A 45-minute seaplane flight north of Malé is the far-flung, turtle-shaped Velaa Private Island. Swoop down over sparkling turquoise waters to your very own slice of paradise, home to outstanding food, a 6,000-bottle wine tower and a divine Clarins Spa.
Retreat to an enclave that takes luxury to new levels – the name Velaa taken from the local sea turtles. From the air the island forms the turtle’s body, while the head comprises a collection of dream-like overwater villas which feature a private pool and steps leading down to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Villas and residences alike offer generous terraces and shady gazebos, the light-filled interiors being sumptuously furnished for maximum comfort. For those seeking ultimate privacy there’s a romantic pool residence, accessible only by boat, which comes complete with small gym, spa room and sundeck. Dine exactly how you please – Athiri being a divine beachfront destination while the Avi pool bar turns into a convivial cocktail bar by night. Aragu has a vintage champagne lounge; Tavaru houses a Teppanyaki kitchen and a wine cellar – the quite extraordinary three storey wine tower home to over 6,000 wines. While the youngsters are off exploring with the kids’ club, head for the Clarins Spa with its snow room and relaxation pods, play nine holes designed by Jose Maria Olazabal or leave the world in your wake with a splash of watersports from jet skis to catamarans.
Our pricing aims to give an indication of the prices in low and high season. Low season for Maldives is generally between the months of May to October, high season runs from November to April. Prices are based on 2 sharing (unless otherwise indicated) and include return economy flights from London. Regional departures, child prices and single supplements are available on request. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers, please call for details.
This pristine, boutique resort provides limitless opportunities and a cosseting approach where no request is too much. Sprinkled across the remote archipelago are a mixture of one and two bedroom villas and five opulent four bedroom Residences where indulgent nuances set the impressive standard. Each of these dreamlike escapes has a dedicated butler and private pool with expansive glittering sea views.
Velaa Private Island features a nine-hole golf course designed by Spanish golfer and Ryder Cup-winning captain, Jose Maria Olazabal. Renowned for his short game prowess, Jose created nine different tees, six greens, seven bunkers, and a lake as turquoise as the waters the Maldives is famous for. The unsurpassed backdrop and surrounding scenery of the Olazabal Golf Academy provides a paradise for practise. The Golf Academy prides itself on tailoring golf lessons to the individual and the resident Velaa Private Island professionals are fully PGA qualified.
Back on land breathe in the beauty of Velaa and rejuvenate yourself in the innovative Clarins spa. Experience snow in the Maldives with the country’s first snow room before warming up in the ocean-view sauna and napping in the snooze pod.
Guests of the Residences are granted exclusive use of the prestigious Velaa yacht – enjoy an idyllic glide along the azure waters whilst savouring the delicious tastes curated by the yacht’s dedicated chef.
The Maldives has a hot, tropical climate with sunshine all year round. The most popular months to visit are between November and April during the north-east monsoon when it is dry with very little wind. Whilst there may be rain during some of the summer months, with ever-changing weather patterns and excellent offers, this is becoming an increasingly popular time to travel.
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