Deep in the midst of Landaa Giraavaru, the Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat pulsates with life and wisdom, purity and health. With a strong emphasis on natural healing, the 1-hectare (2.5-acre) medically accredited complex draws its strength from the surrounding landscape, the integrity of ila’s Beyond Organic products, and the intrinsic spirituality of its therapists and Ayurvedic physicians.
The 2.5 acre Spa and Ayurvedic Retreat stretches from the heart of the island to the middle of the lagoon. Two Ayurvedic Physicians, an Acupuncturist, resident yogi and highly specialised team of therapists offer authentic healing and education from ten land and sea-based treatment pavilions and a yoga deck. All-inclusive 7-, 14-and 21-day Ayurvedic Immersions, intensive Panchakarma detoxification and individual ayurvedic therapies are complemented by a full spa menu.
Spa therapies use the naturally derived products of ila. Ayurvedic therapies use a range of ayurvedic herbs and medicinal plants picked fresh from the Herb Garden. Each of the three open-air treatment pavilions in the Ayurvedic Retreat is set within its own tropical garden and furnished with a droni (an ayurvedic treatment table) carved from a single piece of wood from the Jackfruit tree. Each pavilion also contains al fresco bathtubs, steam benches, mud treatment area and carved daybed.
All Resort guests are offered a Complimentary dosha determining consultation during their visit. Guests are also invited to visit and spend time in the Herbal Centre to learn more about the various oils and herbal remedies and physical, nutritional and emotional benefits of the Ayurvedic process.
Found at the Spa reception and includes a range of lotions, oils, books, bathrobes, slippers and incense.
Equipped with the latest strength and cardiovascular equipment with personal TV and headphones. There is also a floodlit tennis court. An entertainment lounge for young adults aged 13 to 18, equipped with pool table, table-football, table tennis, PlayStation console, plasma screen television, Internet access, magazines and games. The Club is open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm daily. Featuring its own pool and garden with wooden pirate adventure ship, the kids’ club also runs the ‘Passport to Adventure’ programme, which engages children aged 4-12 with a ‘Passport’ of puzzles and challenges plus up to eight daily activities including Coral Reef Building, Wishing Tree Walks, Snorkel Adventures, Dosha Discovery, Yogaflex and Lizard Safaris. Open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily. Children’s menus are also available in all restaurants.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSION
The Maldives is known internationally as one of the world’s best dive destinations. The Resort’s 5-star PADI IDC Dive Centre is run by a multilingual team of professionals. Its isolated location in the Baa Atoll’s UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve places guests in close proximity to many virgin dive sites, with 30 beautiful coral gardens within easy reach. It is also just 20 minutes by speedboat from several world-renowned aggregation sites for mass gatherings of manta rays and whale sharks (June to October). Monogrammed cruiser bikes and junior bikes are available for all guests for the duration of their stay to enable them to explore the island at their leisure. The Resort has its own exotic Orchid Garden – filled with dazzling Dendrobiums, classic Cattleyas, vivid Vandas and the ever-floriferous Rhynchostylis gigantean – open
daily from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm for tours, tips and leisurely exploration. Offers a wide range of group and individual activities. Non-motorised activities are complimentary and include kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, single sail and catamaran sailing. Lessons in windsurfing and sailing can be given by VDWS-certified instructors on request. Additional motorized activities such as water-skiing, parasailing, kite surfing, banana boating and fun tubes are available at a charge. At the Resort, you will enjoy a vantage point from which to explore the sights, sounds and experiences around you. There are a variety of islands with historical and cultural
significance within a 30-minute speedboat ride of Landaa Giraavaru. Take a 30-mimute boat ride to Kendhoo Island and visit the 12th century house of Abu Al Barakat, the scholar who converted the Maldives from Buddhism to Islam. The neighbouring island of Kudarikilu, a 15-minute boat ride away, provides a glimpse into Maldivian island life. Visit the island’s village school, local shop and mosque, and discover thunda kunaa, the traditional craft of mat weaving.
The Resort also features day trips to neighboring and distant islands for off-site dining or water activities such as diving, snorkeling and sunning in the private waters of
your own desert island.
Features a wide range of fashion and beachwear, accessories, jewellery, gifts, souvenirs, arts & crafts, books, magazines and other merchandise. Located at the dive center and sells dive wear and equipment as well as accessories and dive souvenirs.
Located in the Recreation Centre surrounded by lush tropical plants and have high ceilings and large windows that let in gentle Maldivian breezes to exude a relaxing ambiance. An open-air multi-purpose room atop the resort’s retail shop located next to the Coconut Corridor. Housed in a comfortable lounge in the Recreation Centre, the Library offers treetop views of the island. It is ideal for an intimate meeting. Offers many activities to interest meeting participants. One can indulge in a wide range of spa and Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes, cooking sessions, water sports such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing, and island hopping.
Landaa’s Marine Discovery Centre (MDC) is an interactive research and education centre designed to guide guests and locals alike through the underwater world of the Maldives and the Resort’s efforts to conserve it. The Centre uses multi-language touch screen video kiosks, dramatic photography, exhibition boards, educational talks, life-size models and interaction with marine biologists to educate its visitors. Image-clad windows create the impression of being amongst a giant shoal of fish. The Centre also has a dedicated children’s area with touch tank and interactive activities.
Guests can visit www.marinesavers.com to keep up-todate on all the Resort’s marine conservation plans and projects, as well as satellite-tagged turtles. Guests visiting the Resort between May and October can become a manta researcher for the day (with the on-site Manta Trust charity) or sign up for ‘Manta on Call’: a thrilling
speedboat ride to snorkel with mantas spotted at nearby hotspots. Housed in a comfortable lounge, it is located on the first floor of the Recreation Centre and offers treetop views of the island. It features a variety of books, magazines and games as well a refreshment counter. Laptops with wireless Internet access are
available for rent. There are four swimming pools at the Resort. The spectacular Olympic size 50m main pool on the northern shore of the island has a swim-up bar, spacious sundeck
and private gazebos. A shallow free-form children’s pool is located nearby in the Kuda Velaa Kids’ Club. Adjacent to the main pool is the 20m wide ‘floating’ seawater pool, whilst the romantic sunset pool – an idyllic pool for quiet relaxation – is located on the
western tip of the island at Blu restaurant overlooking the
stunning 2km lagoon. We understand that it can be a little daunting travelling to a remote location with young children, elderly relatives or pre-existing conditions. To help allay concerns, our Resort Clinic, run by Dr. Manik K. Lama, offers round-the-clock assistance in a full range of medical services. ECFMG and HIPAA certified (USA), Dr. Manik also holds a specialist qualification in ‘Basic and Advanced Medical Officers Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine’ (AUS).
On-site services include wound dressing, nebulisation, IV infusion, oxygen inhalation, blood sugar testing, injection administration, ECG and incision and drainage. Please contact us directly should you have any specific concerns or require assistance planning a trip for an individual with particular medical needs.