Velaa Private Romantic Residence – Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ ultra-exclusive boutique hideaway. 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 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 hereto nest and hatch.
The resort design borrows from this theme, with turtle motifs, and the colors and patterns of turtle shell pervading the property. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. Velaa Private Island also ensures plenty of room for its marine visitors, with a hatchery and conservation plan in place. Velaa Private Island is just under 20 hectares in size, around half a kilometre in either direction,
providing both exclusivity and privacy.
$3000 and above
40 - 50 minutes by seaplane
Accessible only by boat, this ultra-private one-bedroom villa suspended above the lagoon with uninterrupted views of the ocean offers utmost privacy and romance, making it perfect for honeymooners or those who looking for ultra-luxury, including a private chef and butler. All rooms open onto the terraces, where the Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects on the horizon. Dine inside at sunset, or over the water in a dining gazebo on its own jetty, or enjoy sundowners on the sumptuous daybeds. Interiors are designed with natural materials and neutral colours with occasional accents of Ikat or animal prints. With a personal gym and spa treatment rooms inside the residence there’s little reason to leave.
ARAAGU AND CRU Velaa Private Island’s signature restaurant, Aragu serves innovative cuisine in an elegant setting over water; here guests can enjoy vintage champagne at the lounge Cru followed by fine dining. Aragu means ‘essence’ and the concept of this signature restaurant is offering guests two distinct styles of enjoying one dish –a ‘simplistic’ option focusing on the clear taste of individual elements and simple combinations, or a ‘sensational’ option whereby elements are combined to create exciting and harmonious fusions of ingredients.
Velaa Private Island would like to remind its dear guest to adhere to a recognized dress code at the Aragu Restaurant and Cru Champagne Lounge. The dress code includes smart formal and casual wear that is in accordance to the ambience of the venue. We encourage our guests to dress impressively to enhance their dining experience and make it more memorable. The following examples may help our guests decide on their dinning attire. Gents are recommended to wear for example, long or short sleeved collared shirts and trousers, sandals or cultural clothing. Ladies may wear evening dresses, long or short sleeved collared shirts, sandals, black or white jeans or cultural clothing.
TAVARU houses a Teppanyaki kitchen and makes up the cecentrepiece of the island: a visually striking tower where live cooking and Velaa’s extensive wine cellar take centre stage. The 30 page wine list is paradise for true oenophiles, covering the whole spectrum from boutique wineries to grand marques and organic and biodynamic producers. Guests can choose from rare gems
such as a 1956 Domaine de la Romanée Conti “Romanée Conti”; a rare vintage Salon Champagne, or two centuries old fortified wine
1870 Blandy “Verdelho Solera” among countless other Bordeaux wines.
ATHIRI AND AVI -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. A wood-fired oven means hot freshly made pizzas, signature of Athiri, are served throughout the day. Avi 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.
Velaa Private Island counts itself one of only a handful of hotels in the world to be working alongside this distinguished brand
and features exclusive My Blend facial products and body treatments by Clarins for a truly personalized experience.
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 are available, including customised facials
with sophisticated European technology and traditional Asian massages and body treatments. For the ultimate personalised experience at Velaa Private Island, Spa My Blend by Clarins offers Velaa Signature Rituals – Velaa Island Fantasy and the Island Body Boost. Developed exclusively by Clarins Paris, and inspired by the natural beauty of the Maldives, these two sumptuous
treatments can be experienced only here and nowhere else on earth. Wolke 7 Cloud 9 – The Viennese artist and perception researcher, Sha, has now developed a holistic spa treatment concept to counter daily stresses and strains: Wolke 7 Cloud 9. Featured in Velaa Private Island’s spa, guests will enter a world where boundaries disappear, embedded on clouds and beginning a journey that ends in deep relaxation. Cloud-shaped reclining treatment pods by Klafs and Sha are featured in the spa which slowly sway and cradle guests into deep relaxation.
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 a golfing experience like no other, designed to create bespoke memories whatever your wishes. Want to rip a driver? Practise with our state-of the-art simulator. Introduce the family to the game? Try our putting green and tailored made tuition programmes. Perfect the lob wedge? Get one-on-one tuition with all the latest technology to give feedback the way you want it.
Hone your swing? Try our swing studio equipped with the most up-to-date technology
to enhance your learning experience.
The Lha Velaa (“Little turtle”) Club will be the ideal place for our 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. Lha Velaa Kids club will be the main attraction for guests traveling with children.
Velaa Private Island features an extensive library. This facility will be most welcome for those rare windy and rainy days for adults and children alike.
We invite you to browse through the exclusive range of clothing, jewellery, resort products, gifts and a variation of merchandizing
including water sports, golf accessories and clothing chosen to complement your stay.Alternatively, the Spa Boutique stocks
a wide range of Clarins skincare and exclusive lifestyle products.
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