Indulgent facials, soothing massages and contouring body wraps are all spa favourites the world over but you’d be hard pushed to find a more luxurious treatment than in the Indian Ocean.
Famous for its highly-trained therapists, travel to the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius or Sri Lanka and discover some of the most relaxing spa resorts in the world. Here are our Travel Experts’ hand-picked recommendations for where to escape to pure bliss and revel in a spa experience you’ll never forget…
PER AQUUM HUVAFEN FUSHI
Explore the depths of the world’s first underwater spa treatment rooms as you enjoy indulgent rituals and couture facials, all whilst Angelfish and Manta Rays gaze on. LIME Spa at Huvafen Fushi invites you to treat yourself to sugary body scrubs, Champagne for the skin and spicy aromatic oils, before entering the relaxation lounge or over-water yoga pavilion, where you can leave all your cares behind.
With a back-drop of the vibrant reef, take advantage of the spa’s visiting Reiki practitioners who’ll teach you how to master your breathing, emotions and stress as they perform a deep-tissue massage. You’ll find your aura strengthened, your spine aligned and your chakras cleansed after just one session.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT MALDIVES AT LANDAA GIRAAVARU
In the heart of this 3 acre luxurious resort, you’ll discover a strong focus on natural healing, organic products, personal spirituality and ayurvedic physicians. Choose from an open-air pavilion in your own lush tropical garden or over the turquoise lagoon in which to have your treatments, or opt for an in-room massage, manicure or pedicure – ideal for a pre-dinner treat.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru believes firmly in the Indian science of life – Ayurveda – a comprehensive approach to a healthy life. The resort wishes to help their guests bring balance to our body’s vital energies through a combination of exercise, diet and spa treatments to enhance mental, physical and spiritual well-being in their specialised retreat.
Head to Velassaru Maldives’ over-water treatment pavilions for uninterrupted views of crystal clear turquoise waters and even dolphins, if you’re lucky! Choose from a range of classic, signature treatments – scrubs, massages, facials and rituals – designed to revitalise, rejuvenate and soothe you. Your body will be treated to indigenous ingredients, like coconut oil, coffee and tropical fruits, and the touch of expert therapists to help you escape into pure island bliss.
With ten over-water treatment rooms, a hydropool perched over the resort’s translucent lagoon, a relaxation room and steam room, you’ll never be at a loss for somewhere to relax. There’s plenty of space at this resort to seek solitude and peace for you to recharge and ensure your wellbeing takes top priority.
MARADIVA VILLAS RESORT & SPA
As winner of Mauritius’ Leading Spa Resort 2016 at the World Travel Awards, you’d expect this resort to offer the best in tropical spa experiences – and it does. An oasis of peace and tranquillity, Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is a place to escape from the strains of everyday life and relax both body and soul. The goal is to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated before returning home, achieved by a combination of western as well as eastern signature treatments, including Ayurvedia therapies, customisable body and face treatments, deep tissue massages, detoxifying cleansings and relaxed aromatherapy sessions.
With the Spa areas designed with Indian spiritual philosophy in mind, you’re in the right setting to feel pampered. Choose from 5 treatment rooms, pre and post treatment relaxation lounge areas, beautiful chill out pools, a steam room, a relaxation pool with Jacuzzi and a manicure/pedicure studio to relax in. Yoga, Meditation and Aqua Gym classes are also available for you to test your physical limits in.
HERITAGE LE TELFAIR RESORT & SPA
The Seven Colours Spa at Heritage Le Telfair Resort & Spa provides a blissful wellness experience split into two spa resorts.
The first, the Seven Colours Millesime Collection make up the resort’s premium facilities. Each treatment has been meticulously designed to help you unwind whilst you’re on your getaway with facilities ranging from 9 treatment rooms, 1 manicure/pedicure parlour, 1 hammam, 1 sauna and a vitality pool with bubble beds, hydro-massage jets and experiential showers.
The second, the award-winning Seven Colours Spa Village includes luxurious treatments, as well as individual Tai Chi and Yoga classes on the beach. Here you’ll find 13 treatment rooms, 7 outdoor treatment rooms (2 on the beach), 1 vitality pool, 1 iced pool, 2 steam rooms, 1 sauna and 2 relaxation areas.
BANYAN TREE SEYCHELLES
The award-winning Banyan Tree Spa calls to you from the tropical island of the Seychelles where you’ll find some of the best treatments and therapies in the Indian Ocean. Designed to recharge your body, mind and soul, the resort’s experienced therapists will soothe your aches and take away your stresses. Local ingredients have been created to draw out tension from all parts of your body, couple this with a trained touch and you have a spa experience you’ll never forget.
Each therapist at the resort’s spa has undergone at least 350 hours of training at the Banyan Tree Spa Academies in either Thailand or Indonesia, so you know you’re in safe, skilled hands. They have been schooled by Master Trainers who provide a rigorous in-spa curriculum based on spa philosophy and exceptional service. Each trainee learns the human anatomy, vital pressure points, massage techniques, skin application techniques, as well as the individual properties of each spa ingredient, designed to put you at ease.
This luxurious resort takes its spa extremely seriously, focusing not just on treatments and massages but ‘wellness’ as a whole. Believing there are different levels of ‘wellness’ – emotional, physical, social, spiritual and environmental – Constance Lémuria aims to work on all 5. There’s an appreciation here that we all lead hectic lives but at some point, we need to leave that behind and focus on ourselves for a period of time.
At the U Spa by Constance, each treatment is designed to restore your personal wellbeing – you are the therapist’s focus. Special care is taken to identify your own personal preferences and objectives to help you relax and rejuvenate during your holiday. Inspired by exotic, fragrant scents and the warmth of the island itself, there’s a range of massages, facials and body treatments on offer for you to choose from.
SHANGRI-LA’S HAMBANTOTA RESORT AND SPA
Inspired by the Shangri-La Legend; a place of personal peace, enchantment and wellbeing, the CHI Spa at this brand new resort will astound you. As a guest, you’re welcome to try the bespoke wellness experiences on offer by undergoing a private consultation with both ayurvedic physicians and nutritionists, so you come away with a highly-personalised programme. Purposely set in the most secluded area of the resort amidst lush tropical scenery, you’re free to pamper both body and soul in one of 12 outdoor/indoor treatment rooms.
The treatment menu itself consists of mainly Chinese and Ayurvedic treatments – a spa speciality in Sri Lanka. Therapists are trained to only use the natural spa products on offer as part of the Qi philosophy. Body massages, muscle stretching, hydrotherapy and meditation are all combined to boost personal vitality and enable Qi to flow freely within your body.
Take an indulgent escape to the breathtaking island of Sri Lanka, where you can visit Sahana Spa at Saman Villas. Located in the serene water garden the spa is separated into 2 couples-treatment villas. The idea here is to combine Ayuveda tradition and Sri Lankan organic healing treatments, with plenty of relaxation and tranquillity.
In your tropical atmosphere, you’ll be in the safe hands of the resort’s professional therapists who’re trained in a variety of spa treatments. After your treatment, you’re free to use the resort’s Jacuzzi, steam shower, sauna or floral bath. Popular treatments include the aromatherapy massage consisting of gentle movements and essential oils to create a sense of calm, the deep tissue massage that focuses on deep layers of muscle tissue consisting of deep finer pressure, as well as body scrubs and polishes to make your skin smooth, hydrated and leaving it with a noticeable glow.
If you’re feeling inspired by our selection of hand-picked spa experiences, call us on 01730 711010 to speak to one of our experts or contact us online