Dragons at Velaa this Halloween
October 25th - November 1st
This Halloween, a swarm of mythical fire-breathing Dragons have made their nest on Velaa! Will you do what it takes t...
KT Tunstall at Velaa
Joining us this October, Scottish singer-songwriter and musician KT Tunstall will be taking to the stage on Athiri be...
Celebrate Velaa's 9th Anniversary
Join us as we come together and celebrate nine marvellous years of Velaa!
Night Golf at Velaa Golf Academy
Posted April 2nd
Bringing a visual and sensory twist to the standard game with night golf at Velaa Golf Academy.
Milan Houser Art Collection at Velaa
Posted March 13th
An exclusive collection of artworks by renowned Czech artist Milan Houser has been unveiled in the spectacular Suns...
Ameera Joins The Fleet at Velaa
Posted January 25th
Joining our extensive fleet, Ameera is now available to guests for private sunset fishing, dolphin cruises and more...
LOREEDUBOIS for Velaa Private Island
Posted November 20th
An exceptional collection of High Jewellery designed and crafted by Loreedubois for Velaa is presented at Velaa Priv...
World Travel Awards 2021
Posted October 23rd
We are proud to announce that we have succeeded in becoming the Indian Ocean's Leading Private Island Resort 2021
Padel tennis at Velaa
Posted June 22nd
Our active guests will be able to add even more activities to their holiday with the brand new exclusive padel tennis...
Aragu makes it into Asia's 50 Best Restaurants
Posted March 22nd
It’s a great honor to share that Aragu signature restaurant has made it into Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. Making it th...
Ulysse Nardin and Pomellato to Velaa
Posted March 2nd
From March 2021, Velaa will feature a collection of Pomellato jewellery as well as a curated collection of Ulysse Na...
First Fliteboard in the Maldives
Posted October 21st
Take a flight over the azure blue Indian Ocean at the ease of our brand new eFoil Fliteboard.
World Travel Awards 2020
Posted November 10th
Winner of Indian Ocean's Leading Private Island and Luxury Island Resort 2020
New Hammam in Nirolhu Private Residence
Posted November 27th
Hot and cold meets foam in this new exciting addition to Nirolhu Private Residence.
A tropical Easter at Velaa
April 14th - April 24th
We celebrated the season of chocolate and bunnies with our Madagascar themed Easter programme!
Our guests joined Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra and the other characters from Madagascar for a fun filled ten-day Easter programme as well as for two international music shows on 17 and 20 April under the stars at Athiri beach. EASTER MOMENTS FOR KIDS...
Four Hands Dinner with Christian Le Squer
April 6th - April 8th
This April, renowned three Michelin-starred Chef, Christian Le Squer ventures from the streets of Paris to our very own shores here at Velaa for two exclusive four-hands dinners in Aragu Restaurant!
Obtaining his first Michelin star in the late 90s with Opéra restaurant, Lorient-born Christian Le Squer has delivered culinary excellence in some of the greatest restaurants across France. From Le Divellec to Lucas Carton and the Ritz, Christian went on to gain a further two Michelin stars at Ledoyen. Currently residing at restaurant Le Cinq, Christian alongside our very...
Guests enjoyed Georges Bizet's classical masterpiece under the stars at Velaa.
For the first time ever Carmen, the famous drama unfolded on Athiri beach. A spectacular evening with Briana Hunter from the Metropolitan Opera in New York as our Carmen, conducted by French-American Christopher Ocasek, produced especially for Velaa by Aaron Grant and Michelle Magladi and directed by Sara Widzer from Los Angeles Opera.
Showtunes Under the Stars
This March, our guests embraced an evening of magical musical theatre with a showcase of iconic compositions on Athiri Beach!
This March, we journeyed through the iconic musical theatre canon, tipping our hats to the great works of Lerner & Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, and Stephen Sondheim. Soprano Kaileigh Riess and Tenor Nathan Munson brought their star vocalism to the stage alongside Pianist Andrew Sun tickling the ivories for this one...
Practitioner Dr Buathon Thienarrom
March 7th - March 21st
Offering private alternative medicine and holistic healing sessions for our guests, Holistic Practitioner Dr Buathon Thienarrom visited Velaa this March.
Dr. Buathon Thienarrom is a holistic practitioner from Thailand with an extensive knowledge in alternative medicine, Taoist practice and Tibetan medicine. Her journey is to seek a way to deliver an integration of the body, mind and spirit. With her extensive background in Nursing, Psychology and Health Sociology, she has gradually created ZenNaTai, a unique approach to h...
