Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ ultra-exclusive boutique hideaway.
This unique destination was developed to embody the very best of this unique archipelago, bathed by azure skies in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean. The name of this private retreat, an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that have flocked here to nest and hatch.
The resort design borrows from this theme, with turtle motifs, and the colors and patterns of turtle shell pervading the property. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. Velaa Private Island also ensures plenty of room for its marine visitors, with a hatchery and conservation plan in place.
Velaa Private Island is just under 20 hectares in size, around half a kilometer in either direction, providing both exclusivity and privacy.
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 meters 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.
For the epicurean, Velaa Private Island boasts an extraordinary culinary experience with venues that are unrivaled throughout the Maldives and an extensive wine cellar with an exclusive wine selection from around the globe.With three restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar, Velaa Private Island offers an unforgettable culinary journey to its guests.
Velaa Private Island offers an unforgettable culinary journey which takes in a fusion of flavors – 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.
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.
Wellness & Beauty
We invite you to immerse yourself in deep relaxation and rediscover your inner peace and spiritual well-being. Offering the ultimate personalized experiences, our Spa can create a unique program for the duration of your stay. Embracing a holistic approach to wellness, the Spa also offers a selection of Asian-inspired therapies including Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation to enhance and promote health and longevity.
Experience innovative Spa facilities whilst enjoying freshly prepared juices or a bottle of champagne, and embrace the turquoise ocean with its endless tranquility.
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.