The Velaa Private Island in the Maldives

Not in the mood for a white Christmas? no worries, I got the perfect spot for you: The Velaa Private Island in the Maldives. That’s right, private! You may enjoy complete and absolute privacy, luxury and glamor next to the sublime waters of the Indian Ocean. Velaa Private Island is an exclusive new resort, opening in the Maldives, located on the secluded Noonu Atoll, in the north of the Maldives; well, now that you mention it, the opening of Velaa Private Island is one of the most hotly anticipated events of 2014, so.. how about a late Christmas present?
Velaa is actually the name of a species of sea turtles that have inhabited the island for countless years, which is why Czech architect Petr Kolar designed the luxury resort so that – from an aerial view – the Velaa’s exclusive over-water villas resemble the head of a turtle, with the main island forming the body. The overall design boasts contemporary chic lines blended with Maldivian nuances. The luxury Maldivian resort offers 43 private villas and five four-bedroom residences; each private retreat boasts plenty of outdoor space and private pool. There’s a ‘romantic villa’, the only exclusive villa that is reached by boat.
The resort also features a ‘raised-tree meditation platform’ where guests are encouraged to meditate, if they are inclined to do so. Submarine expeditions, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing are all among the activities you may enjoy while at the Velaa, but golf lovers can craft their game at the golf academy, designed by Spanish professional golfer Jose Maria Olazabal. A little bit of fun for everybody!
The luxury Maldivian resort’s extensive wine cellar – stocked with £1million of vintage champagnes and fine wines -  should keep even the snobbiest of wine connoisseurs and the laziest of you – that’s me – happy. The culinary consultancy of Michelin-star chef, Adeline Grattard from Paris, is truly a blessing for any of the guests staying at Velaa luxury resort. With three restaurants and three bars, it’s guaranteed that all taste-buds will be satisfied. But the best is yet to come: the A My Blend by Clarins spa, one of only a handful in the world, offers exclusive facial products and body treatments by Clarins. And to top it all of, this luxury Indian Ocean spa also features the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives. How’s that for entertainment?!