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Sea spa: Ayurveda in paradise at Anantara Veli, Maldives

28 February 2019By 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.

The breezy treatment rooms at Anantara Veli. Image courtesy of Sven Ellsworth.

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.

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