Walking out along the jetty to Jumeirah Dhevanafushi‘s outstanding Talise Spa feels like entering another world. This is not only because it has its own dedicated island, or even because massage beds are suspended over portholes, meaning that you can watch fish, turtles and eagle rays swim by as you enjoy a first-class treatment.
No, it’s the feeling you get on arrival that makes this place so special. This holistic high-flyer has everything a spa junkie could desire, be it treatments (two 30-minute detox body wraps each are included) and alternative therapies, workouts and yoga, all on a tiny unspoilt island in the Indian Ocean.
There are two types of accommodation – overwater villas and squirreled-away beachfront properties – each with a butler.
You don’t have to lapse with your workouts, either. Visiting the gym here feels less arduous than at home, probably because of the views of dolphins playing close by.