We’re taking a look at the Ravenala Attitude, an all-suite resort hotel on the west coast of Mauritius, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa on the east coast of Mauritius and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru on the Maldives’ North Male Atoll.
These delightful resort properties all offer Indian Ocean living, with glorious beaches, crystal clear lagoon waters, land and water sports plus excellent cuisine.
Delivered with aplomb at all three of these resorts, are super-indulgent spa treatments. For some of us, this divine ritual is part and parcel of our daily lives, for most of us they are an extravagance that sits alongside signature cocktails and speedboat trips. If, however, this delight sits in the ‘not for me’ category I beg you to reconsider on your next trip. I treated (well tricked) a reluctant non-spa husband to an Indian Head Massage followed by Foot Reflexology – he had to admit he loved it! Dip your toe in the shallows of the spa – what’s the worst that can happen – oh yes, you can get hooked!
The Spa Attitude invites you to explore its care rituals which are based on the soil, sea, plants and sun that nature has bestowed so generously on the island of Mauritius. Included in its inventory are 2 double treatment rooms and 2 open-air kiosks as well as 2 with hydrotherapy pools and 1 with a Vichy shower; you’ll also find a hammam and a sauna with lush green relaxation spaces too.
Sun & Sea, Earth & Flora
The beautiful island of Mauritius enjoys a huge covering of tropical vegetation and an abundance of natural flora. Incorporating the very best of these natural occurring elements, Spa Attitude treats you to earth Attitude for revitalising, Sea Attitude for purifying, Sun Attitude for stimulating and Flora Attitude for relaxing; you can also take a 50-minute ‘Learn how to massage’ session and take skills for life home with you!
Chi the Spa at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, inspired from the legend of Shangri-La, a place of personal peace, enchantment and wellbeing, surely we could all do with a slice of this whilst on holiday! Chi focuses primarily on holistic and ayurvedic wellness with treatments that help you unwind and generally feel great about yourself. The spa is set in a secluded area of lush tropical vegetation that sets the scene for your transportation to bliss. You will be able to discuss the treatments on offer and decide which would work best for you; a private consultation with a nutritionist and ayurvedic doctor can also be arranged if you wish.
Chi the universal force
In traditional Chinese philosophy, chi (qi) refers to the universal force that governs well-being and personal vitality – it is believed that chi must flow freely within the body to ensure good health. When chi is restricted, it can cause disease and sickness, so a combination of massage, movement and exercise of both body and mind is recommended.
At Chi Spa the traditional Tipik Massage uses rhythmic strokes administered to the sound of Sega music performed by local musicians – this feast for the senses is a sublime experience leaving you invigorated and totally energised – now this is what your holiday is for!
Relaxing on an Indian Ocean island with refreshing sea breezes caressing your face is restorative in its own right, but combine these natural elements with the skills of a trained therapist and your revitalisation will reach a whole new level. If you are serious about your spa treatments, or would simply like to be, then consider Banyan Tree’s ‘Sense of Rejuvenation’. This tremendous offer is pre-booked and includes a daily 90-minute spa treatment, private yoga session and even a stargazing masterclass on the beach.
This signature therapy replicates traditional massage as practised in the Royal Thai Palaces. Designed to balance body, mind and soul in the tranquillity of the Maldives, your treatment begins with an oil-free acupressure massage to improve blood circulation and eliminate tension in your muscles. Your therapist will then apply warm sesame oil using herbal pouches of lemongrass, cloves and coriander (the scents are intoxicating!) with a balancing massage – this blissful treatment delivers to all your senses – heavenly.
Whichever delicious treatment you choose at Banyan Tree Spa Vabbinfaru, you’ll be welcomed with a soothing foot massage and left with an overwhelming sense of calm.
Their reward is your benefit, they make your body work for you, and they have just a little magic in their touch. If you find yourself at one of our lovely properties above, or anywhere else this year, check out the spa with fresh eyes – it IS for you!