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Velaa Private Island

Updated: Jan 13, 2023

Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ ultra-exclusive boutique hideaway.

Awarded the best "Hotel Under 50 Rooms - Global" at The International Hotel & Property Awards 2019, 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 resort can be reached by a scenic 45-minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport or you can opt for a private transfer in their customised and luxurious 9 seater seaplane.

Resort Highlights

  • An exclusive private island that been designed and curated for privacy and comfort

  • Comprises of 43 uniquely designed villas with an exceptionally large private pool

  • Suspended above the lagoon, the Romantic Pool Residence offers utmost privacy, accessible only via boat

  • An innovative concept of pure enjoyment, their kids' club boasts the most extensive kids’ water park in Maldives

  • Enjoy royalty treatment from their professional butlers

  • Feast on a global gourmet menu with the finest ingredients, curated by a team of chefs from 14 nations

  • Experience a cool down in Maldives’ only snow room for the spa treatment

  • Exclusive champagne lounge with some of the world’s finest and rarest champagnes

  • A nine-hole golf course with a state-of-the-art practice simulator - Maldives' only Troon golf course

  • Opt for a private transfer in their customised and luxurious 9 seater seaplane


Just under 20 hectares in size and around half a kilometre in either direction, this resort is a great fit and designed for guests wanting both exclusivity and privacy, whereby you can expect to get royalty treatment and your day-and-night requests met from their team of butlers that are trained by the best in the world.

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. Designed by renowned architect Petr Kolar, the resort design borrows from this theme, with turtle motifs, and the colours and patterns of turtle shell pervading the property provides an overall contemporary, intimate design with Maldivian nuances.



Designed and curated with privacy and comfort as the guiding principles while allowing the Indian Ocean to take center stage, each of the private retreats is built using local materials, combining contemporary 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.

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Sunrise Water Pool Villa

Along an extended jetty, the 223 sqm Sunrise Water Pool Villa on this crescent have uninterrupted views of the ocean from every room.

Impeccably designed for a luxurious overwater living experience, your villa comes with a comfortable living room designed around a glass porthole in the floor, offering views of the vibrant marine life below. There is a sofa that can be converted into a bed, ideal for small children or a single adult.

Adjacent to the living room is a master bedroom featuring wall-to-wall glass doors that opens to your private terrace and allows endless horizon views from your super king-size bed.

The villa comes with a spacious, light-filled bathroom features a rain shower, his/hers sinks and a circular bathtub featuring mood lighting and a swinging rattan chair for gazing at the panoramic ocean views.

On the sundeck, there are canvas privacy sails alongside a large infinity pool with steps leading directly into the lagoon. A gazebo featuring a boundless reclining daybed, and an alfresco dining area shaded and cooled by an overhanging thatch, providing the best setting over the ocean.


Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa

For guests who prefer to end their days with sunset views, you can opt for the 245 sqm Sunset Deluxe Water Pool villa that are perfectly positioned to capture the idyllic Maldivian sunsets.

This villa is similar in configuration to the Sunrise Water Pool Villa, but it comes with a bigger living space with an additional dining area and a larger pool.


Ocean Pool House

Prestigiously located on the tip of the island in an exclusive private domain, this 493 sqm two-bedroom overwater residence offers an elegant, luxurious and private overwater living experience with full 180-degree ocean views.

Offering carefully curated elements, the Ocean Pool House features cathedral ceilings and louvered privacy shutters that retain your privacy and yet allow for the gentle sea breeze to follow through. The expansive living room and dining area lets in plenty of light and features a bar area complete with a private wine fridge.

The villa comes with 2 spacious master bedrooms with a super king-size bed and swinging rattan chair for gazing out at the endless horizon views.

Each bedroom comes with its own en-suite light-filled bathroom featuring a circular tub as the centrepiece, accompanied by rain showers, his/hers sinks and mood lighting to accompany your unlimited ocean views.

Kick back and relax under one of two gazebos with canvas privacy sails – one with a sunken hot tub and the other with a luxurious daybed - providing you with the best views of the Maldivian sea.

