Velaa Private Island Celebrates Five Years of Treasured Memories

The passion project of Czech billionaire, Jirí Smejc - in the five years since its inception, Velaa Private Island has become one of the top five destinations in the world. To recognise this momentous achievement, Velaa will be hosting a series of celebratory island events on 20th December which will include live music performances, an extravagant banquet, spectacular entertainment as well an exclusive announcement for all guests on the island. 


An opulent occasion to commemorate five years of unparalleled luxury and memorable milestones, this special celebration will allow Velaa the opportunity to showcase the foundation of its exceptional success. Pairing revolutionary cuisine with secluded beauty, the island’s award-winning Chef Gaushan de Silva will create a sumptuous banquet complimented with a cocktail created to toast the evening. Served to the soundtrack of highly acclaimed cellist Terezie Kovalová – renowned worldwide for her inspiring dedication to the music industry since the age of 11 and winner of the prestigious Angel Award from the Academy of Popular Music, the event will be a celebration for the senses. 


Other events to celebrate the island’s prominent reputation amongst travellers worldwide will include an unmissable water projection and laser spectacle that is concluded with dancing by starlight with entertainment by Nova Jazz – a unique performance of lively Samba classics mixed with sultry Brazilian beats. Rewarding lucky guests on the island, Velaa will also host a collection of beachside sporting tournaments which will add to the overall excitement of the occasion, as well as welcoming Sicilian 4-piece band Swingrowers – known globally for their irreverent blend of fresh dance music and warm influences of 20s and 30s style swing. 


Home to the largest wine collection and only drone-free island of Maldives’, Velaa Private Island will continue to push boundaries. Having emerged in the last five years as the ultra-luxe haven for the world’s most discerning holidaymakers, the resort has successfully obtained its vision to create a destination in a category entirely of its own. Quickly gathering a collection of notable accolades, Velaa has been awarded both ‘Best Resort’ and ‘Best New Resort in the Maldives’ as well as ‘Best Wedding Hotel in the Maldives’ and now boasts a reputation that continues to redefine the Maldivian experience, following a $200 million investment to build the resort from scratch five years ago.


Rates at Velaa Private Island for the Beach Pool Villa start at $4,700 (approx. £3,590) per night. For more information and/or to book please contact:


About Velaa Private Island

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”.  Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and residences and four four-bedroom residences, while 18 are built over water.

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