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"Exclusive private island surrounded by an azure sea and curated experiences to go beyond luxury"

Need to know

    • 47 Private Villas + 1 Owner Villa
    • Velaa private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
    • Check In 14.00 / Check Out 12.00 
    • Day Use Luxury villas for early check in and late check out
    • Operates on Island time 

We love

  • The private airport lounge at Male Airport where you can pass time between the sea plane transfer and International flight
  • The Private butler who will look into every little detail of your trip – you will probably find the book you were sifting through at the spa quietly placed on your bedside table when you get back from dinner.
  • The coral restoration project in their house reef
  • Inhouse marine biologists who built a relationship with sting rays over 6 years that now come to the shore and eat straight out of their hands at sunset

Top Secret

Velaa private island has the only snow room in the Maldives. The -13 degrees Celsius is a perfect place to literally chill out after a hot day in the sun, or simply to close your open pores after a sauna and a steam.


Owner, Jiri Smejc, had visited Maldives for many years experiencing plenty luxury island resorts. No matter how exclusive, there was always something amiss. To meet his desires, Velaa Private Island, was conceptualized as a personal summer home which he then opened up to the rest of the world looking for ultimate luxury, exclusivity and privacy.

The Review

A private sea plane flight takes you to a turtle shaped gem, glistening under a clear blue sky in the azure Indian Ocean. At the very start of your experience in this tropical paradise, you are already leaving behind the real world immersing yourself in an unofficial time zone to make the most of daylight, island time.


Velaa, meaning sea turtle in Maldivian, takes inspiration not only in design but also the ideology of generations of turtles that return to their islands to nest and hatch every year.

Owner, Radka Šmejc, replicated this ideology and put together this passion project crafted through his finest personal experiences, curating an exclusive resort where guests would feel at home in the lap of luxury and look to return time and again – a kind of summer house of their own. Velaa Private Island allows you that, welcome.


Indulge in the easy energy of the island, sprinkled with polite luxury and an array of activities ranging from diving, golf, a highly curated wellness spa to magical excursions off the island - a resort created by a billionaire, for billionaires.


The only resort in the Maldives that gives you a private butler to every room and an entirely handcrafted stay based around “personal moments”. Each detail is designed for maximum exclusivity, from the wine cellar housing more than 1000 labels spanning from boutique wineries to grand marques, to a meticulously planned private dinner on a deserted island with a band, personal chef on hand and a private yatch cruising through the aquamarine sea.


Immersing yourself in this tropical paradise will leave you forever wanting to return to island time.


Velaa Private Island

  • Address: Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, P.O. Box 2071, Republic of Maldives
  • Travel info: Arrival at Velana (Male) International Airport and transfer to Sea Plane Terminal. Further take a 47 minute private sea plane to Velaa Private Island.

Key Features

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • 24 Hour Services

  • Butler Service

  • Beach

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa