If we have to choose between island spas and mainland ones, we’ll always opt for the latter. Indulgence is significantly more… indulgent when spent al fresco between endless seascapes and turquoise coral reefs. For your own little slice of paradise, explore these three exceptional island resorts that all opened in the past two years.
Bawah’s Elang Private Residence
Anambas Archipelago, Indonesia
In 2022, the celebrated Bawah Reserve announced that their six-lodge Elang Private Residence, originally planned as the owner’s holiday home, would be available for exclusive buyout. The private island’s Kayu Spa & Wellbeing is located in a restored Joglo, or traditional Javanese house with a pyramid-like roof, and perched on a cliff with panoramic views of the Bawah, Sanggah, and Muerba islands. Kayu Spa offers personalized experiences such as detox pathway simulation and emotional equilibrium restoration, all exclusively for guests of the island. Fancy another spa experience or perhaps less seclusion? The Bawah Reserve’s Aura Spa is three minutes away by boat.
Bodufushi Island, Maldives
The Joali Maldives’ new sister property, Joali Being, recently had its one-year anniversary. The island retreat celebrates “true weightlessness” with offerings formulated around the four pillars of well-being: mind, skin, microbiome, and energy. Their immersion programs range from five nights to three weeks and are personalized based on Intelligent Movement Analyses and Integrative Health Assessments. Joali Being is notable for the emphasis placed on sound therapy. Created in collaboration with the sound healing specialist Aurelio C. Hammer and set among lush coconut palms, the Discovery Sound Path is an immersive, self-guided journey into sound and resonance, while Sound Therapy Hall allows for “sonic healing.” Plus, all villas feature meditative musical instruments that guests are encouraged to explore.
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Spread across 740 acres and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Kisawa Sanctuary is located on the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, just off the coast of southern Mozambique. Their Natural Wellness Centre (NWC) specializes in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic offerings, with massage and yoga rituals rooted in the elements of air, fire, water, space, and earth. The sanctuary’s spatial design celebrates local heritage and craft, all while making as little impact as possible. “Kisawa” translates to unbreakable, reflecting the sanctuary’s commitment to building “a bond between people and place, life and land.” Perhaps that commitment and kind of bond are exactly what makes a getaway magnificently perfect.
Before planning your trip, get in touch with our team at 26NorthYachts to learn more.