Velaa Private Island
Luxury without limits
What it is
A collection of over-the-top luxe waterside villas on a private island some 116 miles North of Male.
What it isn't
Easy to get to. But few things worth doing are.
What we think
Beyoncé-types—you know who you are—flock here. Why? Because Velaa treats every single guest like royalty, good hair or no. You can choose your own adventure when it comes to villa type—there are eight varieties, including thatch-roofed, lagoon-side two-bedroom pool houses to sunset-facing pool villas with soaking tubs overlooking the sea. Your choice doesn’t really matter as 1) they’re all exquisite and 2) you’ll likely spend a majority of your time beyond those walls. The activities on this sumptuous atoll: sunrise yoga on a platform over the ocean, diving with grey reef sharks and manta rays and sailing on the resort’s catamaran, just to name a few.
You're here because
They maintain the only golf academy in the Maldives, designed by Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal.
As evening falls in the overwater spa bungalows, you dip your toe in the hot tub that seems to float, mirage-like, on the Indian Ocean. Bliss.
Restaurants & Bars
Athiri - All day dining - Beachfront dining at its finest, where guests can enjoy a feast of creative cuisine served fresh to their tables or prepared to their request
Tavaru - Lunch & dinner - Specializing in East Asian cuisine, the deft hands of our talented chefs will create inspirational and exciting dishes from the finest local and international ingredients to tantalise your palate
Aragu - Dinner - innovative cuisine in an elegant setting over water with two culinary styles - a ‘simplistic’ fare focusing on the clean taste of individual elements, and a ‘sensational’ fusion of exciting and harmonious ingredients
Avi Bar - Against the backdrop of spectacular ocean views, Avi is the perfect place to unwind and sip on delicious cocktails while relaxing poolside. Complete with its own mixologist and live DJ, Avi is a casual pool bar by day and a vibrant cocktail bar by night, where we take special care of our guests.
Relax as the evening gives way to a blanket of stars, twinkling in harmony with the rhythmic beat. Feel the energy envelop you, forget your worries and have fun. Whether dancing or dreaming of the heavens, Avi Bar is the perfect way to end a day in Paradise.
Wine Cellar - More than five hundred bins, the largest on Maldives, span the spectrum from boutique wineries to grand marques.Offering guests a rare opportunity to discover gems such as the 1956 Domaine de la Romanée Conti “Romanée Conti”, rare vintage Salon Champagne, and a centuries old fortified 1870 Blandy’s “Verdelho Solera”, this exquisite list has unearthed treasures from across the globe.
CRU Champagne Lounge - Overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the CRU Champagne Lounge exudes an unrivalled elegance where our guests can savour some of the world’s finest and rarest champagnes under the guidance of our expert sommeliers.
A dreamy 45-minute seaplane flight from Male.