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Aqua Wellness Centre Makes a Splash at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi


Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has debuted the Maldives’ first Aqua Wellness Centre. Further elevating the luxury wellness experience available to guests, the expansive facilities feature a new Hydrotherapy Pool, the Maldives’ first-ever wellness concierge, as well as unique spa treatments, all surrounded by a lush botanical garden facing the Indian Ocean.

The new 7,735-square-foot Aqua Wellness Centre features a custom-built hydrotherapy pool, an ice fountain, a steam room, and a sauna. Set atop the crystal Maldivian waters, the 2,906-square-foot outdoor pool is designed in zones, where each station of the pool targets a different part of the body. The zones, which include jet baths, air jets, shower jets, and a massage lounger, use varying levels of intensity and water temperatures that aim to ease muscle tension, boost the immune system, increase blood circulation, speed up metabolism, and improve deep sleep quality. Guests can enjoy a specially curated healthy lunch in the garden and a choice of massage, meditation, or yoga session following the pool experience. 

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Alongside the expanded experiential spa menu, the property will also welcome a diverse range of leading wellness experts who will guide guests through holistic and highly customized treatments in private sessions. The lineup of experts from all over the world, with specialties ranging from holistic medicine to martial arts to crystal healing to Ayurvedic doctors, is designed to help guests achieve wellness of the mind and body long after their visit.

“Now more than ever, travelers are looking for new wellness experiences to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit,” says general manager Etienne Dalancon. “We are excited to expand our spa offerings and provide unparalleled wellness journeys for our guests. The Aqua Wellness Centre and Hydrotherapy Pool are harmonious havens of wellbeing and aim to quickly reset travelers’ bodies so they can enjoy the Maldives to the fullest. Through these new amenities, we will not only offer access to world-class facilities and spa therapists, but also globally celebrated experts, who are ready to pass on their wealth of knowledge. Furthermore, our new healthy menu designed in collaboration with our poolside restaurant, The Ledge by Dave Pynt, will be a place for our guests to nourish from within and complete their holistic wellness journey.”

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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.