Published on : Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, recently opened the world’s first exclusive-use hideaway in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve: Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll. Open as of December 1, 2016, Voavah is capturing the attention of families and groups the world over who are looking for a luxurious, secluded haven to call their own in one of the world’s most pristine locations. With seven bedrooms – two of which are specially designed for younger guests – a beach house, dive centre, 62-foot (18.9 metre) yacht and legendary Four Seasons staff on hand, the endless possibilities for adventure make for an ideal spring getaway.
An Island for All Ages
As the Private Island is solely available for exclusive use, younger guests can fashion adventures on a daily basis to keep the energy high. Kids can explore the island reef through personalised snorkeling or swimming classes, or become members of the PADI Seal Team through specialised lagoon-based “AquaMissions.” Turtle tours, island safaris in search of baby sharks and fruit bats, crab races and marine biology excursions allow families to deepen their exposure to the Maldives’ vibrant ecosystem.
There are also numerous opportunities to adopt a traditional way of life, from learning to fish off the jetty to building jungle dens. Kids can experience the magic of crystal singing bowls in an Ocean of Consciousness Kids Ritual or even join the team on a boat to Voavah’s picnic island, Baathala, for their own exciting Maldives Crusoe adventure.
Ocean adventures become a family experience, as beginner and experienced divers can swim among manta rays in Hanifaru, one of the world’s most renowned manta ray hotspots, or explore ghostly shipwreck ruins that dot the Indian Ocean seabed. While parents can become nitrox-certified and gain Master Scuba Diver certification through the PADI 5-Star Dive Centre, marine biologists and Manta Trust scientists are also available to guide younger guests’ exploration of ocean life, including observing and interacting with resident turtles.
Adventures All Aboard
At any point in their adventure, families can gravitate towards the Private Island’s exclusive luxury yacht, Voavah Summer, which can be used for impromptu dolphin cruises, fishing expeditions, nighttime snorkeling outings, daytime swims and overnight adventures. Families can choose from kitesurfing, Seabobs, parasailing, X-Jetblades, wakeboarding, wakeskating, kneeboarding, jet-skiing, water-skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing opportunities. Kayaks, catamarans, windsurfing boards and paddleboards are available to guests young and old.