Discover a more intense experience of nature at this remote island resort in the pristine Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Flanked by flawless white beaches and a two-kilometre lagoon, the island’s 44-acre jungle interior hides vast accommodation compounds and four isolated restaurants, inviting a real sense of discovery. Snorkel with turtles and rays on the kaleidoscopic house reef or join pioneering research projects in the Marine Discovery Centre, including coral reef escaping and the country’s only full-time manta ray project. Immerse in the healing heart of the Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat, with all-inclusive 7, 14 and 21 day programmes supported by two ayurvedic physicians and ayurvedic cuisine.
There are a variety of islands with historical and cultural significance that are within 30-minute speedboat ride from Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. On site 130 luxurious and spacious villas are spread across the world Biosphere Reserve.
The Resort’s bungalows and villas occupy vast private areas on the beach or over the lagoon. Coral walls, teak furnishings and lush native vegetation provide an authentic, natural setting; features range from sand- floor living rooms and sea-viewing lofts to spacious gardens and private infinity-edged pools.
Land based accommodations have private pool and access to beach and private gardens. Those villas on the beach, including family villas have 12-meter pool, sand floor living area. Water Villas on another hand offer panoramic Indian ocean view through floor to ceiling windows. Water Villas have spacious sundecks, outdoor showers and nets over – water lazing.
Land & Ocean Villas link land-based living quarters and over-water bedrooms across a vast pool deck, while the uber-luxe Three-bedroom Landaa Estate has its own 80-metre beach and 2,000 square feet of al fresco living space.
Guests are welcomed to savour the tastes of Asia, Lebanese and Moroccan or Mediterranean plates from Italy.
Italian Restaurant overlooking a 2-kilometre (1.2-mile) lagoon, Blu embraces the essence of the Maldives as the place where the ocean meets the sky. On one side of the Blu Bar pavilion guests can watch the sun sink below the horizon. The restaurant serves light antipasti, pizza and pasta during the day and fine Italian cuisine in the evening.
Named after Abu Al Barakat Yusuf Al Barbari, a North African scholar who made Baa Atoll his home in the 12th century, Al Barakat serves authentic Arabian cuisine. The restaurant is built over water, off the main jetty. A shisha bar is located on the ground level. The main dining area on the rooftop features comfortable low seating.
Caffe Landaa, overlooking the swimming pool and beach, the three thatched-roofed pavilions of Café Landaa are separated by reflecting ponds. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, local chefs create exquisite delights with Eastern and Western influences.
Located adjacent to the seawater pool and overlooking the eastern coast of the island, Fuego Grill is open for dinner. The restaurant offers fresh catch of the day as well as a wide selection of organic and prime cut meats, salads, sandwiches and Asian dishes from an open kitchen pavilion. Teak tables and chairs are set in the sand facing the sea.
The 2.5-acre Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat stretches from the heart of the island to the middle of the lagoon.
THE AYURVEDIC RETREAT
Ayurveda – the Indian science of life – is one of the world’s most comprehensive approaches to healthy living. It works by bringing balance to vital energies – or doshas – through an individually tailored combination of treatments, exercise, diet and lifestyle modifications.
Australian acupuncturist, Paula Choi, practices within a holistic framework embracing the connection between the body’s function, structure, mind and spirit to bring relief to problematic areas and address top-to-toe imbalances.