Velaa Private Island, located in the Noonu Atoll, was designed so guests feel they are at one with nature, including a range of luxury beach overwater residences, which have been built using local materials. Photo: Vivienne Tang
Check out our top 10 wellness retreats in the Maldives to help you plan your next healthy holiday.
The Maldives – a South Asian tropical nation in the Indian Ocean formed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, comprising more than 1,000 coral islands – has always been a favourite holiday spot for adventurous travellers because of its beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters and extensive reefs.
With wellness taking on over, tourism – the excessive number of visitors heading to famous locations, damaging the environment and having a detrimental impact on resident’s lives – and becoming a major holiday trend in 2019, the Maldives is now one of the top destinations for a rejuvenating wellness journey.
1. Four Seasons Resort Maldives Landaa Giraavaru
Yoga classes with resident yogis are among the wellness treatments and experiences offered at The Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maldives Landaa Giraavaru. Photo: Four Seasons Resort Maldives Landaa Giraavaru
The Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maldives Landaa Giraavaru provides a wide range of spa treatments and wellness experiences.
The resort offers yoga classes with its world-class resident yogis and uses Ayurvedic practices in its spa treatments.
Try out its all-inclusive panchakarma (“five therapies” in Sanskrit), which is an Ayurvedic detoxification and cleansing personalised programme to help you remove deep-rooted stress and illness-causing toxins.
2. Six Senses Laamu
The Six Senses Laamu resort comprises 97 spacious thatched on-land and overwater luxury villas. Photo: Six Senses Laamu
The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu features 97 spacious on-land and overwater luxury villas constructed on sustainable materials and is set around the palm-fringed paradise.
The resort combines some of the best holistic treatments with the healing benefits of the surrounding environment and the expert knowledge of its spa team to create wellness programmes that will set you on a path towards a healthier lifestyle.
You begin your wellness journey with a non-invasive health screening, which measures your key physiological biomarkers.
A wellness programme will be created based on your results to meet your goals.
3. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
At Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas you are not only staying in the most Instagramable hotel in the world, but you also experience nurturing wellness activities and spa treatments – including an aerial overwater yoga experience – that will help you refocus and reboot.
The resort is located in a prime position in the Baa Atoll island archipelago – home to one of the world’s most treasured coral reefs – which lies within a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, an internationally protected area.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, the world’s most Instagramable hotel, is located in the Baa Atoll island archipelago – home to one of the world’s most treasured coral reefs – within the protected Unesco World Biosphere Reserve
The 80 beach and overwater pool villas and residences and their tranquil surroundings will take your mind off the stress of life and help you recharge.
The resort features the Maldives’ only medi spa, Cocoon Medical Spa, where you can indulge in mani-pedis and a range of cutting-edge aesthetic facials.
4. Velaa Private Island
The wellness retreat of Velaa Private Island, on the Noonu Atoll, offers guests a diverse exercise regimen and results-oriented spa treatments. Photo: Vivienne Tang
Velaa Private Island, located in the Noonu Atoll, featuring a selection of beach villas and overwater residences, is the perfect place to get fit and healthy if you want to go on a relaxing luxury holiday.
At one with nature, each of the private retreats is built using local materials, combining contemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration.
The island’s spa, which can create a unique programme for the duration of your stay, also offers a selection of Asian-inspired therapies including Ayurveda, yoga and meditation to enhance and promote health and longevity.
At one with nature, each of the private retreats on Velaa Private Island is built using local materials, combining contemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration
The wellness retreat combines medical consultations, hi-tech body analysis, healthy meal plans with a diverse exercise regimen and results-oriented spa treatments.
You will also have a personal trainer to help you set targets on your initial assessment, and will continue to coach you throughout your stay to ensure you reach your goals.
Get ready for a week of exercise and healthy eating guaranteed to inspire you to continue to live a healthier life back home.
5. COMO Maalifushi
Massages, reflexology and facials are among the wellness experiences offered at COMO Maalifushi. Photo: COMO Hotels and Resorts
If you are looking for a solo trip, visit the COMO Maalifushi resort and experience its award-winning COMO Shambhala Retreat.