Winemaker Dinner with Didier Depond and Tiano & Nareno
February 28th - March 2nd
Expert connoisseur and President of Delamotte and Salon Champagne, Didier Dipond visited Velaa sharing his vast knowledge in wines during two exclusive Winemaker dinners this February and March.
Joining the Laurent-Perrier group over 24 years ago, Didier Depond's passion for Champagnes has driven the many successes of Delamotte & Salon Champagne. This February, Depond arrived at Velaa and took part in two exclusive Winemaker dinners, sharing his expertise in wine and Champagne pairing alongside a menu of fine dishes to complement.
Wine dinners with Chateau de la Tour
February 20th - February 24th
Guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining in Aragu Signature Restaurant paired perfectly with a curated wine selection from Francois Labet of Chateau de la Tour.
Château de la Tour was built in 1890 by the ancestors of the current owners; the Labet and Déchelette families. These same families trace their roots in wine since the end of the 15th century. Château de la Tour is built in the higher section, not far from the Cistercian manor which belongs to the Chevalier du Tastevin. The winegrowing and commercial activities are direc...
Carnival at Velaa
February 7th - February 12th
Experience all the spirit and flair of Brazil with Carnival at Velaa!
This February, we brought the Brazilian inspired celebration of carnival to the shores of Velaa, embracing the true culture of samba with dance and drum sessions alongside high-energy Capoeira classes led by professional dance collective Brazilian Fantasy.
Visiting Wellness Practitioner Dmitri Tkatchev
January 17th - February 9th
Visiting personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach Dmitri Tkatchev will be returning to Velaa this January, to practice Pilates in paradise with private sessions for guests.
Over the past 12 years Dmitri has build a reputation as one of the leading practitioners working in his field training celebrities and affluent people. This coming January, Dmitri will be returning to Velaa for tailored personal classes for our guests. During his visit, guests will have the opportunity to meet the wellness expert on the island and improve both their intern...
Little Italy with Mark Zitti e i Fratelli Coltelli at Velaa
Guests were able to get a taste of Little Italy at Velaa this December with authentic cuisine and the musical talents of Mark Zitti e i Fratelli Coltelli
Mark Zitti e i Fratelli Coltelli are a musical “crew” that visited Velaa to energize and excite our guests with their sharp and engaging sounds, The evening paired exquisite and authentic Italian cuisine with the warm and versatile vocality of live Italian music.
Melody of Your Imagination at Velaa
December 31st - January 6th
Join us for the ultimate celebration of the season as we bring the best from across the world for our renowned festive event!
Welcome the start of a new year on the shores of Velaa and witness magic and wonder with a host of the best artists and performers from across the world coming together for a culmination that will leave you in awe. Pair this enchanting experience with some of the most exquisite cuisines inspired by the finest flavours from around the globe. VELAA FESTIVE PROGRAMME BROCHURE ...
Mariana Holovko and Noble Singers Club at Velaa
December 30th - January 1st
Combining the best Ukrainian musicians and singers for two marvellous performances this Festive at Velaa!
Complementing two delightfully exquisite culinary experiences this festive season. Maryana Holovko and Noble Singers Club are a music project combining the best Ukrainian
musicians and singers who are known to perform world famous hits in their own distinctive way.
Santa's Arrival at Velaa
Guests started their Christmas Day with a special arrival all the way from the North Pole!
Santa surprised us once again, bearing plenty of gifts for our younger guests and celebratory drinks for the adults, guests were sure to take photos with Santa before he embarked on his epic journey back to the North Pole!
Pixie Lott For Velaa's 8th Anniversary
Live at Velaa this December, award-winning British singer and songwriter Pixie Lott put on a spectacular show for our anniversary.
This year, Velaa celebrated its 8th anniversary with the vocal talents of British singer and songwriter Pixie Lott. Guests joined us this December for an evening of culinary delights as we marked another marvellous year.
Paco Pérez at Velaa Private Island
December 1st - December 4th
This December, we’re delighted to welcome Michelin-star Spanish Chef Paco Pérez to Velaa.
This December, we’re delighted to welcome expert Spanish Chef Paco Pérez to Velaa. Originally from Huelva, Pérez successfully holds five Michelin stars, two of which are in Miramar restaurant in LLança and two other stars in Enoteca restaurant in Hotel Arts Barcelona. Paco Pérez will be working alongside our very own Chef Gaushan to prepare two exquisite four hand dining e...
Kate Zdobnova at Velaa Private Island
December 1st - December 20th
Working as an Osteopath for 10 years, Kate Zdobnova will be visiting Velaa offering guests specialist consultations on everything from joint mobility to body healing.
