The Iconic Velaa Private Island Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

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The Iconic Velaa Private Island Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

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A magically memorable Maldives Christmas

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With Velaa Private Island celebrating its 10th birthday on Wednesday 20th December, the 2023 festive season at the most exclusive destination in the Maldives promises to be bigger and better than ever. The ultimate sunshine-filled escape for a memorable Christmas and New Year, an enchanting world of activities will be on offer, as well as spectacular dining and top-notch entertainment. Guests of all ages can embrace the festivities, from the arrival of Santa to the ‘Ticket to Fabulous’ experience – an unrivalled New Year’s Eve show to welcome the new year singing and dancing. Here’s a selection of just some of the joyous and magnificent festivities to expect on the island this December… 

20th of December: Velaa’s 10th Birthday Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner 

Kick off the festive season with a celebration of past, present, and future in honour of Velaa Private Island’s 10th Anniversary. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and speciality cocktails from 7pm to 8pm in the AVI BAR, followed by an exquisitely prepared banquet out on the covered tennis courts, which will be turned into a fabulous ballroom for the event. Dinner will be paired by a live music performance by the incredible 26-piece Ibiza Live Orchestra.  

23rd of December: Gingerbread House Opening Ceremony  

Experience a winter wonderland in the tropics, where guests are invited to taste an array of delicious gingerbread cookies and spiced mulled wine at the 2023 Gingerbread House Opening Ceremony. Hosted at 4pm in the AVI BAR, the unveiling of the island’s grand 2023 gingerbread house is a wholesome activity the whole family can take part in. 

25th of December: Santa’s Arrival  

Adding an extra sprinkling of magic for Velaa’s youngest guests, Santa will of course be visiting on Christmas morning, with an abundance of toys and festive cheer. Families can keep an eye on the skies for his exciting arrival, and then head to the AVI BAR between 11am and 12pm to share their Christmas wish list and capture a photo with Santa himself, before he sets off on his epic journey back to the North Pole.   

27th of December: Truffle and Caviar Dinner 

Held in Aragu Siganture Restaurant – which hosts a number of one-of-a-kind culinary events throughout the year – this special evening of culinary opulence is a foodie’s dream come true. From 7pm to 11pm, expect an extraordinary gastronomic experience where flavours of aromatic truffles and the finest caviar take centre stage in a menu hand-picked by Chef Gaushan De Silva. 

Tickets cost $595 per adult and $297.50 per child 

31st of December: New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party, Gala Dinner and After Party

Dress to impress and bid farewell to 2023, starting with a sunset cocktail and canapés at AVI BAR, while looking out onto stunning ocean views. The Gala dinner will commence at 9pm with a feast of flavours inspired by cuisines from around the world, plus an excellent selection of wines. The night ends with a star-studded line-up of artists in the ‘Ticket to Fabulous’ show – a magical and theatrical experience, ensuring the island enters the new year with a dazzling night of music and celebration. From awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil-style performances, to headline act, Soul Brothers – a Pop, Soul & Motown party band who promise an extravaganza of the world’s greatest hits – more than 50 acts will come together for one night only.

And don’t forget the Wellbeing Village too…

One of the leading wellness destinations in the Indian Ocean, Velaa now offers Eveylaa Wellbeing; a new full-service health and wellness facility combining ancient eastern practices with western techniques, focusing on the three core pillars of Medical, Osteopathy and Ayurveda. World-class doctors, osteopaths and therapists are in residence, while to complement treatments, Faiy is Velaa Private Island’s newest dining outpost, serving elevated wellness-focused cuisine. The Wellbeing Villages is the perfect antidote to an exquisitely indulgent calendar of celebrations. 


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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. 

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Published 03rd November 2023

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