Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Expands “Forever After” Options
Maldives Promotion House – With three distinct Resort experiences – two private islands and a luxury liveaboard – Four Seasons Resorts Maldives offer an ocean of options for destination weddings. Guests can book each Resort in its entirety; wed on one then take a seamless seaplane flight to honeymoon on the other; or indulge in the ultimate marital odyssey between the two on Four Seasons Explorer – an 11-cabin, three-deck catamaran – that links the Resorts via three, four and seven night itineraries or private, customized charters. Each Resort offers the personalized care of a Wedding Co-ordinator, as well as an abundance of picture-perfect venues, while unique experiences range from secluded sand bank dinners to hen night Spa parties and surf, dive and fishing trips for bachelor days with a difference.
But first, there are the Resorts themselves. From Kuda Huraa’s intimate garden surround infused with traditional charm to Landaa Giraavaru’s wild natural beauty within the remote Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, each of Four Seasons two private Maldivian islands paints its own tropical ideal.
Landaa Giraavaru’s multiple venues span natural jungle and a pristine two-kilometre (1.2 mile) lagoon, while luxurious beach and water villas offer accommodation so vast that couples need never leave their room. The Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat – voted Best Destination Spa in the Crystal Asia Awards 2011 – showcases blissful Chakra Blessings, complemented by superb diving in some of the country’s richest waters with the PADI 5-Star IDC Centre.
Kuda Huraa – voted Best of the Best in the Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Readers’ Awards 2011 – features a multitude of locations against a backdrop of shimmering blue. The Night Spa redefines starlit romance with its lunar rituals under the tropical night sky, while those seeking adrenalin and adventure can venture out on a shark safari, or with the pros from the Surf School. And with both Resorts running pioneering coral, fish and turtle conservation programs from their Marine Discovery Centres, bridal couples can play a part in preserving the fragile ecosystem simply by being there.
Marriages performed in the Maldives between non-Muslims are not legally recognized in other countries. As such, appropriate legal arrangements need to be made in guests’ home countries. However, this opens up a world of opportunity for couples to plan a celebration that is a true expression of themselves. From sunset vows with an officiant to an intimate blessing at sea, the underwater exchange of rings to a sandbank ceremony in the middle of nowhere, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives will go to any lengths to cater to individual wishes.
The Resorts’ on-site Wedding Co-ordinators work with each bridal couple to customize every detail, from the point of booking to the time of departure – and, very often, beyond. Whether a couple is planning an intimate gathering or a grand gala, undivided attention is given to ensure that everything goes exactly as envisioned.
The Kuda Huraa Forever After 2012 and Landaa Giraavaru Forever After 2012 packages ease the worry of wedding planning, incorporating all the key components for before, during and after the ceremony, from spa treatments and bouquet to cake and photography, right through to in-room breakfast the following day. In addition to offering value, each package can form a starting point for what will ultimately be a celebration as individual as each couple.
The Finer Details
Four restaurants in each Resort cater to every culinary option from dinner for two on an uninhabited island to a lavish poolside luncheon, relaxing beach barbecues to starlit, overwater cocktail receptions. The pastry chefs will recreate any wedding cake that guests request, or surprise with their own decadent delights. Rehearsal dinners, hen parties, bachelor nights and day-after-the-night-before breakfasts can also be arranged, along with customized menus that cater to children and special dietary needs. Decoration and entertainment are equally well catered for, with florists on hand to create bouquets, boutonnières, wedding arches and centrepieces, and bodu beru (big drum) performers showcasing traditional festivities. Couples can also work with the Resorts’ marine biologists to plant their own personalized coral frame as a living symbol of their special day, and then they can track its growth online, or return to see it on a special anniversary.
In addition to two sublime Spas, recreation options across the Resorts range from kite surfing, wakeboarding and parasailing to big game fishing, tennis and yoga. At Kuda Huraa, surfers of all levels can benefit from the on-site Tropicsurf School, and at both Resorts, there is an abundance of world-class diving and snorkelling sites. Other activities range from cooking or massage classes to a private picnic on a remote sand bank.
Then there’s the option of a cruise on board the exemplary Four Seasons Explorer – the Maldives fastest and most luxurious liveaboard. Sailing between the two Resorts and on private charters, it offers access to the undiscovered Maldives. All-inclusive itineraries offer a minimum of three dives a day as well as the opportunity to snorkel, surf, water-ski, fish, kayak, spa, sail and discover cultural and castaway experiences along the way.
Couples booking a minimum of three nights at each Resort will receive complimentary seaplane transfers between the two as part of the Resorts’ ongoing Paradise Twice promotion. The promotion is valid through December 20, 2012.