Velaa Private Island
Velaa shares its name and its home with the generations of sea turtles that have inhabited the island for countless years. The colours and patterns of a turtle shell make up subtle nuances in the design, while from a broader aerial view Velaa’s exclusive over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle with the island forming the body. Designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar, the overall design concept is contemporary, yet intimate, with Maldivian nuances.
Velaa Private Island is located in Noonu Atoll, a scenic 45 minute seaplane flight north from Male’ International Airport.
Velaa Private Island has been designed and curated with privacy and comfort as the guiding principles while allowing the Indian Ocean to take centre stage. At one with nature, each of our private retreats is built using local materials, combining comtemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration. Generous terraces and sultry gazebos are positioned to maximise shade, breeze, views and privacy, allowing for total immersion in nature
Villa types of Velaa Private Island
Signature restaurant Aragu serves innovative cuisine in an elegant setting over water. Aragu means ‘essence’ and the concept is offering two distinct ways of enjoying one dish – a ‘simplistic’ option focusing on the clear taste of individual elements and simple combinations, or a ‘sensational’ option, whereby elements are combined to create exciting and harmonious fusions of ingredients. Before or after dining, guests can enjoy vintage champagne at Cru lounge.
Tavaru houses a Teppanyaki kitchen with live cooking stations, and special wine and food tasting events in the centrepiece of the island, a visually striking tower where Velaa’s extensive wine cellar also takes centre stage. The 30 page wine list is paradise for true oenophiles, covering the whole spectrum from boutique wineries to grand marques and organic and as well as biodynamic producers. Guests can choose from rare gems such as a 1956 Domaine de la Romanée Conti “Romanée Conti”, rare vintage Salon Champagne, or two centuries old fortified wine 1870 Blandy “Verdelho Solera”, among countless other celebrated vintages.
Athiri is beachfront all-day dining at its finest, presenting a feast of creative contemporary cuisine, including a wood-fired oven baking perfect pizzas and fresh bread throughout the day.
Avi is a casual pool bar by day and vibrant cocktail bar by night, complete with mixologist and live DJ against the backdrop of spectacular ocean views.
Destination Dining is a unique concept whereby guests are entertained exclusively in a variety of stylish and distinctly different settings, both on and off the island with creative menus and entertainment. Ideal for special occasions and private events.
In-villa Dining allows guests’ privacy and personal space around the clock with the speedy “Velaa Express” service and “Served in Villa” menus available at any time.
Velaa Private Island counts itself one of only a handful of hotels in the world to be working alongside Spa My Blend facial treatments and products for a truly personalized experience.
Showcasing the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives, the spa offers a synergy of therapies and products with six secluded treatment villas (4 couple and 2 individual) over the water. A comprehensive range of signature treatments includes customised facials with sophisticated European technology and traditional Asian massages and Ayurvedic therapies.
For the ultimate personalised experience, Spa My Blend by Clarins offers Velaa Signature Rituals – Velaa Island Fantasy and the Island Body Boost. Developed exclusively by Clarins, and inspired by the natural beauty of the Maldives, these two sumptuous treatments can be experienced no-where else in the world.
Also featured at Velaa Private Island’s spa is Wolke 7 Cloud 9, a holistic spa treatment developed by Viennese artist and perception researcher Sha, where cloud-shaped reclining treatment pods cradle guests into deep relaxation, entering a world where boundaries disappear to counter daily stresses and strains.
Boutiques feature latest designer beachwear, jewelery, exclusive clothing and accessories, along with a gift shop and international library for adults and children.
Boutiques and Library
Velaa Private Island offers the latest in “Technogym”, a world-class Gym featuring state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
Seadoo Scooters are available for hire to effortlessly access the island’s coral reef for the best snorkeling.
Our Dive Centre offers all levels of certification courses and scuba diving over breathtaking marine vistas. The truly adventurous can join an exclusive semi-submarine expedition. Fishing expeditions are into the deep, cool waters of the Noonu Atoll, home to a vast array of species. Sunset cruises, dolphin watching and private excursions are aboard either a luxury prestige yacht or traditional ‘Bahthelis’ boats.
