Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. And there are few places that inspire romance better than the Maldives. Of course, I wouldn’t really know considering that I was single when I visited the islands and had one of my best friends in tow. Fortunately, she is always a great “date” no matter what the occasion be it a candlelit dinner or a crazy couples massage. One experience I think we’d both agree would be better spent with the special guys in our lives is a visit to the Night Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Available between 10pm and 1am, a host of enchanting nighttime treatments take place at The Island Spa, located on the resort’s crystalline lagoon. Individuals or couples are escorted from their bungalows to a private dhoni (a native Maldivian boat) for a brief sail to the torch-lit, open-air pavilion of The Island Spa. There they can indulge in one of four 2 ½ hour rituals based on the four lunar phases:
- Reflect, which celebrates the new moon, involves a Coconut and Maldivian Sand Scrub and a Shanthoshadhara massage to eliminate toxins and balance emotions.
- Nourish, which provides strength and rejuvenation during the waxing moon, features a Hot Poultice Massage and Hair and Scalp Nourishing Treatment.
- Harmonise, which taps into the body’s healing potential during the full moon, includes a Tropical Magnolia Body Ritual and the restorative vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls.
- Release, which cleanses and purifies the mind and body during the waning moon, highlights a Midnight Marine Seaweed Wrap and relaxing Sweet Aroma Cleansing Massage.
Who can resist that kind of nightlife?