seaplane transfer to Velaa Private Island (Maldives)

Wednesday newsletters at all times function a resort or flight assessment.

I not too long ago loved an AMAZING vacation within the Maldives. You may learn my journey stories right here:


Right now: Assessment of the seaplane switch to Velaa Non-public Island

Surrounded by pristine turquoise waters, Velaa Non-public Island is likely one of the Maldives’ most unique resorts. A ardour undertaking of Czech couple Jirí and Radka Smejc, this ultra-exclusive all-villa getaway was delivered to life by architect Petr Kolar utilizing an array of luxe supplies: stone pavements from the desert in Jordan, Indonesian flowerpots, luxurious wooden paneling from Borneo, and artisan patio furnishings from Italy. However the tropical retreat doesn’t simply look the half — friends are handled as if the island is their very own non-public paradise, whether or not they select to tan by the pool, play a recreation on the resort’s non-public golf course, or constitution a cruise with the resort’s personal fleet.

There are 3 ways to get to Velaa Non-public Island, which is positioned within the Noonu Atoll, 187 km (110 mi) north of the capital metropolis of Male:

  • Probably the most snug manner is to journey onboard the Velaa branded seaplane (9 seats), charged at $10,293 USD per manner together with 10% service cost and 12% tax. The Velaa branded seaplane is fitted with fantastic leather-based and solely accessible for personal constitution flights. If this Velaa non-public seaplane switch possibility is chosen, friends will expertise minimal ready time on the resort’s non-public airport lounge previous to the direct 45 minute flight to Velaa Non-public Island.
  • The least costly manner is a shared seaplane switch (15 seats), charged at $ 600 USD per grownup per manner (50% low cost for kids from 2 to 11 years) together with 10% service cost and 12% tax. If a shared seaplane switch is chosen, friends might have to attend on the airport for one or two hours on the resort’s non-public airport lounge. There could also be one or two stops at different resorts previous to arrival at Velaa Non-public Island as nicely.
  • For friends preferring to journey by sea, Velaa Non-public Island provides a personal switch on its luxurious yacht Rania, instantly from Velana Worldwide Airport, Malé. You might both select a direct switch to the resort or the journey may be tailored inclusive of excursions to untouched reefs alongside the best way, the place friends might get pleasure from swimming and snorkeling previous to arrival. A direct switch will take roughly 4-5 hours the place snacks and refreshments shall be served on board. The yacht is provided with each bedrooms and washrooms and a most of 8 friends may be accommodated with baggage. The yacht switch is on the market at USD 14,784 per manner together with 10% service cost and 12% TGST, and is topic to availability.

It is a assessment of the shared seaplane switch to Velaa Non-public Island. Beneath is my YouTube film documenting my switch to the ultraluxe resort.

Upon arrival at Velana Worldwide Airport, often known as Malé Worldwide Airport, and after passing immigration, friends are met by a Velaa Non-public Island host, who takes care of the bags and offers help with the check-in on the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) counters so safe the seaplane boarding passes. There are two seaplane operators within the Maldives: Manta Air is the latest airline whereas Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) is the oldest air provider within the nation (and in addition the biggest seaplane operator on the planet). Manta Air is essentially the most premium of the 2 airways: it has a pre-departure lounge open to all passengers and its seaplanes really feel barely extra fashionable and provide somewhat bit more room per seat. Some resorts work with TMA (similar to Velaa Non-public Island) whereas others have contracts with Manta Air.

TMA CHECK IN COUNTERS AT MALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
TMA CHECK IN COUNTERS AT MALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

As soon as checked in for the seaplane switch, the Velaa Non-public Island employees transfers friends to the seaplane terminal, which is positioned on the opposite aspect of the airport’s perimeter. The drive to the seaplane terminal takes solely 5 minutes. On the seaplane terminal, Velaa Non-public Island operates its personal lounge, the place friends can look ahead to the flight to the resort. Whereas fairly small (it’s positively one of many smaller non-public lounges on the seaplane terminal), the oblong house is fantastically embellished in Velaa Non-public Island’s typical tropical-chic fashion. There’s a eating space with just a few tables and a lounge space with two daybeds, with sliding glass doorways opening to an out of doors balcony with some extra sunbeds. Drinks, snacks and WiFi are offered on a complimentary foundation. Showers can be found to refresh somewhat.

VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND AIRPORT LOUNGE

From the lounge, it’s a brief stroll to the seaplane docks. As talked about above, there are two seaplane decisions accessible: both the Velaa Non-public Island seaplane or the TMA seaplane. The Velaa Non-public Island seaplane is non-public and extra snug (seating 9 passengers in a VIP structure), whereas the TMA seaplane carries extra passengers (15 in whole) and will cease en-route at different locations earlier than arriving at Velaa Non-public Island. Beneath are some pictures of the Velaa Non-public Island seaplane, which is barely accessible for personal charters (pictures are offered by the resort).

VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND SEAPLANE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND SEAPLANE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND SEAPLANE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND SEAPLANE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND SEAPLANE
VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND SEAPLANE

Every seaplane within the Maldives has a crew of two pilots and one flight attendant (alias baggage handler), all of them carrying shorts and working the airplane barefoot. The cabin seats 15 passengers in whole, with single seats on one aspect of the airplane and double seats on the opposite aspect. Seats aren’t assigned, so the primary ones on board can select the most effective seats. There’s no door between the cockpit and the cabin, so you’ll be able to observe the pilots’ actions if you find yourself not distracted by the superior views whereas flying over the atolls.  It could possibly get fairly scorching within the cabin, though some followers quiet down the temperature as quickly because the seaplane leaves the docks. Additionally, the seaplane is absolutely loud, and passengers are offered ear plugs for his or her consolation. There are not any bogs onboard.

The flight from Male to Velaa Non-public Island takes round 45 minutes, though it might be 10 minutes longer in case a stop-over must made at one other resort to drop-off different passengers. There’s no service onboard, and there’s not a lot to do, apart from having fun with the outstanding views as you fly over a number of atolls. For most individuals, thé iconic picture of the Maldives is that of a deep blue ocean interspersed by tiny palm islands surrounded by ridiculously clear lagoons and sugar white seashores. The one strategy to see that breathtaking view of fifty shades of blue is from the air, and though you’ll catch just a few glimpses of the islands out of your airplane upon touchdown or departure at Male airport, the most effective vantage level for the breathtaking panoramas is obtainable by the seaplanes that take friends to their resorts. Flying on board a seaplane in Maldives and admiring the picture-perfect archipelago from a chook’s eye perspective is likely one of the final experiences that the vacation spot has to supply.

To be continued subsequent week (with my full assessment of Velaa Non-public Island) …

SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND
SEAPLANE TRANSFER TO VELAA PRIVATE ISLAND

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