An eco-friendly spa without compare in the Maldives

The Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru now offers a Marine Discovery Centre and state-of-the-art wellness programmes in an incomparable setting

One of the spacious villas at Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
One of the spacious villas at Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

The Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru (fourseasons.com; from $1,450) is neither the newest nor the most opulent resort in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. But it is arguably the most accomplished – and in ways that matter.

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That means, first and foremost, the wilderness protection, in which category Landaa’s efforts are groundbreaking. When I stayed in the autumn it was putting the finishing touches to its Marine Discovery Centre – in part to engage guests, in part to support the Manta Trust, a charity that’s been based here for years. Increasingly, it also means wellness: in this too, Landaa excels, its three-acre Ayurveda wellness centre recently augmented by some bar-setting anti-ageing technology and programmes.

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But beyond that, and the villas’ massive, sand-floored living rooms, and the uniformly excellent food, there is that rare magic that results when talented, dedicated people spend 15 years (as many of the remarkably long-serving staff have) ceaselessly thinking about how to make an already lovely place even lovelier.

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