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Sea Spa: Island escapism at the Jumeirah Vittaveli resort

12 July 2018• Written by Sophia Wilson

Unwind in one of the most romantic spots in the world at the Jumeirah Vittaveli hotel in the Maldives, with velvety white beaches, blue skies and crystal clear waters. The Talise Spa should be your first port of call, so you and your other half can enjoy a relaxing treatment together...

Listen to the soothing sound of the ocean waves during your massage in the overwater VIP suite

Where is it?

Less than 20 minutes by boat from Malé, Jumeirah Vittaveli is the first seriously luxurious island in the Maldives that you can drop anchor at. The spa’s nine treatment rooms – spread across tropical gardens and on stilts over the crystal blue water – are the ideal location for jet lag recovery.

Why the hype?

The island has been a long-time favourite of loved-up honeymooners but its new sprawling Royal Residence (costing from £11,500 a night) has put it firmly on the map for VIPs and dignitaries looking for more camouflage than just palm trees. Plus, Motor Yacht A was recently spotted anchored off the island, beefing up its superyacht credentials.

Head to the water's edge for a treatment

What to have?

For an authentic Maldivian experience opt for the 60-minute Kurubaa Kaashi. It starts with a fresh coconut scrub, made on the island, and is followed by a papaya and honey body wrap. The treatment ends with a massage using Vittaveli-made coconut oil, which can be purchased from the boutique afterwards.

Best by boat

One of the best hotels to visit by superyacht in remote destinations, the entire island is accessible by boat via the two large jetties, although larger yachts will need to anchor outside the reef and send the tender in. The Royal Residence also has its own jetty so guests can avoid mingling with mere mortals on arrival.