Recently named ‘2016 Luxury Private Island of the Year’ there are already countless reasons to visit Velaa Private Island – and now there is yet another. Unlike other Maldivian resorts, Velaa Private Island offers far more than just a beach holiday, and with the introduction of their new state of the art water toys it solidifies their position as one of the finest hotels in the world.
Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the 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 and was voted one of the top five hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure.
Known for his passion for adrenaline-fuelled extreme sports such as SkySurfing and Parachuting, the adventurous Mr Sloan looked forward to the opportunity of getting to grips with these awesome watersport super toys. However you don’t need to be a triple gold medallist like Mr Sloan to power up these great water gadgets as Velaa encourages all of their guests to get involved in some Indian Ocean adventure.
The new water gadgets include the hoverboard, an aquatic mechanism that mimics the feeling of riding a skateboard over the ocean with a top speed of 16 miles per hour. This unique board gives even the most experienced surfers a speed induced adrenaline rush and can send its rider 16 feet up into the air.
Inspired by old sci-fi jetpacks, the jetpack is unlike any water device currently in the market. This new aquatic jetpack uses immense water pressure to send its rider a whole 30 feet into the air with an added ability to hover in place so riders feel they are levitating.
For the ultimate aqua adrenaline experience the flyboard blasts at high speed so that its user experiences exhilarating lifts and drops as the boards water jets propel the rider above the ocean’s surface.
Velaa means “Turtle Island” 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 43 private villas, houses and residences and 4 four-bedroom residences while 18 of the 43 are built over water.
Ideal for honeymooners, the Romantic Pool Residence is suspended above the lagoon and offers utmost privacy and romance. Accessible only by boat, all rooms of this residence open on to the terraces, where the pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying aspects on the horizon. Dine inside at sunset or over the water in the dining gazebo on its own jetty, or enjoy sundowners on the sumptuous daybeds. Interiors are designed with natural materials and neutral colours with occasional accents of animal prints. With a private gym and spa treatment room there’s little reason to leave.
To find out more about Velaa Private Island and to book your next luxury island holiday, please visit www.velaaprivateisland.com