Velaa Private Island - Polite Luxury & Private Moments
Velaa Private Island is a true testament of a dream come true in creating the world's most private place for the most discerning travelers by Czech billionaire Jiri Šmejc and his wife Radka, and Architect Petr Kolar.
Nestled among a string of coral lagoons and crystalline wa- ters in Noonu Atoll, and with the purest of powdery white beaches, the Velaa Private Island is a serene retreat, perfect for those wishing to disconnect from the stresses of every- day life.
Designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar, Velaa Private Island comprises a handful of water villas, ocean pool houses, beach residences and the ultra-luxurious pool villas, all built using local materials. The design incorporates intimate and contemporary flourishes with Maldivian inspired nuances such as the turtle shell patterns. Indeed, Velaa means “Turtle” in Dhivehi, the island is also home to generations of sea turtles. From the air Velaa’s exclusive water villas resemble the head of a turtle, the island its body.
This is intimate luxury at its finest - dotted around a shallow lagoon, your water villa, with its own private plunge pool, is the perfect place to not only relax in the sunshine but also to swim with all manner of marine life, from stingrays to the famous sea turtles.
Eighteen of Velaa’s 47 private villas are built over water, alongside the jetty with uninterrupted stunning views of the ocean. The Sunrise and Sunset Water Pool Villa offer wooden sun decks, private pools with staircases leading directly into the emerald waters of the ocean, and living rooms with a glass floor so you can look for sea turtles below. Positioned on the edge of the island for greater privacy is the Ocean Pool House, a two-bed- room overwater residence decorated with traditional timber and thatch with tropical furnishings and comforts. The azure waters of the Indian Ocean is the backdrop from every direction from the two capacious bathrooms featuring round baths to ultra-modern bedrooms.
For honeymooners, the Romantic Pool Residence offers unparalleled privacy and celebrity luxury. Accessible only by boat, this one-bedroom villa boasts a private gymnasium, a spa treatment room, a personal chef and butler. The interior decorations are impeccable with natural materials and neutral colours with occasional tie-dye accents or Cycladic architec- ture, and all rooms open onto the patio, where the Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath tub are. The Velaa Private Residences are two-floor four-bedroom res- idences offering an expanse of 1,350 square meters of living & entertaining space for ten people, and is secluded on a private beach, facing the ocean. The indoor and outdoor bathrooms are inter-connected via a garden atrium.
Velaa’s My Blend Spa by Clarins, the French beauty brand, is your base for holistic well- ness. Designed with relaxation and rejuve- nation in mind to create a truly paradisiacal retreat the spa comprises six over-water treatment villas in a detached cluster off the 20-hectare island, and an experience zone with a sauna, steam room and an ocean- front Jacuzzi. The spa boasts seven new beauty and wellness programmes tailored over three or seven days to maximize effectiveness and make every moment count, fully restoring mind and body balance for an unforgettable well-being experience. The Honeymoon treatments are administered in the privacy of a villa overlooking the ocean, a unique and memorable way to celebrate the start of a new life together. Take advantage of the island ambience with the Under The Sun treatment, which allows guests to make the most of the Mal- divian sunshine while also protecting and beautifying skin, priming it for a lasting golden glow. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Maldives, Clarins developed two exclusive products as Velaa Signature Ritual treatments; Velaa Island Fantasy and the Island Body Boost, and can only be experienced at Velaa Private Island and nowhere else in the world. A Spa Boutique, juice bar, hair salon and nail studio completes the pampering experience.
The Spa also showcases the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives by Klafs, which improves circulation and skin rejuvenation, Cloud9, a cloud shaped reclining treatment pod by Klafs and Sha - tucked under a duvet - which slowly rocks you into a deep sleep and relaxation as the lights and sounds fluctuate around you, is also featured in the spa.
Chef Ghuashan De Silva boasts an exquisite and authentic culinary jour- ney, with organic ingredients sourced from the local islands and the resort’s private herb garden. He oversees the island’s signature restaurant Aragu & Cru - in an elegant over water set- ting, as well as a multitude of East.
Asian tastes and gastronomic experiences at Tavaru; bringing together a creative blend of Chinese, Korean and Japanese flavors with wellness principles, all the food is created using 100 percent organic produce. Couples will love dining at the tallest tower in any of the country’s resort: the visually appealing creamy white cylindrical tower where live cooking and Velaa’s extensive wine cellar await.
Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast and an a la carte menu throughout the day at Athiri, and Avi is a befitting pool bar by day and vibrant cocktail bar by night.
Golf is a rarity in the Maldives, but here the two-time Masters Champion Jose Maria Olazabal has created an incredible golf course with nine tees, six greens, seven bunkers and a lake, with USGA spec greens and the World’s most expensive grass, the 220 meters by 120 meters facility takes pride in all your golf lessons. A Swing studio featuring today’s cut- ting edge technology and gadgets, golf enthusiasts will have the chance to refine all aspects of their game in the idyllic surroundings, guests can hit all the shots imaginable, from mid irons to wedges and short-game.
Guests can return home from their holiday at the island, and Olazabal will e-mail a performance report in- cluding tips and how to improve the game, this includes speed, direction and swing and more. Any request is met at Velaa, including setting up a tee box even in the ocean or right in front of your villa - if you happen to be too lazy for a five minute buggy ride to the academy.
The island is child-friendly with a kids club, a full-fledged gymnasium, tennis and squash courts, a football field and beach volleyball court and a yoga pa- vilion. The island’s dive centre offers excursions and certification courses. Water activities on offer include ex- ploring the house reef by Sea Bob, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, wake- boarding, jet-skiing, water-skiing and kite surfing, and offers semi-subma- rine expeditions around the island.
Additionally, the excursions team is readily available to guide guests with fishing techniques. Sailing the reef with the Weta trimaran or Topcat K1 catamaran, sunset cruising, dolphin watching and private boat excursions can all be arranged for guests on board the luxury Prestige yacht or the custom-built traditional Bahtheli boat.