Author: Marilyne Morin, Founder of IMPACT M

The Maldives are a heaven for peace and relaxation, and there is no better place to enjoy a blissful spa treatment. With a variety of amenities and exclusive services, where nature itself becomes the source of inspiration, spas in the Maldives offer a true escape in paradise. From Ayurveda therapies to locally inspired treatments, tree-top retreats to over-water sanctuaries, we’ve rounded up some of the best luxury spas in the Maldives.

The Cheval Blanc Spa by Guerlain – Cheval Blanc Randheli

Taking the spa experience to the next level, The Cheval Blanc Spa spans an entire island dedicated to wellness and relaxation. Your sensorial journey begins as you sail to the idyllic Spa Island aboard a local dhoni and take in the revitalizing ocean breeze. Brimming with bespoke, artistic details, the only Guerlain Spa in the Maldives sits across the water, with treatment rooms set between the palm trees. From single rituals, to tailored full-day immersions, you can unwind through a range of exclusive treatments imagined by Guerlain, especially for the resort. Yield to the magic of a unique ritual, such as the Orchidée Impériale Black Treatment, a revolutionary anti-ageing concept, combined with Guerlain’s cellular immunity technology. The spa is replete with an infinity pool, a traditional hammam, a Make-up Studio, a Barber Atelier, and a Spa Bar serving healthful elixirs and a specially tailored menu for wholesome eating. To complete your blissful experience, you can book a private guided Meditation with a Tibetan Singing Bowl.

Treatments: facial, massages, body treatments and cures, manicure, pedicure, men’s treatments, hair spa

Products: Guerlain, Leonor Grey haircare line

MUST TRY: The After-Diving Experience is a soothing face and body treatment complemented by a massage that evokes the essence of the aquatic universe whilst relaxing the muscles, improving blood flow and providing a feeling of lightness.

The Iridium Spa – The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

If you’re looking for a truly luxury spa retreat, then look no further than The Regis. From caviar journeys to Champagne spa treatments, you’ll be spoilt for choice with top-notch rituals. Add to this a plush décor, treatment suites, glass floors to take in the underwater wonders and one of the most expansive hydrotherapy pools in the Maldives, and you’re in for a glamourous pampering experience. They also offer a complimentary Ayurveda consultation to all their guests, to assess their wellness needs and tailor a bespoke spa journey. When it comes to massages, you’re in for a treat with the Iridium Signature Touch, combining traditional Asian massage techniques and a blend of natural oils tailored to each individual. For the perfect island escape, The Ultimate Maldivian Hafla is a locally inspired head-to-toe treatment using coconut, hibiscus and natural Maldivian sea shells, for a revitalizing wellness journey.

Treatments: Ayurveda, Balinese and Thai massages, herbal body scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures.

Products: Natura Bissé

MUST TRY: Champagne toast couple’s spa treatment – treat yourself and your loved one to a soothing massage with soft bubbles of champagne floating through your body, followed by a rejuvenating grapeseed oil scrub, a detoxifying body mask using white clay infused with champagne, and a rose-petal bath accompanied by a glass of Champagne, for the perfect ending.

AyurMa – Four Seasons Maldives at Landa Giravaru

AyurMa spa is Landaa’s latest innovation where the emphasis is on loving the earth as you love yourself. Beautifully set in tranquil tropical surroundings, the spa is integrating Naturopathy and traditional healing methods to create a deeper connection with yourself, the nature, and your loved ones. A bespoke consultation with one of the expert Doctors will shape your wellness journey, encompassing the four pillars of Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, and Wellness and Planetary Wellbeing, which harnesses an integrated human connection to Mother Earth. From a daily sunset gratitude gathering that celebrates the earth’s gifts, to a yoga energy trail in the jungle, a sunrise alignment ritual, or a therapeutic Vichy shower, every experience is designed to reset your awareness, cultivate care for yourself and live in better harmony with the planet. To bring supreme balance to your vital energies, the all-inclusive Ayurvedic immersion is a comprehensive and bespoke wellness journey combining yoga, body therapies, herbal medicines and tonics, and dosha-specific meals.

Treatments: Ayurveda, naturopathy, face and body therapies, massages, Night Spa, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, manicure and pedicure
Products: Ila and Teresa Tarmey for face therapies, pure natural ingredients for body therapies, Rossano Ferretti Hairspa
MUST TRY: The Om Supti Night Spa Ritual is a mesmerizing ritual promoting deep sleep and relaxation with chakra healing, facial therapy and an ‘Inner Peace’ al fresco bath – experienced in a private jungle clearing under the stars.

One & Only Spa – One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives

A paradise for the senses, the multiple award-winning One & Only Spa is ideally facing the sea and its lush tropical gardens make for a wonderfully calming spot. Focusing on natural ingredients and therapies designed by world-renowned spa experts, you can enjoy a plethora of unique treatments that are tailored to your needs. The ambience of the treatment rooms, individual thatch villas overlooking the ocean, is as relaxing as the massages. The spa facilities include a therapeutic vitality pool, crystal steam rooms, and saunas. Entrust your hands and feet to the care of the world’s most revered podiatrists, Bastien Gonzalez, with multi-award-winning hand and foot treatments, described by Vogue as “the Rolls-Royce of manicures and pedicures”. And for an optimum experience under the Maldivian sun, the “sun spa” offers expert guidance on your skin type, provides you with skin-matched treatments and products, and even has a fleet of therapists who will reapply sun lotion throughout the day.

Treatments: face and body treatments inspired by Asian beauty traditions, solar-inspired treatments, Ayurveda, hair rituals, manicure, pedicure, specialist pregnancy programs, dedicated treatments for men and kids.
Products: ESPA, Esthederm
MUST TRY: ESPA facial – Fusing science, nature, luxury and technology, their therapists will create a bespoke ESPA facial, designed to deliver instant and long-term skin radiance.

Velaa Spa – Velaa Private Island

Where tradition meets modern technology, the Velaa spa is a private retreat at one with nature, combining contemporary flourishes with interiors designed for sensory exploration. The spa is inspired by a philosophy based on the balance between body, nutrition, fitness and mind. It has a variety of programs that incorporate the fundamentals of this philosophy, including three- and five-day holistic wellness experiences with four different journeys: The Detox, The Relaxing, The Rejuvenating and The Fitness Reviver. For a truly Maldivian experience, try one of the “Sense of Place” treatments which are inspired by the beauty and natural ingredients of the island, or treat yourself to one of the powerfully healing signature treatments including a chardonnay body scrub and a green caviar facial, which uses natural ingredients including a rare algae, pearls, and gold elements combined with ultrasonic waves to create the ultimate luxury and rejuvenating experience. Don’t miss the unique CLOUD 9 pod, to enter into a state of deep relaxation and cool down in the geographically defying “snow room”, the only one of its kind in the Maldives, to boost circulation and quite literally chill you out.

Treatments: Facials, body treatments, Ayurvedic massages, kid’s treatments, hair styling, manicure and pedicure
Products: Velaa Spa, Dr Burgener Switzerland and KOTOSHINA organic skin care
MUST TRY: The Signature Chardonnay Luxury Ritual uses the grape seed extracts of Chardonnay, containing powerful anti-aging properties. This treatment begins with an exfoliation, followed by a body wrap of grape seed extract mixed with Champagne. It completes with a grape seed oil massage, rich in antioxidants, resulting in rejuvenated and radiant skin.