Your private deck area also comes with an alfresco dining area, a large infinity pool and direct access to the ocean; allowing you to marvel at the magnificent sunset views from every angle.


Beach Pool Villa

Shaded by clusters of palms, this spacious 287 sqm detached One Bedroom beachfront pool villas are a private haven. Sumptuously furnished with mahogany louvered panels and intricate lofty ceilings give a colonial feel while mahogany furniture and suspended bamboo lights give a natural feel.

The villa features a spacious master bedroom with a super king-size bed; framed by wall-to-wall glass doors, the bedroom overlooks your private garden atrium and guests can expect uninterrupted views of the ocean and direct beach access.

The villa features an expansive indoor bathroom that comes with a double vanity, opening up to a large Zen-like outdoor bathroom area connected by a private garden atrium. A gazebo-covered daybed overlooks the outdoor bath and waterfall shower in a pillared podium.

A spacious gazebo houses a large private infinity pool with ocean views, an alfresco dining area and reclining day beds which overlook the beach and ocean where you can choose to spend your days relaxing in the private pool or strolling on the island's infinite beaches.


Deluxe Beach Pool Villas

For guests who would like an additional living and relaxation space, you can opt for the 313 sqm Deluxe Beach Pool Villa which in addition to the features of the Beach Pool Villa, offers a separate large living area that overlooks the lagoon.


Beach Pool House

In lush foliage flanked by gently swaying palms, these 581 sqm two-bedroom beachfront houses are designed with privacy in mind and ideal for families

The large, separate living area comes with a sofa that can be converted into a bed, ideal for small children or a single adult. It leads to the kitchen area, complete with a bar and high stools, which is practical for both catering and socialising over snacks/meals.

Adjoining the living room are two separate master bedrooms, each a super king-size bed and a rattan swinging chair, offering unlimited views and direct beach access. Designed to blend light and privacy using louvered wood, natural materials and lights suspended from high vaulted ceilings, the bedroom is a cozy cocoon to rest your tired bodies after a day of exploration.

Accompanying each master bedroom is a well-lit bathroom with his/hers sinks, and rain showers looking onto garden atrium features. From there, you will be led to the two separate and private enclosed atrium gardens featuring outdoor baths, waterfall showers, and additional reclining daybeds, housed within pillared podiums.

Set in a secluded garden with ocean views, there is a sprawling terrace with a large private pool, spacious gazebo that houses an alfresco dining area, butler’s kitchen, and reclining day beds. Over here, you will get to relish in a meal or two, frolick in the pool and take in the panoramic views of the lagoon.


Romantic Pool Residence

Accessible only by a boat, this 598 sqm residence is an ultra-private standalone one-bedroom residence in the middle of the Maldivian lagoon, offering couples a romantic overwater retreat complemented by uninterrupted oceanic views and the utmost privacy.

The villa's spacious bedroom is designed with natural materials and colours, and features a super king-size bed, fitted with a walk-in closet.

A luxurious, light-filled bathroom featuring a circular, freestanding bathtub as a centrepiece is accompanied by double vanities, and glass doors that open fully to embrace the gentle sea breeze.

This romantic retreat also has its own gym, fully-equipped kitchen, spa treatment room and you can even hire a private chef to take care of your meals - leaving few reasons for you to leave your ultimate retreat.

The sprawling terrace features a 16.5 sqm infinity pool, outdoor jacuzzi, and a sunken bath where you can wind down and watch the sunset in the horizon.



For the epicurean, Velaa Private Island boasts an extraordinary culinary experience with venues that are unrivalled 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.


With a twist on Modern European Cuisine, Aragu is a fine dining restaurant that takes the gourmet experience to a new level; combining passion for culinary art with awareness and sustainability.

Favoring carefully chosen, organic produces from all around the world to underline the authenticity, award-winning Executive Chef Gaushan de Silva created an innovative twist on the evergreens of the Old Continent.

Cru Champagne Lounge

Set in the same location, the CRU Champagne Lounge exudes an unrivalled elegance in the finest location.

Overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the CRU Champagne Lounge exudes an unrivalled elegance where guests can savour some of the world’s finest and rarest champagnes under the guidance of their expert sommeliers.



