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Veela Private Island

Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Its name means “Turtle Island” in the local language and is named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch.

The resort is an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury and features over water villas that have been constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body.

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

Each of the private retreats has been 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.

Beach Pool Villa – Offering 295 square metres of living space, these detached one bedroom beachfront pool villas are sumptuously furnished. Mahogany louvered panels and intricate lofty ceilings introduce a colonial ambience while mahogany furniture and suspended bamboo lights give a natural feel. An indoor bathroom with Romeo and Juliet basins opens to a large outdoor bathroom connected by a garden atrium where a gazebo-covered daybed overlooks the bathtub. Day beds, swinging chair and an outdoor dining area face the Indian Ocean.

Deluxe Beach Pool Villa – These villas have 346 square metres of living space and natural materials and colours bring the outside in, while a suspended chair adds an element of playful refinement. These private one-bedroom beachfront pool villas feature a separate large living room, outdoor terrace and private pool and indoor bathroom. The Zen-like outdoor bathroom features a large bath and deck, and reclining daybed under a pillared podium connected by a garden atrium. The alfresco dining area by the pool is the place to be at sunset.

Sunrise Water Pool Villa – Along an extended jetty, the villas on this crescent have Indian Ocean views and private pools. Overhanging thatch offers shade over the dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom open onto the terrace, pool and sun deck, with steps leading alluringly into the aquamarine water. A comfortable living room is designed around a viewing window set into the floor, while the bed faces the ocean.

Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa  – With all-around Indian Ocean views and private pools facing the sunset, these villas are dreamlike in design, separated by canvas sails ensuring utmost privacy. Thatched roofing shades the outdoor dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom open onto the terrace. The pool and sun deck have steps into the ocean, while under the gazebo a vast daybed scattered with cushions catches the final moments of the sunset. Inside, the large comfortable living room has its own bar area, complete with a private wine fridge, designed around a viewing window set into the floor. Huge bathrooms with circular baths and a swinging chair reflect the water surrounding the villa.

Beach Pool House – Nestled in lush foliage flanked by gently swaying palms, the two-bedroom beachfront houses are ideal for families. The large living area works as a retreat in the day and a social hub in the evening, leading to the kitchen area, complete with bar and high stools, which is practical for both catering and socialising over snacks/meals. Bedrooms blend light and privacy using louvered wood, natural materials and lights suspended from high vaulted ceilings. Rattan swinging chairs add a sense of fun to the elegant décor. Outside, there is a spacious terrace with a large private pool, carefully positioned day beds and a stand-alone outdoor dining platform with panoramic views over the lagoon.

Beach Pool Pavilion – Also flanked by tall palm trees, the more exclusive one-bedroom beachfront pavilion is ideal for couples and families who enjoy the luxury of space. It additionally offers a second convertible space which can be adapted according to guests’ desires, whether as an additional bedroom, spa, gym or library. The large living area works as a retreat in the day and a social hub in the evening, leading to the kitchen which incorporates a bar with high stools and open shelving, practical for catering. The bedroom blends light and privacy using louvered wood panels, natural materials and lights suspended from a high vaulted ceiling. Rattan swinging chairs add a sense of fun to the elegant décor. Outside, there is a spacious terrace with a private pool, carefully positioned day beds and a stand-alone outdoor dining platform with panoramic views over the lagoon.

Ocean Pool House – Prestigiously located on the tip of the island, in an exclusive private domain, this two-bedroom overwater residence fringed with traditional thatch offers elegant living space with carefully curated elements. Louvered shutters let the breeze flow through, while a deep sofa is covered in scatter cushions, ideal for settling down with a good book. The dining area provides a central space while the Indian Ocean is the backdrop from every aspect, from the two spacious bathrooms featuring circular baths, to the elegant bedrooms. Swim in your own pool and relax on the sun deck, or step directly into the lagoon. Kick back under one of two gazebos – one with a sunken hot tub and the other with daybeds.

Romantic Pool Residence – Accessible only by boat, this ultra-private one-bedroom villa suspended above the lagoon with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views offers utmost privacy and romance, making it perfect for honeymooners or those looking for ultra-luxury, including a private chef and butler. All rooms open onto the terraces, where the Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects of the horizon. Dine inside at sunset, or over the water in a dining gazebo on its own jetty, or enjoy sundowners on the sumptuous daybeds. Interiors are designed with natural materials and neutral colours with occasional accents of Ikat or animal prints. With a personal gym and spa suite inside the residence, there’s little reason to leave.

Velaa Private Residence – Imagine the definitive ultimate beach residence. With four bedrooms accommodating up to 10, a rarity in the Maldives, the Velaa Pool Residences offer elegant contemporary design and 1,350 square metres of private interior and exterior space, inclusive of two terraces, a pool and courtyard. Secluded on a pristine private beach, the carefully curated interiors deliver comfort, style and elegance in equal measures. These two-storey detached residences are laid out with privacy in mind. Each of the four bedrooms faces the ocean across a stretch of white sand; the first floor bedrooms have generous balconies while the ground floor opens onto the pool. Indoor and outdoor bathrooms are connected by a garden atrium. Flanked by two gazebos for dining, resting or playing, the pool reflects the ocean and is the central focus. Behind the living space a gym, spa suite and outdoor living area offer plenty of quiet spaces to retire to. Subdued lighting and large format photography provide visual breaks to the sea of natural wood and stone that set the tone of the interiors. These residences set a new level of ultimate luxury in the Maldives for friends and families alike.

