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This super-luxurious Maldivian hideaway is located in the Noonu Atoll, just 45 minutes by seaplane from the capital Male, and boasts a collection of 47 exclusive pool villas and residences.
The resort comprises of hideaways in the jungle, one and two bedroom beach villas, and overwater villas. Best of the bunch is the Romantic Pool Residence, reached only by boat, but every room from the lead in category and upwards has its own pool.
The island's restaurants include signature overwater restaurant Aragu, where guests can enjoy a pre-dinner champagne or cocktail tasting at Cru before fine dining. Back on the island proper the extraordinary central tower houses Tavaru restaurant, serving East Asian dishes, and the hotel's fine wine cellar. Guests can also ask for all day dining, and have meals at their villas or at selected beauty spots around the island, courtesy of their private butler.
The My Blend by Clarins spa has six treatment rooms and the spa therapists offer a range of treatments using Clarins lotions and potions. There are visiting practioners to offer reflexology, acupressure and shiatsu, and yoga classes on a raised wooden meditation platform overlooking the beautiful turquoise water of the lagoon. Spa bunnies with an eye on the original will also enjoy Wolke 7 Cloud 9, a treatment/art experience dreamt up by the Austrian artist and holistic thinker Sha and involving deeply relaxing cloud-shaped reclining treatment pods. The spa will also feature the first 'snow room' in the Maldives. No, we're not quite sure either. Sorry.
Activities include snorkelling, diving, windsurfing, speedboat trips a number of non-motorised watersports and even a two-man submarine experience. Back on dry land golfers should note the Jose Maria Olazabal designed Troon Short Game Golf Academy for a bit of practice on the old short game.
Why we love it
'Velaa' means turtle in Dhivehi, the Maldivean language, and the fine white sand beaches of the island are a favoured nesting ground of giant turtles who return to lay there eggs here.