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Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Mar 28, 2013
Indian Ocean at Four Seasons Maldives
It’s all about water in the Maldives, where diving, snorkelling and boating are just steps from your door.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Formed by a chain of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are largely unspoiled; just 200 of the 1,190 islets are inhabited and an astounding 80 percent of the land is less than 3 feet (1 metre) above sea level. Full of outdoor and underwater fun, breathtaking scenery, authentic food, and romantic beaches, the Maldives make for an ideal—and very private—getaway. To help you make the most of your Maldives vacation, we asked Areef Ali, Director of Recreation at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, to share his best island secrets.

Cast a line

Authentic Maldivian boats—called dhonis—are hand-built using coconut wood, and come equipped with either sails or motors. From the Resort, you can set sail on a dhoni at sunset for a romantic cruise (complete with Champagne and canapés). Or try a fishing excursion, during which you’ll learn traditional bottom-line fishing techniques backed by a glorious orange-hued sky. Back at the Resort, the chefs will prepare your catch for dinner.

Wooden wonders

Signature Maldivian souvenirs include lacquered ornaments and small, handcrafted wooden containers and vases painted with bright, intricate floral designs. Pick up these remarkable Maldivian handicrafts on the island of Thulhaadhoo, where they are made, or in the Four Seasons gift shop.

Private island adventures

A Private Island Escape allows you to enjoy two of the Maldives’ signature elements: water and privacy. After selecting a boat, you’ll head out to fish, search for dolphins, or snorkel with manta rays, turtles or whale sharks—then wade ashore on a deserted island for a delicious barbecue.

After-dark diversions

The Maldives is one of the world’s top diving destinations. You can enjoy a unique perspective in the underwater world around the Resort, and encounter marine life, during a magical night dive or snorkel. After you’ve dried off, finish the evening with a dinner of Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine served under the stars on the rooftop of Al Barakat.

Maldives past and present

A visit to an inhabited local island will give you a glimpse of the history of the Maldives and a chance to experience daily life. A half-hour dhoni ride from Landaa Giraavaru, the island of Kudarikilu is home to a small fishing village, a mosque that is more than 100 years old, and a small museum—set up by the local chief—that’s brimming with historical artefacts.

Ayurvedic bliss

Set in the heart of the island, and spread out over 2.5 acres (one hectare), the Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat at Landaa Giraavaru features its own herb garden and over-water treatment villas. For the ultimate experience, Director of Spa, Lucy Kennington recommends the Elakkizhi massage. This highly effective Ayurvedic massage therapy is used to treat a variety of diseases and ailments. Meaning “poultice of leaves,” Elakkizhi involves a full body massage using bundles of herbs and powders heated in oils. Muscles are strengthened, skin is toned and toxins are eliminated. Go behind the scenes by joining an Ayurvedic Physician to learn how the ingredients are hand-picked and prepared for the Elakkizhi treatment.

Manta rays and more

Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Landaa Giraavaru boasts an on-island Marine Discovery Centre, run by marine biologists dedicated to research, conservation and guest education. The centre is also home to the Maldives’ only full-time manta ray research facility. If you’re visiting between June and October—when plankton levels peak—be sure to sign up for the Manta-on-Call service. You’ll be contacted immediately when manta rays are sighted near the Resort. Once you get the call, you’ll hop aboard a speedboat to experience these majestic animals up close.

Signature treats

With its unique mix of cultural influences and a wealth of indigenous produce, the Maldives boast some stellar eating and drinking. Mali Carow, Landaa Giraavaru’s Director of Food and Beverage, recommends the freshly grilled reef fish at Fuego Grill, which overlooks the eastern coast of the island. Be sure to visit Seabar where the bartender is known to create customised cocktails using freshly squeezed juices and other local ingredients, all while lemon sharks and reef fish swim in the turquoise waters below.



4 Comments about Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

  1. Sharon Birch says:

    I don’t see anything in your information about the resort that talks about evening entertainment. Is there live music, etc? What are the bars like?

    • Jordan Carmichael says:

      Dear Sharon,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Hotel so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

    • Ary Arbani says:

      Dear Sharon,

      Thanks very much for your comment.

      Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru has four bars including Seabar, Blu Bar, Shisha Bar and Poolside Bar. You may check out our website:

      We do have live entertainment of the traditional music and dance performance called boduberu. We organise it during our weekly cocktail reception and one of the themed nights at our main restaurant, Cafe Landaa.

      Thanks for reading and we hope to welcome you to our Resort in the future.

      Best regards,


  2. Jay Basian says:

    i am looking fora combination adventure and luxury vacation for my wife and i.

    we are 43 and 45 and in good shape. both of us are comforrtable snorkeling but have never scuba dived.
    our timing is the month of july so i would wlcome feedback on weather and sea wildlife conditions in Maldives at that time of year

    my cell number in Toronto Canada is 416 565 5511 and my email

    thank you for your feedback

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