Great Property - Velaa Private Island

Posted: Thu 28th April 2016
By: Camilla Kaas-Stock

Have you ever daydreamt about your very own desert island, with pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise seas? Well, then Velaa Private Island in the Maldives is proof that dreams do come true. The brainchild of Czech entrepreneur, Jirí Šmejc, here no expense has been spared in order to create a luxury resort like no other, and now he would like to share his dream with you….

Having spent countless weeks in the Maldives, both on holiday and while taking business trips between Europe and Asia, Jirí Šmejc’s passion for these beautiful islands grew, but none of them quite met his expectations. And this is how the seed that would become Velaa Private Island was planted.     Being a man of action and means, Jirí and his wife Radka bought the island and then went about creating a luxury private resort that would allow guests to experience privacy but at the same time provide plenty of first class opportunities for entertainment.

TURTLE ISLAND. Whether you’d like to take a submarine tour for two, snorkel with the sea turtles that gave the island its name (Velaa meaning “Turtle Island” in the local language), learn yoga or be pampered in a luxury spa, you can do all this and more on Velaa.     If you are splashing out on one of the top-end rooms, you will also be able to have exclusive use of the resort’s super yacht. So if you feel like cruising around the islands while enjoying a romantic meal prepared by the on-board chef, then just snap your fingers and it will be arranged. Or if you’d rather eat on dry land, then why not dine in one of the three restaurants, enjoy a drink in one of the bars or have a picnic on the beach.

DESERT ISLAND GOLF. Now, being able to play golf on a small desert island probably sounds like an impossibility, but here nothing is impossible. Crafted by Masters Champion José María Olazábal, Velaa Golf Academy is the only “Short Game Golf Academy” in the Maldives. For those booking through Xclusive Golf, which delivers bespoke aspirational golfing experiences around the world, you also get the chance to have tuition with the man himself. He will even act as a perfect dinner host and share his stories of many successful years as a top professional. 

PRIVATE POOLS. There are 43 private villas on the island, each with generous outdoor space and private swimming pools. The style is contemporary, but with the use of local materials it pays homage to traditional island architecture. Eighteen of the villas are built on stilts over water and are inspired by the stunning views of the island’s azure lagoon. In the Sunrise Water Pool Villa, you can wake up in morning and watch the sunrise directly from the bed or your spacious pool terrace.     The Ocean Pool House is a generous two-bedroom over water house, where you can swim in your own pool, step directly into the lagoon, or just relax in a gazebo with a good book. The Romantic Pool Residence is ideal for honeymooners, suspended above the lagoon and accessible only by boat, it offers all the privacy and romance you could wish for. Here, all the rooms open on to the terraces, where the pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects on the horizon. It also has a dining gazebo on its own jetty where you can dine at sunset – what could be more romantic than that?

FOUR BEDROOMS. Back on land, Velaa Private Residences are the largest, with four bedrooms, lush spacious outdoor areas and stunning views over the lagoon. They also, of course, come with a large swimming pool and private beach.    If you are looking for a place to get away from the world and live out your desert island dreams, then as long as you have a very healthy bank account, Velaa might just be the place for you. Here you can at least enjoy your very own piece of heaven, even if it’s just as a paying guest.    


Good to know

Please contact Xclusive Golf for bespoke packages and preferential rates to Velaa Private Island.

XG can also arrange private tuition experiences at Velaa hosted by Jose Maria Olazabal.

Please contact us for prices and availability.


T: 0844 504 9914

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By Camilla Kaas-Stock

Managing Director

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