Luxury Hotels

Maldives – Raffles wellness

Yesterday Girlahead was raving about Munich’s Eisbach. Today we switch to the Indian Ocean, to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, on Gaafu Alifu Atoll.  Somewhat incongruously, perhaps you can dine Peruvian at its Yapa/Yuzu restaurant and bar, shown above.  Yuzu is for food, cooked by Diana Liliana Matute Moreno, a Peruvian who adds masterful Nikkei techniques to fresh line-caught fish. At Yapa, complement your mixologist’s bespoke special with, perhaps, sashimi and tapas. As an alternative, take jet skis to reach a nearby sandbank for a private lunch or, more aqua-activities, take an evening dhoni cruise to watch dolphins as you toast the sunset in Pol Roger. And in the morning, perhaps a breakfast basket is already floating in your private pool (the six-bedroom, 1,700sq m Raffles Royal Residence has a 40m pool, plus a private beach).

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On a corporate level, Raffles has published a white paper, Answering the Desire for Wellness in Luxury Travel. “As the expectation for wellness luxury travel continues to grow, we must look beyond material luxuries to experiences that balance the mind, body and spirit,” says Emlyn Brown, Global VP, Well-Being, Luxury & Premium Brands, Accor. “At Raffles, we believe that true luxury is not about what you do, but how you feel. Raffles hotels represent places where our guests can see their aspirational lifestyle reflected in every touchpoint. Once the pandemic is under control and our luxury guests return to their normal routines, there will be an even greater demand for wellness activities that embrace the key health modalities of nutrition, mindfulness and sleep.” Brown says the brand’s  first Emotional Wellbeing by Raffles Retreat will be at the recently opened Raffles Bali in 2021, and will introduce Raffles’ Wellbeing Butlers. Expect Design for Harmony – Creating harmonious and natural environments through second nature Feng Shui and Biophilia; Nutrition for Pleasure – an exploration of foods that support deep and restful sleep, travel recovery and the symbiotic relation ip between the mind and the human digestion system; and Rituals for Serenity – subtle rituals promoting serenity, peace and revitalization. Raffles is working with consultants Simone Osswald and Cindy Palusamy.

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And to get the whole world of wellness and luxury travel, tune in to the weekly WORLD TRAVEL ESSENTIAL podcast, as below – it leads on, too, to the current MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD podcase