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Spa and Wellness in the Maldives

Hannah Kent

The serene setting of the Maldives provide the perfect backdrop to heavenly treatments, with holistic therapies and relaxing wellness rituals performed by highly skilled therapists.

Luxurious spa sanctuaries are magnificently set over turquoise lagoons, by pristine white sands, nestling in verdant jungle vegetation or uniquely located under the ocean. Many resorts not only offer indulgent beauty treatments and rejuvenating massages but follow a holistic approach to address health and wellbeing with initial one to one consultations to provide a tailored experience of Asian-inspired healing rituals, yoga, meditation and nutritional advice.

Overwater spas

For a holiday focused on health and wellbeing, the chic resort of Kagi Maldives Spa Island is one of Maldives best. The impressive Baani Spa, a striking spherical spa suspended over the translucent lagoon, is home to four ocean view treatment rooms, a yoga room with sound therapy for deep meditation, a clean-eating restaurant and spa boutique, and offers unique wellness journeys and wonderful holistic rituals, remedies and treatments for mind, body and spirit. Not content with just one spa Conrad Maldives Rangali Island boasts two unique spa experiences; The Spa Retreat on Rangalifinolhu Island and Over Water Spa on Rangali Island, offering a comprehensive range of couple’s treatments, tailored massages and chakra colour rituals, and mesmerising views of the corals below from glass-floored treatment rooms at the overwater spa.

An underwater setting

The island hideaway of Huvafen Fushi Maldives can claim the world’s first and only underwater spa where two of its eight treatment rooms are set eight metres below the ocean, with large panoramic glass panels for views of the underwater world. Well executed treatments include facials created by skincare expert Teresa Tarmey and exceptional massages created by acclaimed massage expert Beata Aleksandrowicz.

Private jungle retreat

At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, the Ayurvedic-focused AyurMa spa provides a serene haven for a range of personalised and holistic programmes, diet and lifestyle recommendations. The Om Supti Night Spa Ritual paves the way for restful sleep; retreat to a private jungle clearing at night with a swinging bed, enjoy a soothing Moondrop Therapy and a balancing facial therapy, and finish with an alfresco Inner Peace bath.

Yoga and meditation

Many resorts offer yoga and meditation, either as group classes or on a one to one basis. At Anantara Veli Maldives Resort complimentary sunrise and sunset yoga classes are available for all skill levels. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru offers aqua, aerial and pregnancy yoga, a yoga energy trail and three to five-day yoga therapy courses. Six Senses Laamu features a range of wellness activities including aerial yoga, hatha yoga for families and mindfulness meditation. Yoga by the ocean can be practised in the overwater Chi Pavilion and guided meditation on the beach at One&Only Reethi Rah.

The tantalising paradise island Six Senses Laamu takes a holistic approach with its personalised wellness programmes focusing on detox, fitness and sleep, as well as offering soothing Ayurvedic therapies, massages and body treatments, indulgent facials and nutritional advice at its highly regarded spa, where secluded treatment rooms are dotted on the beach or nestled amidst the lush landscaping. Relax, renew and recharge at the world-class ESPA spa at award-winning One&Only Reethi Rah. There is an extensive menu of personalised and sun-inspired treatments, exclusive treatments for teens and mums-to-be, an impressive line-up of leading therapists on a visiting practitioners programme, and an overwater yoga pavilion for sessions with an expert yogi, as well as aerial yoga classes, Pilates and meditation.

An invigorating body polish using mineral-rich Himalayan crystal salts and rare Ayurveda Aromatherapy oils leaving the skin visibly radiant and deeply moisturised.

A powerful superfood skin cocktail of pomegranate, goji, acai and bilberry to exfoliate, followed by a buffing mandarin orange scrub and finished with a luxurious scalp massage.

An intense full-body scrub and cocooning wrap using a detoxifying blend of salt, seaweed, lemon and eucalyptus accompanied by a relaxing head massage.

A gentle body exfoliation using sand and Maldivian herbs, washed off in the ocean and finished with a massage.

A soothing body treatment to revive and rehydrate the skin. Using ingredients from local coconuts, a body scrub and cocoon is concluded with a relaxing massage to release tension.

A signature treatment at the underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi Maldives designed to restore a natural sleeppattern using a combination of reflexology, pressure point and shiatsu techniques followed by a soothing massage and ancient breathing techniques.

A microcrystal exfoliation with a spicy enzyme peel, luxurious massage and brightening antioxidant serums leaving skin that brilliantly shines.

This energising and restorative massage treatment will aid a quick recovery from long journeys.