Velaa Private Island

Veela Private Island is located on Noonu Atoll, a 45 minute seaplane ride north of the capital, Male. The hotel boasts impressive diving and snorkelling sites and the resorts water sports facilities are among the best in the country.

The design is described as "polite luxury -paving stones that don’t absorb heat have been imported from Jordan; master European craftsmen developed the villa interiors; wood panelling was sourced in Borneo. Those subtle touches combine to create a setting that functions fluidly and works intuitively.

Rooms are Ffnished in muted aquas, browns and ambers, villas are pleasantly finished with teak furniture, bamboo light fixtures and rattan swinging chairs but seem almost sombre in comparison to the turquoise waters that surround them. More compelling are their outdoor spaces. Each has a private pool; many have extensive terraces, daybeds and shaded garden spaces, and the outdoor baths and showers, stocked with a bounty of full-sized Clarins products, are wonderful.

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