This Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru Activities post covers top things to do at the resort, my favorite of the 5 Maldives luxury resorts I've stayed at.
Our stay was part of a trip including visits to 4 different luxury resorts in the Maldives, as well as flights in Etihad First Class. For the prior posts, please see:
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas)
- Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in Cafe Landaa (including the buffet) or Blu Restaurant
- Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
- Complimentary basic Internet (up to 2 devices) in all guest rooms, complimentary premium Internet (up to 4 devices) in all suites.
1. Enjoy the Views and the Beach
The Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has the best white sand beach I've encountered of the 5 Maldives luxury resorts I've visited. And even though I'm from Hawaii and not a huge beach person, I really appreciated how white and soft the sand was, both for the views and how it felt underneath my feet. The lovely infinity pools didn't hurt either.
2. Snorkeling and Diving
Snorkeling and scuba diving is the key reason to come to the Maldives, and Landaa Giraavaru is an excellent base as it's in the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, an area with high biodiversity of hard and soft corals, fish species, turtles, eels, and seasonally, manta rays and whale sharks. Here are example of what you can see:
After our snorkeling trip on one of the resort's dhonis, we had worked up a bit of an appetite, so we were grateful for delicious fresh fruit skewers and chocolate brownies:
3. See Rescued Turtles and Baby Anemone Fish at the Marine Discovery Center
Don't miss the Marine Discovery Center before your snorkel or dive adventure, to learn more about what you will see. The center also cares for a number of rescued turtles who have been entrapped by abandoned fishing nets, and rehabilitates as many of them as possible before releasing them back into the ocean.
The center also helps breed new Maldivian Clownfish–while I didn't get a good photo of the eggs or the tiny larvae, here is one of the clownfish and anemones:
4. Manta-On-Call: Maximize Your Chance of Seeing Manta Rays
Your best chance of seeing manta rays and for that matter whale sharks (see Best Places to Swim with Whale Sharks) is June-October (which also coincides with somewhat lower summer rates, as it is the rainy season), and during this time there's a unique “Manta-on-Call” program that will give you a call wherever you are on the island, then rush you to the pier to a waiting speedboat so that you can hopefully see the manta rays that have been sighted.
5. Watch the Fish While Enjoying an Amazing Massage
I may not be a big spa person, but I do appreciate an intuitive massage, and the massages at both Four Seasons resorts were fantastic. I give the slight edge to my therapist, Putu, at Landaa Giraavaru, who hails from Bali. She couldn't have been more intuitive about the particular sore muscles and knots to focus on, and worked at them tenaciously yet with incredibly flowing strokes.
I also loved being able to view fish below me, thanks to the glass panels in the floor.
6. Help Transplant Coral
Back in 1998 the warm waters of the El Nino event bleached and killed many of the shallow water corals. The Four Seasons Marine Savers program has been at the forefront of growing new coral in the Maldives, with 80,000 coral segments transplanted to date near Landaa Giraavaru, with an 80% survival rate. Your family can sponsor its own coral frame, and kids at the Kuda Velaa Kids Club also get to help out.
7. Give Your Kids a Great Time at the Kuda Velaa Kids for All Seasons Kids' Club
Saying that the munchkin had a great time at the Kuda Velaa Kids Club at Landaa Giraavaru would be an understatement–he loved it! I was impressed with the variety of activities they engaged the kids in, from the coral transplanting I described above to making pizza.
Feeding fish by the pier (only natural fish of course–the resort is careful not to introduce any artificial food into the fish food supply).
And plenty of fun on the grounds of the kids' club itself, such as soccer and fun on the trampoline, which my son loved:
8. Night Spa and Om Supti Ritual
A romantic and unique spa option for couples is the Night Spa and Om Supti (supti is Hindi for deep sleep) ritual, in a secluded grove. The grove is prepared with a hanging bed, and the ritual begins with a moondrop therapy of seven essential oil blends used along the spine to restore inner harmony and unite the energetic flow between the seven main chakras. Facial therapy targets the 16 petals (or “points”) of the throat chakra, helping to empty the mind of stress and negativity, energize the immune system, and restore beautifully glowing skin.
The ritual concludes with an inner peace bath in a giant stone tub, fragrant with Himalayan salt crystals, sandalwood, jasmine and rose damascene. Guests are left to peacefully relax or sleep, and some even sleep al fresco until morning.
9. Try JetBlades
I'm not an Adrenalin junkie, but if you are, JetBlades sounds like fun: being propelled above the water, and perhaps learning to do spins and flips:
10. Ride Around the Island by Bicycle
Landaa Giraavaru is a pretty large island, so what better way to get around than by bicycle? Next to our bungalow was a bicycle for each of us, even personalized with our initials.
If you've stayed at Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, what were your favorite activities and things to do?
Disclosure: I was a guest at Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and received a complimentary stay and complimentary massage, however the views expressed in this post are my own.
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