Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru


    November 2006

    Armando Kraenzlin
Physical Features

Property Size: 178,062 square metres/1,916,659 square feet

Total Number of Villas: 103

Design Aesthetic:

  • Native Maldivian style, with steep thatched roofs and traditional coral walls
  • Beach villas feature a blend of traditional forms and contemporary style with abundant outdoor living space surrounded by lush indigenous foliage
  • Water villas have mezzanine-level lofts accessed by spiral staircase for ocean views


  • MICD Associates (guest rooms and public areas)
  • One Degree North Landscape Architects

Interior Designer(s): Design Basis Pte. Ltd. (guest rooms and public areas)

History: On the site of a former coconut plantation, with original vegetation preserved

Location: On the remote northern Baa Atoll

The Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat

Opening Date: November 2006

Interior Designer: Design Basis Pte. Ltd.

Design Aesthetic:

  • Indian-influenced design embraces natural environment through open-air garden pavilions with wooden-floor decking, screen panels made of funa tree branches, Indian brass bowls and saucers for spa ingredients
  • Over-water treatment pavilions with tropical breezes and ocean views

Spa Philosophy: The Healing Heart of Landaa Giraavaru

Signature Treatment:

  • Chakra Blessings (single treatment or series of five to seven treatments)

Teens/Children: Prabha facial for teenagers

Special Features:

  • Ayurvedic Retreat with Vedic Wisdom Centre and herbal garden offering one- to four-week programmes, plus three-day immersion and individual treatments

Executive Chef: Jude Fernando

Examples of Locally Sourced Ingredients:

  • Tuna – yellowfin, kawakawa, skipjack and dogtooth
  • Coconut
  • Herbs, vegetables and fruit from the Resort's garden

Restaurant: Blu

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Signature Dish: Veal Milanese with Sicilian caponata
  • Indoor Seating: 40
  • Outdoor Seating: 40 at the bar and 12 on the beach
  • Designer: MICD Associates
  • Italian Sous Chef: Mirko Sancin

Restaurant: Al Barakat

  • Cuisine: Arabian
  • Signature Dish: Ayurvedic mezza plate
  • Indoor Seating: 40
  • Outdoor Seating: 74 outdoors and 44 at the bar
  • Designer: MICD Associates
  • Junior Sous Chef: Saudy Sayed

Restaurant: Café Landaa

  • Indoor Seating: 82 indoors, 16 at the teppanyaki counter
  • Designer: MICD Associates
  • Senior Sous Chef: Jude Fernando

Restaurant: Fuego Grill

  • Outdoor Seating: 40
  • Designer: MICD Associates
  • Senior Sous Chef: Jude Fernando

Lounge: Five Degrees North

  • Indoor Seating: 56
  • Outdoor Seating: 24
  • Designer: MICD Associates

Lounge: Poolside Bar

  • Indoor Seating: 46
  • Designer: MICD Associates


  • Number of Tennis Courts: 1
  • Tennis Lessons: For a fee

On-site Activities:

  • Beach
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Jogging
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Water toys and equipment
  • Windsurfing

Off-site Activities:

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Fishing


  • Number of Pools: 4
    • Main Pool: 50-metre (164-foot) Olympic-size pool with swim-up bar, private gazebos
    • Seawater Pool: 20-metre (66-foot) pool "floats" near main pool, overlooking 2-kilometre (1.2-mile) lagoon
    • Children's Pool: Free-flow pool adjacent to main pool, a guardian must accompany children under five years of age

Fitness Facilities:

  • Special Features: Floor-to-ceiling glass walls with views of the island's tropical foliage
  • Sample Fitness Activities:
    • Group yoga sessions (morning sun salutations and evening meditation) held daily on the yoga platform facing the ocean
    • Private yoga sessions with resident yogi available
    • Certified fitness trainers available
For Younger Guests

Kuda Velaa ("little turtle") Kids' Club offers supervised activities indoors and out, including painting and creative crafts, hermit crab race, beach games, touch tank and dedicated yoga sessions

Majaa Maizan Young Adults' Club entertainment lounge for teenagers offers games and entertainment; plus opportunities to participate in individual and team sports

Meeting Rooms

Total Size: 318 sq m / 3,423 sq ft

Meet and Feed Capacity: 50

Banquet Capacity: 50

Outdoor Banquet Capacity: 80

Breakout Spaces: 1

Private Dining Room Capacity: 28

Corporate Social Responsibility

Deep commitment to environmental programmes

  • Manta Ray Project
  • Coral Propagation Project
  • Fish Breeding Programme
  • Sea Turtle Rescue

One-year apprenticeship programme provides young Maldivians with a firm platform of theoretical knowledge and practical skills to perform successfully in the country's number one industry

Special Features

Resident marine biologists offer education programmes for guests and staff and oversee environmental programme

Juliana Ang
Senior Director of Public Relations and Communications
Tourism Court, #04-00, 1 Orchard Spring Lane