Having studied at the Institute of Osteopathy in St. Petersburg and become a member of the Russian Association of Osteopaths. Kate Zdobnova will be holding residency at Velaa this December, providing guests with private consulting sessions and Osteopath treatments on many areas including the relief of muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues all while helping the...
Casper Ruud At Velaa Private Island
November 30th - December 4th
Ranked 8th best singles player in the world, professional Tennis Player Casper Ruud visits Velaa to offer private lessons with guests.
Becoming the first Norwegian tennis player to win an ATP title and to reach the semifinals of ATP Tour Masters 1000 events. Casper Ruud is the highest ranked Norwegian player in ATP history and will be bringing his world class tennis skills to our pristine shores this November. Available for guests who are looking to hone their tennis ability in private tennis lessons with ...
Antonio Ferrer At Velaa Private Island
November 9th - November 24th
Specialising in posture analysis, recognised physiotherapist and personal trainer Antonio Ferrer arrives at Velaa offering private osteopath and physio therapy sessions for guests.
Recognised as a world class physiotherapist and personal trainer, Antonio Ferrer will be residing at Velaa from 9-24 November offering private therapy sessions for guests. Specialising in posture analysis, graduating with a double degree in Physiotherapy and Sports Science at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Antonio will be available for osteopath and physio therapy session...
Matthias Schmidberger At Velaa Private Island
November 3rd - November 6th
two Michelin star Chef Matthias Schmidberger shared his culinary expertise with two exquisite four hand dinners this November in Aragu Restaurant here at Velaa.
Talented two Michelin star Chef Matthias Schmidberger swapped Switzerland for the Maldives this November. Building his way to Michelin-starred restaurants, including stations in the Traube Tonbach, Baiersbronn, the Speisemeisterei, Stuttgart, the Restaurant Forest Sonnora, Dreis and last but not least in the Brenner's Park Restaurant in Baden-Bad...
London Essentials at Velaa
Bringing their different take on traditional party covers to the shores of Velaa, the London Essentials brightened up the evening with their interactive performance and joyful characters.
With their immersive musical styling, The London Essentials performed on Athiri beach raising the standard, pulse and temperature of the evening. Discarding the formalities of the stage, the band brought its music to our guests.
A Prehistoric Halloween at Velaa
October 26th - November 1st
This Halloween, guests were able to experience a thrilling Jurassic adventure where dinosaurs lurked around every corner!
Instead of witches and ghosts, this year the dinosaurs found their way to Velaa for Halloween. Both younger and older guests were able to join the expedition around the island to recover the stolen dinosaur egg, while younger kids enjoyed the many spooky activities at kids club.
Daniela Caputo At Velaa Private Island
October 4th - November 8th
This November, Italian performer and dancer Daniela Caputo shared her expertise with our guests here at Velaa providing personal one-on-one classes with guests in Aerial Yoga and Aerial Dance alongside Flexibility Yoga and Ballet Barre.
Daniela Caputo is an Italian performer and dancer with many years’ teaching experience in Aerial dance/Yoga, Aerial Hoop and Ballet. Daniela has performed Internationally with famous artists and singers and has appeared on numerous TV shows. Daniela loves to share her skills and teach people to perform the various movements, while at the same time improving their fitness...
Opera meets Broadway at Velaa Private Island
Classical tunes of Opera in combination with your favourite Broadway musical pieces at the beach of Athiri!
World-renowned tenor, Dimitri Pittas, took to the stage in an exciting musical event at the Maldives much-loved Velaa Private Island. Bringing together Opera and Broadway, Pittas lead a performance alongside opera singer and Broadway actress Leah Edwards, in a magical evening of song. The pair was accompanied by San Francisco Opera’s Maureen Zol...
Dr Song visiting Velaa
April 20th - May 14th
Meet Dr Song for personalised acupuncture and Qi Gong
Dr. Song specialises in Traditional Chinese medicine and specialises in neck, back and acute joint care using Tuina and acupuncture treatments. He also devises weight loss regimes and programs for people suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia. He is an expert in anti-aging treatments including acupuncture-based facial rejuvenation. Alongside his treatments he al...
Boomerang on the beach
In celebration of Easter this year, world famous band Boomerang made their return to Velaa with a spectacular performance!
Crowned “the best cover band in the Netherlands” Boomerang knows how to put on a show and get the party started! Consisting of eight band members, including two lead singers, one creative DJ/MC and a horns section, Boomerang returned to Velaa this Easter with a marvellous performance with music stretching from the 90s until today’s latest hits. ...
