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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. The name of this private retreat, an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that have flocked here to nest and hatch.

The resort design borrows from this theme, with turtle motifs, and the colors and patterns of turtle shell pervading the property. 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. Velaa Private Island Maldives also ensures plenty of room for its marine visitors, with a hatchery and conservation plan in place.

Velaa Private Island is just under 20 hectares in size, around half a kilometre in either direction, providing both exclusivity and privacy.

Velaa shares its name and its home with the generations of sea turtles that have inhabited the island for countless years. The colours and patterns of a turtle shell make up subtle nuances in the design, while from a broader aerial view, Velaa’s exclusive over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle with the island forming the body. Designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar, the overall design concept is contemporary, yet intimate, with Maldivian nuances.

5 star
45 minutes by seaplane
Dining options: 04
43 Villas & Residences


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. Generous terraces and sultry gazebos are positioned to maximise shade, breeze, views and privacy, allowing for total immersion in nature. The Maldives’ answer to a Butler is your answer to special requests and private moments. Planning a special dinner or an island excursion? Let our Butlers take away all your worries as they plan your ultimate dream holiday like no other. Your personal Butler’s name is saved in your villa phone, and in their absence a partner Butler will always be available. The resort comprises 43 private villas, houses and residences and 4 four-bedroom residences. While 18 of the 43 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity

Beach Pool Villa
Deluxe Beach Pool Villa

Beach Pool House

Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa
Ocean Pool House


Velaa Private Residence
Romantic Pool Residence




For the epicurean, Velaa Private Island boasts an extraordinary culinary experience with venues that are unrivalled throughout the Maldives and an extensive wine cellar with an exclusive wine selection from around the globe. With three restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar, Velaa Private Island offers an unforgettable culinary journey to its guests.

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With a twist on Modern European Cuisine, Aragu is taking its gourmet experience to a new level; combining passion for culinary art with awareness and sustainability. Favoring carefully chosen, organic produces from all around the world to underline the authenticity, Gaushan da Silva created an innovative twist on the evergreens of the Old Continent. Our chef’s classical culinary techniques coupled with contemporary ideas and thoughtfully picked ingredients promises a refreshing yet lavishing experience.



Overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the CRU Champagne Lounge exudes an unrivalled elegance where our guests can savour some of the world’s finest and rarest champagnes under the guidance of our expert sommeliers.



The tastes and flavours of Chinese, Korean and Japanese cuisine will induce your senses at the boutique Tavaru restaurant. Specialising in East Asian cuisine, the deft hands of our talented chefs will create inspirational and exciting dishes from the finest local and international ingredients to tantalise your palate. An extraordinary gastronomic journey showcasing unique flavours and unrepeatable textures awaits you at Tavaru. A thorough delight for wine enthusiasts, the ivory-white Tavaru Tower hosts Velaa’s extensive wine cellar. More than five hundred bins, the largest on Maldives, span the spectrum from boutique wineries to grand marques. Offering guests a rare opportunity to discover gems such as the 1956 Domaine de la Romanée Conti “Romanée Conti”, rare vintage Salon Champagne, and a centuries old fortified 1870 Blandy’s “Verdelho Solera”, this exquisite list has unearthed treasures from across the globe



Athiri is beachfront all-day dining at its finest, where guests can enjoy a feast of creative cuisine served fresh to their tables or prepared to their request. A wood-fired oven means hot freshly made pizzas, signature of Athiri, are served throughout the day.



Avi is a casual pool bar by day and a vibrant cocktail bar by night, complete with mixologist and live DJ against the backdrop of spectacular ocean views.



Velaa Private Island provides its lcients their luxurious Velaa branded seaplane (9 seats) at the rate of USD 10,293 per way including 10% service charge and 12% TGST to ensure a smooth and comfortable flight. The aircraft is fitted with the finest leather. The Velaa branded seaplane is only available for private charter flights and arrival and departure timing must be provided for us to check the availability of the aircraft at the earliest convienience. If this Velaa private seaplane transfer option is chosen, guests will experience minimal waiting time at our private lounge prior to the direct 45 minute flight to Velaa Private Island. If this is not of your choice of transfer, there are combined transfer options available in commercial seaplanes.

Please find below transfer options for guests arriving via Velana International airport, Malé. For guests travelling to Velaa Private Island via Maafaru International Airport, we are happy to provide customised transfer options suitable to guests needs and preferences.

Due to the aviation restriction in Maldives, seaplane aircrafts are operated only during daylight between 6 AM to 5 PM. Guests arriving after 3.30 PM or departing before 9 AM are required to stay overnight in Male’ city before and after the international flight.

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For guests who would prefer to travel by sea, we are pleased to offer a private transfer on our luxury yacht Rania, directly from Velana International Airport, Malé. You may either choose a direct transfer to the resort or the journey can be tailor-made inclusive of excursions to untouched reefs along the way, where guests may enjoy swimming and snorkelling prior to arrival. A direct transfer will take approximately 4-5 hours where snacks and refreshments will be served on board. The yacht is equipped with both bedrooms and washrooms and a maximum of 8 guests can be accommodated with luggage. The yacht transfer is available at USD 14,784 per way including 10% service charge and 12% TGST, and is subject to availability.





Welcome to Velaa Spa, a paradise within paradise at Velaa Private Island Maldives. Enter a world of expertise and excellence,  pleasure and performance, where cutting-edge technology meets the ancestral art of touch. Offering you the ultimate treatment experience, our programmes are  uniquely designed for your personal needs, creating abalance of life  between spa treatments, mindfulness, fitness and nutrition. Velaa Spa is a sanctuary of peace where you can reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your body and relax your mind.  Using natural and organic ingredients, we provide a fresh take on healing therapies within a location of resounding beauty.

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Cool down in the Maldives’ only snow room or detox in the heat of the sauna and steam room, all while enjoying endless turquoise vistas.

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Sourced from the world’s leading wellness experts such as Dr Burgener Switzerland and KOTOSHINA from Japan, the latest anti-aging technologies are blended with rare and beneficial ingredients to promote new levels of skin vitality and cellular health.

A world of expertise and excellence where cutting-edge technology meets ancestral art, where personalised facial treatments are offered alongside traditional massage rituals.


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