SERENE SLIP AWAY

Claimed as a pampering bucket-list destination for travellers, the Maldives presents an exquisite array of extravaganzas including luxurious accommodation and sumptuous well-being facilities. Gili Lankanfushi is one of first-rate places to stay with overwhelming indulgent experiences. Among them, Meera Spa offers a sanctuary space where you can unwind and let everything slip away, in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Meera – derived from the Sanskrit language – literally means the ocean. So, undoubtedly, the place is built on the sea, exposed to exceptional natural surroundings of blue sky and turquoise water. While walking along the wooden pier to the stilted over-water villas, which are home to the spa, your mind is filled with peace and calm. You are greeted with a smile and a cool scented towel before being introduced to a lounge where a infused welcome drink is served. A brief consultation and a decision for selected therapies are conducted there. All treatment rooms provide a spacious area with glass floor panels, allowing you to gaze at a wealth of colourful fish in the crystal-clear waters. Also, after treatment, there exists a balcony with cushioned recliners where you can rest among the natural gift.

The Spa menu is an artful combination of global therapies which draw on the healing wisdom of age-old cultures, but infused with modern know-how. All Meera body therapy and spa experiences begin with a mineral- rich seaweed foot cleanse – a symbolic ritual to wash away your worldly woes. Among the choices of massage therapy, Meera Signature is highlighted with an energising fusion of global massage styles: Thai stretching, Lomi Lomi forearm strokes and Shiatsu pressure point. This dynamic treatment invigorates and refreshes the body, restoring energy levels and leaving you ready to take on the world.

The spa also offers options of the Ocean Therapy, which utilises Voya Organics exclusive seaweed- based products from the pristine ocean waters of Ireland. Hand-harvested seaweed is blended with the best of certified organic ingredients, promising therapeutic treatments imbued with the full power of nature. The unfamiliar Bamboo Massage is worth trying: bamboo rods of different sizes with warm aromatic oils are used to provide deep and firm rhythmic pressure. This massage therapy is excellent for those who suffer from stress-related body aches and pains.

After a friendly greeting with a warm smile and a comfy conversation, my therapist led me to an extraordinary journey. To be honest, during the therapy, I found myself in a conflict over whether to remain conscious or to give in and drift off into a semi-conscious state of bliss. That’s because my therapist seems to recognise my body so well and know how to gently and tightly touch, giving a sense of utmost relaxation. Complete with a blissful aroma, I fell into a dreamy state eventually. In addition, if you are there at the right time, you may have chance to meet renowned holistic practitioners and healers who are invited to provide additional well-being services – thanks to the Meera Masters in Residence programme.


MEERA SPA BY GILI LANKANFUSHI
W: gili-lankanfushi.com/maldives-luxury- resorts/meera-spa-luxury-spa-maldives

Text by Goongging Thanisara
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