Velaa Private Island boasts the culinary consultancy of Michelin-star chef Adeline Grattard from Paris and has three restaurants, two bars and an exclusive wine cellar. Guests have a diverse selection of locations and cuisines to choose from.

Signature restaurant Aragu serves innovative cuisine in an elegant setting over water. Before or after dining, guests can enjoy vintage champagne at Cru lounge.

Tavaru houses a Teppanyaki kitchen with live cooking stations, and special wine and food tasting events in the centrepiece of the island, a visually striking tower where Velaa’s extensive wine cellar also takes centre stage.

Athiri is beachfront all-day dining at its finest, presenting a feast of creative contemporary cuisine, including a wood-fired oven baking perfect pizzas and fresh bread throughout the day.

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

Destination Dining is a unique concept whereby guests are entertained exclusively in a variety of stylish and distinctly different settings, both on and off the island with creative menus and entertainment. Ideal for special occasions and private events.

In-villa Dining allows guests’ privacy and personal space around the clock with the speedy “Velaa Express” service and “Served in Villa” menus available at any time.

Veela Private Island has a range of facilities and activities for guests enjoyment including a world-class gym, a yoga pavilion, golf, tennis and squash courts, beach volleyball and an artificial football pitch.

Sports facilities extend to a covered Tennis Court & Squash Court, Beach Volleyball and an artificial Football pitch. Seadoo Scooters are available for hire to effortlessly access the island’s coral reef for the best snorkelling. There is a range of watersports such as windsurfing, sailing, kite surfing, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, jet skis and Seabobs.

The luxury spa showcases the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives – the spa offers a synergy of therapies and products with six secluded treatment villas (4 couple and 2 individual) over the water. A comprehensive range of signature treatments includes customised facials with sophisticated European technology and traditional Asian massages and Ayurvedic therapies.

Getting there: The island is a 50 minute seaplane transfer from the International Airport.


All rooms feature private swimming pool, air-conditioning, flat screen television with satellite channels, surround sound, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, customised private bar, luxurious bathrooms with oversized bathtubs and dressing area.

Beach Pool Villa

  • 295 square metres
  • Beach & lagoon views
  • Indoor bathroom & outdoor bathroom with oversized tub
  • Garden area
  • Daybed
  • Dining area
  • Swinging chair
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 1 child

Deluxe Beach Pool Villa

  • 346 square metres
  • Beachfront location
  • Separate spacious living area
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Indoor bathroom & outdoor bathroom with oversized tub
  • Garden area
  • Daybeds
  • Dining area
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 1 child

Sunrise Water Pool Villa

  • 232 square metres
  • Dining area
  • Sundeck and terrace with direct lagoon access
  • Separate living area
  • Lagoon views
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 1 child

Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa

  • 256 square metres
  • Bathroom with circular baths and swinging chairs
  • Dining area
  • Sundeck and terrace with direct lagoon access
  • Daybed
  • Living area with personal bar and wine fridge
  • Lagoon views
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 1 child

Beach Pool House

  • 600 square metres
  • Two bedrooms with one king bed and twin beds
  • Separate living area
  • Kitchen area with personal bar
  • Spacious terrace with dining area
  • Daybeds
  • Lagoon views
  • Maximum occupancy 4 adults & 1 child

Ocean Pool House

  • 500 square metres
  • Two bedrooms with two king beds
  • Two spacious bathrooms with circular bathtubs
  • Dining area
  • Lagoon views
  • Sundeck with lagoon access
  • Two gazebos with hot tube
  • Daybeds
  • Maximum occupancy 4 adults & 1 child

Romantic Pool Residence

  • 623 square metres
  • Private chef and butler
  • Lagoon views
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sundeck with sunken bathtub
  • Dining gazebo
  • Daybeds
  • Personal gym
  • Spa suite
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults & 1 child

Veela Private Residence

  • 1350 square metres
  • Four bedrooms with king-size beds
  • Two storeys
  • Private beach location
  • Two terraces
  • Courtyard
  • Indoor and outdoor bathrooms
  • Gazebos
  • Personal gym
  • Spa suite
  • Maximum occupancy 8 adults & 2 children

Resort amenities

  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Kite surfing
  • Wake-boarding
  • Water-skiing
  • Yoga
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Squash
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Dive centre
  • Restaurants & bars


Pool and Beach

  • Each villa has a private swimming pool or guests have access to the resort swimming pool
  • Some of the villas are overwater or on the beachfront with direct beach access

Services Included

  • Welcome Champagne
  • Personal butler service
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily turndown amenities
  • Use of non-motorised watersports
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • High speed internet

Location Maldives

  • 1-4 Bedrooms
  • 1-4 Bathrooms

Quick Look

Luxury resort, 1-4 bedrooms, restaurants & bars, diving, watersports, luxury spa.


Velaa Private Island is part of Noonu atoll, near the northwest edge of the Maldives archipelago. It is 45 minutes away by seaplane from Malé International Airport, or 4 hours away by luxury yacht.

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