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Wellness Experiences in the Indian Ocean

10 January 2024


Across the Indian Ocean, resorts have always emphasised rest and relaxation. With advances in technology and growing awareness on the importance of holistic wellbeing, you can now find cutting edge treatments, extensive Ayurvedic assessments and wellness packages. 

Here, we share a few resorts with enticing wellness programs, ranging from wellness focused menus to seven day retreats with Ayurvedic assessments.   

COMO Maalifushi & COMO Cocoa, Maldives

At all COMO hotels you will find a wellness program named COMO Shambala. At the centre of COMO's approach is balance and 'peace' which translates to Shambala in Sanskrit. With wellness experts regularly in residence, and facilities that include hydrotherapy pools, over water treatment rooms and serene open air yoga pavilions, the retreats at both COMO Maalifushi and COMO Cocoa offer a variety of treatments to restore peace and balance to guests.  Importantly, COMO Shambala isn't limited to the treatment rooms, with the signature COMO Shambala Cuisine available throughout the resorts, offering nutritionally optimised and nourishing dishes. 

“Fadzil, a manager at Cocoa Island’s spa, lights up when talking about the effects that he and his team have had on guests in the past. A massage or treatment, he tells us, is so much more than an hour or so of luxurious pampering.”

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

The spa at Soneva Fushi, Soneva Soul, is surrounded by thick jungle vegetation and tucked on peaceful slice of the island. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science is at the heart of the treatments available. With medical experts and wellness specialists onsite they can tailor experiences to you, utilising the technology such as a floatation tank, hyperbaric medicine and cryotherapy in combination with Ayruvedic practices. 

Santani, Sri Lanka

Set in the lush green hills about an hour from Kandy, Santani is Sri Lanka's first purpose built wellness resort.  The retreat has won numerous awards for both their wellness programs as well as the stunning architecture. Alongside operating as a regular hotel, the retreat offers wellness packages starting from 2 nights, and lasting up to 21 nights, all of which are tailored to the individual and begin with an assessment by the onsite wellness professionals. Using a combination of personalised western and Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, meditation and nature walks these packages can address a range of wellbeing concerns. Ayurvedic practices are continued through to the individually tailored menus, prioritised according to your Ayurvedic body type. 

Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

With one of the largest spas in the Indian Ocean, at 75,000 square feet in size, Shanti Maurice has prioritised creating a haven of relaxation. Alongside a number of serene treatment rooms, facilities at the spa include a number of yoga pavilions, Watsu pool and an onsite doctor who specialises in combining Ayurvedic practices with his modern medical background to optimise wellbeing. For those looking for a challenge, guests can try aerial yoga or private yoga with one of the visiting international yoga masters. 

Dusit Thani, Maldives

Set amongst the shady palm trees Dusit Thani's spa, Devarana Wellness, provides an extensive treatment program. Ranging from Ayurvedic massage and facials to more unusual experiences such as sound bath meditation and workshops on Thai Massage as self-care, there is a variety to experience. For those who want to take their wellbeing seriously, Dusit Thani offer a 5 night retreat which includes four massages, a private sound bath and yoga session alongside other activities including a nature walk and cookery class. 

Patina, Maldives

FLOW, Patina Maldivies' spa and wellbeing philosophy, encompasses a range of cutting edge technology along with holistic healing and Ayurvedic treatments. Treatments and facilities on offer include red light therapy, posture experts, a Watsu pool, bio-hacking and visiting wellbeing experts. Through the range of treatments, FLOW aims to encourage sleep, mindfulness, nutrition and fun. Patina Maldives also offer reformer pilates, aqua spinning and private yoga and nutritionists to support guest wellbeing. 

Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius

At Constance Prince Maurice, the importance of guest wellbeing goes beyond the spa.  Throughout the hotel, guests will find menus tailored to the latest nutritional science.  From raw to keto, guests can look for the wellness symbol on menus to find the dishes designed by chefs and nutritional experts to be high in essential nutrients, omega fats and fibre. At the spa, you will find treatments inspired by natural products and plants found in the Indian Ocean. For anyone who has enjoyed the sunshine a little too much, you will also find an After Sun Repair Wrap to soothe sensitive skin. 

Anantara Maia, Seychelles

The focus at Anantara Maia is on restorative therapies.  Each treatment takes places in open pavilions, surrounded by nature and the soothing sounds of the tropical palms. Alongside the expected massage and facial treatments you will find their signature Vichy Hydrotherapy Shower, designed to gently loosen tight muscles.  For those looking for relaxation, bath rituals can be enjoyed from the outdoor bath in each villa. Enjoy seaweed or mud baths while looking out over the ocean from the privacy of your villa.  


For more information, or to hear the current offers available on these resorts, please contact us. 

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