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In a prestigious celebration of hospitality excellence, Velaa Private Island in the Maldives has once again been crowned the World’s Best Beach Hotel by the Boutique Hotel Club. This accolade marks the second consecutive year that Velaa Private Island has clinched the coveted title, solidifying its status as a paragon of luxury and exclusivity.

The Boutique Hotel Club, known as the Michelin of boutique hotels, meticulously assessed over 550 of the world’s most refined boutique hotels. After subjecting these establishments to a rigorous evaluation of more than 400 gold standards of hospitality, a panel of experts revealed the crème de la crème. Among the winners, Velaa Private Island stood out as the epitome of a beachfront paradise, making it the World’s Best Beach Hotel for 2023.

For 14 years, the Boutique Hotel Club has been at the forefront of recognizing establishments that embody five essential characteristics: wholehearted sharing, a profound connection to the region, emotional impact, a unique sense of place, and alchemy—a delicate balance of essential ingredients. Velaa Private Island’s success is a testament to its embodiment of these pillars, offering guests an immersive and unparalleled experience.


Nestled within the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island redefines exclusivity with facilities and services that surpass traditional resort standards. Designed by award-winning architect Petr Kolar, the resort seamlessly blends Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury. The name “Velaa,” meaning “Turtle” in the local language, pays homage to the generations of sea turtles that frequent the island for nesting and hatching.

From a bird’s eye view, the island’s exclusive over-water villas mimic the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses, and exclusive residences, including the Romantic Pool Residence accessible only by boat, ensuring maximum privacy.

Velaa Private Island’s recognition as the 2023 World’s Best Beach Hotel reaffirms its commitment to providing guests with a transcendent and unforgettable experience in the lap of luxury, making it a true gem in the world of boutique hotels.

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