Bidding farewell to Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, our seaplane ascends over the azure expanse of the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a truly enchanting island. The memories created and the exceptional people we encountered have rendered our stay unforgettable. While a tinge of sadness lingers, the anticipation for the next chapter at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru soon takes precedence. Nestled in the heart of the Baa Atoll, Landaa Giraavaru, though a bit more secluded than its sister property, stands as an embodiment of luxury, sustainability, and holistic well-being.
The journey to Landaa Giraavaru is an integral part of the adventure. Guests typically embark from Velana International Airport in Malé, the Maldivian capital, on a scenic seaplane transfer that offers a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the atolls below. For those commencing their holiday at Kuda Huraa, the resort seamlessly facilitates travel between the two havens via seaplane, ensuring a hassle-free transition from one paradise to another.
For those uninitiated to the thrill of a seaplane journey, let me affirm—it’s a must-try at least once in a lifetime. While closer islands often use speedboats, opting for a more remote destination necessitates a seaplane ride to reach island utopia. Having previously stayed at resorts accessible by boat, this marks my inaugural experience of reaching an island by air. Brace yourself for a tight squeeze, zero air conditioning, a lot of noise, barefoot pilots, and an awe-inspiring journey that is nothing short of incredible.
As our new abode materializes in the distance, the anticipation builds. The journey, coupled with the signature Four Seasons welcome on the jetty, serves as a prelude to the enchanting experience that awaits. Escorted by a golf buggy to our Premier Oceanfront Bungalow with Pool, this time situated on land rather than overwater, we discover a haven surrounded by lush vegetation, a spacious pool, and direct beach access. The villa, a masterpiece in itself, takes a backseat to the sheer expanse of outdoor space, offering unparalleled privacy.
After the obligatory leap onto the bed, we set out to explore the island and immerse ourselves in the second leg of our holiday. Here are the highlights and essential insights into this captivating resort.
The spa at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru demands attention, strategically positioned to capture the breathtaking views and serene atmosphere of the Maldives. Enveloped by crystal-clear waters and verdant greenery, the expansive spa provides a tranquil haven for guests to rejuvenate. Offering wellness programs rooted in traditional Ayurveda, the spa ensures a holistic well-being experience. Guests partake in personalized wellness journeys featuring in-depth health analyses by renowned practitioners, spa treatments restoring dosha tendencies, activities like yoga and sound healing, and nutritional guidance seamlessly integrated across the resort. These programs cater to individual needs, presenting a comprehensive approach to health.
During our stay, we immersed ourselves in the “Wake Up To Wonder” sound healing and yoga journey, a transformative experience designed to reconnect with nature. With a 5 am wake-up call, we commenced our morning with a soul-soothing sound bath amidst the dark stillness, accompanied by the enchanting melody of exotic birds welcoming a new day. Though not typically an early riser, the magical solitude, experiencing a hidden side of the island, made it a truly special moment. The journey concluded with a “jungle walk” to the beach, culminating in a beachfront yoga session as the sun painted the horizon with its first light.
What’s also important to note is the resort’s commitment to the environment. Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is renowned for its dedicated conservation efforts and commitment to sustainability. The resort actively engages in marine conservation through its Marine Discovery Center, serving as a hub for research and educational initiatives focused on protecting the delicate marine ecosystem. Involved in coral reef restoration, the resort undertakes projects such as coral planting to revive damaged reefs. Additionally, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru contributes to manta ray and sea turtle conservation, conducting research to understand their behaviour and implementing protective measures. Emphasizing sustainable practices, the resort integrates eco-friendly initiatives into its daily operations, from waste reduction to responsible sourcing. Community involvement and environmental awareness programs further showcase the resort’s holistic approach to fostering environmental responsibility among guests and staff, making it a beacon of conservation in this tropical paradise.
Reflecting on my overall experience, I find myself returning to the unparalleled service that defines Four Seasons. Hospitality isn’t just a feature; it’s their forte, acting as the enchanting glue that elevates the resort’s reputation to extraordinary heights. Every facet of their operation is underpinned by authentic, warm, and familial service. Our time at Landaa Giraavaru introduced us to truly exceptional individuals, whose heavenly demeanour left a lasting impression. Months later, we continue to cherish connections forged during our stay. In essence, it’s the genuine and heartfelt interactions that make Four Seasons not just a destination but a memorable journey where the magic of hospitality leaves an indelible mark.
words by Molly Jennings