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Curated comfort far out in the Maldives

Velaa Private Island offers just 45 exclusive villas and is considered by many to be the finest resort in the Maldives.

Located on Noonu Atoll, a 45-minute seaplane ride north of the capital Malé, this exceptional luxury retreat, which shares the white-sand beaches and crystalline waters so characteristic of Maldivian resorts, has been curated with comfort and privacy in mind. Velaa’s interior designer Petr Kolář uses the phrase ‘polite luxury’ to describe the resort’s aesthetic; instead of gold-plated bathrooms and gem-studded chandeliers, the resort’s most impressive accoutrements are designed to be nearly imperceptible.

An intimate teppanyaki restaurant, wth views of the entire island, stands atop the three-storey-high wine ‘cellar’, which houses a £1 million inventory. It’s the largest wine and champagne collection in the Maldives. 

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