Six Senses Spa Laamu Maldives…

Amid a lush tropical forest on a coral atoll, this remote luxury resort is reached by plane, then boat, from Malé Island. Six Senses is known for their unique sensual spas. Set right on the edge of an overgrown jungle and fronting a pure white sandy beach, Six Senses in Maldives offers four uniquely designed couple’s treatment nests, four secluded couple’s treatment pavilions plus one Ayurvedic treatment pavilion, all within the island’s natural vegetation.

Six Senses Spa Laamu

While out on a leisurely bike ride, I followed an aromatic fragrance trail to the spa and was richly rewarded! Do arrive early and use the steam room and the outdoor rain showers, a gentle reminder that you are in a tropical environment, life is in the slow lane as it should be! Jet lag cure, do reserve soon after arrival.

Led from the steam room through a jungle full of chirping birds, I was surprised to arrive at the most beautiful nest massage salon. An outdoor space designed with woven reeds and inverted like an upside-down bird nest, with a stunning view of the turquoise seas. Nothing more restful than this pleasure cocoon with lapping seas and cooling breezes – what a sensational setting to enjoy my Hot Stone Massage. This full body massage uses heated basalt stones to release stress and tension and increase blood flow. The heat from the stones provides extra relaxation for fatigued and overworked muscles and has a healing effect on damaged soft tissue. It is also known to promote better sleep. Noodle limp condition results – absolutely essential after arrival!

Before you arrive to Six Senses, do plot a Spa Plan, decide if you want to be a casual day visitor or treat yourself to a wellness screening. The spa offers may individual treatments, but it also offers an inclusive wellness program to guide you on your path to well-being and provide inspiration to make you feel your best every day, at every age.

A personal consultation uses advanced technology which analyzes key physiological biomarkers of health, which include body composition, metabolism, oxygen distribution, and heart function and circulation, as well as stress parameters. The results are used to prepare a wellness program specific to your individual needs.

Six Senses Spa Laamu

For those who prefer a spa dalliance, I would recommend Laamu Bliss to begin. A Maldivian-inspired massage using coconut oil is followed by the application of a warm wrap made of ginger, cloves and nutmeg, and a relaxing head massage. A cucumber conditioner is then applied to cool and refresh the skin making it feel smooth and hydrated.

Rasayana Detox Body Wrap. Revitalize and tone the body with this purifying treatment starting with a zesty exfoliation using essential oils with cinnamon powder and walnut shells. It continues with a mineral-rich clay mask infused with powerful herbs of spiked ginger lily, spirulina and green tea to detoxify the skin. This experience concludes with the application of customized and aromatically infused body butter, lotions or oils to provide intense nourishment, leaving the skin glowing and the body re-energized.

Based on the results, their wellness expert recommends a personalized wellness program which includes one spa treatment of 90 minutes and one fitness /wellness activity of 60 minutes per day, as well as advice on foods to favor and avoid during your stay. The spa programs are tailored around the most common concerns and include:

Sleep & Resilience 
Trim & Fit

Cleanse & Detox
Live to your full potential

 Six Senses spa also has a guest program where they bring in well-known practitioners at their resorts. Some of the best visiting practitioners offer guests personal consultations and holistic therapies to achieve a better state of mind and more fulfilling life experiences. During my visit, there was a delightful couple from England who had specialized treatment training.

The spa also offers facials and mani -pedi treatments.

Aerial Yoga – This yoga practice brings together stretching, breathing and meditation with gymnastics and aerial arts. A hammock, made of a soft and supple parachute-silk fabric, is suspended from the ceiling and used to support the body weight during a sequence of postures. Hatha Yoga – Yoga combines postures with conscious breathing and focus, and helps develop strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Practitioners can expect to learn how the body engages in each posture, while the yoga master guides the awareness to specific areas and aspects of the practice to enhance the body’s natural intuition.

Pranayama – (breathing exercise) utilizes breathing techniques to remove blockages in energy channels, strengthen the respiratory system and tame the monkey mind, calming down its extrovert tendencies and minimizing the thought process. You will learn more about the art of breathing and how to implement it in your daily life.

Yoga Nidra – Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, this simple meditation practice is taught lying down while being guided by a teacher. Its goal is to induce full body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness, addressing psychological, neurological and subconscious needs. The above wellness classes are also available for couples and groups.

Mindfulness Meditation  – Reduce stress, boost immune system and improve overall state of mind with this deeply relaxing experience, combining breathing techniques with the practice of keeping one’s mind in the present.

So many options, do indulge at Six Senses Spa Laamu, rejuvenation guaranteed!

 

Six Senses Spa Laamu Yoga

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Maldives

Arrival to Landaa Giraavaru, an utterly different Four Seasons island experience. Arrive either by the aforementioned Explorer or take a dhoni out to the floating seaplane dock mere minutes from the Four Seasons Kuda property for a quick 10-minute seaplane flight to Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. Any Journey can be taxing, the hotels we adore understand the importance of “the arrival.” I’ve written several posts on the arrival and regrettably, I interrupt the greeters to snap photos of their gracious gifts of chilled libations or scented towels; at Landaa, the cold concoction was offered in a colossal coconut sprouting a straw. The arrival sets the stage for the entire visit. At Kudaa Hura when we arrived by the lovely 55-foot motor yacht, the landing jetty was filled with 40 people playing drums, clapping and singing – I asked, is there a wedding? No, it was my welcome! My sights were set high at both resorts and I wasn’t disappointed.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Landaa Giraavaru is charming and in its own way, a bit more laid back, truly tony barefoot chic. The smartly decorated beach villas have plunge pools, deep plots of jungle with an outdoor tree house structure for al fresco dining or lounging, hammocks are dangling under shady palm fronds, a double chaise welcomes you at the beach. Over water bungalows are also featured here and are low to the ground for a quick dip in the sea.

