9 Top Wellness Resorts in the Maldives for a healthy holiday.
Wellness Resorts in the Maldives have a reputation for being some of the best in the world.
A cluster of over a thousand coral islands, The Maldives is one of the most coveted destinations for a vacation in the tropics. While The Maldives has always been a popular spot for the adventurous traveller, resorts offering wellness retreats have quickly placed the island at the top of the list for healthy holidays. From resorts with Asian-inspired healing therapies to programmes that are fitness-focused, these are the best luxury wellness resorts in The Maldives offering a refreshing take on the ultimate wellness getaway.
We’ve rounded up our top nine wellness resorts in the Maldives to help you plan your next healthy holiday this year.
1. Velaa Private Island
Currently, open and operating
Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes remote exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. The realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives, Velaa means “Turtle” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and residences and four four-bedroom residences, while 18 are built over water.
Arguably the most private island in the world, Velaa Private Island Resort is located on the only island in the Maldives with a no-drone policy and has its own submarine and is home to its own golf course.
2. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa (Opens 1st August)
Located on the Raa Atoll in the Northern Maldives archipelago, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa will reopen on 1st August undertaking several measures to ensure this spacious, paradisal island is safe for families and couples to return to. Set on 20 hectares of private island land, Emerald Maldives boasts 60 Beach Villas with private areas of beach just steps from the Indian ocean and 60 Overwater Villas with heavenly private pools.
To stay fit, all guests will stay on a deluxe all-inclusive basis including all F&B and unlimited non-motorized water sports. The resort also has its own diving centre with PADI qualified instructors. For those who are looking to eat fresh and healthy, there’s an onsite organic vegetable and spice garden for locally grown, fresh produce used in restaurants.
3. COMO Cocoa Island (Reopens 1st October)
Located in the Maldives’ South Male atoll, just a 40-minute speedboat transfer from the airport, Como Cocoa Island, one of the best Wellness Resorts in the Maldives, is positioned in one of the quietest and most undisturbed areas of the Maldives. The island houses 34 recently renovated over-water villas and suites, uniquely inspired by Dhoni boats, traditionally used by local fishermen. The villas are connected by simple wooden walkways built above the shallow lagoon and all have floor to ceiling windows which gives the feel as if the ocean is your own. COMO Shambhala Retreat is home to one of the only hydrotherapy pools in the Maldives and guests can embark on a range of water expeditions including night-snorkelling, sailing lessons and turtle exploration
5. COMO Maalifushi (Reopening 16th November)
The first and only resort to open on the unspoilt Thaa Atoll.
As the only resort in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll, in the archipelago’s tranquil southern reaches, COMO Maalifushi is entirely surrounded by a thriving house reef. Under the waves, find a circus of branching corals, butterflyfish, parrotfish and octopus, while on land, life is more refined. Elegant, understated and pared back, the 65 villas range from Garden Rooms in the island’s leafy heart to one, two and three-bedroom overwater lodgings, each with sun-soaked deck, infinity pools and waterside cabins.
One of the greatest underwater regions on the planet, Thaa atoll is home to an abundance of marine life to explore and there is a range of PADI courses on offer for those looking to earn their diving license There are also excellent surfing conditions and a partnership with luxury surf outfitters providing lessons for guests of all level. And the renowned COMO Shambhala Retreat offers a range of indulgent treatments from Thai Massage to Guinot Aromatic Facials
5. JA Manafaru Maldives
Named ‘Best Luxury Destination Spa in the Maldives’.
Already famous for its crystal-clear waters, palm tree-lined beaches and commitment to providing guests with a relaxing and rejuvenating stay, the resort can now count itself among the best spa destinations in the world. Consisting of 84 luxurious beachfront and over-water villas and bungalows, world-class dining and magical experiences that celebrate the beauty of the Maldives, the JA Manafaru Maldives resort is one of the Indian Ocean’s most sought-after holiday destinations and a popular choice for both couples and families. This latest accolade follows JA Manafaru Maldives recent success at the ‘World Travel Awards’ which saw the destination named as ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2019’, the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019’ and ‘Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite 2019’. With a 5-star rating on Trip Advisor, JA Manafaru was also selected for a Travellers Choice Award in 2019.
6. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
The perfect far-flung wellness and healing retreat.
There’s no excuse to not indulge in your wellness this year with Fairmont Maldives new ‘Fairmont Fit’ programme. Set in the North Shaviyani Atoll, surrounded by nothing but the azure Indian Ocean, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi lends itself to those seeking a far-flung healing retreat. Launching as part of the new ‘Fairmont Fit’ programme, designed to give active guests the tools necessary to stay fit and healthy in paradise, the visiting practitioners will lead private classes, curate wellness workshops, guide meditation sessions, teach yoga lessons and offer invaluable advice that can be relished long after leaving the island.
7. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Maldives wellness resort offering revitalising health journeys.
As one of the leading family-friendly Maldives island resorts, allow us to create a private pool luxury escape unlike any other, tailor-made just for you. Immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty and famed house reef of Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, and book your beach villa or over-water villa stay today. At this five-star Maldives resort, wellness, health and inner and outer well-being is a journey which our team of trained therapists, visiting practitioners and certified medical specialists will work with you on achieving. Set in our overwater villa spa, experience the ancient healing power of Ayurveda – a 5,000-year-old natural science that offers pathways towards health and harmony with holistic treatments. Embark on a journey that is customised to your personal aspirations and designed especially for you by our resident Ayurvedic Master. Meet with our other Masters of Wellness and discover a holistic range of experiences to rejuvenate, transform and awaken your senses.
8. One&Only Reethi Rah
One & Only Reethi Rah is located in Maldives’ North Male Atoll. This luxurious tropical getaway overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers an infinity pool, free Wi-Fi and a peaceful private beach.
The elegant villas at One & Only Reethi Rah are situated either over the lagoon or by the beach and enjoy beautiful ocean views. Flat-screen cable/satellite TVs, iPod docks and DVD players can be enjoyed in all rooms.
Guests may enjoy massage treatments at One&Only Spa or rejuvenate with a game of tennis at the outdoor courts. The resort also has a beach club – One Tribe, catered to teenagers and KidsOnly, a spacious activity place for children facilitated by well-trained staff.
9. LUX* North Male Atoll
Simple yet refined, LUX* North Malé is perfectly planned to offer guests an incredible amount of space, amid sleek pared-back decors in soothing whites, with tasteful touches. All 67 villas are outrageously spacious, with bathrooms as big as the bedrooms and stunningly spacious outdoor showers. Expansive terraces await, heaven-sent for landmark celebrations – host your exclusive barbecues or a special-occasion party on your own penthouse rooftop. Having so much space to yourselves is the definition of true luxury.
Stay fit with stand-up paddleboard when the mood takes you, or be whisked away to a secret sandbank for sunset cocktails. Pad around the island to find ICI for an exotic house-made ice-cream. Or charter a superyacht and let the captain chaperone you to Turtle Point, a sanctuary for marine life. Every moment here matters.