When you live in Dubai, travelling to the Maldives is as convenient as driving up to the Lake District from London. Hope on a four and a half hour flight and you are instantly surrounded by turquoise waters, a velvety breeze and dazzling sunshine.
I’ve always wanted to experience the Four Seasons hospitality in both North Malé Atoll and Baa Atoll, so when the opportunity came my way to review both of these stunning resorts, I grabbed Lola and Kip and hopped on the next flight.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Our first stop was the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa which is a quick boat ride from the airport. The rustic setup was designed to mimic a friendly village environment and while the facilities and the surroundings were beautiful (especially the revamped villas), it’s Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru that hit the mark for us.
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Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
I love a large resort, the type that you can cycle around. The family beach pool villa was spacious with a split-level outdoor lounge. It offered plenty of privacy while providing an easy access onto the white beach. Inside the villa there was a living room, a large bed, a separate kids room and a chic bathroom.
The highlights for us included the ayurvedic-focused spa where I had a fascinating consultation with an ayurvedic doctor and a pioneering Marine Discovery Centre. Kip was particularly smitten manta-on-call service. You get an old Nokia phone that will alert you when the sea giants are near the resort. It is also the first and the only place in the Maldives where you can book in for a submarine tour. The sub can accommodate two guests and the pilot.
Our room category is on the premium side, but space, service as well as care and attention you receive from the Four Seasons team, especially if you are coming with children (Lola was completely spoilt) is the best we have experienced and I can’t wait to go back, even if it means another bouncy seaplane ride.