Surrounded by the Indian Ocean on the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, elite hideaway Velaa Private Island is the perfect location for the ultimate family getaway. In honourof Easter and strengthening family ties, the award-winning resort is offering a range of benefits, including free accommodation and complimentary kid’s meals for two children. In addition to a complimentary one-way shared seaplane transfer (minimum stay of 4 nights) or return shared transfer for (minimum stay of 7 nights) for up to two children under 12 years old. The Easter offer is available for families from 20 March to 3 April 2016.*
Velaa are also offering a range of unique dining options, where guests can experience in-villa Easter feasts, poolside barbeques and island castaway picnics as well as the creatively designed kid’s menu. There are also diverse activities to accommodate guests of all ages, including Maldives’ biggest club for kids and the new range of spa treatments and calming yoga master sessions for the adults to enjoy.
Translating to“Little Turtle”in local language, Lha Velaa Kids Club offers a wide range of fun-filled educational activities for kids aged four to twelve years old, where a professional, dedicated team will design unique daily programmes for them. For children aged two to three years old, babysitting services are also available at an additional cost. Parents can take a break and immerse themselves in other activities, as their children are well looked after, under the watchful supervision of trained staff.
The club features a large indoor play area, a nursery, an outdoor swimming pool, safe for children in a protected environment, and a spacious outdoor waterpark, complete with an exhilarating pirate ship amusement ride. For outdoor excursions, the young guests can follow the professional carersto an Exploration Trail to find hidden places on the island, go on Nature Walks to learn more about Mother Nature or classes on a sea turtles’ life. Children can also enjoy a variety of indoor activities such as pizza making, arts and crafts, coral painting, and even lessons to discover the local Dhivehi language.
Pampering for Parents
Adults can enjoy a 90-minute spa treatment and massage to unwind, a healing session that all parents deserve. The Spa at Velaa has created a deliciously new full-body chocolate treatment which can help to revitalize tired skin. Chocolate has been known to be beneficial to health as it hosts a range of antioxidants and boasts stress-relieving qualities, which in turn helps skin stay moist and well nourished. Guests will be covered in the ultra-hydrating coca that exfoliates skin naturally, combined with a rich chocolate face masque and a relaxing head massage, for a decadent experience. The bespoke spa treatments are available for USD 460 per person (excluding tax).
For those looking to rejuvenate the soul, the yoga class is great for relaxing tension. Yoga does more than burn calories, it can help to ease pain, boost your immunity and improve balance and focus. But it can also help to strengthen bonds between individuals. Starting at USD 200 per couple (excluding tax), couples receive a personal yoga master class on the elevated pavilion in the garden or by the beach. With the backdrop and scent of the fragrant Jaye Niemi candle, the class is perfect for body, mind and soul.
Rejuvenate at the Spa with the Jaye Niemi candle and indulgent chocolate face masque
Easter Feasts for the Family
Not forgetting that Easter is also a time for meals together, families can opt for a special Easter Sunday Brunch in the privacy of their own villas. The menu for ‘In-Villa Dining’ offers an assortment of à la carte choices at any time of the day, including Belgian waffles, grilled lobster or reef fish, Maldivian style curries, the freshest salads and an assortment of home baked pizzas. Alternatively, the family can relax by the pool, with a wide selection of food and champagne for an intimate ‘BBQ Affair’ on Velaa’s Private Beach or experience a tailor made private ‘Castaway Picnic’ on an abandoned island that can include a whole spread of breads, cold meats, cheeses, freshly caught seafood, and sandwiches. All of which are destination dining moments to remember.
The Kids Menu offers gourmet dining for the young guests to enjoy at the Kid’s Club or at Athiri restaurant. From classic Beef Burgers and Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad to healthy choices such as Quinoa Tabbouleh and almond crusted chicken fingers with gluten free BBQ sauce. Alternatively, parents can request for custom-made meals created with organic ingredients. There is also a range of ‘Lha Velaa Mocktails’, such as the Happy Turtle (flavoured with pineapple juice, vanilla ice cream and coconut cream), the Nutty Monkey (made with milk, almond, banana and vanilla ice cream) and more.
Guests can also choose from Velaa’s three restaurants to savour a diverse selection of dishes, including Athiri’s casual style all day dining options, Tavaru’s East Asian cuisine that includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese dishes, and Aragu, the island’s signature restaurant that has a twist on Modern European Cuisine.