The remote island of Dhidhoofinolhu in the Maldives holds the secret to the art of wellbeing. Along its pristine golden sands, where waves lazily lap onto the shore, the Lux* Me Spa peeks out among lush foliage. Walking up a sand road lined with banana leaves, you enter a serene building. Light wood and white furnishings feature throughout, offering a light and airy feel. Much like the rest of the resort, the moment you enter the building every effort is made to ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible. Personalization being key. A menu filled with luxurious offerings is accompanied by an experienced therapist recommending a programme of treatments and activities for what your body and mind truly needs to relax. A sentiment which undoubtedly helped the Lux* South Ari Atoll’s Me Spa secure the title of winner of the Luxury Island Resort Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards for the region.
Based upon four guiding principles, treatments focus on relaxation and stress relief, anti-aging and rejuvenation, cleansing and detoxifying or weight loss and toning. A combination of some of the spas sixty treatments is furthered by a range of alternative activities. With the wellness concierge leading you in the right direction, everything from personal training to yoga and meditation ensures a 360 approach. Nutrition is also key. Vegans, vegetarians and those with dietary requirements are all catered for, with healthy options highlighted. Infused waters are also dotted around the island, ensuring guests stay hydrated throughout their stay. Returning to the spa, it houses a traditional Chinese teahouse offering lessons in its medicinal properties.
Combining the power of ancient healing rituals with modern techniques, the spa works with essential oils created especially for the Lux* brand, by famed aroma therapist Shirley Page. Donning a robe and slippers, the changing room filled with natural light leads to the outdoor waiting area. Taking full advantage of the natural splendor of the island, it overlooks the lagoon where four water villas await and lead to 15 garden villas. The first features glass floors, where clients can stare down at the coral reefs below with the possibility of catching a glimpse of a blacktip shark. The latter, engulfed feels as if you are in your own tropical jungle.
Therapies begin with your feet being washed and scrubbed using natural sea salt with lavender and geranium oils. Knowledgeable therapists then work their magic, personalizing each treatment to the individual’s needs. For those wishing to experience something truly special, the spa offers a once in a lifetime 10 hand massage. Ending the treatment, the relaxation area features detoxifying refreshments and a steam and sauna to continue your journey. A chic boutique in the main building, allows guests to also try signature beauty essentials and bring a little bit of the spa home with them.