Located on the unspoilt – and secluded – Noonu Atoll, in the north of the Maldives, the opening of Velaa Private Island is one of the most hotly anticipated events of 2014.
Designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar, the luxury resort oozes contemporary chic with Maldivian nuances. The luxury Maldivian resort offers 43 private villas and five four-bedroom residences fusing local materials and contemporary flourishes, each private retreat boasts plenty of outdoor space and private pool. Some of the luxury villas have been built over water, for extra privacy the ‘romantic villa’ is the only exclusive villa that is reached by boat.
If guests need space to meditate the ‘raised-tree meditation platform’ is where they are encouraged to go. Submarine expeditions, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing are among the excursions available for those seeking adventure, and golf lovers can craft their game at the golf academy, designed by Spanish professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal.
If fine wines and exercise is not your thing, the A My Blend by Clarins spa, one of only a handful in the world, offers exclusive facial products and body treatments by Clarins. This luxury Indian Ocean spa also features the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives.