A Personal Paradise in the Maldives Where I Kickstarted My Wellness Journey | Savoir Flair
A Personal Paradise in the Maldives Where I Kickstarted My Wellness Journey
by Haleh Nia 8-minute read October 7, 2023

This one-of-a-kind destination invites you on an unmatched wellness journey.


In the heart of the Indian Ocean lies a gem that epitomizes luxury, exclusivity, and enchantment — the Velaa Private Island. A marvel situated among the string of pearls that is the Maldives, Velaa offers an untouched sanctuary where the pace of life is set by the rise and fall of the tides. Private villas dot the island, each providing unobstructed views of the azure ocean, while bespoke experiences allow every guest to create a holiday as unique as the island itself.

Born from a profound love for the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is a dream turned into reality by Radka and Jiří Šmejc, a couple with an unmatched passion for creating an unparalleled private island resort and personal abode. Nestled in the Noonu Atoll, a scenic 45-minute seaplane ride from Malé, Velaa stands in a league of its own, boasting an array of unrivaled amenities unseen across the Indian Ocean.

Velaa, meaning "turtle" in Dhivehi, the local Maldivian language, draws inspiration from the generations of sea turtles that have called the island and its stunning coral reef home. Renowned Czech architect Petr Kolář, who conceived the design, meticulously merges contemporary luxury with intimate Maldivian touches. Throughout the resort, the turtle motif is subtly woven, and an aerial view of the over-water villas reveals a fascinating pattern — they form the head of a turtle, while the island and its strategically placed jetties mirror its body and flippers.


Suite Life

There's an understated elegance to the accommodations on Velaa Private Island. Ranging from the Beach Pool Villas nestled in the island's lush greenery to the stunningly exclusive Romantic Pool Residence accessible only by boat, Velaa's offerings have something for every luxury seeker.

All accommodations feature private pools, sun decks, and an array of world-class amenities to create an intimate enclave within the island paradise. The design pays homage to Maldivian culture, with thatched roofs and over-water constructions reminiscent of traditional homes, while modern conveniences and luxurious interiors assure the highest level of comfort.

Food Matters

Velaa Private Island takes gastronomy to the next level. Each meal here is more than just food; it's a medley of fresh ingredients, international flavors, and exceptional service, all set against the backdrop of the island's captivating natural beauty. The island's multiple restaurants serve cuisines from around the world, all curated by Michelin-starred chefs.

At the signature restaurant, Aragu, experience a unique spin on modern European fare under a blanket of stars with the rhythmic sound of the ocean playing in the background. Here, culinary artistry meets environmental consciousness, creating a dining experience that's a cut above the rest. The island's wine cellar, Tavaru, is home to a vast collection (800+ varieties) of the world's best wines, with the restaurant's sommelier team adding to the gastronomic brilliance by curating an immersive journey through the most prestigious vineyards worldwide.

For a more relaxed dining experience, head to Athiri, which offers a beachfront dining experience like no other. Open throughout the day, it serves an array of creative global cuisine — traditional Maldivian fare, Asian influences, and a wide range of international dishes cater to all tastes, creating a unique culinary mosaic. With chefs from 14 different nationalities, the restaurant serves authentic, home-style food prepared with the finest imported and local ingredients. Athiri's signature wood-fired pizzas, made fresh throughout the day, add a rustic charm to the menu.

Tavaru, the highest architectural building on a resort island in the Maldives, offers splendid views of Velaa and the stunning azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The restaurant's menu celebrates Teppanyaki grill cuisine, offering exclusive Japanese tasting menus that pair grand theatrics with culinary delights. Signature dishes like Teriyaki Black Cod and Kagoshima A5 Tenderloin add a touch of extravagance to this dining spectacle, where we can promise you will be thoroughly entertained.


Adventure Awaits

The range of activities at Velaa Private Island ensures that no two days are alike. The island's golf academy, designed by the Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal, is a must for golf enthusiasts.