Easter at Velaa
April 1st - April 10th
This year we celebrated the season of chocolate and bunnies, with the tropical theme of Disney's Moana!
The Easter bunny returned to our Maldivian shores once again and brought Moana and her gang this year! Our little VIPs we able to enjoy an exciting Easter programme in Lha Velaa Kids Club. Whilst adults had the opportunity to indulge in a chocolate and port tasting, along with an Easter tasting menu celebrating the diversity of eggs from around the world.FULL EASTER MOMENTS B...
Play golf in Paradise with Pablo Larrazábal
March 21st - March 27th
Guests joined one of the world's best golf players for a round of golf at Velaa's exclusive course
Originally from Spain, Pablo Larrazábal travels the world to compete against all the masters and has now visited Velaa for some one-on-one sessions with our guests.Velaa Golf Academy by Olazábal is a unique golfing experience that stretches over seven holes and nine tees which offers numerous combinations. Designed by José María Olazábal, renowned for his short game mastery...
Visiting Wellness Practitioner Dmitri Tkatchev
March 15th - April 5th
Guests had the opportunity to practice Pilates in paradise with visiting personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach Dmitri Tkatchev, the founder of Epoch Fitness London.
Over the past 12 years Dmitri has build a reputation as one of the leading practitioners working in his field training celebrities and affluent people. This year we were delighted to have him visit Velaa for tailored personal classes for our guests. During his visit, guests took the opportunity to meet the wellness expert on the island and improve both their internal and p...
Heaven on Earth Velaa Ballet Week
February 8th - February 14th
Ballet like you have never seen before... Performed under the stars and on the beach at Velaa Private Island.
'Heaven on Earth' brought some of the greatest ballet stars from around the world for a full week in paradise. Engaging in personal conversations and hearing stories on the wonders of ballet history. Guest took part in personal ballet stretching classes and children were able to attend private ballet classes taught by masters. The unforgettable week culminated with two worl...
Welcome 2021 with AYOM
The festive party kept going with a celebration of the first day of 2021 with AYOM!
On the first night of the New Year we kept the festive vibes flowing with a performance
by AYOM, a Lisbon-based live band combining Brazilian baião with rhythms from all over
the world to then continue with the latest Latino tunes played by DJ Brian.
Legend of Shambhala
December 31st - January 1st
The show we were waiting for all year and the grand finale of 2020!
We bid farewell to the year in a sensational culmination of our festive programme with a star-studded line-up of artists and a wide array of gourmet temptations. The guests staying with us for New Year’s Eve were immersed in the ancient mythical world of “The Legend of Shambhala” where they found themselves surrounded by magical creatures and powerful voices, such as Spanis...
World renowned French group, Charly’s Angels got the festive party started on Athiri beach.
Charly's Angels delighted and surprised their audience with exceptional performances in various musical styles from Jazz, House, R’n’B, Disco, Soul, Latino Music on Athiri beach to kick start the festive party. The group is considered one of the best in the field of live music not only in France but also internationally. At Velaa the group had the whole beach dancing and si...
Velaa’s 7th Anniversary
The celebration of another year with Velaa Private Island.
Velaa's birthday was celebrated with our traditional anniversary cocktail party, an extravagant gala dinner and a performance from Amusement park, a young and energetic Czech band mixing vocal, piano and contrabass with rhythmical and electronic elements.
One of Britain’s best soul singers visited Velaa for a glamourous evening on the beach.
With over 25 years in the music industry and heavily influenced by American soul, Beverley Knight is often labeled as one of Britain’s best soul singers. Under the glistering stars at Athiri beach, she performed her most famous songs as the culinary team invited to our lavish Sea and Salt buffet dinner.
October 23rd - November 1st
Halloween 2020 was something special at Velaa where our traditional Maldivian coral house was turned into an exhilarating escape room.
The coral house is normally a small heritage museum featuring photographs from when the resort was constructed as well as heritage items showcasing the style of historical local homes in the Maldives. During the week leading up to Halloween, our guests could challenge themselves and their families to the Velaa Escape Room as a part of the celebration, at the same time as Lha ...
The Velaa Surprise
December 31st - January 1st
A spectacular grand finale to the 2019!
We celebrated the end of 2019 with a star-studded line-up of artists including Brian Justin Crum, Kiriku Brothers, Heather Holliday, Boomerang and Stephan Rizon. A wide array of gourmet temptations and an after-party named - "ENJOY YOUR TIME, ENJOY THE VELAA SURPRISE" finishing the decade.