Luxury in Velaa Private Island: Polite luxury on turtle island
Velaa Private Island opened in December 2013 north of Malé, within the group of islands that form the Noonu Atoll. Velaa is the accomplishment of founders Radka and Jiri Smejc's mission to create an exceptional luxury haven with unrivalled service and comfort in complete privacy. They shared a common desire that the island would fulfil their dreams of heaven on earth. Velaa Private Island is the perfect luxury holiday island realised from their experience on their many journeys in the archipelago. Velaa's interior designer Petr Kolár uses the phrase ‘polite luxury’ when he designed the resort's most impressive attributes to be unobtrusive and subtle. At Velaa Private Island, the essence of Maldivian culture, lifestyle and natural environment meet unlimited relaxation opportunities, where no request is too extravagant, no luxury rental villa is too over the top, and each guest will eventually feel as if this is his own private island. Surely, this is another bucket list experience you need to add to your private list!
The name Velaa, which means Turtle in the Maldivian language, Dhivehi, was chosen to represent the generations of sea turtles that keep coming to the island to hatch and to breed. Inspired by these ancient sea animals, the resort designer has kept turtle patterns and colours as a main motif all around the property. A long-time visitor to the Maldives, Jiri Smejc, the Czech billionaire owner, was able to choose his staff from the country's best hotels when the time came to open his own resort. The staff is perhaps Velaa's best selling point. Five days in their care convinced me that Velaa is one of the world's very best luxury resorts. Famous Michelin-starred chef, Adeline Grattard, oversees the island's great assortment of vintage foods and wines. When you arrive at Malé Airport, a 45-minute seaplane ride or an exciting four hour cruising trip on board of a luxury yacht, will transport you to your seaside villa in this utopia in the Maldives.