Arrival at Landaa Giravaaru, Maldives

Landaa Giravaaru is a totally extraordinary resort!   Travelling in by seaplane and speedboat is actually a very fitting way to arrive –  It’s certainly not the norm!    But then, nothing about this hotel is the norm.

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A refreshing drink on arrival…

I don’t think I’ve ever been shown to a room that made my jaw drop more than this one.

In fact you couldn’t really call it a room.  It was more like a house.   Parked outside were a pair of his and hers bicycles, with our initials monogrammed on the front!  I guess, when you have an island to explore, the most scenic way to go is by bike!

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One of our trusty matching bicycles…
not a bad pad...
Not a bad pad I suppose…

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The room was situated on a HUGE plot with lushly planted front and rear gardens – much bigger than our back garden at home –  with the added benefit of a path that meandered down to a secluded beach!  We had a large swimming pool all to ourselves.  The room also came with a pavillion style ‘outhouse’.  Underneath the canopy were a myriad of chairs and loungers plus a table for snacks or a game of cards.  A winding staircase took you up to a mezzanine balcony, complete with large sunlounger and hammock – just the place to curl up with a good book, or be lulled to sleep by the hypnotic rythmn of the sea.

Crows Nest
The ‘outhouse’
the cat that got the cream
Cat that got the cream…
and relax
Well, it was bound to happen…

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Our home for 4 days
Our ‘Room’ with a view!  Incredible.

The only challenge we seemed to be faced with over those fleeting few days, was choosing exactly where to relax…there were just so many options.

Although we knew there were other guests at the hotel, somehow it felt like you had the whole island to yourself.  The beach was a stretch of pristine white, powdery sand, gently caressed by the calmest of turquoise waters.

The restaurants and eateries were amazing – the highlight being an incredible Italian, called Blu, which gave you the feeling of being suspended over the ocean.  I’ll never foget eating one of our meals in the middle of a tropical downpour – giggling at the frantic race of the waiters to batten down the hatches and shut up all the shutters!

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Nobody about…
Just before dinner
Just before dinner…

For a mother of four, who spends her busy days running the kids here, there and everywhere, doing school runs, countless trips to the supermarket, cooking meal after meal and wading through endless piles of laundry – it felt as though I’d just been given the greatest gift!  Four days of total relaxation.  I will always be grateful that I had these moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Off to Landaa Giravaaru

Our prize-of-a-lifetime, trip for two to the Maldives was doubly sweet.  Spending 3 nights in the beautiful Kuda Huura Hotel was only just the beginning.  The next leg of the journey, was a four night stay in the exclusive Four Seasons resort, Landaa Giravaaru.

It was sad to say goodbye to the Kuda Huura, and we were given a wonderful send-off.  Yet there was a sense of excitement for what was next in store.

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Not an easy place to leave…
see you soon
I hope so….

Our transfer was in a tiny Maldivian Sea-Plane.  This in itself was an incredible experience!  I have never taken-off or landed in the sea before!  It was all a bit of an adventure, to say the least.  We had to wear ear plugs that looked a bit like cheesy Watsits!

cheesy watsits
Cheesy Watsits!
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About to take-off!

flying about

Flying over the Maldives is an astonishing sight.  Atol after atol like shimmering pearls amidst the irridescent jewel-like ocean.

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Atol after atol…

Around 40 minutes later, our destination came into view.  We had certainly arrived in style!

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Birds Eye View of the Landaa Giraavaru

Two years  later, I still look back and pinch myself.