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December 20, 2018updated Jan 14, 2019

Velaa Private Island, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

By Alex Martin

Velaa is set in the Noonu Atoll, where turquoise lagoons and islands of white sand and lush vegetation come with a wealth of marine life and close proximity to world-class dive sites.

The no-expense-spared design includes work from award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar: See the opulent teak-furnished villas, and the cocoon-like wine cellar and restaurant Tavaru.

Go from dining with your feet in the sand at Athiri to a candlelit meal at the overwater restaurant Aragu. Try the technologically advanced treatments at Spa My Blend by Clarins, or tee off on a golf course designed by José María Olazábal.

Top suite: Romantic Pool Residence from $7,950 per night

Yellow submarine: See below the surface of this marine-life– rich atoll by venturing out in Velaa’s state-of-the-art semi-submarine.

Contact: Hassan Zahir, reservations manager,, +960 656 5000,

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