We like to think of it as a seriously sophisticated resort for grown-ups. However, it also has plenty on offer to keep younger family members entertained thanks to the provision of a children’s club and swimming pool.
With one of the finest golfing centres available in the Maldives, the largest wine cellar, exclusive shopping and an incredible spa, there’s much more to staying at this resort than sun, sea and sand.
Velaa Private Island is special for many reasons but here’s what makes it really stand out for us:
For golf lovers
Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal Raise your game with PGA qualified professionals at this exclusive academy designed by the renowned Jose Maria Olazabal. Featuring nine different tees, six greens, seven bunkers, and a lake; Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal provides an unequalled backdrop to develop your game.
For the ultimate spa experience
Velaa Spa Find inner harmony and an outer glow thanks to a peronsalised approach to your wellbeing including Ayrvedic treatments, yoga and meditation programmes. The spa boutique offers lifestyle products that will allow you to continue your spa experience when you return home.
For the gastronome
Dining options range from beachfront barefoot chic to fine dining – all set in stunning surroundings, and all with an emphasis on exceptional quality. A must-visit is ‘Aragu’; Velaa Private Island’s signature restaurant inspired by Michelin starred chef, Adeline Grattard.
Velaa Private Island also boasts the largest wine cellar in the Maldives. Enjoy 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”. The champagne bar affords guests the chance to enjoy their favourite vintage, and discover some new ones under the expert tuition of the resident sommeliers.
For the health conscious
A range of sporting and other fitness activities are available, including tennis and squash courts so you can keep in shape throughout your stay. For the adrenaline junkie there is a wide variety of high tech toys including a Weta trimaran, Topcat K1 catamaran, jet-skis and a Sea Bob. Paddleboarding, parasailing and kite surfing adventures are also available.
Each of the private retreats is designed and curated with privacy and comfort as the guiding principles, while allowing the Indian Ocean to take centre stage. They are built using local materials, combining contemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration.
Options range from 1 to 4 bedrooms and private pools, glass viewing platforms, serene spa areas and the most sumptuous furnishings will mean that you’ll want to try them all.
For us, it just has to be the Romantic Pool Residence. Offering the perfect combination of privacy and romance, plus the services of a private chef and butler, it’s our pick for honeymooners or those who are looking for a ‘beyond luxury’ experience.
Accessible only by boat, this ultra-private one-bedroom villa is suspended above the lagoon and offers uninterrupted views of the ocean. All rooms open onto terraces, where the jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects towards the horizon.
Dine inside or over the water in a gazebo on its own jetty at sunset, or enjoy sundowners on the daybeds. With a personal gym and spa treatment rooms inside the residence, there’s little reason to leave.