Our booking experience: Booking with Extraordinary Escapes was just that, extraordinary! From the first contact till the day we departed nothing was left unattended to. We especially appreciated that the proposed itinerary was within our budget without comprising one single item that we were looking for, the knowledge of Jodie and her team which gave us confidence, that all our questions were answered promptly and honestly, suggestions made about options once we had selected our preferred resort, the best room available at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa where we stayed overnight before boarding the Four Seasons Explorer - we felt like we had won the lottery.
There is no doubt that by specialising, Extraordinary Escapes have created a winning position from which their clients are the winners.
Well Done team and thank you!
Our Four Seasons Experience: We initially choose the Maldives for our 25th wedding anniversary for the diving - we would go back for the diving certainly but the friendliness of the people and the beauty of the environment - this is what stays with you. We stayed at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa the first night, then spent 3 days on the Four Seasons Explorer - the only way to go for a dive live aboard and then 7 days at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru.
Everything from the second we landed in Male till we departed Male was perfect, we indeed felt that we were the most important guests of Four Seasons (and believe me we weren't) - they say it's the little things that count and so it was on this trip. I have recounted four of our most memorable below.
1. When we arrived at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru our rooms were not ready so we were allocated beautiful bungalows with Private pools until they were - all of the luggage was moved and unpacked for us while we lazed around the pool (or went diving which we did) - we thought these we pretty awesome but the over the water bungalows were amazing.
2. Every guest has a bicycle - my darling husband unfortunately rode his off the jetty coming from bungalows (because he was trying to transport his underwater camera (a rather large beast) in the little front carry basket - within seconds there were two groundsman with a ladder to pull him the camera and bike from the water - they just appeared from nowhere - no damage done and a new bike was waiting when we returned from diving - thereafter a motorised buggy arrived every morning to collect the camera and gear and take it to the dive shop (we rode the bikes).
3. There are around two staff for every guest and without you knowing it you are assigned a staff member to look after your every need (it seemed you only had to think it and there it was) -
4. But the icing on the cake was our "bath butler" - on our last day the young man who made sure our Room was tidied every day stopped us as we headed off diving - he exclaimed that he was disappointed that he had not been able to do anything special for us during our stay and that he wished to do so that night - he asked if we would not return to our villa until around 9 pm. We took the dive staff to dinner that evening and returned around 9.30 to find a trail of flowers leading to the bathroom - Gentle candlelight cast a romantic glow - we had no idea what he had done we only knew it had a water theme (because we were divers). The bath was full of warm rose scented water with bubbles - the water gentle running (you have to see these baths to believe them - and on a tray were champagne, skewers of the biggest tastiest strawberries complete with dipping chocolate and pistachios, body creams and salts, rose oil - And a note from our bath butler - and all this because he wanted to do something nice - I cried it was so lovely.
Other things to note, every single picture of the Maldives in any brochure is true to colour - it is just glorious, the sunsets breathtaking, how proud the Four Seasons staff are to be working for the group.
Every note left for you is hand written and personalised, the sand bank dinner was out of this world - it would take pages to describe it, the diving was awesome. Oh and leaving the best till last being escorted right to the departure gate on leaving meant no hassle with luggage. The Four Seasons service lasted till the very end.
Sandra Birkensleigh, Brisbane, Australia