Featured Destination: Velaa Private Island – A Slip of Pure Perfection
A smidge of green and white against a backdrop of pure iridescent blue.
A Michelin starred chef at your very own beck and call.
A private submarine for exploring rich coral gardens.
A snow room swirling frozen flakes in paradise.
This is the Velaa Private Island.
Petr Kolár, a Czech architect with a vision for paradise mapped out an island that seemed to come from a dream. There’s forty-five glorious private villas that sweep around the sandy pearl beach, flanked by lush greens and scenes of blue in every direction. There’s also a beach pool pavilion, a signature 9-hole golf course, and a glorious spa and meditation center.
Pure Privacy; A Drop in the Ocean
The only way to access the dream island is by seaplane from Male International Airport, and if you book the exclusive private pool villa – you can only access that by boat. The private pool residence is suspended over the cerulean waters, making it all too simple to step out of bed and plunge into the ocean. Open terraces invite you to unwind in the sunken bath, sip champagne in the jacuzzi, and dine on delicacies beneath your own gazebo at the end of your very own jetty. A private butler is with you at every turn to ensure pillows are plumped and vintage wines are corked.
From Silk Sheets to the Sea
The Ocean Pool Villa is another perfect dream – with steps that lead from your door right down into the sea, a fringed thatch, daybeds, hot-tubs and circular baths. For those jetsetters traveling with a handful of friends you can choose the private residence boasting four bedrooms, private courtyard, atriums, and a sugary sand private beach just for you. If you have more than a handful in your entourage -fear not; you can book out the entire island for your pleasure and privilege.
Be James Bond for the Day
Days on Velaa can be spent watching the dolphins dance around the bay, diving with tranquil turtles, and nurturing friendships with the nurse sharks that glide beneath the blue. Those who seek more adventurous saltwater thrills can go James Bond with the Sea Bob or personal submarine, fly across the waves on a jet-ski, or chill on a stand-up paddleboard. Private yachts and five-star fishing vessels are also available for those who want to journey a little further from shore.
A Microcosm of the Perfect World
One of the main reasons the elite book private islands is to escape the eyes of the world and sink into a sense of revelry. If you are looking to relax on Velaa then this microcosm of a perfect world is indeed your oyster. Kick back in the islands private library, feel the salty breeze kiss your skin as you tee off on the golf course, or escape to the Clarins spa for holistic therapies punctuated with chilled champagne. The highlight of the island is the visionary snow room as part of the spa. Imagine walking from a verdant desert island paradise into a world of falling snowflakes and ice.
The Wealthiest Wine Cellar in the Maldives
Velaa takes the art of fine dining seriously, not only do they boast a Michelin starred restaurant, but also the largest wine cellar in the whole of the Maldives. There are several bespoke restaurants to choose from; start the day with mimosas and a lazy brunch at Athiri, tantalize your palate with Japanese and Asian fusion at Tavaru, and delight in contemporary cuisine entwined with the evergreens of the old continent at Aragu.
Sometimes luxury surpasses itself and at this ultimate five-star destination strung like a jewel in the Indian Ocean – Velaa has exceeded all expectations.