The amazing views over Velaa and the beautiful azure waters of the Indian Ocean are further intensified by Tavaru’s brand-new menu celebrating Teppanyaki grill cuisine.

A thorough delight for wine enthusiasts, the ivory-white Tavaru Tower hosts Velaa’s extensive wine cellar. With more than five hundred bins - the largest and most exclusive wine collection in the 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.


Athiri & Avi Bar

Athiri is beachfront all-day dining at its finest, where guests can enjoy a feast of creative cuisine served fresh to their tables or prepared to their request by a team of chefs from 14 nations.

A wood-fired oven means hot freshly made pizzas, a signature of Athiri, are served throughout the day.

Avi Bar

Located together within Athiri, Avi Bar is a casual pool bar by day and a vibrant cocktail bar by night, complete with mixologist and live DJ against the backdrop of spectacular ocean views.


Spa and Wellness

The Velaa Spa provides a complete rejuvenation and wellness experience in an awe-inspiring setting where you enter a world of expertise and excellence, pleasure and performance, where cutting-edge technology meets the ancestral art of touch.

Being nominated for 2 spa awards in 2019, namely the World's Best Private Island Spa and Maldives' Best Resort Spa Awards, the spa features a selection of uniquely personalised treatment for a harmonious and balanced approach between spa treatments, mindfulness, fitness and nutrition.

Showcasing the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives, the spa offers a synergy of therapies and products with six secluded double treatment villas over the water.

A comprehensive range of signature treatments is available, including massages, beauty and hair treatments, Ayurvedic treatments and nutritional meal plans. Customised facials at Velaa Spa are created in conjunction with Dr Burgener Switzerland, a world-leading expert in beauty and rejuvenation. Facial care treatments are inclusive of a complimentary skin analysis.

Other wellness activities such as fitness, yoga, personal training and aerobics classes are also available. Yoga classes feature the unique CLOUD 9 pod which sways and cradles guests into a state of deep relaxation.

Sourced from the world’s leading wellness experts such as Dr Burgener Swizerland and KOTOSHINA from Japan, the latest anti-aging technologies are blended with rare and beneficial ingredients to promote new levels of skin vitality and cellular health.



From shore to shore and sunset to sunrise, Velaa awaits with thrilling adventures and unlimited possibilities.

Gold Academy

Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, renowned for his short game prowess, and managed by Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal is an unique golfing experience in the Maldives, designed to create bespoke memories whatever your wishes.

Practice with the state-of-the-art simulator equipped with the most up-to-date technology to enhance your learning experience.

Sports are not taken lightly in Velaa, with plenty of sports and facilities, including the Maldives only covered tennis court, as well as a squash court, climbing wall, a state of the art 'Technogym' and even a football pitch.



The untouched Noonu atoll is home to numerous exotic dive sites featuring shark cleaning stations, elusive Eagle Rays and dramatic swim thoughts. The Velaa Dive center is equipped by Scubapro, renowned for its outstanding quality., offers PADI certification from beginner through to masters level.

Only 20 minutes away from Velaa, divers will discover various unexplored dive sites with the most amazing fauna of the Maldives such as grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, the seasonal manta ray, black-spotted stingray and the graceful eagle ray.


Water Sports

Velaa Private Island houses some of the newest hi-tech water sport toys and equipment, from flyboarding and hoverboarding to electric foil surfboards and the latest tandem jetovator, as well as a complete range of exciting towables for children and families to enjoy. For the less adventurous, you can chase new horizons by venturing out for big game fishing or experience an authentic Maldivian Batheli boat cruise.


Kids Club

The Lha Velaa (“Little turtle”) Club will be the ideal place for younger guests to enjoy, learn, develop new skills and form new friendships with kids from around the globe, while the parents enjoy some much-needed time off.

Children will experience unforgettable moments created especially for them throughout their stay with their innovative concept of pure enjoyment for children from 4-12 years old. This kids club also boasts the most extensive kids' water park in the Maldives which was designed and based on the inspiration of the owner's daughter.


Covid-19 Response:

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