Indian Ocean

Velaa Private Island

The seaplane only just touched down and we are already gliding towards the pontoon of Velaa Private Island, the private island of the Noonu atoll in the Maldives. Velaa means “turtle” in the Maldivian language. There actually is a lot of them, living on the coral reef and laying eggs on the beach. The owner, with Czech origins, came on holiday here for about fifteen years before buying his own island and building the hotel of his dreams. Velaa Private Island combines harmony and discretion thanks to the following components : the generous configuration of the villas and their comfort, the layout of the open ceiling bathrooms, the absolute intimacy and the audacious architecture of the communal areas. Although it does not betray the authenticity of the destination, Velaa Private Island offers some unexpected services: indoors tennis court to hide from the heat, squash room, 7 holes golf course with simulator and professional instructor, library with 7000 books… The gastronomy of Velaa Private Island is orchestrated by two French chefs and an Asian chef. We can taste all the culinary combinations : the Teppanyaki menu of the Japanese restaurant reaching the top with some improbable plates, the innovative fusion cuisine of the gourmet restaurant, the sparkle of the champagne bar…