END OF THE YEAR STICKER GAME: LANDAA RIDERS – KNOW YOUR ROCK STARS
Drum roll please! This year’s Sticker Book Game is a test of artist, albums and anthems: a tripping tribute to the 50th anniversary of two cult classics; the box-office breaking, genre-redefining Easy Rider and musical-phenomenon and generation-defining Woodstock. Turn the music up, find the solutions, and get ‘stuck’ in!
New acts will be shared daily. Trade your spare stickers for any missing ones with friends, neighbours and fellow rockers and freedom seekers… then present your completed sticker book to the Hall of Fame Reception to redeem attractive rewards – and a chance to win the Grand Prize on 31 December 2019: a Family Resort Stay in a sister Four Seasons property. Good luck!
LANDAA & THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE
Various locations, throughout the festive season
Keep an ear open for the distant hum and approaching rumble of some rather special visitors to Hotel Giraafornia this festive season… Appearing at various events, feel free to take photos – and even enjoy pillion rides – on our super-pimped up bikes, set to add their own unforgettable revved-up raucousness to the celebrations.
|“DEEPFLIGHT” SUBMARINE ADVENTURES
4 dives daily: 09:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm
Keen to explore the Baa Atolls’ Deep Purple tones and aquatic tunes beneath the blue? Switch your two wheels for the world’s first DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S: an environmentally friendly, battery operated, 3-person submarine powered by pioneering ‘flight’ technology. Glide effortlessly over reefs. Fly through shoals of brightly coloured fish. Cruise alongside dolphins. And discover the wonders of the Maldives only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve from the safety and comfort of a personal pressurised and air-conditioned cockpit with individual 360-degree viewing dome. This is a different kind of awareness – the conservation kind – and the adventure starts here! Please enquire at the Water Sports Centre.
HYDRO FOILS: THE FUTURE OF WATERSPORTS!
Every day at the Water Sports Centre
Make your flying dreams come true with the Maldives’ first hydrofoil water sports – only at Landaa this festive season! First off there’s Kite Foiling: kitesurfing with a hydrofoil under the board. Reach insane speeds as you ‘fly’ over the surface of the water on our cutting-edge North Pro kiteboard. Our Slingshot Wake Foil is wakeboarding elevated by a hydrofoil for super-stylish wave-cruising behind our Master Craft boat. Last but not least, our Lift Foil offers a truly ‘Back to the Future’ Indian Ocean mash-up: an electric foil board synced by hand controller to an electric motor so you can choose your own speed for effortless ocean-top flights. How cool is that? Please enquire at Water Sports Centre.
‘PIMP MY BIKE’ SHOP
Daily 20 – 31 December
Every biker likes to make their ride their own! Visit the ‘Pimp my Bike’ shop near Café Landaa, for all manner of gizmos and gadgets, accessories and artful additions…
JAILHOUSE ROCK: FAMILY MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
Blu Beach Club
We’re setting the big screen free with our Open Air Cinema ‘re-release’ of Jailhouse Rock. Head down to Blu Beach Club for a sand-in-your-toes night to remember: an ocean backdrop, blanket of stars, popcorn and festive family movie magic.
‘WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS’ CUP 2019 (Football)
The Bohemian Rhapsody Stadium
Join us for the most hotly contested, mixed guest / staff tournament to rock our shores. Pick your football front man: Maki (Team: Kiss my Pass), Muneef (Team: AC/DC/FC), Mode (Team: The Rolling Soles) or Fareed (Team: Talking Feet) for the blues-scale battle. Then get practicing for the ultimate jam session of ‘don’t-miss-a-beat’ teamwork, ‘pedal playing’ passes … and the right to belt out ‘We are the Champions’ during a victory lap of The Bohemian Rhapsody Stadium. Work your way up the charts to the Grand Final on New Year’s Day. Noisy support welcome.
Sign up with the team captains by 25 December!
‘HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN’ POOL PARTY
Forget ‘seeing the rain’ – today you’re going to be soaked by it, via rainmakers, hoses, sprinklers, water guns and more! Head down to our Olympic-sized pool for some seriously splashtastic fun before kicking to chart-topping DJ beats and a support act of treats like Magnums, Cokes and Candyfloss.
GLAMROCK FASHION SHOW & NIGHT MARKET
Blu Beach Club
Need a stage outfit change? Our Retail Shops are open and on-trend all festive season. And tonight they are the headliner, spilling out onto Blu Beach sands for a little Night Market music: a melody of stalls featuring an eclectic range of gorgeous gifts and creative crafts. After dinner, grab a front row seat for Glamrock Fashion Show 2019, as Hotel Giraafornia’s boho beauties strut their stuff adorned in our latest styles.
ROCK ROYALTY & SPECIAL ENTERTAINERS
DAMJAN PEJČINOSKI – ONE OF THE 200 GREATEST ROCK GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME!
Various events, 20 December – 2 January
It’s not every day that Hotel Giraafornia can boast hosting a musical maestro included in the list of 200 greatest rock guitar players in rock history! Schooled in Classic Guitar – but a true rocker at heart – we are delighted that Damjan has joined the 2019 festive line up. Hailing from Macedonia, Damjan’s career highlights include: World Guitar Idol Finalist (2009), Eurovision star (2010), music school associate professor and global performer. He’ll be taking to the stage with solo performances and alongside his rocker friends – as well as offering private guitar lessons, available to all, throughout the festive season.
GJOKO TANESKI – THE MACEDONIAN MERCURY For one night only!
Get your rocks on for one unforgettable night with award-winning and mega-talented Gjoko Taneski and his band. Macedonian born Taneski represented his home country in the Eurovision Song Contest and has lit up the stage of many a music festival during his 25-year career. A huge Freddie Mercury fan, his globe-trotting adventures have seen him winning awards at worldwide festivals from Australia to Croatia, and a regular on radio in his homeland. Get ready to ride your bicycle, break free and bite the dust with this legend of the stage.
