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5 of the best luxury takeover resorts

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Velaa Private Island

The Maldives

Luxury resorts offer sumptuous suites, heavenly spas, state-of-the-art facilities, bespoke activities and the finest dining options available — so why would you share it? Jet away on the most exclusive vacation by renting out these hotels in their entirety for the utmost in privacy and leisure.

1. Velaa Private Island, Maldives

Velaa Private Island, one of the world's most romantic destinations, is nestled within the Noonu Atoll and offers 47 private villas, houses and residences, all of which have a private butler, as well as the romantic pool residence that can only be reached by boat.

Guests can enjoy a completely bespoke experience with myriad activities and events on offer. From beach parties with live music to fireworks displays, a sunset cruise on the resort's private yacht and even an open-air movie night, guests are catered to their every whim.

Home to the Maldives' largest wine cellar, visitors can enjoy perfect pairings with every meal, no matter which of the five eateries you choose. There's a huge range of cuisines, from pan-Asian at Tavaru to European at Aragu.

Explore the surrounding ocean on board the private submarine or pick up some speed with the island's collection of water toys, which includes a hover board, jetpack and fly board, atop the waves. Alternatively, dive and snorkel to witness astounding corals and fish.

The island also boasts the Maldives' first and only snow room, which sits within the My Blend by Clarins spa. Enjoy a luxurious massage with nothing but the sound of the ocean waves in your ears.

Rates start from:

Available on request (minimum of four nights)

Picture courtesy of Facebook.com / Velaa Private island Maldives

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