Sea spa: Ayurveda in paradise at Anantara Veli, Maldives
by LUCIA FERIGUTTI
Where is it?
For time-strapped respite-seekers, this adult-only island is just a 35-minute speedboat dash from Malé airport. Guests are housed in over-water bungalows along the white-sand beach of this Maldivian island resort.
Why the hype?
If you are looking for a restorative break then other people’s screaming children are unlikely to help you unwind. Luckily, to aid your child-free R&R, its Ayurvedic spa is hidden among a flourishing garden; thatched circular rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows are left open to allow guests to feel the salty breeze.
What to have?
There’s an extensive menu based on traditional Indian techniques, but for a total body recondition book in for the Abyhanga. The therapist applies medium pressure with long, head-to-toe strokes, using a blend of warm oils, including amla (a vitamin C rich Indian gooseberry), cinnamon and cardamom, employed to treat joint pain. For improved memory try Shirodhara, a massage focused on stimulating blood circulation to the brain. If premature ageing is your concern, book Pizhichil, a 90-minute gentle flow of warm oil is dripped on your third eye, designed to provide a fresh surge of energy.
Best by boat
Anchor outside the lagoon and you will still be able to spot your superyacht while watching the sunset from your private plunge pool.