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Press Release | 12 December 2017

Anantara Veli Named ‘Maldives’ Best Wellness Retreat’ at the World Spa Awards 2017

The World Spa Awards 2017 winners were unveiled in Phu Quoc 11 December, with the Anantara brand as a whole making sweeping wins. Anantara Veli Maldives Resort was named Maldives’ Best Wellness Retreat, a great honour in such a prestigious, luxury category. 

Launched in association with the World Travel Awards, voters of the World Spa Awards comprise spa industry professionals and the wider public, a double seal of recognition for excellence. 

Spa Director Melissa Dowel says, “We are thrilled to be recognised on a global stage, and I would like to thank the team for their dedication and passion in perfecting each guest’s wellness journey. Discerning travellers with busy lives look for an all-encompassing experience, a total escape for body and mind. Anantara Veli provides the ideal setting for relaxation and invigoration, with a complete suite of consultants and facilities for tailored approaches to wellbeing”. 

Anantara Veli recently launched its new Balance Wellness Sanctuary – offering a multi-dimensional approach to relaxation and health, Balance Wellness offers guests a holistic path to feeling and looking better. 

The Experience

Begin with a personal consultation with one of the resident wellness consultants. Based on your lifestyle and body composition, together devise a programme for your time on the island and back at home. Balance Wellness helps tackle deep-seated issues such as sleeplessness, weight management, detoxification and mindfulness. 

Begin each day with healthy food choices catering to your body type. Practice meditation and yoga overlooking the ocean with the resident yogi, or shape up with high intensity circuit training and cardio. Submit to soothing detox rituals such as Udwarthanam, an Ayurvedic massage using herbal powders to increase blood flow and flush out toxins and cellulite. 

Visiting Masters of Wellness from as far afield as Hawaii and Portugal bring the latest in holistic treatments to Anantara Veli. Discover your body’s natural ability to heal with Naturopathic Doctor Sohal Shah. Explore the myriad benefits of acupuncture with Dr. Rui Pedro Loureiro. Heal with movement under the guidance of Holistic Therapist Jade Wood. 

At Anantara Veli, we invite you to open the mind and find inspiration in the most stunning of everydays. Paint the sunset and explore the artist inside you. Join in a bodu beru drumming session or find wonder diving pristine reefs. 

About Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Anantara Veli is an adults only private island fringed by quintessential Maldives overwater bungalows. A 35-minute speedboat ride from the capital and Velana International Airport, the island lies in a peaceful azure lagoon shared with sister resorts Dhigu and Naladhu.

Designed for sweeping romance, couples can hide away in luxury or venture into the heart of the island for star-lit moments in an orchid garden or open-air cinema. Candlelight dinners take place over the waters at the Maldives’ finest Thai restaurant, Baan Huraa, or the resort’s private picnic island, Gulhifushi. 

For those looking for activity and novel experiences, Anantara Veli features an on-site water sports centre, Aquafanatics, with PADI diving and luxury surfing with Tropicsurf. Daily meditation and yoga sessions are led by the resident yogi in an ocean-facing yoga pavilion.  

The lush garden spa in traditional Maldivian style greets with the soothing scent of orchid. Five personal treatment suites with dedicated Ayurveda set-ups offer garden views and a soaking tub in front of a waterfall. A serene relaxation courtyard with hot and cold plunge pools invites pre- or post-treatment unwinding. 

Embrace the surreal romance of the Maldives in traditional island style at Anantara Veli. 

For more information or reservations, please email

For media enquiries, please contact Anantara’s PR Office:  

Karl Webster 
Cluster Director of PR & Communications – Maldives 
Telephone: +960 664 4100

Mark Thomson 
Director of Public Relations and Communications 
Telephone: +66 (0)23657678