Luxtripper Travel Editor
From the second you arrive at the One&Only spa resort you know you are in for a treat. The sheer splendour of this resort blends seamlessly with its tropical surroundings offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury. If you had to think of one word which best described the ambience at One&Only it would be serenity. The 128 private villas which make up the resort are well spaced out along the shoreline. Each one is spacious, comfortable and offers a range of high tech extras. Decorated in a subtle contemporary style, these are some of the biggest spa resort villas you will find anywhere in the world.
As the emphasis is on spa, the One&Only boasts several signature treatments including the Ethnic Stress Relief Journey, which consists of two hours of Asian fusion pampering bringing together the best treatments from Thailand, The Philippines and Bali. These include a cleansing foot treatment which uses a Filipino clay powder known as tawas which is renowned for its purifying properties and “Nilaib ng dahon ng saging”, an ancient treatment from The Philippines which picks up on energy blocks and imbalances. A traditional Thai stretching massage using warm coconut poultices is also part of the package, as are deep relaxation, facial and scalp massages.
This resort carries the distinction of twice being the recipient of the coveted “Hotel of the Year” award, and it's easy to see why. From the moment you board the private sea plane that whisks you off to the tiny island of Rangali you know this is going to be one very special trip. The spa resort is actually located 50 metres north of the main resort, making it a resort within a resort. It also boasts its own accommodation so if you are looking for peace and tranquillity away from the main hub, it's yours for the taking. The spa is truly something to behold thanks to its unique position and the outstanding facilities which are available to all guests.
Their signature treatments have been exclusively created for them by Elemis, the leading name in professional treatments and therapies. The newest one is called Tropical Indulgence and its name sums it up perfectly. A traditional recipe from the tropics comprising of mung beans, coconut, papaya and spices is used to polish skin whilst your senses are being indulged by the exotic oil known as frangipani monoi. Guests' bodies are cocooned in a soft foil wrap which both comforts and nourishes. This is followed up by a deep tissue massage which targets the largest muscle groups of the back, buttocks and thighs. Tight muscles are stretched and broadened and you will certainly have a spring in your step following this treatment.
The two main things you travel to a top end spa resort for are rest and relaxation, and you will find both in abundance at Anantara Dhigu. The word Anantara comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and means 'without end'. One thing's for certain, you are going to wish your stay here was exactly that. The tranquillity of this sublime location with the calmness of the Indian Ocean lapping at the shore has to be experienced for oneself.
The ethos behind the Anantara Spa is rooted deep within the ancient healing traditions of some of the richest cultures in the world. With the aim being on restoring harmony and balance between the mind and the body, this oasis of grace and beauty is the perfect setting. Their "Three Days in Paradise" signature treatment is 405 minutes of sheer, unadulterated pampering spread over three days. These include such delights as floral foot rituals, stress relieving aromatic massages, seaweed wraps, traditional Thai massages, exotic herbal baths and reflexology.
Located on the sublime South Male Atoll, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is one of those destinations which truly deserves the 'holiday of a lifetime' tag. From the ornate grounds to the miles of white sand and contemporary guest villas that put many other resorts to shame, this is the place to recharge those batteries and return home looking, and feeling, years younger. This exclusive and private island is the most perfect locale for a top end spa resort as the tranquillity of the surroundings is the perfect backdrop to the sumptuous spa treatments.
The elegantly named Jiva Grande Spa certainly lives up to its title, especially with its signature treatment "Alepa" which takes you back in time to give you a taste of how privileged the lifestyle was for Indian royalty. Alepa is the name given to the actual act of the body being anointed and is a sublime wellness experience which is taken from the time-honoured and sacred bathing rituals of ancient India. This exquisite experience is one you will want to savour, and certainly will never forget.
Six Senses is the sole resort in Laamu Atoll, a veritable paradise fringed with palm trees. Dolphins swim freely in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean, a spectacular sight that can be enjoyed from many of the sumptuous villas. This wonderful spa resort has been designed to complement the breathtaking beauty surrounding it and the spa experience is second to none.
Set on the beach, the Six Senses spa concentrates on couples enjoying treatments together. The Six Senses Laamu Natural Package is a signature treatment which aims to relieve stress and detox at the same time. This package includes a coconut body polish, foot ritual, mini facial and a signature massage that has to be experienced to be believed.