Join the football ‘Pineapple Kicking Cup’, admire the liberated skies with our star gazer, enjoy the music of the revolution, and win big with our end-of-year sticker game: an island-wide celebration of riotous proportions.
END OF YEAR STICKER GAME: CASTOR LANDEL AND THE PINEAPPLE REVOLUTION
Castor Landel (a born orator, mover of people and volcano-in-waiting) and Giraavár (a brilliant intellectual and passionate poet, musician and artist) met at Maintown University and – like the yang finds the yin – were soon bound by their shared destiny: the desire to liberate their people from the sticky grip of the United Pineapple Company (UPC). Join us this festive season for a sticker-led, pineapple-packed, rum-fuelled romp through Maintown’s fableof freedom. A story of courage and craziness, love and liberation; of Romeo Upmann and the Cigarollo (Union of Tobacco Rollers) members; the grassroots led movement, El Movimiento; the message-spreading music of the Roggiefarians (a local groupknown for their particular hair style and preference for certain herbs with medicalattributes); Las Espadrilles, led by Landel’s mum, Julietta; and a motley militia of sugarcane planters, corn grinders and buffalo herders (affectionately called the Buffalo Soldiers) and their great leader, Roberto Marlito. New liberation heroes will be shared daily. Trade your spare stickers for any missing ones with friends, neighbours and fellow freedom fighters … then present your completed sticker book to the Headquarters of El Movimiento to redeem attractive rewards – and a chance to win the Grand Prize on 31 December 2017: a Family Resort Stay in a sister Four Seasons property. Good luck!
MUSIC OF THE REVOLUTION
We are delighted to welcome Suleiman – the 14-year-old flute maestro winner of India’s Got Talent 2016 – to Landaa this Festive Season. His hypnotic harmony will bring a uniting magic to select liberation events.
LEGEND – Bob Marley Tribute Band Various events
A dynamic band comprising seven accomplished musicians – led by Michael Anton Phillips (Cheesy) – dedicated to the late, great King of Reggae: Bob Marley. Legend have performed at festivals around the world, sharing reggae’s irresistible groove and a charismatic ‘Bob’ presence.
JESSICA SUTTON – Harpist
We are delighted to welcome the divine Jessica Sutton back to Landaa this festive season. A highly skilled performer, Jessica’s beautiful music covers a surprisingly broad span of genres – from classical and folk to modern and pop – and brings a sublime sonorous magic to any setting.
BLACK PEARL – Maldivian 5-piece band
Highly accomplished musicians able to turn their hand to just about any music genre from rock, blues and jazz to Latin, dance and more! Introducing Nasru on keyboard and vocals, Hamdaan on drums, Shah on bass guitar, Ahmed on guitar and vocals, and lead guitarist and vocalist Manzoom.
DJ NICK is one of the most recognisable faces in the Malaysian event industry. Renowned for his versatile play lists, he’s been wowing crowds for over two decades; spinning across every genre from Hip Hop to Soul, R&B to Funk and Latin to House – and everything in between! Highly sought after, he’s ours this festive season. Bring on the beats!
6th January performance
Vishal, Ivan, Muzaffar and Ziya are the talented four who make up this multi-genre performing line-up, whose mission is to put the tap in your toes and the smile on your face! Playing classics from Bob Marley to Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones to Ed Sheeran, this slick and highly experienced band will soon have you rocking your blues away.
20 December – 6 January
Astronomy 101: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open Sessions: 7.30 pm – 9.30pm
Private sessions: 10:30 pm – 11.30pm
We’re delighted to welcome back our favourite stargazer, Jatin Rathod, renowned astronomer and life-long student of the stars, from the Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai, India. Join him on a cosmic stargazing experience to learn the ancient legends of the stars in the vast Maldivian skies with our fabulous NexStar telescope.
Please contact Reception on extension #4 to book a place.
FATTEY’S FOOTBALL CLINIC
Castor Landel Stadium
20 – 26 December, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
(4.30 – 5.30 pm on 23 Dec)
Join local pro coach, Mohamed ‘Fattey’ Fasir at the brand new Castor Landel Stadium (named in honour of Maintown’s most famous son) on the Astroturf every day from 20-26 December. Perfect your passing accuracy, nail defensive footwork drills, and maximise every scoring opportunity in preparation for The Football Liberation Tournament 2017: The Pineapple Kicking Cup! Suitable for players aged 8 years and above. No advance reservations required. Boots available on request.
