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Fairytale Honeymoons at New Luxury Maldives Hideaway
Velaa Private Island

Island paradise beckons newlyweds setting new benchmark for romance

Dreaming of fairytale honeymoon becomes reality at exclusive new luxury Maldives hideaway Velaa Private Island.

From discreet hideaway residences to sublime spa pampering for newlyweds, Michelin star cuisine, one of the finest wine cellars in the Indian Ocean and world-class watersports and private boat excursions, Velaa is setting a new benchmark in romance.

Exceptional facilities “beyond traditional resorts” extend to ‘My Blend By Clarins’ spa in the Maldives and a ‘short game’ at the Velaa Golf Academy.

With personal service that goes beyond traditional resorts, the paradise island in Noonu Atoll, north of MalĂ© boasts one of the most romantic hideaways in the world – an ultra-private one-bedroom Romantic Pool Residence suspended above the lagoon, accessible only by boat.

Surrounded by terraces with a Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath, utmost privacy makes it perfect for honeymooners. A private chef and butler cater for every whim, from dining at sunset, or sipping sundowners on sumptuous daybeds.

And with a personal gym and spa suite inside, there’s little reason to leave your own private paradise!

Velaa is one of only a handful of resorts in the world partnering distinguished spa brand ‘My Blend By Clarins’ at its sublime lagoon spa.

Bespoke ‘Private Wellness Moments’ are styled especially for couples, and the ultimate escape is the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives and a cloud-shaped reclining pod that slowly sways and cradles guests into deep relaxation.

The privacy of Spa My Blend by Clarins suite overlooking the ocean is a unique and memorable way to celebrate the start of a new life together.

Treatments for two over three or seven days include My Blend Facial, Fruit & Salt Scrub with Plant Powders, Rebalancing Massage with Essential Oils, Yoga or Personal Training Session, Sun Recovery Wrap and the Cloud 9 experience.

Recreation and wellness extends to world-class water sports and fitness facilities, covered tennis and squash courts, a football field and beach volleyball court.

A PADI dive centre offers excursions, certification courses and snorkeling adventures over breathtaking marine vistas. Water activities extend to windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, kite surfing and the only two-passenger private submarine in the Maldives. Additionally, an excursions team is on-hand to take couples on fishing expeditions.

Couples can play at The Velaa Golf Academy by Olazabal, the only golf experience of its kind anywhere in the world. Operated by Troon Golf with a resident professional for personalised tuition, it incorporates a state of the art indoor studio for fine-tuning golf swings and a short-game target area with multiple par-3 layouts for pitching from 65 to 180 yards over bunkers and a small lake onto six greens.

Sunset cruises, dolphin watching, private boat excursions and fishing expeditions are aboard a luxury Prestige yacht or traditional Maldivian ‘bahtheli’ boat.

With three restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar, gastronomic dining is a resort signature, designed by French Michelin starred chef Adeline Grattard. She oversees elegant over-water restaurants Aragu and Cru, where guests can enjoy vintage champagne, as well as Tavaru teppanyaki restaurant, uniquely set in a striking ivory-white tower with live cooking and an extensive wine cellar.

Additional venues include beachfront restaurant Athiri and Avi – a pool bar by day and vibrant cocktail bar by night.

Velaa Private Island has been voted “Best Maldives Resort”and “Best New Resort”in the Linara Travel (LT) Maldives Awards (2014). In addition, Velaa has won (co-won) a record of 18 awards in different criteria. The full list of awards is available at

Velaa has also received the honor of “Hotel Newcomer of the Year” in the Hideawaysawards (2014). Details can be viewed at

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About Velaa Private Island

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”.

Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. 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.

The resort comprises 45 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 45 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.
Ultra-private Romantic Pool Residence suspended above the lagoon, accessible only by boat
Night view of Romantic Pool Residenceat Velaa Private Island

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