Pause for a second and imagine the lullaby of the Indian Ocean’s gently lapping waves, the nimble fingers of a skilled masseur working the knots out of your shoulders and the scent of tropical flowers drifting in on a gentle breeze: ladies and gents, welcome to the magical Maldivian spa at Maalifushi by Como…
Bali’s Como Shambhala Estate may have nabbed the Best Spa Hotel 2014 gong at the most recent Smith Hotel Awards, but its atoll-perched sister property Maalifushi by Como has a swish overwater offering that’s turning heads.
With visage-refreshing Guinot Hydradermie facials and treatments inspired by Javanese royalty, even seasoned sybarites will find a new way to unwind here.
Jaw-dropping tropical views (like the tranquil turquoise-hued scene above) from each of the spa’s eight treatment rooms, are the reason why beauty seekers are considering remortgaging their Crème de la Mer to be massaged into a trance here. The menu cherrypicks euphoria-inducing Eastern practices: intense Malay massage, circulation-boosting Taksu, Thai-style kneading, Indian head massage and reflexology. Alternatively, you can be marinaded like an Eastern monarch with an indulgent yoghurt and spice wrap, or do some last-minute beach-beautifying with a mani-pedi and, ahem, a touch of bikini-line tidying.
High-impact honing is offered in the form of free yoga classes in an open-air beachside pavilion, so you can flop onto the sand after your contortions. Or hit the 24-hour gym, which has cardio equipment, weights and motivational tropical views. Of course, there are more fun ways to break a sweat, so maybe you’d prefer finding exertion-free inner peace, with a little light meditation and some pranayama breathing.
AND THERE’S MORE…
• A castaway picnic Twosomes can be whisked to a powder-soft white-sand beach on a private island – with a bespoke bar and a goodie-packed hamper – for some next-level alone time and beach frolicking.
• Underwater adventures Free daily snorkelling trips (and equipment) give guests a glimpse of the atoll’s neon-tinged reef. Clear visibility and diverse, protected marine life promise a brilliant ballet-esque display of powder-blue sturgeon, angel fish and unicorn fish shoals; octopi; and paddling turtles.
• Culture-laced cuisine Resort restaurant Madi holds special events showcasing the best of the atoll’s produce and personality: Boduberu nights accompanied by native drummers and singers, catch-of-the-day barbecues, and Indian-style thalis are all on the menu.