Review — Kurumba’s Veli Spa revives authentic traditional medicine

Review — Veli means sand in Dhivehi and indicates Kurumba’s commitment to incorporating essential local ingredients such as coconut oil and indigenous herbs into its spa treatments at Veli Spa. “We are the first spa in the Maldives to use traditional medicine in its most authentic form as a base for our treatments,” says Spa Manager Aishath Zulfishan, or Xubba, as she prefers to be called.

Spa Oils, Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Spa Oils at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba is the Maldives’ first resort and it’s refreshing to see that it continues to be a pioneer in the industry. Using ancient Maldivian medicine in its treatments, is an important step in preserving a unique element of local culture that has been passed on from generation to generation.

It took Xubba eight months to learn Dhivehi Beys, traditional herbal remedies, from one of the most respected local herbal healers. Her proudest moment was to invite her teacher to Kurumba and offer him a treatment at Veli Spa. “He was speechless. He had no idea that this is what we are doing. His words mean more to me than anything,” she says.

Maldivian traditional medicine dates back to a time before doctors. It is based on local herbs and medical knowledge and secrets travellers from faraway shores have shared with the local people over centuries. “Unlike medicines one buys at the pharmacy, herbal medicine is not a quick fix but a life long solution,” Xubba says.

Using traditional remedies and local ingredients is part of the holistic approach to wellness at Veli Spa. “We all lead busy lives, and muscle tension is often the result of mental tension and stress,” Xubba says. “A spa treatment is a journey, we assist guests to foster a positive outlook and embrace self care.”

For my aching writer’s back she prescribes Akarakaraa Theyo Dhemun (Spirit of the Maldives), a signature full body massage, that was especially created for Veli Spa and can be tailored according to needs.

Spa Treatment Room at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives
Spa Treatment Room at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

I ask my masseuse Made, who hails from Bali, to apply strong pressure. Her nimble hands spread signature oil – healing local herbs and coconut oil – in relaxing strokes and apply pressure point work in all the right spots, loosening my tight muscles. I soon drift off, lulled by the rhythm of her hands and the soothing scent of the herb-infused oil. My massage is finished with the application of heated sand poultices, which feel so much more comfortable against my body than hot stones, which are commonly used in other forms of massage to warm up tight muscles.

Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Supple, relaxed and feeling nourished, I float over stone steps and across landscaped water features to another treatment room where Sri, also from Bali, indulges my feet in an hour-long treatment.

Pedicure, Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Pedicure at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

She soaks my callused feet in warm water enriched with purifying sea salts. Whilst I sip a glass of complimentary champagne, Sri gently works away on my feet – scrubbing, buffing, shaping, exfoliating and massaging. A shea butter and mango wrap leaves my feet and calves feeling deeply nourished; skillfully applied metallic red nail polish makes my feet look great for weeks to come.

Resting in the spacious and tranquil relaxation room post-pampering, I reflect on how lucky I am to have been given a taste of Dhivehi Beys at Kurumba’s Veli Spa. Saying farewell to the enthusiastic Xubba, the country’s first Maldivian Spa Therapist, I feel hopeful that these traditional remedies will continue to be passed on from generation to generation. Kurumba Maldives is once again leading the way of innovation and preservation.

Lounge, Veli Spa, Kurumba Maldives
Lounge at Veli Spa. Photo Credit: Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives wins 2015 TripAdvisor’s Best All Inclusive resort worldwide

Kurumba Maldives is proud to announce that they have been awarded 1st place All Inclusive Resort in the world category by the reviewers of the TripAdvisor‘s Travellers Choice Awards 2015.

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Panoramic, Kurumba Maldives

Progressing from number 3 in 2014, Kurumba Maldives has also been voted for the second consecutive year as the number 1 All Inclusive resort in Asia by the Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives commented: “We would like to thank all our loyal guests and TripAdvisor reviewers for their contribution to achieve these awards. They serve as an inspiration for us to continually improve and evolve. Our mission is to provide a unique and thoughtful journey for our guests on a beautiful island setting allowing them to have the experience of a lifetime. We are truly grateful for the positive recognition from our guests.”

Ocean Grill, Kurumba Maldives
Ocean Grill, Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives would like celebrate with loyal and future guests by announcing a new 12-month celebratory price for All-Inclusive meal plans, featuring high quality of meals, an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as many other resort services and inclusions.

Hamakaze Japanese Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives
Hamakaze Japanese Restaurant, Kurumba Maldives

Based on the guest comment forms and online reviews, it is evident that guests rate their overall experience higher when they are on All-Inclusive packages. From a financial aspect, guests in general do obtain better value for money and enjoy a stress-free holiday without worrying about their daily outgoings.

All Inclusive packages are available direct with the resort, your preferred travel agent or guests can upgrade upon arrival at Kurumba Maldives.

More information is available in these links:

Kurumba Maldives Special Offers
Kurumba Maldives Dining Plans

Kurumba Maldives Celebrates International Children’s Day

Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children's Day, Kurumba Maldives
Children’s Day, Kurumba Maldives

On Saturday June 13th Children’s Day 2015 by welcoming 27 Maldivian children, aged between 2 and 15, from the orphanage “Kudakudhinge Hiyaa”, on Villingili Island, to enjoy an exciting afternoon of fun filled activities at the resort. This is the third year running that Kurumba has celebrated International Children’s Day along with the children of Kudakudhinge Hiyaa. After a thrilling speedboat ride from Villingili island to Kurumba, the children delighted in spotting fish and baby sharks along the jetty of the resort. Then at the Majaa Recreation Center the children enjoyed a delicious buffet and sweet treats laid on by Kurumba’s team of chefs. This was then followed by team games accompanied by Kurumba’s mascots and a piñata, culminating in the distribution of candy and a goody bag for every child. Mohamed Najmee, Operations Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “This year we unfortunately had to postpone the occasion due to the weather conditions, however the team was fully committed to carry out this event for the enjoyment of the children. We at Kurumba endeavor to support our local community through events and projects like this.” The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, on Villingili Island houses children between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old. This self-supporting charity requires help from the local community and travel industry in order to continue to provide a homely, safe, caring and educational environment for these children. Kurumba Maldives has an ongoing commitment to Kudakudhinge Hiyaa and over the past 2 years has provided numerous improvements to the orphanage’s residential areas. These include upgrades to the kitchen, laundry, play areas, CCTV and installing new computers, along with providing ongoing consumables such as linen, cleaning equipment, toys and complimentary repairs and maintenance.

Kurumba Maldives
Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives Celebrates Earth Hour

Kurumba Maldives will be celebrating Earth Hour, this Saturday 28th March from 20:30 pm to 21:30 pm, local time and contributing to the Earth Hour movement which unites people to take action for the planet and aims to raise awareness of climate change.

During this hour, Kurumba will partake in this movement by turning off air conditioning units and lighting in staff areas, as well as exterior signage lighting and use candlelight in public areas, restaurants and bars. In-house guests have been invited to participate and do the same in their rooms and villas.

The inaugural Earth Hour movement started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then the event has become a worldwide movement. In 2014, a record 162 countries took part in Earth Hour 2014, showing a huge amount of support from the Maldives, to the UK and beyond. The switch offs start in Samoa and continue finishing eventually in Tahiti.

Jason Kruse, General Manager of Kurumba Maldives commented: “climate change is the one of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces today, and is especially important in the fragile Maldives. As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility program, we will continue to make efforts to reduce energy consumption, use sustainable energy and protect our environment. Every small action can make a difference”.