Velaa Private Island
Noonu Atoll, Maldives
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
per person based on two guests sharing a Beach Pool Villa for seven nights on a bed & breakfast basis including seaplane transfers.
At a Glance
Possibly the most exclusive island resort in the Maldives, with the price tag to match
Located in the north of the Maldives in Noonu Atoll, famed for its superb diving
Fantastic cuisine, through the culinary consultancy of Michelin-star chef Adeline Grattard from Paris
Range of one, two and four bedroom villas, residences and houses either located on the beach or over-water on stilts
Velaa has the Maldives first 'snow room' in the spa, and also the first PGA golf academy in the Maldives
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The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.
Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.
Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.
The surfing season runs from March to October, which is when resorts are cheapest.
Velaa Private Island is a super-luxury boutique hideaway on the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives. Offering just 45 exclusive villas and residences, Velaa is considered by many to be the finest resort in the Maldives, with the price tag to match.
There comes a seminal moment for any destination when a hotel opens that dramatically raises the bar in terms of its sheer style and exclusivity. Alongside Cheval Blanc which opened in the same year, Velaa Private Island is widely recognised as having taken Maldivian luxury to a whole new level.
Every possible detail has been considered in its design, and they have certainly learned from other resorts in the Maldives, taking the best bits of each and incorporating them into the island's makeup. Where other resorts have either been too stuffy with a feel that is a little over the top, or some overly barefoot, Velaa has crested the wave and the result is that the overall atmosphere here is exceptionally well balanced.
Velaa has just 45 picture-perfect thatched villas and residences, making the resort feel exceptionally boutique and exclusive. You can choose from either beach or over-water villas, all with private pools. There has been clever attention to retaining a sense of privacy, yet providing lots of space to relax, by including large terraces and gazebos. All rooms feature a clever blend of dark mahogany panelling with a dash of contemporary color and sleek-lined teak furniture making them earthy, homely and elegant. There are four beach categories starting with the Beach Pool Villas, with wonderful high ceilings and bamboo lighting opening out to a terrace and private pool. The Deluxe Beach Pool Villas are larger and feature a separate living room. The Beach Pool Houses contain two bedrooms and are ideal for families. The Velaa Private Residence is even larger, with four bedrooms, 1,350 meters of indoor space including a vast pool, a gym and spa room. Moving to the over-water option, you can stay in the Sunrise or Sunset Water Pool Villa, the larger two-bedroom Ocean Pool House or the Romantic Pool Residence which is only accessible by boat and provides the pinnacle of over-water living.
The cuisine at Velaa Island is a major USP, with three exceptional restaurants. The Athiri and Avi Bar provides all-day beach-front dining and provides a range of dishes from wood-fired pizzas to fresh salads. Tavaru is located in Velaa Island's own tower at the center of the island, and has a Teppanyaki kitchen where live cooking and a fantastic wine list take center stage. The Arahu & Cru Bar is Velaa Private Islands signature restaurant where guests sip vintage champagne before being wowed by mouth watering Michelin quality fine-dining.
Velaa Private Island does not hold back on the facilities and the experiences it provides. There is a superb spa, run by Clarins. There is the Maldives first snow room, and some sophisticated treatments that are at the cutting edge of wellness treatments.
At the center of the island, you can hone your golf at the Velaa Golf Academy which was designed by Jose Maria Olazabal. There are nine tees, six greens and seven bunkers. The house-reef at Velaa is superb, and the dive center is on hand to help explore this more remote corner of the Maldives and exceptional diving. From trimarans, catamarans, jet skis, sea bob, parasailing and kite surfing, the water sports on offer will satisfy all your aquatic endeavours.
