Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives, introduces innovative 2018 wellness programme
Maldives, January 2018: Luxury Maldivian eco-resort, Gili Lankanfushi, is debuting a revolutionary new wellness programme for 2018. Four world-leading international wellness practitioners, working in areas as diverse as transformational breathwork, sound therapy and hypnotherapy, will be leading island residencies throughout the year, offering revolutionary treatments and workshops for guests, and passing on their skills to the team at the island’s Meera Spa.
The international wellness residency programme will kick off in March with bestselling author, Ayurveda enthusiast, cook and wellbeing entrepreneur Jasmine Hemsley visiting Gili Lankanfushi from 12 – 19 March 2018. Jasmine will be leading immersive and soothing sound bath sessions, helping guests to switch off their minds, open their hearts and nurture their spirits with waves of therapeutic crystal tones to balance the chakras. Wellbeing warriors can enjoy a masterclass on the ancient principles and wisdom of Ayurveda, and Jasmine’s own journey of discovery over the past decade, whilst foodies will be treated to a live cooking masterclass, with Jasmine teaching a number of signature recipes from her new Ayurvedic cookbook, East by West.
10-18 April 2018 will see the arrival of international author, breath coach and founder of Breathing Tree, Rebecca Dennis. Rebecca trained in the cutting edge breath technique Transformational Breath, used to harness the power of conscious breathing to unblock emotions and release tension, and specialises in treating issues such as stress, anxiety, addiction and sleep problems. Rebecca will be offering in-depth conscious breathing workshops for island guests to help them to find clarity and deal with any issues they left back home. Whilst on the island, Rebecca will be offering private breathwork sessions for a deeper immersion, and guests will be able to continue their individual breathwork journey in their villas with the help of guided conscious breathwork tips on achieving better sleep and starting the day well.
Meditation guide, inspirational speaker, writer and intuitive mentor Jody Shield will be taking over the island from 22 – 29 August 2018. Jody is fast becoming a household name amongst London’s high-fliers as the go-to healer to solve all manner of modern woes, supporting people to process the past, be present and build a life they love. She will be helping Gili Lankanfushi’s guests to switch off, clear emotional debt and restore their energy abundance through meditation, mindfulness and her transformative LifeTonic classes. One-on-one private sessions will be offered exclusively to the island’s guests, whilst audio guided meditations in the villas will help them to make the most of the island’s serene surroundings.
The final international wellness residency of the year will be hypnotherapist, anxiety expert and bestselling author Chloe Brotheridge. Chloe will be leading hypnotherapy workshops on the island for guests from 10-17 November 2018, to help with issues including anxiety, confidence and sleep problems. Chloe will also be offering a talk on the Anxiety Solution, her practical guide for women suffering from anxiety, allowing them to achieve a calmer life with a quieter mind. Guests looking to explore hypnotherapy on a deeper level can book in for one-on-one sessions with Chloe to work through deep-rooted emotional issues and make positive changes to negative thoughts, habits and behaviours.
Gili Lankanfushi’s international wellness residencies in 2018 will complement the island’s existing programme of unique and holistic visiting practitioners, working in specialisms including crystal healing, neuro-linguistic programming, kundalini therapy bodywork and chi gung healing. Permanent Master in residence Esther Bitongan Balaodan practices kundalini therapy bodywork, harnessing kundalini energy and working through the chakras to promote self-awareness, reduce stress and facilitate physical and mental healing. Devendra Prasad Pokhriyal, the island’s resident yoga and Ayurveda master, specialises in pain relief therapy, using palm reflexology and ancient salt therapy to release deeply-held tension from within the neck, back and shoulders, to optimize emotional health and promote mental wellbeing.
In addition to an exciting programme of wellbeing journeys and practitioners, Meera Spa — meaning ‘Ocean’ in Sanskrit — offers an extensive range of signature therapeutic treatments. Inspired by nature, spa treatments use local flower petals, organic herbs and earth clays to heal and nurture the skin, complemented with organic products by Voya and Sodashi, and Meera products created on the island from the finest oceanic and botanical extracts. Open air walkways link the steam room, sauna and six treatment rooms, where glass floors allow guests to watch fish flitting amongst the coral during treatments. Following treatments, guests are encouraged to relax in the vast relaxation areas, which boast panoramic ocean views, and enjoy spicy pots of freshly brewed Maldivian ginger tea. Gili Lankanfushi offers complimentary daily sunrise yoga classes at the beachside Yoga Champa, as well as one-on-one yoga, meditation and visualization practices with the spa team.
