After a year of travel restrictions, you are no doubt, like me, looking for a holiday that ticks all the boxes – warm weather, powder white beaches, luxe accommodation and the opportunity to mentally recharge. Surrounded by nothing but turquoise lagoon that fades into the azure Indian Ocean is Anantara Dhigu and Veli Maldives Resorts, the perfect place to reset and reclaim your mojo.

With a renewed focus on wellness, the latest addition to the Anantara team of an on-property experts is Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist, Kelly Manning who works with guests, focussing on their nutrition to help overcome stress, sleep issues and unhealthy eating patterns, including those which may have built up over the past year, as well helping with immunity, digestion, weight management, hormones, skin and blood sugar balance.

In between relaxing in this private slice of paradise, guests can receive 90-minute nutrition and lifestyle consultations which result in a detailed assessment, a tailored diet, lifestyle and supplement plan. Kelly will also provide a handful of practical achievable recommendations to get you started during your holiday and a more detailed plan to continue at home.

There Is also the chance to join Kelly’s health and nutrition seminars during your stay. The seminars include cooking demonstrations and tastings and can be attended as a group or booked privately for a personalised session.

A calendar of Masters of Wellness in residency during the year is in place at Anantara Veli. Claude Simard is an internationally acclaimed Psycho-Energetic Massage specialist, using his highly developed sensitivity and intuition to combine therapeutic massage with Inner Child work. Claude will join the team from March 15th to the end of April. During the same period Jill Banwell will guide guests in Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Meditation and Tarot. In residency from May to the end of October, Dome Srisawat is a certified Physiotherapist, specialising in Myofascial Release, a unique muscular manipulation technique to resolve acute pain and continuous aches by releasing energy blockages in the connective muscle tissues. To wrap up the year, Muayad Najemeddin will be returning during December until the end of January 2022, practicing Reiki and the healing art of Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Guests can share the facilities at family-focused Anantara Dhigu, adults-only Anantara Veli and the exclusive 20-villa Naladhu Private Island, just minutes apart by boat in the South Malé Atoll.

As relaxation and ‘me time’ have become even more important over the last 12 months, the over water Anantara Spa at Anantara Dhigu offers a newly refreshed menu with four new signature journeys, including the Sundari Sunset spa ritual, which is a deep relaxation massage on a floating platform, followed by champagne whilst watching the sun go down. Once darkness has fallen, the Moonlight Reflections spa healing ritual encompasses meditation and a healing massage on a private beach under the night sky.

The recently opened Cocoon Medical Spa located at the Balance Wellness by Anantara facility at Anantara Veli offers the highest level of aesthetic and wellness treatments performed by medical professionals. Whether guests require a vitamin IV infusion after a long flight for an energy boost or wish to turn back time with a Cleopatra 24 Carat Gold & Collagen Facial, using diamond microdermabrasion and LED Light therapy, the highly trained staff have the expertise and knowledge to formalise a programme specifically tailored to each guest. Other treatments include diamond microdermabrasion to exfoliate and increase blood flow to the skin, velashape fat blast to reduce body fat and oxygen therapy to boost energy levels.

The resorts’ overall offering comprises an impressive range of body experiences, facial treatments, Ayurvedic therapies and wellness programmes, in addition to complimentary daily yoga sessions with the yoga guru, movement therapy and fitness sessions can be booked with the resident personal trainer.

Prices for a 90-minute nutrition and lifestyle consultation start from USD 305. Seminars and cookery demonstrations start from USD 50 per person for 90 minutes. Prices for a stay at Anantara Veli start from USD 475 for an Over Water Bungalow with breakfast and at Anantara Dhigu from USD 535 for a Sunrise Beach Villa on half board basis.

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