There are 43 private villas, houses and residences and two four-bedroom residences, all with private pools and exceptional interior design. 17 of which are over-water with the Romantic Pool Residence only reached by boat. The larger villas feature separate living rooms, with the houses offering two-bedrooms and ideal for families. The large Velaa Private Residence features four bedrooms.
|Beach Pool Villa||
These detached one-bedroom beach front villas
feature Mahogany louvered panels and high airy ceilings giving the rooms a subtle colonial feel accompanied by teak furniture and suspended bamboo lights. Wall to wall glass doors frame the terrace and private pool. By day the villas are light filled, secluded by clusters of palms. An indoor bathroom with Romeo and Juliet basins opens to a large outdoor bathroom connected by a garden.
atrium where a gazebo covered daybed overlooks
the oversized tub. Day beds, swinging chairs
and an alfresco dining area face the Indian Ocean.
|Deluxe Pool Villa||
The private one-bedroom beach front villas feature a separate large living room, outdoor terrace and private pool and indoor bathroom. The zen-like outdoor bathroom features a huge free standing bath tub and deck, and reclining daybeds under a pillared podium connected by a garden atrium. The alfresco dining area by the pool is the place to be at sunset.
|Sunset Water Pool Villa||
Set off the island overlooking Velaa Island’s turquoise lagoon along an extended jetty, the villas each have their own uninterrupted view of the ocean alongside your own private pool. The overhanging thatch offers shade over the dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom open onto the terrace, pool and sun deck with steps leading into the ocean. The living room is designed around a viewing window set into the floor, while the bed, made up in crisp white linen, faces the ocean. Huge bathrooms contain circular bathtubs.
|Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa||
Located on the extended jetty overlooking Velaa’s turquoise lagoon, the Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villas are separated by canvas sails and on carefully positioned wooden pillars. Each villa has its own uninterrupted view of the ocean with a private pool and faces the sunset. The overhanging thatch offers shade in the alfresco dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom open onto the terrace. The pool and sun deck have steps leading into the ocean, while under the gazebo a vast daybed scattered with cushions, is the perfect place to catch the sunset. Inside the comfortable living room is designed around a viewing window set into the floor. Huge bathrooms with circular free standing bath tubs.
|Beach Pool House||
Cleverly positioned between lush foliage and flanked by tall palms, the two-bedroom Beach Pool Houses are ideal for families or party of four people. The large living area works as a retreat in the day and a social hub in the evening, leading to the kitchen which looks like a bar with high stools. Bedrooms blend light and privacy using louvered wood, natural materials and lights suspended from the high vaulted ceilings. For variety, the second bedroom of the two Beach Pool Houses can be arranged according to guests’ desires, whether it be a private spa, gym or library. Rattan swinging chairs add a sense of fun to the elegant décor. Outside the generous terraces and private pool maximize space while carefully positioned day beds and a standalone alfresco dining platform offer panoramic views of the lagoon.
|Ocean Pool House||
The large two-bedroom Ocean Pool House is fringed with dense thatch and offers an elegant living space with carefully curated elements. Louvered shutters let the breeze flow through, while a deep sofa is covered in scatter cushions, ideal for settling down with a good book. The dining area provides a central space while the ocean is the backdrop from every aspect. The two spacious bathrooms feature circular baths and both have elegant bedrooms. Swim in your own pool and relax on the sun deck, or step directly into the lagoon. Kick back under one of two gazebos – one with a sunken hot tub and the other with daybeds.
|Romantic Pool Residence||
Suspended above the lagoon with uninterrupted views of the ocean, the Romantic Pool Residence is a private one-bedroom villa and offers utmost privacy and exclusivity. Accessible only by boat, all rooms open on to the terraces, where the pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects on the horizon. Dine inside at sunset or over the water in the dining gazebo on its own jetty, or enjoy sundowners on the cosy daybeds. Interiors are designed with natural materials and neutral colors with occasional accents of Ikat or animal prints. With a personal gym and spa treatment room there’s little reason to leave.
