Every resort in Maldives offers a spa. Some are limited and some vast, but you can be assured that the treatments you receive will be excellent, and performed by trained aestheticians using only the finest products.
JOALI BEING – the Maldives’ first destination-spa island-resort opened in late 2021. It is now being ranked as one of the finest spa & wellbeing destinations in the world. While spas offer massages, facials, and the usual treatments – there is now a huge push for help with mental wellbeing.
Staying on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean is a perfect place to clear your mind, forget the past and plan for the future. Treatments are carried out on island or out in an overwater villa. Imagine being massaged while watching fish swim below you in the sea – visible through a glass floor … divine!
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best spas and wellbeing centres in Maldives:
JOALI BEING is something very different for the Maldives – the first dedicated and fully nature immersive wellness sanctuary for adults only which celebrates the “joy of living”, offering its guests a personalised transformative wellbeing journey to rejuvenated health and happiness. It is an eco-friendly island as well, caring as much for the guest experience as for maintaining the environment it finds itself in. JOALI BEING promotes the idea of “weightlessness” – the shedding of stress and mental burdens – although it is also available physically in the sensory deprivation chamber.
With wellbeing at its core, based on the four pillars of mind, skin, microbiome and energy, it will come as no surprise that the Spa offers 39 treatment rooms and a whole host of transformational spaces sited across the island, each offering a unique name and concept, including a hydrotherapy hall, a sensory deprivation room, a Russian Banya, a sound therapy hall and Aktar, the resort’s herbology centre. There are also, of course, beautifully cascading swimming pools and palm fringed beaches to discover if you can drag yourself away from the peace and tranquillity of your villa.
For pampering and wellbeing, head to the COMO Shambhala Retreat which provides holistic wellness and Asian-inspired therapies, massages, facials and reflexology with expansive views out over the ocean. Group and private yoga, pilates, fitness and meditation sessions are available at the open-air Yoga Pavilion and/or the Yoga Studio, taught by accredited teachers, together with family yoga classes. Guests may also learn the art of massage from the expert COMO Shambhala therapists.
The Retreat features eight treatments rooms – four for couples – with each containing two treatment beds, a changing area and access to a private sundeck; a well-equipped fitness centre with cardio machines and weights; a large 44 metre freeform swimming pool; separate male and female steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzi. There’s also a Spa Boutique selling COMO Shambhala’s
The largest in the Maldives. From early morning yoga to haircuts, the Veyo Spa offers it all. The pathways are excellent – probably a kilometre of hand-laid stones that purposely give your feet a massage! The wellness area offers 18 treatment rooms located in a circle with double massage tables, open-air rain showers and flower baths. This peaceful tropical garden sanctuary includes a hydrotherapy area which includes chill pools, steam baths and saunas plus mani-pedi stations, a salon and a spa boutique.
Siyam World offers something for everyone. Early morning yoga sessions for beginners right up to experiences yogis are a great way to start the day. If you have a special event, there is a hair salon that fluffs you into shape. The aestheticians at Siyam World are highly trained and get "under your skin" with amazing accuracy!
Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru
AyurMa is a spa and wellness centre like no other, offering guests the opportunity to reset their awareness, embarking on a new path to health, harmony and happiness. There are a range of Ayurvedic Doctors, Naturopaths and Yoga Therapists on hand to share their expertise with all treatments supported by the four pillars of Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Wellness and Planetary Wellbeing. Bespoke treatment programmes are created, helping with ailments such as sleeping disorders, back and joint pain and more. Each guest is offered a complimentary Dosha-Determining consultation with an Ayurvedic physician and may attend lifestyle talks at the Ayurvedic retreat.
Maldives is a great place to relax and unwind … contemplate life. The resort’s resident “mind healer” Dr. Shylesh Subramanya is (also Director of Spa) on hand to advise and counsel on the stresses and strains of life. He really does instill long-lasting change.
There are a wide range of rituals focusing on the AyurMa philosophy plus massages, scrubs, wraps, face therapies by ila and Teresa Tarmeyu, TDA face and body therapies and body contouring. AyurMa also offers a range of yoga sessions including the Five Elements Trail alongside Mud Therapy, Acupuncture & Moxibustion and Naturopathy consultations. For looking your best, there are manicure and pedicure treatments and the Rossano Ferretti Hair Spa.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
The Waldorf Astoria Spa in contrast offers a welcome sanctuary away from the heat of the sun with ten treatment villas including some over water. Situated within the confines of the tropical gardens, this serene retreat offers a wide range of holistic treatments and exercise programmes designed to achieve results whilst being a relaxing and rebalancing experience. With The Maldives first-ever Wellness Concierge service, offerings are personalised with a consultation process with treatments offered either in-residence or in the Spa. There are also hair stylists, nail therapists and makeovers available.
Private meditation, yoga – including aerial yoga, personal training, beach bootcamp, boxing, TRX training, Aqua coach and Pilates sessions are also available or head over to the Ocean Pavilion for Sunset Yoga. There is also a well-equipped fitness centre to maintain gym routines whilst on holiday and for the energetic, there are tennis and Padel courts available. The over water Aqua Wellness Centre meanwhile features a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, steam room and sauna whilst the 270 square metre pool is designed in zones for water therapies targeting different areas of the body.
