After visiting Cheval Blanc Maldives Randheli and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, we determined to take a look at one final property whereas within the Maldives — 4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru. 4 Seasons has fairly the presence within the Maldives, between the 2 most important resorts (Landaa Giraavaru and Kuda Huraa), the non-public island (Non-public Island at Voavah), and the yacht (4 Seasons Explorer).
4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is a really good property. The resort has a non-public seaplane, villas have been just lately renovated (and are attractive), the meals & beverage retailers have been stable, and the service was pleasant. In case you’re a 4 Seasons loyalist and haven’t been to the Maldives, you’ll little doubt love this resort.
That being stated, the Maldives is a hyper-competitive luxurious lodge market, and the competitors is de facto robust. So I couldn’t assist however really feel like there have been points of each the arduous and smooth product that didn’t fairly stay as much as among the different properties in the same worth vary. It’s not that there’s something incorrect with the 4 Seasons, however fairly there’s only a lot that’s distinctive about another properties.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru fundamentals
The 4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru has 103 lodging, together with each overwater and seaside villas. The resort is positioned within the the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, so it’s common with snorkelers and divers.
The 4 Seasons initially opened in 2006, however was largely renovated in 2015. Some renovations are nonetheless ongoing — all of the water villas have been renovated, whereas this yr renovations are being completed up for the seaside villas. The 4 Seasons has 4 eating places, two shared swimming pools, a spa, a health club, and a tennis court docket.
For context, under is a map that offers you a way of the format of the resort.
The way to e book the 4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru
For our dates in April, the nightly price for a base room on the 4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru began at ~$2,500. Clearly the pandemic has vastly impacted pricing at luxurious resorts, so charges are everywhere. Within the off season this lodge is cheaper, and there are additionally some promotions that may probably decrease the speed. The pricing is in step with what different high properties within the Maldives are charging.
One of the simplest ways to e book any 4 Seasons lodge is thru a journey advisor affiliated with the 4 Seasons Most well-liked Companion program. When reserving by way of Most well-liked Companion you pay the identical price you’ll discover immediately on 4 Seasons’ web site, however you’ll obtain further perks, together with the next:
- A room improve, topic to availability
- Complimentary each day breakfast
- A lodge credit score to make use of throughout your keep
4 Seasons Most well-liked Companion is usually combinable with promotions being supplied immediately by way of 4 Seasons, together with advance buy charges, free night time provides, and extra. Be aware that reserving 4 Seasons properties by way of Most well-liked Companion is healthier than reserving by way of applications like Amex Tremendous Lodges & Resorts. Why?
- With Most well-liked Companion you might have the choice of room service breakfast instead of restaurant breakfast
- Upgrades are prioritized for Most well-liked Companion bookings, provided that it’s 4 Seasons’ personal proprietary program (and the worth of an improve could be important)
- You possibly can mix Most well-liked Companion perks with nearly any price on 4 Seasons’ web site (different applications don’t help you stack promotions in the identical means)
You possibly can’t beat getting all of those further perks only for reserving by way of an eligible journey advisor. Ford is blissful to assist anybody e book 4 Seasons properties by way of Most well-liked Companion, and could be reached at [email protected] He and his group don’t cost any reserving charges for 4 Seasons properties.
Full disclosure — Ford acquired a journey agent price for our keep. As at all times, all opinions expressed are my very own.
The way to get to 4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru is positioned within the Baa Atoll, roughly a 30 minute seaplane journey north of Velana Worldwide Airport (MLE) and the capital metropolis of Male.
You’ve gotten a alternative of seaplanes, as you’ll be able to both fly with Trans Maldivian on a “normal” shared 15-seat Twin Otter, which could cease at different resorts. Alternatively, 4 Seasons has its personal specifically branded Twin Otter, which continues to be operated by Trans Maldivian Airways. This has solely eight seats, so it’s considerably extra comfy.
Right here’s the present seaplane pricing, which is after all topic to alter:
- Flying the 4 Seasons seaplane prices $710-960++ per particular person one-way, relying on the season
- Flying the “common” Trans Maldivian Airways seaplane prices $360-410++ per particular person one-way, relying on the season
The premium for flying the 4 Seasons aircraft is sensible when you think about that the aircraft carries solely a bit greater than half as many individuals. Additionally observe that many charges on the 4 Seasons embody transfers, and in lots of circumstances that’s a considerably higher worth. In order that’s one thing to be looking out for, and it’s additionally one thing your journey advisor might assist crunch the numbers on.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru airport lounge
We arrived at Male Airport after taking the yacht switch from the Waldorf Astoria. We have been greeted by employees from the 4 Seasons, who first escorted us to the 4 Seasons’ most important terminal lounge. 4 Seasons has two lounges on the airport — one is for boat transfers (because the different 4 Seasons property could be accessed by boat), whereas the opposite is for seaplane transfers.
