Where to Go for the Best Spa Experience in the World
The Maldives doesn't mess around when it comes to relaxation.
The archipelago is known for having some of the top hotels and spas in the world, boasting prime services and accommodations in an incredible setting.
To showcase why the destination is ideal for spa lovers, we've highlighted some of the best spa experiences the Maldives has to offer. If you're looking for the ultimate relaxing luxury vacation, start here.
When guests arrive to the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, located on a private 52-acre island at Noonu Atoll, they make their way past pebbled paths in the hotel’s outdoor gardens to reach its spa.
The spa was voted as both the best resort spa in the Maldives and within the Indian Ocean for this year’s awards and consists of 20 different treatment rooms that offer everything from hydrotherapy pools and steam rooms to saunas and an Ayurvedic doctor to help guests create personalized treatments.
The world's first underwater spa, Lime spa lets visitors to indulge in coconut, lime, and mineral spa treatments while admiring views of exotic marine life with two couple’s underwater treatment rooms offering panoramic reef views.
See everything from clown fish and blacktip reef sharks to eels while getting pampered, with interior decorations including furnishings and fabrics mimicking the corals and sponges lurking underwater.
Guests at the Lime Spa will also find a saltwater pool hosting minerals typically found in the Indian Ocean, an overwater yoga pavilion, and several overwater treatment rooms to enjoy.
COMO Cocoa Island hosts 33 overwater suites above its turquoise lagoon. The hotel, which took this year’s top place as the best wellness retreat in both the Maldives and the Indian Ocean, offers guests complimentary morning and sunset yoga classes and aquatic therapy sessions.
At the COMO Shambhala Retreat, visitors will find Asian-inspired massage treatments that focus on relaxation, rejuvenation, and restoration.
For those who stay up later in the evening, the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru offers its Om Supti Night Spa, where visitors are treated to a spa treatment that works to help you fall asleep by reducing stress levels and relaxing the spine to allow for a restful sleep within a private jungle clearing.
The treatment begins with an outdoor bath and swinging bed set up in the secluded jungle to make for a majestic setting.
Guests start with a therapy utilizing essential oil blends along the spine, before receiving facial therapy sessions, and al fresco soak in a carved stone bath infused with Himalayan salt crystals, sandalwood, jasmine, and rose damascene.
Travelers can retreat to overwater spa pavilions complete with a private sundeck and relaxation area at the Jiva Grande Spa at the Taj Exotica resort and Spa.
Set on one of the Maldives’ largest lagoons, the spa utilizes authentic Ayurveda therapies used by India’s ancient royalty, including soothing mud bath treatments and an on-site Ayurvedic physician.
At the Meera Spa, on a private island in the North Malé Atoll, in-house spa specialists offer visitors everything from sound therapies utilizing Tibetan bowls to facial treatments made of flowers, organic herbs, and earth clays in spa treatment rooms built over the water.
Choose from one-on-one yoga and meditation sessions to seaweed baths and treatments utilizing organic sea and plant extracts.
In addition to its in-house specialists, the resort will also often bring in holistic practitioners and noted healers to assist guests.
CHI, The Spa, which is located At Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, sits within its own spa village in the resort.
The secluded spa has individual treatment villas for the ultimate feeling of privacy, with treatments that focus on Ayurvedic and Asian services. Signature therapies include its Jet Lag Rescue treatment, which works to promote deep sleep, energy restoration, and skin hydration.
The Maldives is also home to one of a select few My Blend by Clarins spas around the world at Velaa Private Island.
The spa, which is reached via wooden walkways, hosts cabins offering stunning views of the ocean. Some of the rooms come with private terraces, ands well as an outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, and snow room, where guests can cool down with ice.
Through the partnership with My Blend by Clarins, visitors have the opportunity to receive personalized treatments to fit their specific structure and needs and products that match their specific skin composition.
Talia Avakian is a digital reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @TaliaAvak.