This second Four Seasons resort in Maldives opened at the end of 2006 and is another landmark in the progress of the country’s tourism.
Set in a beautiful corner of undeveloped Baa Atoll, the resort combines its legendary service standards with a rare level of sensitivity to its human and environmental locality.
In the traditional Maldivian manner, each villa domain is entered through a turquoise gate in a whitewashed coral wall. Plunge or lap pools are available in the courtyard around where open, thatched rooms nestle. Deep relaxation and inspiring beauty is what this place is about. But there is high speed Internet access and an iPod connection in each room for those who wish to remain connected.
The green interior has been left alone as much as possible, to compliment and contrast with the vast, empty lagoon and the neighbouring deep channel. A number of environmental initiatives are carried out by the Marine Research Centre and a marine biologist gives talks and accompanies snorkellers.
The quality of the snorkelling in and at the edge of the lagoon is said to be fantastic and, certainly, the lagoon appears ideal for swimming and water sports. There is an array of motorised sports and all non-motorised sports are free of charge. Diving in the region is still completely uncrowded and, to some extent, still in its infancy.
The country’s very first land and ocean villas are the prime rooms. The double-bedroom Koimala Land and Ocean Villas, have land and overwater accommodation connected by wooden walkways. For the rest there are 3 categories of land villas (bungalows on the north side, villas on the south side) and three categories of water villas (either sunrise or sunset).
The Spa has a special Ayurvedic Retreat that offers diverse rejuvenating experiences based on the principles of Ayurveda. It also has a resident yogi to guide beginners and the advanced. Rather unusually there is a kid’s club and a young adults club, indicating the child-friendly attitude of the resort. What is absolutely assured for everyone is a caring, personalised service of the highest standard.
Reviewed by Adrian Neville