Nova Maldives Offers New Wellness Rituals

Nova Maldives in South Ari Atoll has launched a selection of spa treatments based on traditional Maldivian medicine.

Traditional medicine, or “Dhivehi Beys,” is integral to the Maldivian heritage. Over the centuries, Maldivian healers acquired medical knowledge from travelers who passed through the remote island country and adapted them using locally available and imported products. Dhivehi Beys is characterized by Arab, Persian, Indian, Chinese and even ancient Greek medicinal traditions, and carries the secrets about the benefits of natural cycles of nature, the environment and its healing effects.

The “Drift Away Treatment” helps balance the emotional state of mind, while also detoxifying the body and improving the blood flow. The 90-minute treatment starts with a cleansing foot ritual followed by a short meditation and a full body massage. The treatment incorporates leaves of the noni tree, also known as Indian Mulberry, used to treat arthritis, abdominal swelling, headache, skin problems, and rheumatism.

The “Maldivian Serenity Treatment” features coconut oil and the Dhiggaa plant. The benefits of the Dhiggaa plant, also known as sea hibiscus, extend to relieving stomach pain, fractured bones and sprained muscles, gonorrhea and fever. Coconut oil has anti-wrinkle and antioxidant properties. The massage will relax the muscles and detoxify the skin.

Nova’s signature “Tropical Body Polish Treatment” includes a purifying scrub of coconut and morning glory leaves to remove dead skin cells and encourage cell regeneration. Followed by a facial massage, it concludes with a relaxing craniosacral therapy.

The overwater Eskape Spa at Nova Maldives features three treatment rooms, a Thai Sala, a relaxation room and a yoga pavilion.

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