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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Magical, Intimate Experience at Velaa Private Island

A Maldivian paradise set in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the luxury secluded resort offers all the classic ingredients for a romantic getaway.

All kinds of Valentine’s gifts make our hearts swell, from dazzling jewellery to a cosy meal in a Michelin-star restaurant or a customised token, but being whisked away is the ultimate path to a globe-trotter’s heart. And with travel restrictions now easing after Omicron’s onslaught, there’s nothing quite like a trip to a tropical paradise surrounded by the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean to unwind and erase all the stresses caused by the pandemic. Plus, of course, there’s the bonus that taking in the idyllic scenery, discovering new culinary delights, going on fun adventures or recharging at a spa together are all surefire ways to improve your relationship.

Velaa Private Island in the Maldives is one such heavenly spot that is inviting couples to embark on a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day. Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll, it’s the perfect choice for leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind, especially for those who consider privacy paramount.

Couples can pamper themselves with relaxing and rejuvenating treatments at Velaa Spa, a health sanctuary that curates personalised beauty and wellness experiences. In fact, the luxury island that takes exclusivity to another level is known for offering some of the most innovative beauty and wellness treatments globally, such as the Cloud 9 relaxation facility. Adventure seekers can also enjoy a wide variety of activities in the resort, such as jet-skiing, windsurfing, pedal-boating, hydro flight toys and scuba diving in the resort's dive centre.

Meanwhile, foodies can check out the various dining choices, including private dinners by the shore. The in-house chefs have curated a sumptuous set menu at the Aragu Signature Restaurant, however there are also two other elegant gourmet restaurants to dine in. For pre or post dinner drinks, the boutique hideaway has two bars and the Maldives' most exclusive cellar as well. Alternatively, couples can savour sundowners on sumptuous daybeds at the resort's jetty or dine in the gazebo on the water at sunset.

Dreamy Décor & Views

Unspoiled nature, world-class amenities and secluded tropical tranquillity all help to enhance a most romantic and undisturbed break at the resort, which is designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar. Described as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances,” Velaa Private Island combines traditional Maldivian architecture with modern elegance.

Velaa actually means “turtle” in the local language, an ode to the generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. And from a bird’s eye view, the 18 villas that are built over the water, are constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. All the 47 expansive villas, whether set on the beach or over the lagoon, offer private moments on long sandy beaches facing breathtaking sunsets. Rooms open onto terraces, where the Jacuzzi, pool, sundeck and sunken bath offer varying views of the horizon. Discrete service, a trademark of Maldivian hospitality, is also ensured with the personal butlers, who are available on request, and concierge services for all guests.

The Romantic Pool Residence

Exclusively accessible by boat, this ultra-private one-bedroom villa suspended above the lagoon provides a romantic setting for any celebration of love with its unobstructed views of the ocean. The spacious bedroom features a super-king sized bed, designed with natural materials and neutral colours and fitted with a walk-in closet. The residence features a gym, a spa treatment room, a fully-equipped kitchen and an infinity pool.

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