Marks the Return of Two Hundred Local Staff Who Were Deployed
to Other Four Seasons Properties After Kuda Huraa was Forced
to Close following the Tsunami
TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2006 - Four Seasons is unveiling three exceptional experiences in the Maldives comprising two very different resorts and one luxury catamaran.
Set amidst a vibrant garden island, the brand new Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa reopens today with a traditional Maldivian village setting and legendary Four Seasons service. The company's second and highly anticipated new resort, Landaa Giraavaru, will open on November 1, 2006. Situated in the Baa Atoll, the Resort is a paradise hideaway where seclusion meets wild natural beauty. Guests can further explore the far flung and seldom-visited atolls in the Maldives in the comfort of the company's luxury catamaran, the Four Seasons Explorer.
The opening of the Resorts marks the return of two hundred local staff who have been deployed to work at other Four Seasons properties around the world after Kuda Huraa was forced to close following the tsunami. Each returns to the Maldives with new personal and professional experience gained from working in hotels and resorts in locations ranging from Dallas, Palm Beach, Washington D.C., Provence, Hampshire, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Singapore.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
The original Four Seasons resort on the island of Kuda Huraa in the North Male Atoll reopens following an extensive period of reconstruction. Only a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male, the Resort's Maldivian village-like feel makes it perfect for families and couples who enjoy a social environment in a vibrant setting. The Resort's 96 beach and water bungalows combine a generous use of timber and thatch with modern tropical furnishings and comforts.
Maldivian Village - The architectural design centres on giving the entire island the feeling of a Maldivian village. Inspired by Maldivian architecture and culture, elements such as traditional decorative lattice panels, curved roof forms and stone walls add character throughout the Resort. The new Beach Bungalows have raised floor levels to increase the ocean views and feature individual plunge pools. Extra-spacious Beach Pavilions with increased living space of 10m(2) and interconnecting gates offer the perfect accommodation for families.Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Set to open on November 1, 2006, the much-anticipated new Resort on Landaa Giraavaru is situated in the undeveloped Baa Atoll, 120km north of Male. The 102-villa Resort occupies the extensive 18-hectare (44 acres) island, which is itself a natural wonder, its western tip sloping into a stunning two kilometre lagoon.
Here, Four Seasons has created a resort that is refreshingly different with its key goal being to embrace the island's raw wilderness and secluded privacy, rather than develop it.
Paradise Hideaway - Set against a backdrop of delightful isolation, seclusion meets natural wild beauty at the Resort. Complete privacy is achieved with the concept of 'individual domains'; each villa is entered via its own turquoise gate, has generous indoor and outdoor living space and is surrounded by lush vegetation.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives
at Kuda Huraa
Villa at Four Seasons Resort Maldives
at Landaa Giraavaru
|Four Seasons Explorer
The most intimate Four Seasons Maldivian experience can be had on a 39-metre (129 foot) three-deck catamaran known as the Four Seasons Explorer. It offers divers and non-divers an insight into some of the Maldives' finest and most remote isles and atolls, and its historical and cultural attractions. The Explorer is a light boat that cruises fast at 16 knots and has a draft of just 1.9m, making it possible to access locations that larger vessels cannot reach, enhancing the sense of discovery and adventure. Ten spacious staterooms and one Explorer suite accommodate no more than 22 passengers (including children over 10 years old).
Exciting diving - The boat cruises between exceptional dive sites offering a variety of educational, specialist, sunrise, wreck and night dives.Four Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. From elegant surroundings of the finest quality, to caring, highly personalised 24-hour service, Four Seasons embodies a true home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best. The deeply instilled Four Seasons culture is personified in its employees - people who share a single focus and are inspired to offer great service. Founded in 1960, Four Seasons has followed a targeted course of expansion, opening hotels in major city centres and desirable resort destinations around the world. Currently with 70 hotels in 31 countries, and more than 25 properties under development, Four Seasons will continue to lead the hospitality industry with innovative enhancements, making business travel easier and leisure travel more rewarding.
|Also See:||Nearly 200 Employees of Four Seasons Resort Maldives find Temporary Work at U.S. Four Seasons Properties / May 2005|
|Resort Update: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa / December 1998|