Beyond The Spa: What Wellness Means in the Maldives

16th June 2022

Why do we travel? 


We travel to explore new lands. To fulfill our curiosity. For a short period, we wish to leave the mundanity of life behind and take on an adventure. We travel to feel better and to enhance our well-being. The Maldives has long been a pioneer of wellness travel. The sun, sand, and sea invite travellers from all over the world to come to relax, let go of all their worries and connect deeper with those that truly matter. 


One of the hallmark experiences of wellness in the Maldives is bespoke experiences curated specially for you. That’s where Soneva Soul comes in, a new transformative wellness concept that blends the ancient healing wisdom with the latest science and innovation. Blending the ancient and the modern is an approach taken by several resorts in the Maldives. Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbalism are some traditions you will experience during your wellness programme at Soneva Soul. Soneva Soul captures wellness in its purest form; the drive to achieve long-term goals and reconnect with one’s mind, body, and soul. 


Joali Being takes wellness one step further by incorporating wellness elements into every single aspect of the resort. Joali Beings’ philosophy revolves around four pillars, these are mind, skin, microbiome and energy. With that, sound therapy is one of the most powerful wellness experiences one can have in Joali. 


Joali Being boasts two sound therapy venues; the sound therapy hall and the discovery sound path. The sound therapy hall provides a meditative space for one to delve deeper into themselves through sound and vibrations. The Discovery Sound path is an outdoor sound therapy oasis emphasizing the natural rhythms of the tropical island itself. 


We’re all quite aware of the power of sound and music. Whether it’s getting lost in Beethoven’s symphonies or Rihanna’s latest bop, sound and music can take you deeper into your psyche. A typical session with sound therapy goes like this. The session begins with simple breathing exercises, which help to reorient one’s focus and provide relaxation. Participants often sit or lie down in a comfortable position, and the instruments are placed close to the body. A session can last from a simple 20 minutes to a few hours. The treatment can bring on feelings of wonder, euphoria, deep relaxation, and even a deeper connection with one’s self and the natural environment around them. The serene islands of Maldives are the perfect destination for one to embark on such a voyage. 


Wellness, at its core, is ultimately about simplicity. It is about using the natural resources around us to realign ourselves with the natural rhythms and harmonies of nature. The Maldives have long helped travellers achieve this. We are now seeing an evolution in wellness in the Maldives, and one that will surely be innovative, unique, and special.