Landaa Giraavaru island is larger than Kuda, adding meandering sandy paths laid out in the inner perimeter of the jungle island; good signage directs your bicycle adventure to the spa, various restaurants, dive shop, the Marine center and the medicinal herb garden. It’s quite freeing to pedal to dinner and roam the torch lit paths in the dark of night – imagine the twinkling stars overhead! Buggy provided if you prefer not to bike, a butler is available for transport.

Landaa Giraavaru features an Auryedic spa with multiple health programs, including but not limited to a detox program and a weight loss program. My arrival began with a health assessment by an Auryedic doctor in a small cottage amid the extensive herb garden, gentle prayer flags undulate in the breeze and a relaxed rhythmic OMM chant resonates throughout the garden. See spa post here: https://www.gwenbooks.com/2018/04/spa-ayurveda-four-seaons-landaa-giraavaru/

There is a yoga course staged amid the winding overgrown paths, a stand-alone yoga pavilion can be found in the midst of the tangled green jungle paradise.

The Ba’a Atoll is a World Heritage UNESCO site for its abundant coral reef.  That being said if you are a scuba diver or have ever thought of getting certified, it’s a must do at this resort. The seas are lush and full of life. Landaa Giraavaru is also known for their on-call Manta & Whale Shark encounters every year between June and October. You can enroll in the call service on arrival. Staff provides you with a cell phone and call when there is a sighting. You then have 20 minutes to get to the jetty and be whisked off to experience the sea giants that are common in the Ba’a Atoll.  Pleasure and wonders abound!

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

The marine discovery center is a stimulating spot for children to meet and learn about the fish, it’s a beautiful interactive spot for kids to discover rays, turtles and the surrounding islands.  The Four Seasons sponsor these centers at each resort and it’s a significant indicator of their deep interest in and responsibility to the environment.

Restaurants – Savor the tastes of Asia, sample Lebanese and Moroccan fare in a rooftop setting, dine on Italian as lagoon and ocean views stretch into the distance or enjoy the day’s catch or organic meats poolside. Pedaling off on my bike each day to a different dining experience was such a treat!

Overwater Bungalows Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Blu is barely perched above the lapping turquoise sea and pristine white beach, idyllic spot to begin and end the day as the sun sinks below the horizon. Sip a cocktail in the serene infinity pool attached to the deck of the restaurant! The restaurant serves light antipasti, pizza and pasta during the day and fine Italian cuisine in the evening. A cool bar for cocktails, do ask the affable restaurant manager to create a cocktail specialty for you- he is wildly creative and fun!

Saunter the short pier dock and begin your evening at SeaBar, lazing on comfy cushions while snacking on tapas as lemon sharks and reef fish cruise past your perch! Come back at 9 pm for DJ entertainment and feed the lemon sharks. Fuego Grill serves dinner right on the sandy beach facing the sea – freshly grilled fish, prime steaks and Asian dishes served from the open kitchen pavilion.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Pool

I did mention casual chic atmosphere!

When you arrive at the Landaa Giraavaru jetty, you will notice Al Barakat
Moroccan restaurant on the pier. Named after Abu Al Barakat Yusuf Al Barbari, a North African scholar who made Baa Atoll his home in the 12th century, Al Barakat showcases the regional specialties of Lebanon, Morocco and Armenia. The restaurant is built overwater, off the main jetty. A shisha bar is located on the lower level. The main rooftop dining area features comfortable seating spanning indoor and outdoor areas. Serving traditional breads and delicious dips, Lebanese kebabs and Moroccan tagines, Armenian meats and the tastiest sweets, arouse your senses with an endless array of the Chef’s culinary blessings under a canopy of stars. Highly recommend cocktails on the edge of the pier in the shisha bar, move upstairs to the cushioned areas for dinner – so many tempting North African specialties…shared plates are a must!

One small island rarely brings so much of the world to your plate.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

And if this petite post doesn’t whet your appetite, did I mention the Four Seasons Private Island home? While I was at Landaa Giraavaru, the hotel GM, Armando took me once again in the lovely motor yacht for a sunset cruise…bubbly, sparkling seas and a private island. Fully staffed, Voavah is a truly private island coupled with legendary Four Seasons service: seven bedrooms, Beach House, PADI 5-Star Dive Centre, white-powder beach, vibrant reef, extreme water sports, pools and private guest spa. Your own 5-acre playground and party hideout, 62-foot luxury yacht, and UNESCO ocean territory. Off limits to everyone else. Limitless to you. Invite your extended family and friends and truly indulge in a pampered castaway experience. Three-bedroom beach villa, two-bedroom water Villa, Two mezzanine suites, Three additional rooms for children and private staff.

Manta Magic – the waters around Vovah are home to one of the world’s largest populations of manta rays. Don’t miss seasonal swims with these gentle giants. The reefs are so pristine in the Maldives that you don’t have to go deep to see a lot!

Nothing prepared me for the extraordinary glimpse of the turquoise seas, the sweeping ring of atolls and islands from the air; in the middle of the vast Indian ocean, crystal clear seas in a thousand shades of indigo, many accentuated by white sugar sandy beaches…it was breathtaking. The Four Seasons Maldives Resorts are gems in the midst of the turquoise seas. I’m certain the mixture of the natural splendor of the islands and the warm welcoming people, the Maldives will enchant and cast a spell over you! The Maldivian Magic can’t be expressed by words or in pictures, a visit is essential!

Table for Two at Blu  -Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru