Sharon Reid


The Maldives is renowned for both its beauty and luxury; however, the Maldives’ Velaa Private Island effortlessly increases the luxury factor to an entirely new level. In fact Velaa Private Island’s prestige was recently cemented when Travel & Leisure named it as one of the world’s Top Five Best Hotels, with its collection of stylishly appointed luxury villas and spectacular hotel offerings, the aforementioned accolade is indeed justified.

In addition to 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences, the resort also includes a Romantic Pool Residence – which can only be reached by boat. The properties designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as, “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances,” come equipped with a personal butler, all services offered can be tailored to personal specifications.

Czech billionaire, Jirí Smejc, is the brainchild behind Velaa Private Island; his vision was to create a destination in a category entirely of its own.  Following a $200 million investment to essentially build the resort from scratch, it has emerged as the ultra-luxe haven for the world’s most discerning holidaymakers. Attention to detail is evident: stone pavements from the desert in Jordan, Indonesian flowerpots, luxury wood panelling from Borneo, and glimmering Italian marble.24 - Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa - Bathroom

The facilities are extensive and for a resort of this standing there are plenty of ‘firsts’ thus reinforcing the sense of exclusivity, examples include: Velaa Private Island as the only resort in the Maldives with a snow room, the largest and most extensive wine collection in the region, the only Maldivian resort with a private submarine, an extraordinary kids’ club designed by – the founder’s seven year old daughter and the only resort in Asia with a My Blend by Clarins spa.

Wellness is emphasised with a Cloud 9 Floatation suite; a relaxation area looking out to sea; and a yoga pavilion offering sessions with a yoga master.

Those looking for less genteel exercise can find it courtesy of the well equipped gym and Velaa Private Island’s dive centre where a host of water activities can be enjoyed such as: windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, water-skiing and kite surfing. For the truly adventurous there is the exclusive semi-submarine expedition, in the Maldives’ only two-passenger private submarine.

Velaa Private Island has taken luxury to a whole other level, to experience this award –winning resort please visit: