Spa Review: Avi Spa at InterContinental Maldives

Toes-in-the-sand luxury, fresh, local fare and utter relaxation await you at InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort – a brand new property on Raa Atoll. The island is only accessed by seaplane and is situated directly next to a Unesco Biosphere Reserve overlooking the impossibly blue Indian Ocean. All suites and accommodations are directly on the beach with a private sun lounger and garden area – kind of like your own villa.


Avi Spa (meaning sunshine in the island’s native language) allows you to truly disconnect from your daily life. There are six overwater spa treatment rooms; when you look out from your spacious room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, all you see is bright-blue ocean. Allow the soft warmth of the sun and the quiet sound of the ocean lull you into a tranquil state as your massage therapist works magic on your muscles. These rooms all utilize psychology of natural light and sound to help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

Wellness is very much front of mind at InterContinental Maldives. What’s unique about Avi is the on-site Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor, Kenny Law Hinterreiter. The doctor will put together a custom wellness package for you, whether it’s an anti-aging acupuncture facial, full-body acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, reflexology, nutrition plans, musculoskeletal therapy and more. Not only can you get one off-treatments during your stay, Dr Hinterreiter will create a bespoke health plan for you even long after you’ve left the island.

The spa menu has dozens of massages to choose from, including Avi Signature massage using jade stone and Hawaiian lomi lomi. The jade works your muscles, while lomi lomi helps to release tension and restore energy. There are also Thai massages, Balinese massages and deep-tissue massages. Also on the menu are body therapies, facials and facial therapies, spa experiences, bath soaks, waxing and hand and feet treatments, including manicures and pedicures. There are also holistic activities and thermal suites available.

The spa also has treatment rooms, steam rooms, ice fountains, a yoga pavilion and a fitness center.

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