Ever since the pandemic has hit the world, immunity-building recipes and fitness regimes to better your body have resurfaced. In this fight for better health, another important aspect is often sidelined: mental and emotional wellbeing. We spoke to three top international resorts and spas to learn about different things people can do to ensure their overall (mental, emotional and physical) health is taken care of. By Bayar Jain
1. The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali, Indonesia
Situated on Bali’s Kuta Beach, ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali houses serenity like no other. The Sakanti Spa here offers an oasis of calm and over 30 rituals ranging from massages and body scrubs to facials, manicures and pedicures to pamper you thoroughly. When here, an enlightened feeling of weightlessness awaits as you doze to the sounds of the gentle oceanic waves. Under normal circumstances, the ideal way to reawaken your senses would be to get an Energizing Body Treatment at the spa here – a therapy that starts with a foot ritual and ends with heated sand potli full-body massage fuming with herbal concoctions.
While this indulgence may be off the charts currently, Ni Wayan Dianingsih, the Sakanti Spa Manager offers an easy fix. Dianingsih says, “Following a normal daily routine as much as possible is the best way to keep your spirits up. Try maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regulating your sleep-cycle and chalking out time to exercise. Try reducing your alcohol or tobacco intake. Make the most of this time by learning new skills. Most importantly, try minimising your consumption of COVID-19 related news to prevent anxiety or distress.”
2. Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo, Maldives
At Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Tamara Spa by Mandara is a sanctuary of wellness. The over-water spa pavilions here offer mesmerising views of the azure blue lagoons, while the signature treatments take to heighten the level of peace. If you wish to bring inner peace after months of inner chaos, then a therapy at Tamara is the fix you need. Whether you choose the Elemis Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial, an anti-wrinkle facial; Balinese massages with exotic oils; or a masterful fusion of Ayurvedic stretching techniques and the Chinese method of deep tissue pressure point massage with the Royal Thai Massage, the feeling of utter relaxation is guaranteed.
Preemptive of the many hesitations that could enter the guests’ mind regarding safety, Jessel Cantor, Operations Manager of Mandara Spa says, “We, at Mandara Spa have said ‘yes’ to extra health care measures, ‘yes’ to wearing a mask, and ‘yes’ to being extra careful and washing our hands, so you can have a risk-free visit!”
3. Hotel Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort, Maldives
The overwater Raffles spa at Hotel Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort celebrates the strength of nature in its rawest forms. Here, every therapy infuses the intuitive expertise of skilled therapists with traditional Maldivian practises underlining the principles of Feng Shui. The well-equipped fitness centre provides a spacious area to meet your needs, while private yoga sessions on the spa deck overlooking the water help enhance your overall sense of mindfulness, health and wellbeing.
With such an all-encompassing focus on wellbeing, their concern for patrons during the travel restrictions come as no surprise either. Warisa Dangditkiri, the Spa Director for the resort says, “It is important to focus on the things that are under our control. I suggest finding ways to stay connected with friends and family, keeping entertained with activities you love, trying to eat healthily, and exercising regularly.”