SEÁNA DAVEY: STRINGS OF FREEDOM
31 December, 1 & 2 January
Harp back to the stringing sixties with the angelic strains of master harpist Seána Davey this festive season. A graduate of the harp and piano from the Royal Irish Academy of Music – earning the Associate Teaching Diploma A.R.I.A.M – she also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music, Irish and Music Technology, works within music composition and as a recording session musician, and tours the world wowing audiences with her exquisite renditions of all genres of music.
29 & 31 December
With their own unique blend of bangra beats and radical rhythms, the eight members of Rhythm Funk are sure to have you up and dancing in no time. Rhythm Funk’s most recent Youtube video has been watched a record 7.7 million times and these talented youngsters have kept the energy high at many live venues in their native India, from art festivals to TedX events. The eight play traditional instruments called Dhol Tasha – dhol referring a double-headed drum and tasha, the cymbals or percussion accompanying them – a vibrant part of Indian festivities… soon to include those at Hotel Giraafornia!
FATHEEN ABDUL GAYOOM: MALDIVIAN ROCK LEGEND
A music maestro since his early years, Fatheen started his career back in 2006 as the founding member, lead guitarist and composer/songwriter for the rock band Dittore-Head; headliners at Maldivian concerts and festivals, including Rock Storm and Breakout, and creators of studio album, Damnation. From 2011-2012, Fatheen was lead guitarist in Malaysian pop-punk band, LLU, before following his heart and going solo. With his amazing voice and guitar skills, he plays acoustic versions of all-time favourites so sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the prowess of a Maldivian musician at the peak of his powers.
DJ GRANT COLLINS
Daily at Blu Beach Club
Ibiza resident for the last 10 years, Grant Collins has been filling dance floors in Tenerife, the UK, Dubai and Ibiza since the age of 17, at clubs as iconic as Pacha Ibiza, Es Paradis, Eden & Sankeys and alongside international artists and bands. Joining us from his 6-day-a-week summer residency at Ibiza’s busiest beach club, Ocean Beach Ibiza, and on a winter break from Zero Gravity in Dubai, he’ll be bringing his serious house music skills and ability to read the crowd to Blu Beach Club all festive season and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him!
Various events, 20 December – 2 January
Taking to the decks this Christmas and New Year, DJ Nick is one of the most recognisable faces in the Malaysian event industry. Renowned for his versatile playlists, 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 again this festive season. Bring on the beats!
TOM JASPER – MASTER ILLUSIONIST
Various events, 23 December – 6 January
Flying in from Las Vegas to Hotel Giraafornia for a festive residency, please put your hands together for Master Magician and Illusionist, Tom Jasper. Tom has been mesmerising crowds with his mind-bending skills for almost a decade. Far more than vanishing tricks and clever cards, each illusion is a spellbinding feat, complete with fire, levitation and visual effects that will leave your jaw on the floor! Prepare to be wowed with spectacular stage shows; encourage him over to your table for an intimate performance; or, for the ultimate Christmas treat, book your own private magic lesson.
LEARN GUITAR & MAGIC WITH THE PROS!
Want to learn how to play like a pro with one of the top 200 Rock Guitarists of all time? Or acquire mind-bending skills under the tutorage of a Master Illusionist? This festive season, two of our special entertainers are offering exclusive private lessons. Suitable for budding guitarists and aspiring magicians of all ages and abilities. Enquire directly with Macedonian rock maestro, Damjan Pejčinoski, or illusionist Tom Jasper to book your slot.
CHRISTMAS ARCH DIVE
Meet at the Dive Centre
Our underwater fans enjoy rocking out to classic currents and migrating visitors too. Include them in the celebrations this year by giving a gift to our House Reef. Join our dive team to plant mistletoe on a very special Christmas Arch, then surface to ice cold beer and fruit punch. Complimentary for all certified scuba divers.
TEEN PAMPERING: NAILS & HAIR
Daily 10 am – 1 pm from 20 – 31 December
With so many rock legends known for their whole lotta hair, here’s your chance to make your own tresses epic courtesy of our in-house hair stylists! After your complimentary hour-long styling session, head to the Nail Bar to rock some radical nail art. A hallmark of the glam-rock look, strum that air-guitar with pride to showcase your newly primped nails. Please contact the Spa (or dial 5) to make a reservation.
GET READY TO ROCK SENSATIONAL SKIN WITH FACIALIST-TO-THE-STARS, TERESA TARMEY
The Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat
Facial guru to the stars and one of the world’s most influential experts in skincare, Teresa Tarmey is a headline act at The Spa this festive season, where she will be launching her first resort-based facial studio. With clinics in NY and London, her holistic approach, gravity-reversing skills, and 22 years of experience have earned Teresa many an international A-list client. Book your slot early to avoid disappointment: your skin will thank you for it! Please contact the Spa (or dial 5) to make a reservation.
ROCK HARD MIND-BODY
22, 29 December and 5 January
Get your stage presence and power into mind-body-spirit alignment – balancing physical and mental strength, agility and flexibility. Hone and tone this festive season on our 15-station Yoga Energy Trail: an escorted 75-minute parkour-style circuit around the island’s most awe-inspiring viewpoints.
‘HOUSE REEF HIGHWAY’ DIVE
We’re taking the road trip underwater! Switch your bike for breathing apparatus and join us for an exhilarating underwater obstacle course race. The fastest diver (or should we say driver?) to overcome four formidable challenges and return to base will be rewarded with a handsome prize. Open Water Diver certification required – along with a sense of freedom and adventure!
Contact the Festive Concierge to make advance reservations and discuss bespoke arrangements for your family or group.