Excursions & Diving
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These one-bedroom beachfront pool villas are sumptuously furnished. Mahogany louvered panels and intricate lofty ceilings give a colonial feel while teak furniture and suspended bamboo lights bring nature in. Wall to wall glass doors frame the terrace and private pool and embraces a full view on the beach and lagoon. An indoor bathroom with Romeo and Juliet basins opens to a large outdoor bathroom connected by a garden atrium where a gazebo-covered daybed overlooks the oversized tub. Day beds, swinging chair and an alfresco dining area face the Indian Ocean.
Natural materials and colors bring the outside in, while handpicked coral sculpture or a suspended pod chair add an element of playful refinement. These private one-bedroom beachfront pool villas feature a separate large living room, outdoor terrace and private pool and indoor bathroom. The Zen-like outdoor bathroom features a huge bath and deck, and reclining day beds under a pillared podium connected by a garden atrium. The alfresco dining area by the pool is the place to be at sunset for another private moment.
Set off the island along an extended jetty, the villas on this crescent have their own uninterrupted views of the ocean and private pool. The overhanging thatch offers shade over the dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom open onto the terrace, pool and sun deck with steps leading alluringly into the lagoon. Inside, the comfortable living room is designed around a viewing window set into the floor, while the bed, made up in crisp white linen, and faces the ocean. Grand bathrooms with circular baths feature large format murals of sea turtles.
Separated by canvas sails and carefully positioned wooden pillars, each villa has its own uninterrupted view of the ocean and private pool and faces the sunset. The overhanging Maldivian thatch offers shade in the alfresco dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom open onto the terrace. The pool and sun deck have steps leading into the ocean, while under the gazebo a vast daybed scattered with cushions catches the final moments of the sunset for your Champagne moments. Inside, the comfortable living room is designed around a viewing window set into the floor. Grand bathrooms with circular baths and a swinging chair reflect the water surrounding the villa.
This two-bedroom house is separated by a large living area that works as a retreat in the day and a social hub by night, leading to the kitchen which looks like a bar with high stools and open shelving, but is practical for catering. Bedrooms blend light and privacy using louvered wood, natural materials and lights suspended from high vaulted ceilings. Rattan swinging chairs add a sense of fun to the elegant décor. Outside the generous terraces and private pool maximise space while carefully positioned day beds and a standalone alfresco dining platform offer panoramic views of the lagoon.
This generous two-bedroom overwater house is fringed with Maldivian thatch and offers elegant living space with carefully curated art pieces. Louvered shutters let the breeze flow through, while a deep sofa is covered in scatter cushions, ideal for settling down with a good book or just listening to the sea. The dining area provides a central space while the ocean is the backdrop from every aspect. From the two spacious bathrooms featuring circular baths, to the elegant bedrooms. Swim in your own pool and relax on the sun deck, or step directly into the lagoon. Kick back under one of two gazebos – one with a sunken hot tub and the other with daybeds.
Ideal for honeymooners, this romantic residence is suspended above the lagoon and offers utmost privacy and romance. Accessible only by boat, all rooms of this residence open on to the terraces, where the pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects on the horizon. Dine inside at sunset or over the water in the dining gazebo on its own jetty, or enjoy sundowners on the sumptuous daybeds. Interiors are designed with natural materials and neutral colors with occasional accents of animal prints. With a private gym and spa treatment room there´s little reason to leave.
Imagine the definitive ultimate beach residence. The Velaa Private Residences are the only 4-bedroom residences in the Maldives offering elegant contemporary design and 1,349 square meters of grand interior and exterior space, inclusive of two terraces, a pool and a courtyard. Secluded on a pristine private beach, carefully curated interiors deliver comfort, style and elegance in equal measures. These residences are laid out with privacy in mind. Each of the 4-bedrooms faces the ocean across a stretch of icing sugar sand; the first floor bedrooms have generous balconies while the ground floor opens onto the pool and garden. Indoor and outdoor bathrooms are also connected by a garden atrium. Flanked by two gazebos for dining, resting or playing, the pool reflects the ocean and is the central focus. Behind the living space a gym, spa room and outdoor living area offer plenty of quiet spaces to retire to. These residences grant a new level of luxury travel in the Maldives for friends and families alike.