If a rejuvenating swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean isn’t enough, Malta offers wellness spas to lift your spirits and help you relax. Although very few offer residential stays, and many are based in hotels, you don’t necessarily need to be staying at that hotel to use the spa facilities. Offering a broad spectrum of wellness services and treatments, here are the island’s best of the best.
A journey of health with yoga with Mari
Experienced in practising various styles of yoga techniques for over a decade. Mari completed her yoga teaching training in India and is also a certified traditional Hatha yoga teacher. With Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP yoga) training completed in Malta, Mari is taking the island by storm, taking classes for beginners right through to advanced. The north of the island, Mellieha, is home to Mari’s main yoga studio: a tranquil, authentically decorated setting infused with delicate incense. Mari’s popularity is rapidly increasing and her yoga classes are now spread out across different venues across the island. The warmer months offer SUP Yoga, combining a workout with the relaxing waters of the Mediterranean, surrounded by uplifting views: a popular alternative way to improve your mind, body and soul.
Yoga with Mari, 98,Triq Il-Mithna, Mellieha, Malta, +35 6 9981 7482
5 star treatment at Carisma Spa
Carisma Spas are spread across Malta and are based in 4 and 5 star hotels. Welcoming both hotel guests and visitors, Carisma offers a range of feel good treatments in soothing settings. Offering therapeutic massages, body contouring and rejuvenating facials, Carisma Spas also offer Hammam Turkish baths, complete with Turkish foam massages and body exfoliation, a relatively unique experience in Malta. Treat yourself alone or book as a couple or party, as Carisma has some wonderful packages available. The winners of the World Luxury Spa Awards in both 2016 and 2017. Carisma continues to deliver the best in all they do.
Various locations, +356 2376 5524
Residential Bliss at Amchara
Located just 20 minutes’ ferry ride from Malta on the island of Gozo, Amchara Health Retreat focuses on personalised health supported by an experienced team in a nurturing environment. Offering the full package, residential stays include full screenings, daily educational nutritional talks, yoga, aqua, meditation, fresh organic juices and the use of the luxurious spa. Reflexology, Reiki, and Swedish massages are also available. With naturalistic health experts at hand, each client’s needs are individually met. This is a serene, idyllic location to meet qualified exercise instructors, health experts and executive chefs all working together to help you make ‘change for good’.
Ayurveda Heaven at Kempinski Spa
Based at the Kempinski Hotel in Gozo is luxury spa and specialised Ayurveda centre, Ayurveda Heaven. Providing nine spa rooms and five Ayurveda rooms, two heated indoor pools, an indoor Jacuzzi and a steam chamber spread across an ‘oasis of rejuvenation’, these ancient healing techniques help restore your natural balance. With over 25 Ayurveda treatments alone, all holistic therapies, and cures are accompanied by healing natural herbal teas and carried out by a team of dedicated, in-house experts, ensuring your treatment is specifically tailored to individual needs.
Kempinski Spa, Triq ir-Rokon, San Lawrenz, Gozo, +356 2211 0000
Experience ancient Hawaii in Gozo
Gozo is also home to The Art of Touch, based in Aloha Studio. Offering both treatments and courses, the owner Magda Jokiel is fully qualified in the Hawaiian art of Lomi Lomi Nui. A qualified instructor for nearly 10 years, this technique is part of a therapy called Kino Mana, which incorporates massage, Hula dance and philosophies focusing on meditation and breathing techniques. Performed on the whole body, a Lomi Lomi Nui massage includes pressing and gentle stroking of the skin.
The Art of Touch, Aloha Studio, 20 Xuxa Street, Kercem, Gozo +356 7736 6012