Sea Spa: Island escapism at the Jumeirah Vittaveli resort
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...
Where is it?
Less than 20 minutes by luxury catamaran from Male’s international airport, the private island of Jumeriah Vittavelli is the perfect Maldives stop-off for those looking to unwind. Surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, and covered in lush tropical vegetation this exclusive resort epitomises barefoot Maldivian luxury. Dutch style bicycles are the best form of transportation and your biggest decision of the day is choosing which of its four restaurants to dine at and of course, which spa treatment to opt for…
Why the hype?
While some spas in the region have an international feel the Talise Spa, which is one of the best luxury spas in Asia, focuses on utilising plants and herbs that are organic and indigenous to the region. These ingredients are hand-harvested by local communities using traditional farming methods. Coconut oil is used in many of their treatments and you can watch how it is produced first hand. With nine treatments rooms, both over water and nestled within the lush gardens, you are guaranteed a rejuvenating experience.
What to have?
The island is naturally a favourite destination for couples and as such the spa offers a series of “Couple Journeys”. The three-hour experiences offer two hours of treatments and a further hour to relax together and enjoy the steam room and freshly prepared organic juices.
For a signature Maldivian experience opt for the 60 minute Kurubaa Kaashi treatment. Starting with a gentle exfoliation using coconut scrub, you can then enjoy a papaya and honey wrap before a massage using natural coconut oil.
Talise also offers in-villa treatments, making use of the spectacular bathtubs offered in all of the islands’ suites. Request a 'bath for inner peace' and your tub will be prepared with Himalayan salts and infused with Rose otto, Sandal wood and Jasmine to help balance your mind and body and to leave you with super soft skin.
Where to chill?
Each suite on the island comes with its own private pool, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for alone time. For the ultimate indulgence opt for the brand new Royal Residence, which has five bedrooms sprawling across 3,500 square metres of private space with its own beach and swimming pool. The beachfront retreat even has dedicated grill restaurant complete with a Dhoni-shaped deck space on which to dine.
Alternatively, if you want to more literally “chill” the first ice rink in the Maldives is scheduled to open later this year.
Best by boat
One of the best hotels to visit by superyacht in remote destinations, the whole island is only accessible by boat with two large jetties for easy arrivals and departures. The Royal Residence also has its own private jetty for direct access to your accommodation.
Away Holidays offer a four-night stay in the Royal Residence from £57,890, including private return transfer by luxury catamaran or yacht, 24 hours chauffer service, daily early evening champagne and canapés, three hours of spa treatments per stay, 24-hour resident butler service and personal fitness trainer service. The price is based on twelve adults sharing in the Royal Residence between May to September 2018 (11 May 2018 – 30 Sep 2018 ). For further information contact Away Holidays on 02087050102.