Maldives: Four Seasons, Landaa Giraavaru
There are a trio of offerings procured by the Four Seasons brand within the stretch of islands that make up the resplendent nation of Maldives. Reachable by a short seaplane ride from the nation’s capital of Male, Landaa Giraavaru is located among the Baa Atoll and represents the height of organic beauty and flawless luxury. The island itself is situated in very favorable conditions as it is naturally enveloped by strikingly beautiful turquoise coves and populated by the colorful ecosphere of nearby coral reefs. The pristine powdery white sands pave the way for perfect access to snorkeling and aquatic exploration directly from the secluded shores.
The consistency of the Four Season’s luxurious brand is permeated throughout the entire experience beginning from the moment you gracefully touchdown onto the stunning jetty. The property possesses villas that are dispersed across the varied landscape of inclusive of residences perfectly poised and stilted above the waterline. I highly recommend the “one bedroom pool villa,” which is phenomenally placed with a picturesque backdrop and steps away from private pathway to the beach. The villa’s generous interior features a palatial bedroom outfitted for optimal comfort. Complemented by a lavish seating area and supersized bathroom, the accommodations extend along an impressive outdoor living room centered around a stately swimming pool and numerous shaded nooks for lounging. Additionally, there is an exterior staircase that leads to a raised open terrace with a hammock for and a perfect view of the sea.
As you move through the spacious resort and its finely-tuned facilities, you can feel the uniquely refined hospitality that has been perfected by the Four Seasons. Everyone is smiling, happy and willing to serve you to the best of their ability. The jovial manner of that extends from the management through every team member, which makes a distinguished difference in the impeccable hospitality. The staff can escort you practically anywhere by means of a dedicated buggy or you can use your assigned monogrammed bicycle to explore the hotel grounds at your own pace. A wide variety of athletic activities are hosted within the expansive interior of the fitness quad as well as under the roof of an impressive children’s center. Outdoors, there are ample land and water sports like tennis, sailing, scuba diving, dolphin discovery cruises, and fishing.
Aside from the abundance of rejuvenating benefits from the Four Season’s award-winning treatments, the spa also features Ayurvedic-based experiences including consultations, transformation immersions, energy restoration and culinary instruction. Every guest is bestowed with a complimentary session face to face with an authentic Ayurvedic doctor. The spa has opened its breadth of services to integrate both Eastern to Western techniques and features the unique opportunity to indulge in your chosen experience in a room over the turquoise waters or facing a gorgeous garden in the open air. Special treatments are presented with beautifully appointed baths laden with precious flower petals and healing aromatherapy. Plentiful pampering from head to toe is a requisite upon visiting this elaborately assembled getaway.
The culinary capabilities of the hotel are impeccable and offer a customizable experience for any meal. Breakfast can be enjoyed in 3 different manners: at your private villa, from an elaborate buffet spread, or ala carte served in a romantic setting alongside the waterfront. There is also casual beachside dining with bar service, small plates and a highly interactive social scene. Blu, distinguished by cuisine with an Italian flair, offers a gorgeous display of seafood against the backdrop of a glowing evening horizon. Among a plethora of sunset entertainment, at the end of the day guests curiously gather around Seabar to view an intriguing shark feeding display.
A destination perfect for a honeymoon, destination wedding, family getaway, reunion and groups, the atmosphere maintains and air of luxury while being extremely “laid-back”. Though geographically located off the beaten path, the island is immersed in organic yet naturally pristine leisure and complemented by detail-oriented service that is absolutely magnificent.