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Irufushi Beach & Spa, Maldives: spa review

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Irufushi Beach & Spa, Maldives: spa review

Sprawled over 52 acres of white powder beach, abundant tropical vegetation and surrounded by lapping azure water teeming with marine life, this five-star resort with 180 villas is one of the latest luxury properties to open in the Maldives.

The Sun Spa sanctuary is an oasis of tinkling water, dark tropical wood, slate, stone, subdued lighting and holistic therapies. Softly spoken and experienced therapists from the Indian sub-continent and Far East offer traditional Ayurveda and conventional treatments, and yoga is high on the agenda. The skincare products of the exclusive range Ligne St Barth are a delight. Honeymooners will enjoy the fact the 20 treatment rooms are all set up for couples massages. My chronic lower backache was soothed by a wonderful Ayurvedic treatment called Kativasthi. Using a family recipe passed down through generations, Manesh from Kerala, used medicinal oils and massage to get me vertical again in two sessions.

Irufushi offers the only Sleep Spa concept in the Maldives. The 'Sweet Dreams' package will get even the worst sleepers into a new routine and ensure a totally relaxing holiday. Daily yoga classes, a sleep diary, pillow menu, night cap menu, soporific CDs, taped books and late evening massage and other therapies all combine to an effective, deliciously relaxing programme.

On the menu: A range of treatments based on the five elements and including traditional Ayurveda.

Signature treatment: Sun Spa massage using Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Balinese, Japanese Shiatsu, Thai and Aromatherapy performed simultaneously by two therapists. Price from £84.

Cost: Tropical Sky offers seven nights' half-board for £1,679 per person. Price includes return flights with SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow, seaplane transfers and taxes.

Verdict: 8/10

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