Location: Just 25 minutes from Malé airport by speedboat, Velassaru is a secluded Maldivian getaway in the midst of the Indian Ocean.
Services: Staff are on-hand to cater to every whim, from the culinary to the adventurous, with sumptuous dining and exciting excursions.
History: The last word in elegance and luxury, Velassaru is renowned for regularly luring guests back again and again.
An escape into an exclusive oasis in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean: welcome to Velassaru in the Maldives. This luxury island resort, located a 25-minute speedboat ride from Malé airport, is a private paradise, featuring fine dining, indulgent spa treatments, world-class diving and snorkeling, and a little home-away-from-home just steps from the crystal clear waters. Guests may choose the accommodation of their dreams: from Deluxe Bungalows to Beach Villas and Ocean Water Bungalows to Lagoon Water Bungalows, each room provides luxury, privacy, and elegance - many with the option of a private pool for the ultimate hideaway. By day, enjoy yoga instruction, relax at the spa, explore the ocean, or simply sit back and soak in the incredible surroundings; by night, wine and dine at any of the five dining options and then dance the night away at either (or both) of the two luxury bars. Guests may also take advantage of the incredible location by partaking in the resort’s optional excursions, such as a seaplane tour, a sunset cruise, or a nighttime fishing expedition. After all, in this epicenter of paradise, anything goes.
Accommodation at Velassaru is contemporary and stylish with a local twist. The villas and bungalows feature sleek lines and modern decor inspired by traditional Maldivian culture and architecture.
With more than 1,000 square feet of space, this beach-side villa with stunning views of the ocean is its own private hideaway. Featuring a private courtyard with a garden shower and a stand-alone tub, guests can relax and utterly unwind in natural beauty.
From within this exquisitely-appointed private bungalow, with wood and stone accents, a gorgeous view of the turquoise ocean beckons through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Guests can lounge on the large furnished deck, or take a dip in the private pool.
At the height of luxury is the Velassaru’s Water Suite; arranged over nearly 3,000 square feet, this palatial hideaway is equipped with everything including a 24-hour butler. The private deck and adjoining infinity pool spans the length of the suite and the separate living space features a cocktail bar.
Beyond the peaceful accommodation and sophisticated drinking and dining, days at Velassaru can be spent in a range of ways, from under and over water activities or invigorating workouts, to indulgent spa treatments.
Top-notch fitness facilities ensure that health-conscious guests can keep up their workout regimes. With tennis courts and a fully-equipped gymnasium, peak physical condition can easily be maintained.
The tranquil spa, with its treatment rooms suspended over the ocean waters, is the destination for guests looking for a little pampering. Guests can choose from a comprehensive menu of indulgent therapies for guaranteed relaxation.
Those in search of a glimpse of submarine life can amuse themselves with readily-available snorkelling equipment or on organized snorkelling excursions. Meanwhile, those wishing to venture a little deeper can take part in a PADI course for the full scuba experience.
Thrillseekers and action junkies will be spoiled for choice with the range of offshore activities, including waterskiing, knee and wakeboarding, parasailing and windsurfing as well as kayaking in boats with glass bottoms for views of the underwater world.
Sleek, laid back, effortlessly stylish, the range of wining and dining options at Velassaru will keep guests of all tastes satisfied, with exciting and exquisite flavors from around the world, in gorgeous locations around the resort.
Appropriately named, this laid back, oversized deck is the perfect spot for a refreshing tipple mid-afternoon with ocean views, a light snack of tapas or salad or a pre-dinner cocktail as the sun sets over the waves.
Tucked away in lush, manicured gardens, elegant Etesian is a romantic setting for a candlelit dinner indoors or out. Here, diners are treated to beautifully-presented Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
This laid-back beach bar has elegance and edge. Under cabana-style roofing or the canopy of stars, guests enjoy sophisticated cocktails as they lounge in hammocks or sink into beanbags to the rhythmic beats.
Eastern, pan-Asian and continental dishes are served in this most romantic of settings. Diners take their time over delicious cuisine lit by candles on the beach with a soundtrack of the ocean waves nearby.
Japanese cuisine lovers will be delighted with this authentic eatery serving up the freshest cuisine in the freshest location. Guests are treated to unparalleled ocean views as they dine suspended over the turquoise waters.
Under the shade of sleek cream sails and green palm fronds, on a wooden deck with views out to sea, guests enjoy a range of fresh international flavors including refreshing fruity smoothies and juices.
Breakfast is served in this sleek and modern restaurant with touches of nature. An international buffet is laid out daily with myriad options from steaming cooking stations serving up made-to-order delicacies.