If you’re vying for the coveted ‘Destination Wedding of the Year’ spot, then we might just have found the place for you. It’s gorgeous, completely private and promises a truly royal experience. Velaa Private Island located in Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometres north of Malé, promises a beautiful, highly personalised experience designed to give you the kind of wedding that dreams are made of.
What makes Velaa Private Island so special is that the resort’s owner, Jiri Smejc, is truly passionate about the Maldives and the best that it has to offer. After spending many holidays staying at luxury resorts across the archipelago, he realised that although all of the islands were beautiful, he always felt like each experience lacked somewhere. That’s when he decided to build Velaa Private Island. This is the haven that Smejc dreamt of and then made a reality. He has masterfully created a place where sophisticated luxury is seamlessly woven in with the unmeasurable beauty of the Island.
Velaa shares its name with the generations of sea turtles that have nested on its shores. From an aerial view, you will notice that Velaa’s exclusive over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle, with the Island and jetties forming the body and flippers respectively. The Indian Ocean takes centre stage here. Dip your toes into crystal clear waters, enjoy long walks on the beach with a partner in absolute privacy, and enjoy sunset dinners in the sand. There’s no better recipe for a romantic holiday than comfort, luxury and a delicious sea breeze, just to make that moment perfect.
The Island is also an ideal gourmet getaway, serving up distinguished gastronomic experiences that must be savoured to be appreciated. Tavaru, a tall white tower and the highest restaurant in a Maldivian resort, is located here and sits 22m above sea level. We hear the refined Teppanyaki grill degustation that is on offer is sinfully good as well. The Island’s signature over water restaurant, Aragu, serves modern European cuisine with a twist and is famous for Chef Gaushan de Silva’s (whose culinary repertoire includes the Royal Palace in Jordan) innovative recipes.
The Island’s renowned spa brand, My Blend by Clarins, is an award winning spa that was recognised as the Best Luxury Private Island Spa in the Indian Ocean in 2018. If that’s not tempting enough, the Island also has a miniature submarine. Yes, you read that right. If diving isn’t for you, just hop into Velaa’s submarine to take a tour of the underwater world and discover the healthy house reef that is teeming with marine life. Alternatively, you may also choose from a wide range of high-tech water sports toys. If you prefer your entertainment on land, there’s Velaa’s Golf Academy – designed by professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, which allows you to practice your strokes across a 9-hole golf course, as well as an undercover tennis and squash court to shield you from the Maldivian heat.
Velaa’s Golf Academy
Velaa Private Island has 47 rooms which all have enormous private pools. The Romantic Pool Residence is the most coveted one, especially for honeymooners. It’s accessible only by boat and has its own Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck, dining gazebo along with a personal spa treatment room and gym. Each villa is constructed by natural materials, inspired by pan-Asian interior design with dark wood furniture and exotically-styled bathrooms.