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Maldives – Paradise is closer than you think.

Nothing can prepare you for the service provided at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. This is what we expect from a five star hotel with a history of excellent customer service. Reading about it is one thing. Experiencing it first hand is another. Bravo Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, you've outdone yourself.

Let's start with our arrival to the capital of the Maldives, Male. We were greeted by the Four Seasons staff and immediately escorted to their own lounge at the airport. We were offered light snacks and drinks while we waited to be transported to the Maldivian Air Taxi terminal. At the air taxi terminal, the Four Seasons has another lounge. Here, we comfortably enjoyed more refreshments, while being informed by the staff about all the wonderful things we were soon to encounter at the resort. After about 20 minutes our plane was ready to board. The small propeller plane holds about 15 people.

As the plane ascended over the turquoise waters, tiny atolls, surrounded by rings of white sand suddenly appeared below. We thought about all the times we had seen this view from photos in all those travel magazines. Immediately we both had to pinch ourselves. After all this time daydreaming about the Maldives, we were finally here!

The Republic of the Maldives consists of over 1900 islands in the Indian Ocean, which stretch over 35,000 square miles, of which approximately 200 are inhabited. From the air, the view is magnificent. Male is where most international flights will arrive. Depending how close your resort is to Male, you may travel by boat or airplane to arrive at your final destination. Our resort, The Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, was located about 30 minutes by air, the perfect amount of time for us to take in all the beauty from above.

Our bungalow included a private entrance, our own plunge pool, thatched outdoor veranda, hammock and lounge chairs, all with a beachfront view. Inside the bungalow was impressive. Under a high ceiling, the room included a king size bed, and a comfortable sitting area with couches to take a lazy afternoon nap. The room has large sliding glass doors, so you have an uninterrupted view of the ocean at all times. The bathroom was huge, including separate sinks and toilet room, large soaking tub, and two showers, one inside and one outside. A door from the bathroom leads to the private outdoor shower equipped with hot and cold water. The room has all the amenities including a Nespresso machine, mini-bar, ipod docking station, and large closets. Houskeeping visited twice daily, and replenished our bungalow with bottled water and fresh fruit daily.

One of the nice things about the resort was each guest receives a bicycle with their initials on it. With only sand roads and trails throughout the island, walking or biking made for a nice way to explore the island while getting some exercise. We used our bicycles to go everywhere. We recommend riding around the island at night, when the only light is the stars, the moon, the headlamp of your bike, and the flaming torches that line the road. Magical. The resort uses golf carts as well to transport guests if needed. This service is a phone call away, and they are very prompt.

While enjoying the beach, the staff provides excellent service. Every day they would set up our lounging spot for the day, complete with beach chairs, umbrella, towels, and ice cold bottled water straight from the resorts own purified water facility. They provided sunscreen, magazines, ice cream, fresh fruit and even cleaned our sunglasses. Who does that? How fantastic! The beach is unbelievable. Pristine soft white sand, warm turquoise water and gentle breezes makes for a truly relaxing day. There's a sand bar located nearby that allows you to walk a long way into the ocean. There's also a water sports facility located on the beach with every form of water activity available. We enjoyed kayaking the beautiful Maldivian waters. The sun is strong, so make sure you're wearing sunscreen.

It was tough to leave on our last day. The staff walked us to the dock and we all said goodbye as one would do when leaving family. As our plane ascended, we looked down at the island we called home for the last week, promising each other to return. When we arrived in Male, the Four Seasons service continued. We were met by their staff at the water taxi terminal, driven to the main terminal and acconpanied all the way through the check-in process and up to security. It was here where they wished us a wonderful flight home and asked us to return as soon as possible. Remarkable!

Ever dreamed of a far away place you'd love to visit, but were never quite sure if you'd ever get there. The Maldives was this place for us. A place with such natural beauty, a place that exemplifies the true definition of paradise for most of us. The Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru created a surreal environment that made our trip to the Maldives better than we could have imagined. If you've also been dreaming of that far away place, look no further than the Maldives, and stay at the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru.

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My wife and I have been traveling for 8 years, and together we've created a travel blog, A Couple of Places, which highlights our journey around the globe together. I was raised in NYC, by parents who loved to travel the world, I quickly understood the importance of traveling, learning foreign languages and respecting different cultures at an early age. I've lived in many places throughout the US and have continued to travel to all corners of the world, including Antarctica, to further educated myself on all the wonderful things our planet has to offer. I spent 11 years in the travel industry, which has allowed me to use those learnings to my advantage when planning our travel itineraries.



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