Continue cruising… on water!  Board your own private yacht and sail into the UNESCO wilderness for an afternoon of tropical adventure that’s yours to tailor to the last detail…. Cruise in search of dolphins; enjoy a private turtle, reef, or manta snorkel; or head out for a spot of fishing. Then disembark at a deserted picnic island where we’ll have a beautiful BBQ waiting. Time the trip to suit your schedule (min. 4 hours), depending on how many activities you want to experience while marooned in the Maldives…

Recommended departure times 10am and 2pm.


Redefine movie night with an outdoor cinema just for you. We’ll set the scene with an ocean backdrop, beach beanbags, cinema snacks and your favourite film for a night to remember.


Create your own exclusive Woodstock in the privacy of your villa or on the beach by hiring one of our exceptional DJs. Simply decide who’s on the guest list, when and where you want to party, and we’ll take care of the rest.


The Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat
Daily 28 December – 4 January

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!


Road trips and retreats! Get 2020 off to the best possible start with our life-changing Yoga Therapy courses. Created by our in-house team of skilled and intuitive yogis, each course targets a specific condition and is customised to meet your individual needs. In the calming surrounds of our Yoga Therapy Centre, begin the journey of a lifetime in just a few hours a day across 3 or 5 days of comprehensive consultations, breathing techniques and yoga postures. The option of ongoing support once you return home through personalised video conference sessions allows you to take your learning to the next level.

Work with our Yogis to tailor a program or choose from our courses that target common ailments and lifestyle diseases such as Stress Management, Diabetes Care, Spinal Care, Thyroid Health, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Addiction Management. We’re the only Resort in the Maldives to offer this unique Yoga Therapy, devised in conjunction with S-VYASA, the world’s first ‘University for Yoga’ and pioneer of yoga therapy through scientific research. Take your healing to new heights this festive season and begin 2020 refreshed, renewed and revitalised.


Discover a psychedelic wonderland full of subaquatic rainbow gardens and trip-tastic sea creatures in a cornucopia of colours…The UNESCO protected waters around Hotel Giraafornia are a kaleidoscopic haven of vibrant thilas and ancient reefs. Our exceptional dive team will help you navigate the beautiful waters in style – whether you’re 8 or 80. And if you’re new to the sport, our lagoon-based beginners’ classes and access to PADI’s home study course could see you venturing out as a qualified diver in as little as two days…


Rev up your engines for an Easy Rider adventure like no other as you dive beneath the waves with an underwater propulsion vehicle. Weaving among the corals at a metre a second, you’re in the fast flow lane now as you experience the thrill of diving with a difference through the watery wonderland.


Water Sports Centre
Daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Fancy ‘flying’ over our UNESCO Biosphere reefs in the world’s first 3-person DeepFlight Submarine Adventure? Or hovering over the water space-age style on our Lift E-foil, which uses a hand controller synced with an electric motor to enable you to fly above water at your own speed? What about wake foiling? A smooth watery flight over the waves behind a boat or jetski… or wing surfing: the free-flying love child of wave-riding and sailing that will see you riding a foil board while carrying a hand-held inflatable sail? Not forgetting Kite Foiling: kitesurfing with the addition of a hydrofoil under the board.

These and other exhilarating experiences including X-Jetpacks, Jetblades, SEABOB rides, parasailing, wakeboarding and more are available daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at our Water Sports Centre. Advanced booking recommended.


Check out our awesome new jellyfish! These fascinating creatures have been rocking underwater since before the dinosaurs! Come and see the 18 beautiful moon jellies in their state-of-the-art Kreisel Jellyfish display aquarium, just one of the many remarkable things to see at the Marine Discovery Centre. A tribute to our pioneering marine conservation projects, the MDC invites you to play an active role in caring for rocking reefs and show-stopping clown fish, all part of our ongoing partnership with Marine Savers, Reefscapers and The Manta Trust. Meet some true legends at our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, discover psychedelic rainbow colours at our Fish Lab, and put your hands in the air for the world’s largest known population of manta rays – identified thanks to the work of our amazing on-site experts from the world’s largest manta ray charity. Hit the underwater highway with 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.

Let your spirits run wild and free in the magical marine world of one of the Maldives’ leading oceanic research facilities – either on our daily guided tour or free-wheelin’ yourself throughout the day.


Baa Atoll’s manta season might end in November, but there are still mantas to be seen in Raa Atoll: 45-minutes by speedboat. Raa Atoll Safaris are run on request and last 3-4 hours in total. Trips are dependent on the tides and sighting reports from our friends in Raa… You can also stop for lunch with our pals at the InterCon! While we can’t guarantee sightings (mantas are wild creatures, after all) we do everything we can to maximise the chances – and very little beats the exhilaration of an oceanic safari in search of these incredible creatures! Will you be the one to spot an elusive black shadow or emerging wingtip at the water’s surface…?

Please speak to our Recreation Team if you are interested in joining a Raa Atoll Manta Safari this festive season.


Our in-house tennis pro, Chandana ‘Federer’ Jayaweera, has been winning medals since the tender age of 8. This festive season, he’s joining us from the ‘Royal College’ Tennis Academy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to offer kids and adults alike everything from training drills, game strategy and conditioning to personalised vacation-long programmes. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn top tips from a true pro. Contact Recreation to discuss your needs.


Capture all your holiday memories – from unique sun-kissed moments as a couple to the most special family sunset – during a private photo shoot with our professional photographer. For bookings, please enquire at Reception (early bookings recommended for key times like sunset to avoid disappointment).


Love yourself. Love the planet.
Daily 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Journey back to oneness (and universal love) at The Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat: the healing heart of our island Resort where separation gives way to synergy, personal to planetary, and where you are invited to love the planet as you love yourself. Connect to the essence and energy of all: from embarking on a Yoga Energy Trail immersed in Hotel Giraafornia’s sights, sounds and sensory stimulation to joining a sunset meditation session that unifies you with the energy of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; embarking on a Yoga Therapy Course to submitting to a spa treatment that honours our healing garden-grown herbs. All of our wellbeing depends on it…

‘Somebody To Love’ Couple’s Treatment
This beautiful shared treatment – experienced in your own private garden spa suite – strengthens the heart, the body’s centre of love and compassion. A gentle flowing scrub, massage and heartwork using rose oil and warmed rose quartz combine to leave you feeling at one with yourself and each other, fully surrendered to the energy of love.

Contact the Festive Concierge to make advance reservations and discuss bespoke arrangements for your family or group.





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