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3 Spa Treatments Not to Be Missed at Kanuhura Maldives

February 03 2020

Nestled amongst lush island flora in the heart of Kanuhura Maldives lies a sublime sanctuary: the Kokaa Spa. Inspired by the very essence of the butterfly (Kokaa means ‘butterfly’ in the local language, Dhivehi), this spa boasts clean lines, natural island-inspired elements and a very subtle butterfly theme, while exuding absolute tranquillity and elegance. 

The spa is a serene haven, the perfect place to indulge in some much needed “me-time”, be it in the relaxation rooms, by making use of the spa facilities or embracing the wide variety of beauty and body treatments available while on a once-in-a lifetime holiday or honeymoon in the Maldives. The treatments offered and the luxury products used are inspired by healing traditions from around the world and are largely organic. The highly-trained therapists here will tailor your chosen treatment to your preferences and needs and from traditional Ayurveda therapies to rebalancing massages, holistic healing packages and more, there’s something here for everyone. 

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In fact, the choice can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we chatted to Kokaa’s Spa Manager, Merline, who gave us insight into the most popular signature treatments at this luxury resort in the Maldives. 

Merline started working at Kanuhura on 10 January 2017, and is extremely detail-oriented, constantly ensuring that the service guests receive is nothing but five-star. To Merline, Kanuhura is the epitome of “Natural Beauty”. Her experience working for Kanuhura is quite special, she explains, “Kanuhura Maldives is my first home because I actually spend more time here than with my family. It’s the best place to work because we work together as not only a team, but a family, and we learn new things every day. Everyone here is friendly and supportive—they are amazing people and it’s great to work with them.” 

Interested in indulging in tropical bliss at Kanuhura’s magical Kokaa Spa? Then this is what you need to know about three of its top, best-selling signature treatments (which are difficult to find elsewhere), the spa itself and the products Kokaa uses:

Three top treatments you don’t want to miss: 

  1. The Crystal Massage

Kokaa’s absolutely extraordinary Crystal Massage is a fabulous choice for free-spirited adventurers who are looking for some pampering and healing through the use of crystals. This indulgent 90-minute massage is unique in that it aims to restore vitality through the healing and stimulating power of crystals. The crystals used for this incredible treatment are Blue Lace Agate balls, which are used both hot and cold to relieve muscle tension and invigorate the entire body. They are used specifically because of their ability to soothe the mind and restore inner stability. 

This treatment is available for couples as well, so it makes for a fabulous addition to a memorable honeymoon in the Maldives. 

2. The Ayurveda Aromatherapy Blissful Marma Massage

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Another of the most sought-after treatments at Kanuhura Maldives is the Ayurveda Aromatherapy Blissful Marma Massage. There are two options for this massage, a 60-minute or a 90-minute massage, during which guests are treated to an incredible experience that combines the best of Ayurveda and aromatherapy. The skilled therapists at Kokaa Spa use long, firm, flowing movements and therapeutic levels of pressure to bring about the immediate relief of stress-related tension, while the use of marma therapeutic techniques (which involves massaging key points in the body) help balance chakras and realign vital energy centres. 

This highly-beneficial massage is a must-try and is also available for couples looking to experience it together. 

3.The Maldivian Theyo Dhemun 

One of the stand out treatments on Kokaa’s extensive spa menu is undoubtedly the authentic Maldivian Theyo Dhemun, a treatment you would find difficult to experience elsewhere. Kokaa offers both a 60- and 90-minute version of the traditional Maldivian body massage, which involves the use of warm, natural and local virgin coconut oil and healing massage techniques which are used to relieve muscular tension, release stress from one’s body and mind and enhance relaxation. This treatment is also available for couples and makes for a phenomenal, authentic experience in the Maldives. 

At Kanuhura, massages and certain treatments can be enjoyed at unique locations 

One of the most incredible things about the gorgeous Kokaa Spa is that certain treatments and massages are actually offered in unique locations at this luxury resort in the Maldives for unforgettable pamper sessions. From in-villa treatments (think a massage in a stunning beachside or water villa in the Maldives) and on the beach (Iru Beach) to a calming massage on the resort’s yoga pavilion or the on the neighbouring private island of Jehunuhura, you can relish a calming treatment in the most gorgeous tropical surrounds. Get in touch with the spa to find out more about their treatment menu and which treatments are offered in unusual areas of the island. 

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Only the finest products are used at Kokaa Spa

In-line with the extraordinary quality of all of the offerings at Kanuhura Maldives, the products used at the spa are amongst the finest spa products on the market. The spa exclusively uses organic products from the Australian Subtle Energies brand, Voya products from Ireland, Terres D’Afrique (or TDA) which comes from South Africa, as well as natural, organic Maldivian coconut oil. 

