Ahmed Rokka: Master of the Waves and Beyond

The turquoise waters of the Maldives have always held a certain allure, beckoning tourists and locals alike. But for Ahmed Rokka, his connection to the aquatic paradise took an unexpected turn, leading him on a remarkable journey from a hesitant receptionist to a celebrated watersports manager and trainer. Rokka’s initial foray into the Maldivian tourism […]

Velaa Private Island celebrates decade of unforgettable luxury, artistic excellence

Exactly a decade ago, the Šmejc family realised their vision of an enchanting haven, Velaa Private Island, which has since evolved into an exquisite retreat cherished by families, friends, and kind-hearted Maldivians seeking to share the “majaluga hayaai,” the Maldivian embodiment of the “joy of life.” In honour of these extraordinary ten years of opulence […]

Velaa Private Island celebrates three years of “Fehikuramaa” programme

Nestled within the azure blues of the Maldives, Velaa Private Island continues the sustainability initiatives, marking the third anniversary of its CSR initiative, Fehikuramaa. Far beyond the exclusivity of its luxurious offerings, Velaa Private Island has committed itself to fostering a conscientious approach to living within the Noonu Atoll. Initiated in 2021 to address the […]

Eco-minded escape: A look at Velaa Private Island Maldives’ groundbreaking sustainability initiatives

When Radka & Jiří Šmejc first dreamed up Velaa Private Island Maldives, they envisioned an ultra-luxury playground that was in harmony with its environment. Situated in the untouched Noonu Atoll, a 45-minute seaplane ride from Male, this tropical hideaway is grounded in a deep respect for the planet, from the eco-minded architecture and design, to […]

LTI highlights the decade’s best new luxury hotels around the world

Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) highlights the decade’s best new luxury hotels around the world. The list includes three luxury Maldives resorts; Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives, Soneva Jani Maldives and Velaa Private Maldives.  The last decade has proven extraordinary in terms of the development and investment within the Global Luxury Hotel sector, with the emphasis on […]

Careers: Nasrulla Ali, Executive Housekeeper at Velaa Private Island Maldives

Nasrulla is an experienced executive housekeeper, currently working for Velaa Private Island, and so far his journey has been something to take inspiration from.