|Velaa Private Residence||
Secluded on a pristine private beach, the four bedroom Velaa Private Residences are some of the largest single accommodation options anywhere in the Maldives, ideal of large families. The carefully curated interiors deliver comfort, style and elegance in equal measure. Large enough to accommodate a group of up to 10 members of family or friends, these two-storey detached residences are laid out with privacy in mind. Each of the four bedrooms faces the ocean across a stretch of golden sand, the first floor bedrooms have generous balconies while the ground floor open onto the pool. Indoor and outdoor bathrooms are connected by a garden atrium. Flanked by two gazebos for dining, resting or playing, the pool faces the ocean and is the central focus. Behind the living space there is a gym, spa room and outdoor living area which offers a quiet space to retire to. Subdued lighting and large format photography provide visual breaks to the sea of natural wood and stone that set the tone of the interiors.
The Lha Velaa (Little Turtle) Kids' club has been cleverly designed and create daily programs suited to each age group. The resort is well set up for families, with many two-bedroom options as well as the large four bedroom residence. Baby-sitting is available. For the standard rooms, you can sleep two adults and one child.
Velaa Private Island has three restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar, spa, golf academy, fitness center, dive and water-sports center, library and a range of boutiques.
|Athiri & Avi Bar||
Athiri & Avi Bar is the main all day dining restaurant where breakfast is served. They offer pizzas from their wood-fired oven which is their signature dish and Avi Bar becomes a cocktail bar at night complete with an expert mixologist.
Tavaru is located in the island's center piece tower and houses a Teppanyaki kitchen and large wine cellar (the wine list is 30 pages long).
|Aragu & Cru||
Aragu & Cru us Velaa's top culinary restaurant and is over-water on stilts. The Cru lounge provides the chance to sip vintage champagne before heading to the restaurant. There are two styles of eating one dish - a simplistic option and a sensational option. Do try the amazing steak or black cod.
|Spa by Clarins||
Velaa Island's spa is second to none and features exclusive My Blend facial products and body treatments. It has the Maldives first 'snow room' and has six secluded double treatment villas and is positioned over-water in the lagoon. Treatments blend modern European treatments and age-old Asian messages and body treatments. They also offer their signature Velaa Signature Rituals - Velaa Island Fantasy and the Island Body Boost. They have even developed a space-age holistic spa treatment called Wolke 7 Cloud 9 where guests sit on cloud-shaped reclining treatment pods which slowly sway and cradle guests into deep relaxation.
The Velaa Golf Academy was designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and is an ideal place to hone your short-game. There are nine tees, six greens and seven bunkers and provides golf lessons. The Dive Center is equipped by Scubapro and the diving around Velaa is some of the best in the Maldives. The Water Sports Center has a range of options. Velaa has its own Weta Trimaran and a Topcat K1 Catamaran. There is a jet ski alongside paddle boarding, parasailing and kite surfing. Velaa also offers deep sea fishing excursions. Head off on a snorkeling cruise at sunset. Velaa also has a world-class fitness center, Yoga Pavilion and sport facilities including a covered tennis court, squash court, table tennis, rock climbing wall, beach volleyball and football pitch.
Emma Mark (Staff)
Velaa Private Island has quite literally blown the old guard apart since it opened in 2014 - and with Cheval Blanc, they are the top two resorts in the Maldives. It does mean it is also the most expensive - and especially in the top four bedroom option. Is it worth it? We think so! It has 45 amazing villas, houses and residences which are wonderfully designed - no expense has been spared on the fixtures and fittings. They aren't at all over-the-top (as you can find in other Maldives resorts), yet not too barefoot - the perfect feel of being contemporary with Maldivian nuances. They all have great outdoor areas, such as terraces to have a meal or a drink and all have large private pools. The food is second to none - and do try the wagyu beef in Aragyu. The house reef is superb (and far better than Reethi Rah for instance). It does feel small, with just 45 villas so is more like a perfect boutique hideaway if anything else.
Location & directions
Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Located on the Noonu Atoll in the north of the Maldives.
How to get there
It takes a 45-minute seaplane from Male Airport to get to Velaa Private Island.