Velaa Private Island

Resort in Noonu

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9.6 out of 10

Since opening in 2013, Velaa has become a byword for personal attention and ultimate luxury. Rather than being part of an international hotel chain like many of its ultra-top-end competitors, this impressive place is the personal creation of a Czech couple who turned their private-island fantasy into a business.

The island is a stunner – a perfect circle with beach all the way around, perched above a wide circular reef. There are 43 rooms, which range from the one-bedroom Beach Pool Villa to the four-bedroom Private Residence. All have enormous private pools and are decorated in an exotic pan-Asian style with lots of dark-wood furniture and beautifully crafted bathrooms.

The island boasts the white Tavaru Tower, apparently Maldives' highest restaurant at a whopping 22m (Everest by local standards), where a teppanyaki restaurant provides the centrepiece to Velaa's interesting design. There's also a Clarins spa, tennis courts, a small golf course and two more fine-dining restaurants.

The entire place is wonderfully secluded and service is an absolute highlight. The flipside to the more showy international brands in Maldives, Velaa offers exactly the same standards of accommodation and service with a more understated approach, which will appeal to luxury travellers who appreciate a down-to-earth atmosphere.

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Velaa Private Island offers boutique accommodation. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Each room at this resort is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. You will find a coffee machine in the room. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with a hot tub and bath, with bath robes, slippers and free toiletries provided. There is a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge and hairdresser's at the property. This resort has a private beach area and water sports facilities and free use of bicycles is available. You can play tennis, table tennis, and billiards at the resort.

Important information

Seaplane Information:

Transfers from the seaplane terminal at Male’ International Airport and Velaa Private Island:

Standard round-trip is USD 503 per child (2-12 years old).

One-way shared seaplane transfer rate to US$503 inclusive taxes per adult.

Shared round trip transfer will be US$1006 inclusive taxes per adult.

Private charter US$9702 inclusive taxes per way.

Features of Velaa Private Island

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Vip room facilities
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Shoeshine
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge service
  • Daily maid service


  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Children's playground
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Darts
  • Library
  • Canoeing
  • Bbq facilities
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Squash
  • Ticket service
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Mini golf
  • Allergy-free room
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private beach area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Trouser press
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Lockers
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Kids' club
  • Beachfront
  • Evening entertainment
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Open-air bath
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Indoor play area
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Baby safety gates
  • Children television networks
  • Kid meals
  • Kid-friendly buffet


  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioning


  • Free WiFi available