PINEAPPLE KICKING CUP – THE FOOTBALL LIBERATION TOURNAMENT 2017
Castor Landel Stadium
27, 28, 29 December & 1 January (Grand Final)
2 Group Stage Matches daily: 4:00 & 5:00 pm
Grand Final, 1 January: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Are you with us or against us? Join Yussuf and El Movimiento, Naail’s Buffalo Soldiers, Muneef’s Roggofarians and Farish and the Cigarollos for the most hotly contested mixed guest/staff tournament this side of the revolution. Prepare for guerrilla-style teamwork, underground passes and a rousing battle that will ultimately decide who will rule the island (for a day) … and get lifetime bragging rights! Seriously: have you got what it takes to emerge victorious in the Grand Final on New Year’s Day? Noisy support welcome!
The Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat
Daily, 10 am – 1 pm, from 20 – 31 December
Complimentary 60-minute session for young ladies and gentlemen Our 2017 teen treat features the out-of-this world skills of our Rossano Ferretti hairstylist, complete with a beautiful manicure. Create the perfect hairstyle and nails to match for the ultimate feel-good festive pampering. Boys – don’t miss out on the chance to try a new hairstyle and get your nails tidied up too! Please contact the Spa (or dial 5) to make a reservation.
MARINE DISCOVERY CENTRE
300,000 transplanted coral fragments … 4,000 local manta rays … 150 rehabilitated turtles … and that’s just for starters! Join us every morning for a guided tour – or visit throughout the day – to immerse yourself in the staggering stats and fascinating facts of one of the Maldives leading oceanic research facilities. Our interactive Marine Discovery Centre is a state-of-the art tribute to our marine conservation projects, covering the worlds of Marine Savers, Reefscapers and The Manta Trust – our conservation partners behind over a decade of pioneering projects – plus the role you can play in making a difference.Explore the pioneering Fish Lab, visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and find out about the year-round work of the world’s largest manta ray charity. Join our marine biologists on thrilling safaris and monitoring dives; help to feed the turtles and baby clownfish; and sponsor and transplant your own coral frame.With big screens, inspiring Prezi presentations and breathtaking displays, gain a fascinating insight into the perilous plight of the Maldives’ underwater world and our efforts to preserve it. We can’t wait to show you around!
UNDERWATER TREASURE HUNT
31 December 1:30 pm
Every revolution gets a few anonymous donations … hidden treasures gifted in the most unusual,untraceable ways. Some unexpected items having recently appeared on Maintown’s House Reef, we’re calling all certified divers to help us salvage it. We’ll share the spoils… but what could they be?
Join us to experience with X-Jetpacks, JetBlades, SEABOB rides, parasailing and wakeboarding – the Maldives’ most comprehensive range of water toys, available daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Water Sports Centre. Advanced booking recommended.
JUNIOR WAKE-SURF PARTIES
Water Sports Centre
10-11.30 am daily, from 20 – 31 December
Attention all fun-lovers: heed the call to party this festive season with our daily Wake-Surfing Parties: the perfect mix of good friends, pumping music, the open ocean, and great waves! We have the Maldives only Mastercraft X55: an incredible boat that generates its own surf – and has its own blasting sound system! Bring your tunes, your mates, your rashguard/swimmers and take it in turns to catch some waves and rock the lagoon to your favourite beat.
LIBERATION CONDITIONING TRAINING
Meet at Fitness Centre
22, 29 December and 5 January
5:30 – 6:45pm
There’s only one way for Maintown’s freedom fighters to truly liberate themselves: by attaining mental andphysical strength, agility, flexibility –
and mind-body balance. Hone and tone this festive season (with the help of the Buffalo Soldiers and their Chief Leader, Didi) on our 15-station Yoga Energy Trail: an escorted 75-minute parkour-style circuit. From jungle hide-outs to shoreline sanctuaries, the stations are located at the island’s most awe-inspiring – and optimum lookout – viewpoints…
CHRISTMAS TREE DIVE
Meet at the Dive Centre
25 December, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Every revolution starts with an underground movement… ours has an underwater one too! Feel the love that lies beneath with this one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration. Join our dive team to ‘plant’ a very special tree, then surface to tropical treats of Guava milkshake and exotic fruit cookies. Complimentary for all certified scuba divers.
LAS ESPADRILLES FASHION MARCH
In front of Resort Shop
2 January, 6:30 pm
Featuring the beautiful people of Maintown marching to an avant-garde beat, prepare to be wowed by the Resort Shop’s Spring and Summer 2017 Collection in our infamous annual catwalk show.
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