Wellness rituals or freediving with whale sharks? You’re spoiled for choice in the Maldives this spring
Here in London, April might be a month famous for its showers, but in the Maldives this year it’s a time for two distinctly different festivals.
First up is Jumeirah Vittaveli’s Talise Wellness Month. This takes place every spring, offering guests access to exclusive programmes including meditation, yoga, fitness classes, special spa treatments and healthy nutrition cooking classes – as well as a nutrition corner at the hotel’s daily breakfast and dinner buffet.
This year the festival welcomes back chef Gabi Kurz to spearhead the nutrition menu at the resort’s fine-dining restaurant Fenesse. During her stay, she will also be hosting cooking classes and demonstrations where guests can learn to create healthy dishes from local and international ingredients to bring a little bit of their holiday home with them.
Also on board is internationally renowned meditation and philosophy teacher and sound and music therapist Winnie Rode, who began his education as a monk in a Tibetan monastery. He’ll be hosting both private and group meditation classes alongside his unique singing bowl sound massages.
The Talise Spa, home to four over-water treatment rooms and five nestled in the private garden, will be offering innovative wellness therapies and rituals using hand-harvested ingredients like home-pressed coconut oil from the island. Those looking for a more active holiday can make the most of the resort’s myriad offerings, as well as the over-water fitness centre which boasts panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
For more information, visit www.jumeirah.com
Then there’s the Underwater Festival at LUX* South Ari Atoll. This year marks the fifth reincarnation of the annual festival taking place from 3-9 April, celebrating the beauty and diversity of the Maldives’ marine life and highlighting the hotel’s marine conservation project.
World Champion Freediver Christian Redl will be hosting courses for guests and chatting about how the sport has changed his life – but the week-long celebration is about more than just freediving. German photographer Marc Hillesheim will be hosting underwater photography workshops, freediving photo sessions and guided photography dives. There’s even an Instagram contest for the best pictures (tag #LUXUNDERWATER, #LUXONEBREATH and #NOGRAVITYMALDIVES to be in with a chance of winning).
LUX* South Ari Atoll is set on a picturesque lagoon on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu, which is a prime spot for snorkelling or freediving with whale sharks – a bucket-list event if ever we’ve heard of one. The resort operates its own Marine Biology Centre where guests can participate in essential research programmes dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural wildlife of the area. For something truly special, anyone lucky enough to spot a whale shark that’s new to the area and unknown to the centre’s tracking software has the chance to pick a Maldivian name for it – a truly special holiday momento.
For more information, visit www.luxresorts.com