We have been first briefly escorted to the previous lounge, whereas our check-in course of was taken care of. The lounge is on the small facet, however is comfy, and has air-con, drinks, and snacks.
Inside a couple of minutes we have been pushed to the seaplane lounge, forward of our departure to the resort. The 4 Seasons’ seaplane lounge is rather more spacious, with a lot of pure mild. The lounge had a choice of drinks and snacks, in addition to bogs and a bathe.
We solely had about 10 minutes within the lounge earlier than our flight to the resort was departing.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru seaplane switch
4 Seasons has a reasonably epic Maldives seaplane, which is even nicer than the Cheval Blanc one. For one, what’s to not love in regards to the livery of this aircraft?! 4 Seasons calls this the “flying triggerfish.”
The aircraft can be comfy, because it has simply eight seats, unfold throughout 4 rows in a 1-1 configuration. It’s superb how rather more comfy that is than your typical Trans Maldivian seaplane.
The aircraft even had up to date cockpit shows, past what I’ve in any other case seen on any Trans Maldivian seaplanes.
Our flight to the resort took simply half-hour, and throughout the flight we have been supplied chilly towels and bottled water by the worker within the cabin (who’s chargeable for baggage and serving to with the arrivals and departure course of).
Under you’ll be able to see 4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru — there are dozens of overwater villas on a zig-zag dock, after which the remainder of the resort is on one most important island.
At most resorts, seaplanes simply “dock” immediately on the lodge, however that’s not the case right here, presumably because of the shallow water across the resort. As an alternative the 4 Seasons has a separate dock a number of hundred meters from land, so the aircraft arrives there, and then you definitely take a ship to the resort.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru arrival
As soon as on the island, we have been greeted by fairly just a few employees, and escorted to the open-air foyer through an extended path.
The arrivals expertise was totally different than on the different resorts we stayed at within the Maldives, the place we have been appointed a single butler or concierge for everything of our keep, they usually processed check-in at our villa.
On the 4 Seasons there’s no private butler or concierge (although 4 Seasons does have a superb app for speaking with the entrance desk), and check-in was processed within the foyer fairly than within the room.
The foyer had a proper reception desk, however we have been simply invited to have a seat within the comfy open-air area, and have been additionally supplied recent coconut water and chilly towels.
The foyer additionally has bottled water, iced tea, espresso, and sizzling tea.
The second flooring of the foyer has a sport space, with pool tables and loads of seating.
Inside about 10 minutes we have been pushed to our villa.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru dawn water villa with pool
We have been assigned a dawn water villa with pool, which is the entry stage overwater villa (the sundown water villa with pool is extra premium, after which there are each dawn and sundown household villas, that are bigger). To entry the overwater villas, you first take the principle path winding by way of the resort, and then you definitely get onto the lengthy jetty, which has 40 villas.
We have been assigned villa 313, roughly midway down the jetty.
Ready exterior the villa have been two bicycles. Along with having the room quantity on the again, in addition they had our initials on the entrance.
Commonplace villas on the 4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru have 969 sq. toes of inside area, in order that they’re a superb measurement. That being stated, they’re positively extra junior suites than full suites, within the sense that there’s no door separating the lounge from the bed room.
The lounge had a sofa and a chair, in addition to a eating desk with two chairs. There was a TV close to the middle of the room, and a minibar alongside the far wall.
The minibar was effectively stocked, and had complimentary espresso and tea, plus a wide range of drinks and snacks for buy.
There was additionally a welcome amenity consisting of a fruit plate, some candy and savory snacks, and a bottle of Duval Leroy Brut.
The bed room featured your typical 4 Seasons king mattress (which is so comfy), plus a few chairs on the foot of the mattress.
There was yet one more TV alongside by the middle of the room.
Subsequent to the mattress have been three units of doorways that may very well be opened to entry the closet and toilet.
There was a big closet space, after which past that was the toilet.
The toilet was additionally massive, and had double sinks, a conceit, a walk-in bathe, a soaking tub, and a bathroom and bidet.
I like how the bathroom space had a glass flooring, partly, so as to see the ocean from there.
There was additionally an outside bathe on the facet of the villa closest to the jetty.
Wi-Fi within the room was quick and free, and I additionally appreciated that the air-con labored very well.
The outside area of the villa was much more spectacular than the indoor area. There was an enormous infinity-edge pool that prolonged out over the ocean, which was tremendous cool visually.
