Maldives Wellness Review

The Maldives has not synonymously been known as a wellness destination until recently. It was long considered the realm of honeymooners and divers, those seeking to sun bake on a beach and explore the marine life and coral reefs. The past five years has seen a shift in this thinking with more family holidays seen in the Maldives and, with the advent of guest houses, now backpackers of sorts.

Wellness tourism is still evolving in the island nation that I have called home for a total of 12 years. While most visitors, especially in the upper end of the resort scale, will certainly indulge in a massage or two during their island time, wellness has not been seen in the holistic sense of other destinations, think Thailand or Bali.

However, I believe that the Maldives has a secret that it has been keeping under wraps for many years. It has, in fact, always been a destination that promotes a sense of wellbeing for its visitors.

A visit to the Maldives offers many forms of mindfulness, without being forced to sit and somehow not to think. What could be more mindful than leaving your electronic devices in your villa and slipping into warm waters that cradle you like a freshly drawn bath. To float timelessly, watching colourful fish dart beneath you as you softly glide across the surface of the sea salted waters.

“I believe that the Maldives has a secret that it has been keeping under wraps for many years. It has, in fact, always been a destination that promotes a sense of wellbeing for its visitors.”

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Earthing comes naturally in the Maldives, as you pad barefoot across talcum powder sand, turning back to watch gentle waves wash away the vestiges of your journey and sweep a new canvas for those who follow.

Where else amid busy lives, are you able to dine thoughtfully, without the need to rush to your next place or meet your next face. Where your biggest decision in a day is where to eat or what time to turn over to ensure an even suntan.

The Maldives offers the opportunity to holiday like no other place in the world, and now you know why you are drawn back to it time after time. A holiday in the Maldives offers you a retreat. A retreat without being roused at dawn, nor being deprived of food, cocktails and coffee. Nor being force marched to a day packed with activities as is often the case in traditional wellness retreats.

In saying this, there is a new movement to more formalised wellbeing retreats in the Maldives. However, my belief is that to make the most of a wellness vacation on these tiny dots of sand, we should incorporate the activities that are tantamount to a Maldives vacation, to allow time for snorkelling and sunbathing, maybe after the sunrise yoga is done.

In my opinion, Wellness should always be about offering choices to guests. There is no one size fits all to enhance wellbeing for humans, we must listen and tailor our offerings to individuals as the Maldives has been doing secretly since tourists first graced its beaches back in 1972.

It is a perfect place to reset mind and body.

Victoria Kruse

About the Author

Victoria Kruse has been passionately involved in Wellbeing since growing up in the natural beauty of New Zealand. She has lived and worked in a variety of countries, her favourite being the Maldives, having lived here a total of 12 years. Victoria strongly believes in the power of nature, looking after both Sustainability and Wellness at JA Resorts and Hotels.