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Velaa Private Island Reopens

Velaa Private Island reopens with brand new refurbishments, events for the festive season and more

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island has reopened after a full refurbishment of facilities, including the addition of a brand-new beach bar. The refurbishment took place over the summer, with further improvements being made over the coming months, to continue the island’s commitment to the utmost quality and experience for guests.  While taking in the exciting new facilities and refurbishments, join Velaa for a series of events and action-packed activities for Halloween through to the New Year,  including a gastronomy month with visiting world class chefs. Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities, experiences and service that go beyond traditional resorts, making Velaa the ultimate island escape.


31st October 

This spooky season, Velaa has a fun-packed programme with activities and events for both children and adults to enjoy. From Dragon fossil making and Viking helmet designing to a Halloween beach dance party and Dragon hunting around the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Velaa this Halloween.

Four Hands dinners 

9th – 11th , 16th – 18th and 27th – 29th November 

This November, Velaa will be welcoming three talented world-class chefs to its shores for a series of Four-Hands dinners at Velaa’s signature restaurant, Aragu. Bringing their wealth of culinary experience to the table to serve guests a dinner to remember, alongside our own Chef Gaushan. First up is French-born Maxime Gilbert, who will be bringing all his experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as presenting his passion for gastronomy in the dishes he serves. Bringing a fusion of Philippine flavours to Velaa’s shores, Jordy Navarra will also be taking part in two collaboration dinners, drawing inspiration from Philippine ingredients and techniques. Last but certainly not least, award-winning Natsuko Shoji will be at Velaa to wow guests with her pastry talents and French style cuisine.

Velaa’s 9th Anniversary 

20th December

To celebrate nine wonderful years, join Velaa for an evening extravaganza with an exquisitely prepared dinner and an outstanding live music performance. World renowned French group, Charly’s Angels, will be returning to Velaa’s shores with their amazing range of songs and sensational stage presence for an unforgettable evening. 

Festive Season At Velaa 

20th– 29th December 

Treat yourself this Christmas to the most luxurious gift of a stay at Velaa Private Island for an unforgettable end to the year. This festive season enjoy a variety of festivities from a Christmas Eve Sunset Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner to an opening ceremony of Velaa’s grand gingerbread house. Santa will also be making an appearance, arriving on Velaa’s shores with gifts for the younger guests and celebratory drinks for the adults. Post-Christmas, indulge a little more and go on a Sri Lankan and Maldivian Gastronomical journey at Aragu, featuring an inventive tasting menu of traditional fresh ingredients combined with an explosion of Indian spices and flavours to wow your taste buds. 

New Year’s Celebration 

30th & 31st December 

On the penultimate night of the year, a New York-based 6-piece jazz ensemble will be performing international jazz classics from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.  With their unique international sound and glamorous vintage style, Carte Blanchetransports its audiences to times gone by with original renditions of classic songs, whilst offering a modern twist on the iconic styles of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Spend the final evening of 2022 at Velaa and be dazzled by a night of theatrical performance and celebration of the past year with the show-stopping “Katya” experience and dance the night away to welcome in the new year.

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About Velaa Private Island

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”. Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity. 

Published 17th October 2022

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