Top luxury holidaymakers flocking to the Maldives is nothing new but the amount of private jets flying to the island country is astonishing. Private jet holidays have been rapidly growing in the Maldives in the past 5 years. This has been noticed in the latest capacity upgrades in their airports and the addition of refueling facilities.
In 2023 the Velana International Airport increased its parking capacity to 65 jets while the second busiest Maafaru International Airport (VRDA) established a refueling facility. While the private jets visiting Maldives are on the rise what are the best options for such tourists?
Maldives is comprised of 1192 tiny coral islands of which only about 180 are developed as resorts or private islands. Some of these private islands are tiny exclusive retreats that you book entirely only for you, so that you can enjoy an exotic vacation in total privacy while world class butler service ensures excellent care.
If your jet is flying to Velana International Airport (VRMM) the closest private island is Ithaafushi. You can park your jet, proceed through the terminal on the fast track and exit in 10 minutes. The luxury yacht transfer to Ithaafushi Private island only takes 40 minutes of joyful voyage with drinks and canapés. Despite having accommodation for 23 guests on the tiny patch of paradise in the middle ocean it is actually built only to serve exclusively for a couple or family, so there will be no strangers in the vicinity.
Sometimes you may have friends or invitees accompanying you and this island has rooms with separate facilities for them located away from your private villa. You can either choose a water villa or beach villa, other structures on the island include a spa, entertainment hub, tennis court and invitees villa. Both of the main villas come with private pool while a bigger main pool facing the beach is more spacious and pleasant with natural vegetation around, including palm trees.
If you are booking through Maldives Finest you could also order a private yacht to be anchored at the island to cruise whenever you want. Sunset cruise and dolphin watching are timeless activities that make you content in the bliss of nature complemented by luxury facilities and high-class butler service aboard. The island can be booked for 4 nights and more. You may wonder if you would get board in a tiny island that takes only 5 minutes to walk around, especially if you stay for 10 days or 2 weeks.
Despite being a tiny island there are extensive dining options. Butlers can serve all meals in your private villa, on the beach, at the entertainment hub or just anywhere on the island. It is your private island to enjoy your way. But, if you desire more there is luxury resort accessible in 3 minutes. The pontoon boat available in the private island can take you to the resort at any time, day and night. In the resort there are 10 food and beverage outlets you can enjoy. The watersports centre and dining centre can arrange more amazements to your liking.
According to Maldives Finest this private island is the most luxurious choice of such nature available in the country and price tag is $65,000 per night in off peak season and $95,000 in peak period. Taxes and services charge are payable extra while food and beverage or spa treatments are again payable additionally. But, there is another option that costs half the budget.
Private Island by Four Seasons Resorts is priced around $45,000 in summer and $48,000 per night in winter. Compared to Ithaafushi this island is slightly lower in terms of luxury but still mind-blowing in several aspects. Lately, there has been many online searches for islands owned by Jeffrey Epstein. Comparing it to these 2 private island options in the Maldives the former can be said as totally irrelevant in every aspect.
Four Seasons private retreat is located in Baa Atoll. It takes a seaplane flight of 25 minutes to get there. The regular seaplane available for charter is not airconditioned and comes with tiny leather seats. The VIP seaplane featured on Maldives Finest for exclusive charters is air conditioned and comes with larger seats with more space. These details and other guest preferences can be discussed during the reservations and the travel agent gives attention to fulfil every request, even if something that is very insignificant as a needle or a crucial aspect of holiday such as a specialist chef for a particular cuisine.
Unlike resorts that have permanent staff to serve and maintain the facilities, Maldives Finest has a network of visiting expert visiting chefs from different countries. An available chef for your favourite cuisine can be reserved on advance. You can also arrange their meals for exquisite inflight dining experience. That kind of VIP meals for guests and flight crew could cost $7,000 – $15,000.
This private island is located in its own lagoon, comes with a sandbank at the tip of island. There is another uninhabited island near by that you can visit, it too comes with a sandbank that is more stunning and long, it takes about 5 minutes to get there. Visiting a resort for food and beverage or other prime facilities is also not difficult, the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is about 7 minutes speedboat.
These are heavens of stunning beauty, all 3 islands come with its own sandbank in varying sizes. One of the best activities you can do in this area includes reef snorkeling and dolphin watching. In summer the Hanifaru Bay manta point is something that should never be missed, it is one of the nature’s rarest phenomenons as manta rays gather annually to feast on the tiny planktons.