3 pools, snorkelling, non-motorised watersports, PADI 5-Star IDC centre*, Marine Discovery Centre, Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat*, night spa*, AntiGravity® Yoga Pavilion*, fitness centre, tennis court, watersports centre* including seabobs, X-Jetblades and kite-surfing, kids’ club, Young Adults’ Club, yoga energy trail
Restaurants & bars
The food at Landaa Giraavaru is outstanding and when you add to that the renowned Four Seasons’ service and the beauty of the Maldives, you’ll be in heaven. Your days can start in Café Landaa, picking from a fresh and varied buffet breakfast spread dotted with live cooking stations that will whip up just what you fancy in an instant. You can also have lunch and dinner here, buffet or à la carte and it has very popular weekly theme nights, Indochine Mondays, Bollywood Wednesdays and Fisherman’s Fridays. Only open for dinner, Al Barakat is a North African wonderland, with a shisha bar and a restaurant out over the water. The Thursday night Sultan’s mezze is one of the most popular nights of the week, serving up an array of Egyptian, Moroccan, Lebanese and Turkish delights. Fuego Grill is an al fresco, toes-in-the-sand type of place, offering fresh seafood and prime cuts out beneath the stars. Saturday night is Braza Churrasco night, where, if you turn your sign to green, passadores will keep the food coming until you relent and turn it back to red for a rest. Blu overlooks the beach and sand bank and serves contemporary Italian cuisine. You can eat here throughout the day, with a la carte breakfast overlooking the beach and lagoon a particular favourite. There are also plenty of options when it comes to drinks and relaxing in the evening. The Seabar is a laidback bar on a deck over the lagoon. You’ll find lemon sharks and shoals of flickering fish darting about in the waters below you as the lights from the deck light up the waters below. There are also a few tapas and light bite options available For the sand between your toes and an exotic cocktail in your hand, look no further than Blu Bar, located beside Blu Restaurant on the widest stretch of beach, overlooking the sandbank and lagoon. Perched over the lagoon, the Shisha Bar is open to the sea and offers an indulgent and atmospheric setting to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, Turkish coffee and shisha pipes. For those lounging by the pool, the Poolside Bar is on hand to take care of all of your refreshment needs. Fruity cocktails, fresh juices as well as salads and other light bites are available throughout the day.
Spa & wellness
Stretching from a herb garden in the jungle to the centre of the lagoon, the Ayurvedic Retreat is an enclave of knowledge and wellbeing, with experts in Ayurveda on hand to guide you. Enjoy a consultation during which you will gain an understanding of your body and mind and the type of dosha you represent. Your consultant will also recommend treatments, oils, herbs, food and activities based on your individual dosha type to further aid your relaxation and detoxification. All restaurants have dosha-specific food labels to aid you further. There are 10 treatment rooms either nestled in the gardens or on stilts over the lagoon, where intoxicating scents and gentle breezes will help you to relax and unwind under the skilful hands of the therapist. You can also enjoy acupuncture, tantric traditions and chakra blessings along with massages, scrubs, wraps and whole host of other treatments.
Kuda Velaa Club is open from 10am-6pm every day, and offers a variety of beach, outdoor, creative and cultural activities for kids aged 4-12. Children ages three and under are welcome when accompanied by a guardian.Daytime activities include:
• Nature walks, sandcastle building and beach games
• Lizard safari and hermit crab hunt
• Yoga for children
• Swimming, snorkelling, sailing and kayaking
• Learn the Maldivian language
• Marine life touch tank and fish feeding
• Tennis lesson
• Cooking classes
• Scavenger hunts.
There are also assisted snorkelling/diving opportunities available.
Located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Landaa Giraavaru is ideally placed for two bucket list experiences: swimming with manta rays and whale sharks. Drawn to the region by large swathes of plankton from June to November, the resort offers many opportunities to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, from joining the Manta Trust researchers onboard their daily research boat to ‘Manta on Call’: a thrilling experience that involves you being contacted when mantas are spotted nearby and whisked out by speedboat to join them. While sightings are not guaranteed, the on-site research team is responsible for amassing the largest number of identified manta rays anywhere in the world – an indication of the richness of the local waters.If you are planning on diving, do take into account that it is advised you do not dive 12 hours after and international flight or 24 hours before any flight, including by seaplane. You will also have to fill in a questionnaire and may be asked to pass a free medical exam depending on your responses.If you have never dived before you will then undergo a short training course before you get kitted up to go and learn the basics in the lagoon. From here you will then enjoy a short try dive where your dedicated instructor will assist you. PADI courses are available in a variety of languages and should you wish, you can complete the theory portion of the certification online prior to your holiday, saving time on arrival. The resort has even been granted a special dispensation from PADI meaning that children as young as 8 years old can be taught to dive in the lagoon as opposed to a swimming pool.If you have dived but not within the last three months or you have logged less than 30 dives, you will be asked to participate in an orientation dive conducted daily in the lagoon. You will need you certification card and logbook when you register. Boat dives occur twice daily and there are many options to choose from. You can dive reef systems, drop offs or wrecks and at some points of the year you may even encounter manta rays and whale sharks.
• Interactive Marine Discovery Centre and pioneering marine conservation projects
• Coral propagation programme
• Educational briefings
• Proper waste management methods
• Energy and water saving measures
• Continuous collaboration with the local community to educate and protect the environment and to provide employment and business opportunities.