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Velaa Private Island
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Velaa Island
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed at Velaa for one week in December, and I was truly blown away by what an incredible place it is.
The Island is beautiful, and the resort and villas are amazing. Each one has their own private pool, and the 4 bedroom residence also had a private stretch of beach, outdoor jacuzzi, gym, massage room and pool table. You really never have to leave the villa!

We tried out everything the resort had to offer, including diving, jet-skiing and seabob, which were all amazing.
The spa is one of the best in the world with beautiful rooms and sauna and steam rooms overlooking the ocean. They even have an ice room and other state-of-the art features and equipment.

The service was impecable - friendly but not intrusive, and everyone went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable stay.

The food is amazing, and there is a huge variety. Breakfasts are great, as were our meals at tavaru and aragu. They even have a traditional pizza oven for days when you want something a bit simpler. We also had an in-villa BBQ one night which was truly memorable.

This is a truly incredible resort,I couldnt recommend it more, and cant wait to return!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Having just returned from a one-week stay at Velaa private island, I can say that this is undoubtedly the best resort in the Maldives, and amongst the finest in the world. The Island is spectacular, and the hotel and facilities world-beating.

We stayed in one of the 4-bedroom residences which was absolutely stunning. Beautifully furnished, spacious, and with all the amenities you could ask for. We also took a tour of the other rooms on the Island, which are also beautiful. The over-water villas are spectacular.

The food at the resort is magnificent...the quality of ingredients is sublime, and the creativity of the chefs made every meal time a delight. The Tavaru Teppanyaki restaurant is particularly good.

One of the most notable things about the resort is the staff. They go above and beyond to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, and never say no to any request. They are friendly and attentive, without being overly formal. Each villa comes with its own butler, and Assim and Podia were exceptional. Every member of staff is an expert in their field, from Sommeliers, to tennis coaches to water-sport & diving instructors, and they make you feel so at-ease throughout your stay

There is so much to do on the Island, from water-sports such as jet-skiing and sea-bob, to diving, snorkelling, golf and tennis (they have beautiful covered and fan-cooled courts), its impossible to ever get bored here. We stayed for 1 week but could easily have stayed for much longer.

With the abundance of activities and the quality and luxury of the resort, this hotel has set new standards for resorts in the Maldives. We have visited many of the top hotels in the world, but Velaa really takes luxury to a new level. We cannot wait to return to this paradise.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Hannahl4
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

A new resort. Complet privacy. An amazing place for a couple or a family. 3 restaurants, lots of activity (fishing, seabob, jetski, ...). Villas are perfectly furnished. Staff is great (buttler etc...).

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank NPMalta
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Reviewed 6 days ago
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Room Tip: One Bedroom Overwater Pool Villa
  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 27, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
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Thank _huns82
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Reviewed July 21, 2017
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Room Tip: Escolha a sunrise ou a sunset water pool villa
  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 19, 2017
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Room Tip: Todos são INCRÍVEIS! A Beach Villa é maravilhosa, mas as Sunset Water Villas são demais também.
  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Velaa Private Island

Address: 20221
Location: Maldives > Noonu Atoll > Velaa Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Velaa Island
Price Range: $2,030 - $4,487 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Velaa Private Island 5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located north from Male, within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll, Velaa Private Island brings a new meaning to "private moments" in the Maldives. Here the essence of Maldivian culture, lifestyle and landscape meets limitless opportunities, where no request is too much, and each guest will ultimately feel that this is their own private island. Comprising 43 private villas and 2 four-bedroom residences fusing local materials and contemporary flourishes, each retreat offers a generous outdoor space and private pool. While 18 villas are built over water, the Romantic Villa is the only exclusive villa that is reached by boat. Our Residences are the only 4-bedroom residences in Maldives, accommodating up to 10 people offering elegant contemporary design and 1,350 SQM of interior and exterior space, incl. 2 terraces, a pool and a courtyard. For the epicurean, Velaa Private Island boasts the culinary consultancy of Michelin-star chef Adeline Grattard from Paris, and the most extensive wine cellar in the Indian Ocean. With 3 restaurants, 2 bars and 1 wine cellar, every palate is sure to be satisfied. The spa, in addition to featuring exclusive My Blend by Clarins products and treatments, will showcase the first 'snow room' in the Maldives and comprises six secluded treatment rooms nestled over the island's turquoise lagoon. Two cloud-shaped reclining treatment pods by Klafs and Sha will also be featured in the spa, which slowly sway and cradle guests into deep relaxation. Golf enthusiasts will be treated to the only Short Game Golf Academy in the Maldives. Designed by professional golfer and two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal, golfers can craft their game in the middle of paradise. ... more   less 
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