Many of the seating was coated, which is nice, because it means you’ll be able to take pleasure in this area throughout the day. The outside area had a swinging sofa and a chair, and a eating desk with two chairs and a bench.
On the high of the spiral staircase was a loft space, which may very well be a enjoyable place to hang around with a view of the whole outside area.
There was additionally a cool internet you possibly can calm down in, with a lot of pillows.
The outside area additionally had a few solar beds, in addition to cushions within the shade.
There have been additionally stairs going immediately into the ocean — the water across the villa was shallow and clear, and there was a seawall that additionally made it very calm.
Regardless that we have been staying on the “dawn” facet, the sundown views have been nonetheless fairly epic.
The room was refreshed twice per day, and as is typical at 4 Seasons, the housekeeping consideration to element was unbelievable. 4 Seasons properties fairly persistently put cleansing cloths subsequent to laptop screens and sun shades, although this resort has the cutest ones I’ve ever seen.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru facilities & services
Within the Maldives you’re roughly “caught” on the non-public island resort you select to e book, so what are the facilities like? Whereas visitors have a tendency to spend so much of time in their very own villas (provided that they’re typically over the water, and normally have superb outside areas), the resort nonetheless has a lot else to supply.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru swimming pools
The 4 Seasons Maldives has three shared swimming pools. The primary pool is close to reception, and it’s 50 meters (or round 164 sq. toes), and was allegedly the primary Olympic-sized pool within the Maldives. The pool has loads of seating and even a swim-up bar, although I don’t suppose I ever noticed anybody use it (which is normal within the Maldives).
Instantly subsequent to the principle pool is a 20 meter (66 foot) saltwater pool.
The resort additionally has Blu Seaside Membership (which I’ll speak extra about under, after I focus on eating), and this has yet one more pool that’s proper on the seaside.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru seaside
4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru has a legitimately massive seaside, which many properties within the Maldives lack. The water was calm and clear, the sand was powdery smooth, and it was simply typically nice to have the ability to do some seaside strolling.
The water is so shallow that in low tide there’s a sandbar you’ll be able to stroll to (previous the signal you see under) with out going greater than knee-deep into the water.
The resort additionally has all types of water sports activities, together with each non-motorized and motorized choices.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru health club & tennis court docket
The 4 Seasons has a 24/7 health club positioned close to reception. It has a superb number of tools, and we loved utilizing this across the center of the day when it was in any other case hottest.
The resort additionally has a grass tennis court docket, which could be reserved. We have been going to play the final morning, however sadly that acquired rained out.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru spa
The 4 Seasons has the AyruMa Spa, open each day from 10AM till 9PM. You possibly can discover the remedy menu right here. We didn’t find yourself getting any therapies (as we have been solely on the resort for 3 nights), but it surely’s a powerful spa advanced, because it consists of three acres.
Remedies transcend your typical therapeutic massage and facial choices, because the spa additionally does all the things from acupuncture, to alignment rituals, to yoga remedy. The spa additionally has each therapies on land and over water.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru eating places & bars
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru has 4 most important meals & beverage retailers. Some have bars hooked up to them, and I’ll discuss these with every particular person venue.
Let me briefly summarize the eating choices, after which under I’ll cowl every outlet in additional element:
- Blu Seaside Membership is an all-day restaurant and seaside membership, serving Italian delicacies for lunch and dinner
- Cafe Landaa can be an all-day restaurant, and it serves Asian meals for lunch and dinner
- Al Barakat is a dinner restaurant, and it serves Center Japanese meals
- Fuego Grill is a dinner restaurant, serving seafood specialties
For what it’s price, there’s a ten% service cost added to all on-property purchases, after which there’s no additional choice to tip. So I recognize that there’s not a service cost after which an extra request for a tip.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru Blu Seaside Membership
Blu Seaside Membership was certainly my favourite venue on the 4 Seasons, and I feel this was my single favourite eating “idea” at any of the properties we stayed at within the Maldives. That is primarily a enjoyable Seaside Membership the place you’ll be able to have meals or drinks all day.
The seaside membership has a most important open-air eating room the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in meals or drinks any hour of the day.
Past that, there are all types of different seating choices, from cabanas, to a seating space with sand.
Company can both have an a la carte breakfast at Blu Seaside Membership, or they will take pleasure in a buffet at Cafe Landaa. Under you’ll find the breakfast menu at Blu Seaside Membership.
There have been a wide range of drinks, starting from freshly squeezed juices to iced lattes.
We have been introduced a bread basket with some pastries, muffins, and croissants.
We ate right here two mornings, and we tried a number of choices, together with the fruit plate, the home made granola with berries and yogurt, the avocado coast, the Maldivian breakfast, and the raspberry french toast. The meals right here was unbelievably good.
