Velaa Private Island

“beyond luxury” exclusive boutique hideaway

Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway and our work is part of it!

Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, 187 kilometres north of Male.


There are many private islands in Maldives, but only very few of them are truly private, owned by one person. Velaa Private Island is such a case. The owner, Jiri Smejc, has spent countless weeks in Maldives both on holidays and while taking his business trips from Europe to Asia. The islands became his true passion: many of them being beautiful, but each of them coming short on some part of the visitor experience he valued. That’s why he decided to build the Velaa Private Island. An island meeting his ideas what a luxurious private resort should be.


Velaa shares its name and its home with the generations of sea turtles that have inhabited the island for countless years. The colours and patterns of a turtle shell make up subtle nuances in the design, while from a broader aerial view, Velaa’s exclusive over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle with the island forming the body. Designed by Czech architect Petr Kolar, the overall design concept is contemporary, yet intimate, with Maldivian nuances. so more it makes us really proud to be part of this wonderful project, happy to announce that all the stone you can see its our work! It’s really great to see results in awards like these below – we really do our best, always.


  • Hidaways – Newcomer of the Year 2014 (by Hidaways Magazines)
  • Destination Hotel/Resort of the year (Asia spa awards)
  • Blockbuster Villa 2015 (Tatler Travel Awards)
  • 5-Star Hotel Maldives 2014 – 2015 (International Hotel Awards in association with R&R)
  • 5-Star Resort Hotel Maldives 2014 – 2015 (International Hotel Awards in association with R&R)
  • Resort Spa of The Year: Asia & Australia 2015 (World SPA & Wellness)
  • Certificate of Excellence (Tripadvisor)
  • Luxury Private Island of the Year (LuxuryTravelGuide Global Awards 2015)
  • Best Small Hotel Maldives 2016 – 2017 (International Hotel Awards in association with R&R)
  • Luxury Golf Resort Spa 2016 (World Luxury Spa Awards)
  • Luxury Resort Spa 2016 (World Luxury Spa Awards)
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