Hurawahli Island Resort
For pampering, head to the Duniye Spa which offers a natural, holistic and personalised approach to wellbeing. This sanctuary of relaxation offers a wide range of treatments for individuals and for couples. This being an eco-conscious spa, products used are authentically organic, certified non-toxic and cruelty free. Custom yoga classes can be organised if required.
As this is an adults-only resort, the couples therapies are popular. Indulge you and your partner to all-over body massages and enjoy the African Potato healing balm - applied by some of the finest aestheticians in Maldives!
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
The Vidhun Spa offering Dhivehibeys-inspired massage, skin care and wellness rituals. Vidhun means “to shine” and the spa’s goal is to let guests radiate good health. A winding pathway through the lush gardens leads to a serene space with five private thatched couple’s treatment villas. Each treatment begins with a mineral salt foot scrub and ends with a stay in the gardens, served refreshing herbal teas and sorbets.
The 24/7 Fitness Centre offers a range of cardio and strength TechnoGym equipment with a range of free weights. There is also a yoga studio offering private yoga and meditation sessions for all levels of practitioner either within this purpose-built facility, at the end of the jetty or in-villa.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
The spa here at Kuda Huraa is unique in that you have to take a traditional Dhoni sail over to it. Yes, the Island Spa is on its own island, albeit one which is just a two-minute sail away. With seven thatched-roof treatment pavilions with louvred sides to let the cool breezes flow through, there are also sliding doors out onto the ocean. Another nice touch is the portal built into the floor by the massage bed allowing guests to look straight down to the seabed where marine life floats by unconcerned about any intrusion.
Spa services include massages, bath rituals, body treatments, Island Spa Rituals, facial treatments, Salon Services and multi-day spa programmes. The spa also features a private garden courtyard with an open-air shower, a rooftop Night Spa and a Kuda Spa Kids and Teens menu offering 12 treatments especially for children and teenagers aged between six and sixteen years of age. Wellness services include therapies to bring balance and calm and reflexology together with a visiting programme of Masters with the industry’s most sought-after teachers and facilitators.
Other wellness facilities include a Fitness Centre offering a work-out with a stunning ocean view with both weight training and cardio equipment with a personal trainer available on request. There are also private and group fitness classes including a daily morning Yoga session available and tennis courts for the uber-active. If you have forgotten your kit, the Centre will also lend out shorts, t-shirts, socks and shoes together with headphones, water bottles, workout gloves and heart rate monitors. Complimentary water and fruit are re-stocked regularly.
One&Only Reethi Rah
The One&Only Spa is a sea-facing sanctuary for the mind, body and soul, focusing on revitalising face and body treatments inspired by Asian beauty traditions. A serene space, located in a secluded garden setting, The Spa’s facilities include a therapeutic vitality pool, crystal steam rooms and saunas that are available for private hire. Using ESPA’s all-natural products to relax and refine, The Spa offers treatments ranging from soothing and restorative massages to detox, contour and specialist pregnancy programmes. For the ultimate indulgence, retreat to the couple’s suite, a one-of-a-kind over-water treatment room. With a traditional thatched roof, private ocean-front bath and heat-therapy room, it is a tranquil space to experience a customised treatment from the Only Couples Collection menu.
On the wellness side, guests may take advantage of the on-demand Barrecore workout in the privacy of a villa, can realign in the Watsu pool - the first of its kind in The Maldives - or can take a guided meditation or yoga session in the over-water Yoga Pavilion. To stretch out those muscles at the end of a day, head to the sea-facing fitness centre with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, a Queenax outdoor functional area, a fitness juice bar along with the resort’s unique Raw Fitness beach offering. One on one training sessions are designed to help guests achieve their fitness potential with disciplines including Power Plate, kinesis programmes, cycling, boxing and kick boxing. For top to toe treatments, head to the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez or to the One&Only Hair Salon and Barber&Blade salon.
LUX* South Ari Atoll
For pampering, head over to the award-winning Lux* Me Spa for a holistic, integrated approach to beauty with personalised treatments using the exclusive range of Lux* Me products for body and facials. The facilities include 15 exclusive spa villas including four over water; an outdoor relaxation area; a sauna and hammam; plunge pools, man-pedi facilities; a hair and bridal studio and a Spa Boutique. The state-of-the-art Lux* Me Fitness Centre offers a range of TechnoGym equipment and fitness, stretching, progressive and adapted exercises.
The Spa also features Zhengliao Chinese Medicine treatments; Shirley Page massages and facials and personal trainers working with SP&CO based in London. They will organise a Body Balance Analysis for you, creating a tailored programme of fitness options for use during your stay.
Velaa Private Island
The Velaa Spa offers a serene retreat overlooking the ocean with private treatment villas and a large spa area. Experience the heat of a sauna and steam room before chilling out – literally – in the Maldives’ only snow room. There is a wide range of therapies and treatments available using the products of some of the world’s leading wellness experts such as Dr Burgener Switzerland and Kotoshina from Japan. There are programmes to help lose weight or to nourish vitality, training sessions to strengthen and tone, there is even a Cloud 9 pod to swing guests into a state of deep relaxation. Alongside, there is a beauty salon and hairdresser for that top to toe makeover.
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