We additionally had lunch right here one afternoon. You possibly can order both off the extra conventional Italian menu, or you’ll be able to order off extra of a seaside menu, relying on what you’re within the temper for.
I’m a sucker for a superb pizza, and Blu Seaside Membership has a correct pizza oven right here, so I ordered a pizza margherita. It was glorious.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru Cafe Landaa
Cafe Landaa is the opposite all-day eating restaurant, so we had breakfast there one morning. This restaurant is positioned close to reception, and is absolutely coated however open air.
Breakfast right here consists of an infinite buffet, with all the things from customized ready recent fruit, to pastries, to yogurt and cereal, to chilly cuts and cheese, to varied Asian and Western dishes. I’ll let the images converse principally for themselves.
The breakfast was nice, although personally I nonetheless most well-liked Blu Seaside Home for the ambiance, views, and meals basically.
Cafe Landaa serves all types of Asian dishes all through the day, after which within the evenings there are generally themed nights. We occurred to eat there on an evening the place they’d an Indian buffet. Ford and I like Indian meals, in order that certain labored for us. This whole area transforms superbly at night time, particularly with the variety of torches used to mild out up the outside.
The dinner buffet was merely unreal.
There was even some stay leisure, which added to the enjoyable.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru Al Barakat
Al Barakat is the resort’s Center Japanese restaurant, with flavors from Lebanon, Morocco, and Armenia. The restaurant is positioned over water close to the arrivals jetty.
The restaurant has a bar space close to the doorway, the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in a pre-dinner drink.
Then there’s loads of indoor and outside seating within the restaurant, relying in your desire.
We began our meal with a few cocktails within the bar space, which have been tasty, and have been served with some snacks.
We ultimately headed as much as our desk, the place we have been introduced with a delicious-sounding set menu. We’re simply not enormous followers of lamb chops, in order that they have been blissful to substitute prawns for that.
The meal began with some carrots and cucumbers with a dip.
Subsequent we have been supplied a wide range of chilly mezze, together with moutabel, hummus soujouk, muhammara, quinoa itch, tabbouleh, and labneh.
Subsequent we have been supplied a choice of sizzling mezze, together with sambousek and jawanih.
Subsequent up have been the mains, which included shish tawouk, kofta, grilled halloumi, and prawns.
Lastly we have been supplied a wild cherry yogurt gelato with halva crumble, together with some tea.
What a tremendous meal!
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru Fuego Grill & Seabar
Fuego Grill is the resort’s beachfront restaurant, which has at most a dozen or so tables.
The restaurant is all about recent seafood, in order you arrive you’re proven the each day choice.
Under you’ll find the Fuego Grill dinner menu.
At the beginning of the meal we have been supplied a wide range of bread with beetroot dip in addition to olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
To start out, I ordered the tuna crudo sampler, whereas Ford ordered the kale and feta cheese salad.
Then for the principle, I had the Fuego Grill plate, whereas Ford had the reef fish filet.
Along with the restaurant, there’s additionally Seabar, which is the bar positioned proper subsequent to Fuego Grill. This is usually a great spot to catch the sundown.
The perfect half? Each night at 10PM there’s a shark feeding, so it’s cool to have the ability to see all of the reef sharks up shut.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru service
How was service on the 4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru?
- Individually I discovered staff to be pleasant and personable
- I did discover it a bit unusual how the lodge doesn’t appoint a concierge or butler to particular person visitors, in contrast to many of the different luxurious properties within the Maldives, because it actually is sweet to have one level of contact
- Moreover, I’m unsure if the managers have been simply touring, however there was no apparent supervisor checking on visitors throughout our keep; distinction that to each Cheval Blanc and Waldorf Astoria, the place a supervisor made an look at nearly each meal
So service on the 4 Seasons was good, but it surely didn’t really feel fairly as cohesive or effectively organized as at Cheval Blanc, for instance.
4 Seasons Maldives Landaa Giraavaru is an all-around glorious lodge. It has an extremely comfy non-public seaplane, nice villas that have been just lately renovated, good meals & beverage retailers (particularly Blu Seaside Bar), and unbelievable snorkeling (based mostly on what I’ve heard), and the service you’d anticipate from a 4 Seasons.
I can’t think about going to 4 Seasons Landaa Giraavaru and being disenchanted. On the similar time, the Maldives has change into one of the aggressive lodge markets on the planet, and 4 Seasons has lots of competitors. If cash is not any object, I positively suppose Cheval Blanc is a step up from each 4 Seasons and Waldorf Astoria, based mostly on design, the final intimacy of the property, the attentiveness of service, and many others.
In case you’ve stayed at a 4 Seasons property within the Maldives, what was your expertise like?