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amalgamtion of Sri Lankan and Maldivian architecture. Two-to-three-bedroom beach villas, done up in the most indulgent ways, are light and bright to reflect on the environs outside, but that’s not all, they’re stocked with enough amenities for large families that Asians and Arabs are wont to travel with. Children have their own space, the private beach outfront, a proper pool to spend their energy at, while the parents can afford to get away for just a little bit. Alternatively, it is perfect for a group of friends travelling down for a little lark, some relaxation to calm those worry lines. The bedrooms are thickly walled to afford enough privacy to all parties in question, with shared spaces like the beach and pool area to come together when needed. The fine dine experience The property boasts of plenty fine dine options, from the much-photographed kilometre long stretch at the end of the island, called the Blu Beach Club to Al Barakat, the Mediterannean restaurant, elegant by the sea. The Blu Beach Club, done up in shades of the ocean, aquamarine, deep blue and white, has a set Italian menu at night by Michelin-starred Chef Gaetano Trovato, while the all-day dining options centre around light dining fare including fresh seafood which has been locally sourced, cooked in Italian style. Chef Trovato’s menu draws upon his Sicilian childhood for a delightful degustation menu. While Chef visits for a week-long residency twice a year, his protégés at the property serve his specials to two tables for upto four diners every night. Sicilian Branzino seabass, Caciocavallo Ragusano and Pantellaria capers will join island-grown herbs and Landaa-laid eggs in dishes driven by the “zero waste” philosophy. At Al Barakat, named after the 12th-century African scholar who visited the Maldives, delights from Egypt, Armenia, Lebanon and Morocco are served over water in the most romantic ambience, including traditional breads, dips, Armenian meats, Lebanese wine and more. Its lower level includes a shisha bar, perfect for a sundowner, as you wind down with a gorgeous pink and purple sunset, let the waves lap your feet, with some wine, shisha, or Turkish coffee. Beach Villa at Landaa Giraavaru Triggerfish Seaplane at Landaa Giraavaru Water Villa at Landaa Giraavaru 34|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|35