As temperatures soar in the Gulf, there are many reasons to escape to the balmy climes of the Maldives this summer, to a haven offering adventure, romance, relaxation and gastronomy all in one idyllic destination, Velaa Private Island. This luxurious island escape has something for all the family, located in the paradisiacal Noonu Atoll, a 45-minute seaplane flight from Malé. Here we offer five reasons why this is the perfect getaway for the ultimate island escape in the azure blues of the Indian Ocean, one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
Bring the whole family to create unforgettable moments where children aged 4 to 12 can enjoy the activities of the LHA Velaa Kids Club. The club boasts the most extensive kids’ water park in the Maldives to ensure parents can still enjoy some downtime while the children embark on their own adventures. Other exciting activities including learning Maldivian baseball and Koraa (Maldivian hopscotch), the neon disco, pizza making and island treasure hunts. Creative activities like coral painting, mask making and learning about local sea life with a marine biologist are all part of the incredible Kids Club experience.
There is no better way to explore one of the world’s most beautiful oceans, the Indian Ocean, from the water itself, and Velaa Private Island offers its guests the largest fleet of water sports toys in the country. From wind surfing to jet skis, SUP to wakeboarding, there is something for all levels of adventure, both motorised and non-motorised. For underwater activities, scuba diving and snorkeling ensure that guests can get up close to some of the many varieties of marine life which live around the resort’s reef.
The best golf in Maldives
The island offers a unique way to golf in paradise, with the Velaa Golf Academy by Olazábal, a unique golfing experience that stretches over nine holes but offers numerous combinations, by day or by night. The golf course is designed by pro player José María Olazábal, and is aimed at delighting players of all levels. Guests can improve their technique with one-on-one tuition with PGA professionals as well as swing analysis software with the latest technology and a state-of-the-art Trackman simulator to enhance the golfing experience. An experience for all ages, the putting green and tailor-made tuition programmes makes the Velaa Golf Academy an experience for the whole family to enjoy.
Enjoy complete pampering with Velaa Spa
Velaa Spa blends cutting-edge technology with ancient wisdom, with a range of treatments blending the advancements of science with the knowledge of ancient healing, from customised facials with sophisticated European technology to traditional Asian massage and body treatments. Showcasing unique features such as the only ‘snow room’ in the Maldives and Dr Burgener Switzerland’s latest anti-aging technology, everything is catered to, whether beauty, relaxation or wellbeing. The expert team at Velaa Spa has also curated a selection of effective treatment combinations paired with fitness and nutrition regimes to provide a fresh take on healing therapies leaving guests refreshed and renewed.
Tavaru: where the world meets
As well as offering world-class gastronomy at the resort’s range of fine dining restaurants, bars and casual dining destinations, Tavaru offers the region’s most extensive grape collection. For connoisseurs or novices alike, the dedicated cellar, set in the Tepanyaki bar, has over 1,000 labels. The extensive collection boasts treasured vintages from around the world from the most popular regions to the lesser known, allowing guests to explore the world’s finest grapes from the heart of the Indian Ocean.