The beautiful products from these brands are used by the expert Kokaa Spa therapists to enhance your spa treatment in paradise so that you leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. Each treatment is conducted using a specifically chosen oil (most of the oils used here are 95% organic or more) to ensure guests receive the maximum benefit from the treatments.

The specially curated products used by Kokaa are suitable for all skin types and have specific purposes: from products with detoxifying, relaxing and energising properties to those that help heal scars, alleviate body pain, help with blood flow, nourish, soothe and hydrate, reduce blemishes and fight free radicals. 

The best part? If you fall in love with any of the products, Kokaa has a selection of them for sale in the spa’s reception. Here’s what you need to know about the spa’s world-class products:

  • Terres D’Afrique

This phenomenal South African brand is inspired by nature and centres on the healing properties of indigenous African plants which are utilised in the best way through science. The brand’s “superfood” products are created to balance the body with the soul, and this immensely special brand is African to its core, with business practices that support the community, respect tradition and are considered a Fair Trade. For these reasons, it was incorporated into the spa offerings at Kanuhura, thought by many to be one of the finest luxury resorts in the Maldives.

The product line includes those that assist with collagen production (and the prevention of UV-induced skin change as well as help to preserve youthfulness), provide high levels of omegas (found in things like marula, manketti and yangu) which fight inflammation, help to hydrate, regenerate cell walls and contain antioxidants. Antioxidants (from baobabs, for example) in skincare is hugely powerful as they help to fight free radicals in deeper layers of the skin, are anti-ageing, fight and protect skin from UV damage and toxicity, hydrate, reduce inflammation and produce collagen. 

Three of the TDA oils that are used at Kokaa are:

The Uplifting Massage Oil - Apart from being able to boost one’s mood, this oil is very absorbent and goes deep into the skin to reduce age and pregnancy spots.

The Energising Massage Oil - This oil helps to re-energise guests as well as reduce the appearance of bruises, scarring, broken blood vessels, rosacea and skin irritations. 

The Detoxifying Massage Oil - This product helps the body to detox, improve the elasticity of the blood vessels that bring oxygen to the skin and improve collagen levels.

  • Voya

The inspiration for this Irish brand’s name came from the word ‘Voyage’. This incredible family-owned brand has been around for many moons, having started in 1912 with the opening of the first seaweed baths in Ireland (which still exist today). 

Voya brings the essence of a seaweed bath to people through their organic skincare products and spa therapies (they were the first brand to produce certified organic seaweed-based products). 

Seaweed absorbs an incredible number of nutrients from the sea and thus, is packed with minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients. Seaweed baths and oils (which are easily absorbed) are great for relaxation, relieving pain and de-stressing. It also has anti-ageing properties, helps treat cellulite, assists the body to detox and conditions skin and hair.

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The Voya oils used by Kokaa are:

Angelicus Serratus (Nourishing Body Oil) - This oil helps to detox and nourish skin as it’s easily absorbed and deeply moisturising. It also helps with skin elasticity and helps to combat the appearance of cellulite. 

Mindful Moments (Relaxing Oil) - This oil is nourishing, relaxing and soothing. 

Serenergise (Muscle Relaxing Massage oil) - This helps to leave skin soft and smooth as well as relieve stiff muscles. 

  • Subtle Energies 

This brand, founded in 1993, centres on natural therapies such as aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness products that draw inspiration from Ayurveda principles. The products are expertly created (through ancient science and modern techniques) to address particular concerns as well as promote physical, mental and emotional healing. The active ingredients in the brand’s skincare line are essential oils which are 70 to 100 times more concentrated than the plants themselves. 

The Subtle Energies oils used by Kokaa are:

Rasayana Detox Body Blend (Massage Oil) - This blend is created to rejuvenate, hydrate and detox. It’s meant to uplift emotions while having several benefits for the skin. 

Muscle Ease Blend (Massage Oil) - Great for deep tissue massages, this oil is made to rejuvenate, detoxify and ease discomfort. It’s quite warming to the skin and is used to melt away any stiffness or pain.

Bliss Blend - For soft, glowing skin, this blend has been created to uplift and relax, while nourishing the skin. It's a wonderful blend for grounding as well. 

Eager for a much-needed time out in the magical wonderland of Kanuhura Maldives and the Kokaa Spa? Then book your once-in-a-lifetime holiday today. A holiday here will linger in the mind far after the flight home. 



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