Velaa Private Island, Maldives

A near-perfect circle, Velaa Private Island is a vivid emerald speck exploding out of the Indian OceanFriday, March 3, 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

A near-perfect circle, Velaa Private Island is a vivid emerald speck exploding out of the Indian Ocean. Meaning ‘Turtle Island’ in the local language — on account of the sea turtles that nest on its sands — Velaa is located in the Noonu Atoll, a 45-minute seaplane journey north of Malé.

Embracing a holistic approach to wellness, Velaa’s My Blend Spa by Clarins offers a selection of Asian-inspired treatments, including ayurveda, yoga and meditation, plus innovative therapies, including a cloud-shaped, swaying pod that rocks guests into a deep state of relaxation. A wooden walkway takes spa-goers overwater to thatched treatment cabanas, infinity plunge pools and low-slung lounge beds edging the crystalline waters.

Designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar and built using local materials, Velaa is home to 43 villas, all with outdoor terraces and many built overwater, plus a handful of four-bedroom residences, each with a private infinity pool, gym and massage room. The room to book? The Romantic Pool Residence: only accessible by boat, this secluded bolthole features an outdoor dining gazebo.

A trio of restaurants offers everything from an a la carte menu at beachfront Athiri to East Asian cuisine — a blend of Chinese, Korean and Japanese flavours — at Tavaru, plus an extensive wine cellar from which to pluck a bottle to accompany dinner. A treat for gourmands, Aragu offers a delicious twist on modern European cuisine, with chef Gaushan de Silva favouring carefully chosen, organic produce from around the world to underline authenticity.

An underwater playground, the coral reef is ripe for exploration: kayak, snorkel or dive among dolphins, giant mantas and reef sharks, or ramp it up a few notches with waterskiing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. On terra firma, there’s the opportunity to join a yoga session in the outdoor, two-storey wooden pavilion, or play tennis and squash on shaded courts, as well as table tennis, wall climbing, beach volleyball and football.

There’s also a golf academy designed by two-time Masters champion José María Olazábal and an indoor swing studio, not to mention a vast kids’ aqua park and a minisubmarine.

Don’t miss

Sooth sun-scorched skin in the snow room and then float away in the Cloud 9 deep-relaxation treatment pod

Need to know

Key Treatments

• Velaa Island Fantasy
• The Island Body Boost
• Ayurveda
• Asian-inspired therapies

Key Facilities

• Spa, with 6 six double treatment overwater villas
• Yoga & meditation deck
• Whirlpool bath
• Steam room
• Sauna
• Snow room
• Velaa Dive Center and Water Sports

Contact Information

velaaprivateisland.com
T: +960 6565 000
E: reservations@velaaisland.com

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