Fly Me to Velaa

Velaa Private Island was recently awarded ‘Leading Private Island’ and ‘Leading Designer Resort’ by MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators).

Tucked away within the collection of islands that form the Noonu Atoll, Velaa Private Island is elegantly positioned to overlook enchanting vistas of a cerulean ocean. Its name derived from the generations of ‘sea turtles’ that flock there to nest and hatch; it is comprised of 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences.

Velaa Private Island offers boutique accommodation. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Each room at this resort is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms feature a seating area for your convenience.

Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with a hot tub and bath, with bath robes, slippers and free toiletries provided. There is a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge and hairdresser’s at the property. This resort has a private beach area and water sports facilities and free use of bicycles is available. You can play tennis, table tennis, and billiards at the resort.

Book your stay at Velaa Private Island, and receive:


Private charter when booking a Velaa Private Residence | Minimum 4 nights stay required


Private charter when booking a Velaa Private Residence | Minimum 7 nights stay required



  • Booking period: 20 September to 15 December 2016
  • Travel period: 16 October to 19 December 2016
  • Applicable to all categories EXCEPT Beach Pool Villa and Sunrise Water Pool Villa.
  • Complimentary Half Board is applicable in the Athiri Restaurant only and is based on a 3-course dinner chosen from the á la carte menu. This cannot be exchanged for lunch. A maximum credit of USD 100 per adult (from 12 yrs.) and USD 50 per child (4-11 yrs.) per day will apply for themed buffet events, or if guests wish to dine at the Aragu and Tavaru restaurants. Lobster, truffle and Caviar dishes may be ordered but are subject to an additional supplement. Villa dining is available at current menu prices. Credit will not apply. Beverages are not included and will be charged at current menu prices.
  • Applicable to base occupancy; extra persons will be charged at the normal contracted rate.
  • Standard rates (on breakfast basis), payment, cancellation and no-show conditions apply for this offer.
  • Velaa Private Island reserves the right to withdraw or amend the offer at any time without prior notice.
  • This offer is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
  • This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Further terms and conditions may apply.

Velaa Private Island Maldives

Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometres north of Male, Velaa Private Island Maldives is an exceptional luxury retreat where our guests are treated like royalty. Velaa Private Island has been designed and curated with privacy and comfort as the guiding principles while allowing the Indian Ocean to take centre stage. At one with nature, each of the private retreats is built using local materials, combining contemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration.

Velaa Private Island Maldives is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ 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.

Ryder Cup Legend José María Olazabal opens Maldives golf academy

Spanish golfing legend José María Olazabal of Ryder Cup fame, has opened a new golf academy in the Maldives.

Located on the Velaa Private Island Maldives in the northern Part of Noonu Atoll, the new Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal features a nine-hole par-three course and high-tech swing studio. Hole lengths range of 65 to 180 yards and greens are guarded by a series of bunkers and water hazards. The challenging layout is specifically designed for golfers to practice the Spanish champion’s famously accurate short and mid-iron game.

The academy also features state-of-the-art electronic equipment, including Flightscope simulator and high-speed cameras. Professional instruction is personalized with ‘one-on-one sessions at the indoor swing studio, which is fitted with all the latest gadgets for golfers to refine their game.

“Golfers can hit all the shots imaginable, from mid-irons to wedges and short-game. In short, practice in paradise,” said Olazabal, a two-time Masters winner and reigning Ryder Cup-winning captain.

Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal, Velaa Private Island
Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal, Velaa Private Island

“I also want the experience to be appealing for both young and old, beginners and experts. I hope visitors to the island will be inspired by what we have created and the experience enhances their enjoyment of the game I’m so passionate about.” “I’ve worked on some remarkable projects, but what they have created here is simply awe-inspiring,” said Olazabal, on his visit to officially open the academy.

The new facility adds to the recreational offering at the new private island, which also features 45 private pool villas, yoga pavilion inside a two-story wooden watchtower, a kids’ club and beach volleyball and squash courts, with the only shaded tennis court in the Maldives. Featuring a geography-defying snow room, Velaa’s My Blend Spa by Clarins is the only one in Asia featuring an avant-garde cloud-shaped pod that slowly sways and cradles a guest into deep relaxation.

Opened last December, this resort is the latest ultra luxurious property to debut in the world’s most exotic archipelago, the Maldives. Velaa Private Island fulfills a dream by Czech financier Jiri Smejc and his wife Radka to create “the most perfect beyond luxury place on earth”. “This is not about business. This is about a dream come true,” Smejc insists. However, a night at Velaa ranges from $1,500 for a one-bedroom Beach Pool Villa in the low season to $30,000 a night for a four-bedroom private residence during the holiday season.