It’s on the Noonu Atoll, a 187km seaplane flight from capital city Malé that you’ll find it, Velaa Private Island Maldives – perhaps the only true private island resort in an ultra-lux market.
We know you’ve seen it before… the idyllic setting, the beautiful villa, the sunset cruise. So had Jiří Šmejc, the Czech businessman who decided that, as beautiful as all this was, nearly every resort he visited just seemed to lack a certain something. So, naturally, he decided to build his own.
Take your choice from 18 overwater villas and 25 beach villas, should you prefer being on firmer footing in the evenings, each that comes with its own private butler for when moving a muscle is a sinew too far. The Pool Residence, meanwhile, is accessible only by boat and will achieve you maximum cool points.
Despite such beautiful surroundings – and butler in residence – you should resist the urge to stay home each night. Our advice is to ditch the batman and go in search of food. You won’t have to wander too far to find it.
The overwater restaurant Aragu serves European cuisine with an Asian twist, while Tavaru restaurant – the 23m-tall postmodern structure a work of art itself – offers a refined degustation Teppanyaki grill menu, all of this with a view of the Indian Ocean from the highest location of any restaurant in the Maldives. Not one for heights and with a passion to indulge in a new favourite holiday pastime – comfort food with a slice of beachfront action – then Athiri is your joint, delivering strongly on some of your favourite international bites.
But you came here to relax, so don’t lose sight of that amongst the fine dining options. Here’s another area where Velaa excels. The Spa My Blend by Clarins was recognised as the Best Luxury Private Island Spa in the Indian Ocean at the 2018 World Luxury Spa Awards.
With its Asian-inspired therapies, including Ayurveda treatment, it adopts a holistic approach to wellness, so make this one of your first ports of call and create a bespoke programme for your entire stay.
Counter all that relaxation with a woprkout or two with a personal trainer, but maybe move into that slowly – start at the spa, ease into a sunrise yoga session, and only then hit the tredmill.
Once on the move, you have the option to really take things to the next level. Whether you’re taking a diving certification, kitesurfing, jet-skiing, sailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, and kite-skiing, you’ve got some of the best water sports action in the Maldives right here.
All a little too adventurous? Then let’s pull this thing back. How about you snorkel through the cystal clear waters that have made the islands so famous, head out on a yacht cruise or experience life from a traditional “Bahteli” boat?
Island life, it’s certainly not easy.