For thrill-seekers, water sports like windsurfing, kite surfing, and jet-skiing provide an adrenaline-fueled rush. An afternoon yacht cruise around the archipelago will let you soak in the Maldives' breathtaking beauty, while dolphin watching adds a touch of magic to the journey. Velaa Private Island also provides tailor-made romantic experiences, like private picnics on deserted islands, for those who are so inclined.


Sweet Surrender

In the heart of the island you'll find Velaa Spa, a sanctuary of excellence and innovation where advanced technology converges with the ancestral art of touch.

Velaa Spa offers a comprehensive suite of signature treatments, blending cutting-edge European technology with traditional Asian massage and body therapies. Guests can indulge in customized facials, invigorating body treatments, and transformative massages, all delivered by skilled therapists in the privacy of six secluded double treatment villas suspended over the turquoise waters.

Unique to the Maldives, the spa's 'snow room' is a sensory experience that combines hot and cold therapies to rejuvenate the body. It's a chilly haven in the tropics that invigorates the senses and boosts circulation.

Adding to the spa's repertoire of innovative wellness offerings is the Cloud 9, a cloud-shaped reclining treatment pod developed by Viennese artist and perception researcher, Sha. This unique spa treatment concept combats daily stress and strain by gently swaying and cradling guests into a state of deep, deep relaxation. This sensory immersion extends beyond the boundaries of a traditional wellness center. The space is a haven of peace, relaxation, and rejuvenation, where every element — from signature treatments to exclusive products and unique therapies — contributes to a holistic wellness journey like no other.


Wellbeing Village

Kickstart your wellness journey by stepping into a tranquil paradise within the paradise that is Velaa Private Island. The recently unveiled Eveylaa Wellbeing Village, set amidst lush jungle foliage, is a world of expertise, transformation, and unparalleled indulgence, where cutting-edge technology meets the time-honored art of healing.

The Eveylaa Wellbeing facility, whose name translates to "ancient" in Dhivehi, combines traditional healing techniques of Ayurveda with Eastern medicine and holistic treatments. This facility includes two couples' treatment rooms, one equipped with Ayurveda beds, Shirodhara stands, and traditional steam boxes, while the other is geared towards Osteopathy treatments with a European-style steam room, modern treatment beds, and a floating pod. The offerings extend to an integrated medical approach to wellness, guided by a trained GP and a dedicated Ayurvedic doctor, along with international Osteopaths. This full spectrum of holistic healing ensures a comprehensive wellness experience.

Medical treatments include detailed blood analysis, food intolerance profiles, IV therapy, and assessments of blood pressure and body composition, among other services. This scientific, personalized approach to wellness ensures a thorough understanding of each guest's health and wellbeing needs. Fitness enthusiasts can also participate in yoga, Pilates, or personalized fitness programs, while nutritional consultations are available to craft a unique wellness menu, helping guests sustain their health even on vacation.

The Ayurvedic treatments adhere to traditional healing principles, focusing on balancing the body's systems through diet, herbal treatments, and yogic breathing techniques. A variety of therapies, from Abhyanga and Kati Vasti to Shirodhara and Udwartanam, are performed by skilled therapists, often using the “four hands technique” for an immersive wellness experience.

As part of the Wellbeing Village, the Faiy Restaurant provides a culinary dimension to wellness. Set amidst the tropical garden of the island, this restaurant serves a menu of light, healthy, and colorful dishes, using only the highest quality ingredients. The menu embodies a holistic and healthy approach to living, featuring real, clean, and unprocessed whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.

The Eveylaa Wellbeing Village offers an unparalleled wellness journey, crafting the balance of life between body treatments, mindfulness, fitness, and nutrition, and welcoming guests to an idyllic retreat where luxury and wellbeing harmoniously coexist.


A stay at Velaa Private Island isn't just a holiday; it's an immersive journey into a world of luxury, tranquility, and profoundly spiritual experiences. This personal paradise is a testament to the Maldives' natural beauty and the refined art of hospitality, where every guest is treated to a slice of paradise, a taste of the extraordinary, and a newfound understanding of the infinitely capable body you are living in.

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