What does privacy in the Maldives really look like? How the Indian Ocean resorts ensure VIP guests true discretion

Hayley Kadrou
Mar 15, 2021

One of the biggest draws to the Maldives is the privacy each island resort has to offer, but how exactly is it achieved?

For anyone who resides in a populous place, dreams of a month, fortnight or even a week spent away from 24-hour city-living are a regular occurrence.

And everyone knows that if it’s genuine seclusion you seek, then the Maldives is the place you go. It’s why celebrities and royals alike flock to the 1000-plus islands for secret weddings and paparazzi-free holidays.

Just one of the resorts that stands in high esteem when it comes to Maldivian privacy is Velaa Private Island. If the name wasn’t indication enough, this resort occupies an entire island, meaning hotel outsiders are nowhere to be seen.

The outdoor gazebo looking onto the sea within the privacy of your very own Beach Pool Villa at Vela Private Island. Image | Supplied

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With just 47 villas, houses and exclusive residences – 18 of which are built over water – the limited number of accommodation offerings ensures every guest feels as though they inhabit an island to themselves. For those adamant about complete isolation, the one overwater villa only accessible via boat is it. Then there are resorts such as Ithaafushi – The Private Island that sleeps just 24 guests and Kandolhu Maldives which has just 30 suites and takes just 10 minutes to walk around keeping numbers to a minimum.

But here’s where the Maldives triumphs over other destinations as the ultimate destination for a discreet getaway; where genuine privacy meets pure luxury – the blueprint for most retreats and resorts the country offers to worldwide guests.

Yes, other holiday experiences can offer the quiet and solitude – camping in the desert, hiding out in the rainforest, trekking under the Northern Lights – but they can hardly match on also accommodating everything guests could need and want.

Ithaafushi – The Private Island sleep just 24 guests, showcasing just how exclusive resorts in the Maldives can be. Image | Supplied

Take Velaa Private Island. At this 2013-established Maldivian retreat, there are four Velaa Private Residences. Up to ten guests can stay in the four-bedroom residences – each of which includes a private interior and exterior area, inclusive of two terraces, a large pool, private beach, outdoor lounge and cinema, private spa and plenty of space for each member of the family to relax.

And then there are the island activities – and this is one of the resorts around the Indian Ocean offering the widest variety. Think jet-skiing, windsurfing, pedal boating, and scuba diving in the resort’s own dive centre. For golf lovers looking for a game in peace, there’s no need to compromise at Velaa Private Island, as it’s home to Velaa Golf Academy by Olazábal. Or for those seeking relaxation over adventure, the Velaa Spa is it. Experience all without the intruding eyes in quiet settings.

All the fun of golf while tucked away at Velaa Private Island. Image | Supplied

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It goes without saying, knowing how integral it is to guests’ experiences and the tourism industry at large in the region, complete discretion while delivering five-star service is standard for staff members across the many hotels and private islands. Take Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas for example; visitors are assigned a dedicated member of the team to serve their needs throughout their stay, and 24-hour service is a given. No need to leave your private retreat when you’ve run out of ice…

But at Velaa Private Island, they like to ensure the experience starts before your holiday even begins. Land at Maafaru International Airport before being whisked away on Velaa’s luxury yacht. For those landing at the international airport, Velaa Private Island provides all its guests with complimentary CIP service at the airport – an exclusive VIP service whereby travellers skip queues and are escorted for immigration clearance, visa and baggage – to ensure a comfortable arrival and departure.

And with endless sea views wherever you go once you check in, privacy never looked so good.

Find out more about trips to the Maldives here.