What we love
What is there to say about a private island in the Maldives where the water is crystal clear, the beaches powder-white, where turtles come to lay their eggs, and the only sound is the water gently lapping on the shore just outside your villa, except Go!.
Setting the scene
Introducing the new kid-on-the-block of Maldivian island paradises and the one to measure all the others by, Velaa Private Island is named after the giant turtles who lay their eggs in the island's white sandy beaches. This alone should give you some idea as to the temperament of the place, with its villa-only accommodation, Michelin-starred restaurants, and ethos that determines you will want to stay for a very long time. (Frankly, they had us at hello).
It's hard to imagine wanting to miss a second of your stay at Velaa Private Island, but if you must close your eyes at some point there can be few better places in the world to do it. With bedrooms overlooking the bluest of oceans, it's merely a case of whether you prefer to step out onto a deck over-looking the water or onto a beach surrounded by garden. Nature is well represented in the tastefully-decorated villas, with the natural colours and open spaces, allowing the outside to come in.
It's not so much the food as the location of the restaurants on Velaa Private Island: Aragu is over water, with unsurpassed views over the Indian Ocean, where guests may enjoy pre-dinner champagne and cocktail tasting before delighting in dishes by Michelin-starred chef Adeline Grattard. Then there is the extraordinary Tavaru Tower restaurant which houses the island's fine wine in a spiralling ivory tower where there is live cooking of locally inspired dishes.
With a marine biologist as your guide, diving has got to be the must-do activity whilst staying on the island, but for those who don't like to get that wet there are semi-submarine tours with a guide who will provide a informative narration of the aquatic life you encounter. There are also traditional Bahtheli boats which are used for sunset cruises, fishing and diving, and of course there are copious watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing and more. On dry land there is tennis, squash and a golf academy, as well as yoga and a My Blend by Clarins spa. If that all seems too much like hard work, there is always the beach, but watch out for turtle eggs!
Children are welcome but there are no special facilities.
From Mal� International Airport by speed boat or yacht.
- On request