucked within the cerulean waters of the Noonu Atoll – an unspoiled island chain famed for its powder-white beaches and sensational scenery.

Rates
Prices start from USD 1600 per night, based on two guests sharing the Beach Pool Villa in the low season, plus a 10% service charge and a 12% tourism goods and service charge. An exclusive island buy-out package is also available. Please contact a member of the Vladi Islands Travel Team for further details.

Accommodation
Velaa Private Island comprises 43 sumptuous villas, houses and residences as well as two palatial four-bedroom residences. 18 villas are built over water, including the Romantic Pool Residence, a haven of privacy and exclusivity, which can only be reached by boat. Amongst the most sumptuous of the island’s accommodation options is the Velaa Private Residence, a four bedroom villa capable of accommodating up to 10 guests. Spread over  1,350 square metres of private interior and exterior space (inclusive of two terraces, a pool and a courtyard) the residence consists of four spacious, ocean-facing villas, a generous living space, a gym, a spa and an array of relaxing outdoor spaces. In short, it’s everything you need and more in order to enjoy the truly indulgent island retreat you deserve.

Dining
Gastronomes will be in seventh heaven thanks to the Michelin star cuisine and one of the finest wine cellars in the Indian Ocean archipelago. With three restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar, Velaa Private Island offers an unforgettable culinary journey which takes in a fusion of flavours – from tender Teppanyaki to inspiring Italian dishes and beyond onto other more exotic culinary creations. The teppanyaki grill (situated atop a 37 ft. tower) is a particular highlight and the waterside Aragu restaurant doesn’t disappoint either. Overseen by high-flying chefs Gaushan de Silva and Adeline Grattard respectively, many believe that it’s only a matter of time before the island wins a Michelin Star of its own.

Activities
Velaa Private Island caters for every taste, boasting an unparalleled array of activities that goes way beyond that of the more traditional private island resorts in the region. Guests can take their pick from unwinding at the only Clarins-endorsed spa in the whole of the Maldives, diving head first unto the island’s world-class watersports facilities or even taking a ride in the resort’s private submarine. For a really surreal experience, we recommend Velaa’s snow room – the only place in the Maldives where you can experience snowfall beneath a cloudless skies and tropical heat. Golf fans will be delighted to know that Velaa is also home to an incredible “short-game” golf course and academy - designed by none other than two-time Masters Champion Jose Maria Olazábal and operated by highly acclaimed golf management group Troon Golf. Home to 6 sprawling greens and 9 tee-options, the course has been described as “training in paradise” by its Major-winning designer.

How to Get There
British Airways offers non-stop flights from London Gatwick to directly to Malé International Airport several times a week – the perfect solution for European travelers. Upon arriving at Malé International Airport, guests will be whisked away to their final destination via seaplane – the perfect perspective to get that all important first impression your spectacular surroundings.

Best Time to Travel
The dry season, extending between December and April, promises the best of the weather, with low humidity, low levels of precipitation and a few extra hours of sunshine. Divers should consider the so-called transition months of November to April, where water clarity is at its best; guaranteeing great visibility for sub-marine adventures.

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