The retreat, offering a range of overwater villas and beach suites, allows you to sample a variety of wellness experiences, such as the COMO Shambhala scrubs, massages, reflexology and facials, as well as daily alfresco yoga sessions.
Located in the Thaa Atoll – the most isolated atoll in the Maldives – it is the perfect location to decompress and nurture your well-being while experiencing five-star luxury in the Indian Ocean.
6. Jumeirah Vittaveli
Jumeirah Vittaveli resort offers a range of luxurious overwater villas – some with water slides. Photo: Jumeirah Vittaveli
Watersports, wellness, diving and beachside havens – Jumeirah Vittaveli has it all.
The resort in South Male Atoll, featuring 43 beach villas and suites, 46 ocean villas and private ocean retreats – some with water slides – and one Royal Residence, integrates wellness with water sports and diving activities.
Its Talise Spa offers a wide range of treatments that are sure to give you a holistic experience during your stay.
Try out its state-of-the-art overwater gym for a healthy balance during your stay. Achieve your fitness goals while enjoying the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean right in front of you.
The resort also has the first ice rink in the Maldives, giving you a unique tropical experience with a winter twist.
7. Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
Wellness offerings at Anantara Veli Maldives Resort include a three-night rejuvenation retreat, which encourages you to switch off your phone and embrace Mother Nature. Photo: Vivienne Tang
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, which features 67 overwater and ocean bungalows, is another favourite of travellers, with luxury wellness experiences that are sure to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul of any visitor.
Its three-night Cellular Rejuvenation Retreat allows you to take part in the resort’s wellness and fitness classes, and enjoy a range of luxurious and relaxing spa treatments.
The rejuvenation retreat also encourages you to take a break from the internet world by switching off your phones and immersing yourself in the beauty of Mother Nature.
8. One&Only Reethi Rah
The infinity pool at the One&Only Reethi Rah resort, located in the North Malé Atoll. Photo: One&Only Reethi Rah
The award-winning One&Only Reethi Rah is located on one of the largest islands in the North Malé Atoll.
The resort, which features a range of luxury accommodation, including 36 beach villas, and a large free-form infinity pool, offers personalised retreats and programmes aimed to meet your specific wellness needs.
It not only provides individual retreats for solo travellers but also has programmes tailored for couples and families.
The resort offers water activities, yoga, Pilates and meditation classes, as well as personal trainers.
9. Soneva Jani
The Maldives’ Medhufaru lagoon, in the Noonu Atoll, is home to Soneva Jania, which offers a collection of luxury overwater villas. Photo: Soneva Jani
Enjoy a wellness experience like no other at Soneva Jani.
The resort, featuring a collection of sumptuous water villas and island sanctuaries, is located in the Medhufaru lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, comprises five islands, the largest of which, Medhufaru, covers an area of 150 acres (60 hectares).
Its Soneva Spa allows you to rethink your lifestyle with the focus on wellness and to learn new skills in achieving your goals.
You can enjoy an extensive range of massages, scrubs and wraps, facials, mani-pedis, and Ayurvedic therapies, and can also sign up to yoga classes or exercise in the fully equipped gym.
After spending a relaxing day at the spa, you can go snorkelling for a glimpse of the local marine life and then end the day eating beneath the stars with the resort’s Midnight Astronomy Picnic.
10. Joali Maldives
The resort of Joali Maldives in Raa Atoll offers a range of 73 private beach and overwater villas and residences. Photo: Joali Maldives
Luxury and wellness meet at Joali Maldives. Located on Muravandhoo island in the Raa Atoll in the northern Maldives, Joali Maldives is an exotic resort which features 73 private beach and water villas and residences.
The resort’s Joali Spa by ESPA offers tailor-made treatments to give you the ultimate spa experience, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Its signature treatments will completely restore your body’s vibrancy and vitality, as well as unlock your inner joy.
Don’t forget to bring your gym clothes and head to the fitness centre. Working out is much more enjoyable when you have the breathtaking view of the Maldives in front of you.
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