Lisa Curtiss travelled to the stunning One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives in search of some serious R&R and to sample the highly acclaimed spa there, a favourite of the many A-listers and royalty that frequent the super-luxurious island.
Created together with ESPA, the One & Only Spa is a design masterpiece, with dark wood carved high vaulted ceilings in reception, the scent of incense filling the air, and tinkling of pretty water features throughout. There are luxurious private treatment villas with thatched roods and spectacular ocean views, which you walk to through gardens with tropical flowers of every kind.
Offering a truly holistic experience, the spa features swirling vitality pools, crystal steam rooms, saunas and stimulating ice fountains and lifestyle showers offer refreshing bursts of tropical rain. There are also pretty pavilions with sea views to relax in prior and after your treatments, and a bar offering just about every juice imaginable, and exotic spa cuisine.
The therapists are excellent, and trained in both ancient healing philosophies and modern-day sciences and go out of their way to ensure your comfort and well-being.
The One&Only Spa’s Signature Treatments are a must. The two-hour Unwind treatment with warmed volcanic stones is truly wonderful after a long flight, as is the Restore treatment with invigorating exfoliation and circulation and lymph drainage boosting warm herbal poultices. Elevate is targeted to improve your flexibility and inspired by traditional Thai massage, is performed on a floor matt, combining pressure point massage, rhythmic rocking movements and stretching. Finally, the Holistic Body Ritual, which offers a fusion of treatments tailored to your exact needs.
If you have three hours to spare during your stay, do try the Maldivian Journey. A floatation therapy which combines rhythmical and flowing movements, stretches and exfoliation, the treatment takes place in the spa’s lush ocean side watsu pool. And do make time for one of the spa’s incredible facials, which leave your skin glowing and amazingly youthful after even one session.
Those feeling romantic can enjoy a range of treatments in a private spa suite, with ocean-side bath and steam room.
If you like to exercise even when on holiday, there are yoga and pilates classes, boxing, meditation, and a fitness centre equipped with the very latest state of the art kit, and where you can book personal training sessions with top-rate fitness consultants. Many guests love the Clean & Lean personal training system by James Duigan, which even includes some of the programme’s delicious protein shakes.
The One&Only Spa at Reethi Rah has a luxury nail salon by celebrity favourite Bastien Gonzalez, and hair salon by Taylor Taylor of London, where supermodels including Naomi Campbell go to have their tresses taken excellent care of.
In all a truly outstanding spa that MoneyMaker Magazine highly recommends.