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Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ ultra-exclusive boutique hideaway.
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 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.



  • Aragu & Cru
  • Tavaru - Teppanyaki & wine cellar
  • Athiri Restaurant
  • Avi - Bar
  • Destination Dining
  • In-Villa Dining 

Water sports:

  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Trimaran sailing
  • kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Jetskiing
  • Seabobing
  • waterskiing
  • Knee-boarding
  • Fun-tube riding

Land sports:

  • Gym
  • Yoga
  • Golfing
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Wall climbing
  • Beach volleyball
  • Football


  • Big Game Fishing
  • Tag & Release
  • Traditional Maldivian Fishing


  •  Day/night snorkeling trips
  • Sea Manta Encounter - accompanied by
    resident marine biologist
  • Semi-Submarine tours
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Fishing cruise
  • Private boat hire

Other services:

  • Lha Velaa Kids Club 
  • Library
  • Shops
  • Spa boutique
  • Resident marine biologist
  • Tennis court
  • Squash court
  • Football field
  • Wine cellar
  • Golf academy
  • Hair/nail salon
  • Sauna
  • Steam room

Velaa Dive center

Velaa Dive center is equipped by Scubapro renowned for its outstanding quality. Aliated to PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the largest dive association in the world. Velaa Private Island is located in Noonu atoll the latest atoll discovered and dived due to its far location. Only 20 minutes away from Velaa, divers will discover various unexplored dive sites with the most amazing fauna of Maldives such as grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, the seasonal manta ray, black spotted sting ray and the graceful eagle ray.

Adopt a Coral Dome

Coral domes with attached coral fragments will be placed in a “nursery area.” Guests may experience a marine life discovery snorkel with resident marine biologist and adopt their dome.

  • Ages: 5 and up

Transfer Options:

  • Seaplane: 50 min

Seaplane is available during daylight hours only. Guests arriving Male' on an International flight after 1630hrs will require overnight accommodation in Male' and will be transferred to the resort the following morning. Guests departing  Male' on an international flight prior to 0850hrs will be transferred late the previous afternoon.


  • Hand luggage max. 5 kg
  • Others max. 20 kg

(Excess charged US$ 4.00/kg return accordingly by seaplane)


Spa My Blend By Clarins

Highest quality personalised therapies developed by Dr Olivier Courtin, managing director of the Paris-based Clarins Group, expertly combine the alchemy of science, plants and the art of touch to produce visible, lasting results and glowing skin at any age.

Velaa Private Island showcases the only Spa My Blend By Clarins in the Maldives – and only the fourth in the world. Two main spa buildings and six over-water treatment villas in a detached cluster off the 20-hectare island are “like an independent treatment island”, says Clarins’ spa business development director Morgan Lefrancois.

Seven Bespoke ‘Private Wellness Moments’

The only retreat in the Maldives featuring the world famous spa brand has unveiled seven new beauty and wellness programmes tailored over three or seven days to maximise effectiveness and make every moment count enhancing body and mind well-being.

  • Detox restores original purity with made-to-measure treatments and wellness activities that revive and renew radiancy.
  • Ever Young brings exceptional rejuvenating benefits with relaxing and renewing treatments supplemented by holistic yoga.
  • Honeymoon treatments are administered in the privacy of a Spa My Blend by Clarins villa overlooking the ocean, a unique and memorable way to celebrate the start of a new life together.
  • Men’s Power Pack is specifically tailored for men, targeting face, body and massage treatments to optimise vitality and drive away signs of fatigue.
  • Relax is a luxurious programme of treatments, massage and yoga nurturing a deep sense of well-being and repose.
  • Under The Sun allows guests to make the most of the Maldivian sunshine while also protecting and beautifying skin, priming it for a lasting golden glow.
  • Vitality boosts energy levels with an invigorating combination of face and body treatments and personal training, leaving your skin glowing with vitality and your body firmer and stronger, to revel in a new sense of freshness and focus.

Spa Exclusives:

Spa My Blend By Clarins at Velaa Private Island extends across eight ‘small islands’ incorporating six secluded treatment villas and an experience zone with a sauna, steam room, ever-flow Jacuzzi and oceanfront relaxation area.

It also features the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives by Klafs, improving circulation and skin rejuvenation, and a deep relaxation experience called Wolke 7 Cloud 9 in a cloud-shaped reclining treatment pod by Klafs & Sha, along with a Spa Boutique and juice bar, hair salon and nail studio.

Massage therapies also embrace Asian-inspired and traditional Ayurvedic treatments.