Rates at Gili Lankanfushi start at $1,440 per night on a room-only basis, based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to taxes.
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Editor’s note: Located in the North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi opened in 2000 as the original over-water resort, Soneva Gili. In 2012, the island was acquired by HPL (Hotel Properties Limited), a Singapore-based company investing in hotels, lifestyle and properties around the world. Voted number one hotel in the world by TripAdvisor in 2015, Gili Lankanfushi is an easy 20-minute speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport.
Set in the middle of its own lagoon, guests enjoy a barefoot existence with 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean. Gili Lankanfushi’s 45 overwater villas, including the vast and secluded Private Reserve, offer unrivalled privacy.
Jasmine Hemsley is an author, chef and entrepreneur with influence well beyond the culinary world. With a passion for eating well to feel great, Jasmine believes in conscious, healthy and joyful living, and has inspired a global audience to shift their perspectives on food as a founder of Hemsley + Hemsley. For the past 10 years Jasmine’s research and passion for good food has connected her with the ancient healing system, Ayurveda, and she launched her first Ayurvedic cookbook, East by West, in November 2017. She is passionate about a holistic approach to wellbeing, and her projects include Sound Sebastien, offering immersive and uplifting sound baths and crystal alchemy. A well-known personality in the food, wellness and travel industries, Jasmine has both written for and been featured in Conde Nast Traveller, Vanity Fair, Elle, The Telegraph, Vogue, ES Magazine, You Magazine, Goop and W Magazine, among others.
Rebecca Dennis is an author, breath coach, workshop leader and founder of Breathing Tree, with a practice at Indaba Yoga in Central London. Rebecca studied cutting edge breath technique Tranformational Breath with founder Judith Kravitz in Mexico and Miami, and today specialises in treating issues such as stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, trauma, sleeping and focus issues, lack of energy and physical problems through transformational breathwork. She continues to study with inspirational teachers from all over the world, and fervently believes that conscious breathwork is the key to our wellbeing and inner peace. Rebecca’s book, And Breathe, teaches readers how to harness the power of conscious breathing. It’s a practical guide to letting go of the unwanted patterns of emotions, blockages and tension which hols us back, and includes simple to follow exercises, tips and case studies. Rebecca has been featured in Tatler, The Times, The Telegraph, Grazia, Psychologies, and Elle, as well as speaking on the benefits of breathwork on BBC Radio.
Chloe Brotheridge is a hypnotherapist, anxiety expert and author of bestselling book, The Anxiety Solution, which is practical guide for women with anxiety, allowing them to lead a calmer life with a quieter mind. Chloe offers 1-2-1 and group hypnotherapy sessions in London, helping clients make positive changes to their negative thoughts, habits and behaviours, specialising in anxiety, confidence, public speaking, weight and sleep issues. Chloe has recently launched a six-week online programme, aimed to equip women with a range of tools to manage their anxiety. Chloe is also a qualified nutritionist, and worked within the NHS for several years helping people to make positive changes to their diet, lose weight and improve their health. In the past year, Chloe’s anxiety prevention advice and tips have been featured heavily in the media, including The Independent, Red Magazine, Stylist, Marie Claire and Women’s Health, among others.
Jody Shield is an inspirational speaker, meditation guide, writer and intuitive mentor. She’s fast becoming a household name amongst London’s high fliers as the go-to healer to solve all manner of modern woes, named as “a shining light in the new-gen spiritual movement” by Red Magazine. She supports people to process the past, be present and create a life they love. She’s the first European meditation ambassador for global brand Lululemon Athletica, and has residencies across London including Stella McCartney, Soho House and Fremantle Media (X Factor). Previously a Business Director in advertising, she has first-hand experience of the stress epidemic that plagues the corporate world. As a consultant, she now works with brands to inspire, teach and change lives. Jody’s a regular speaker at popular events such as Stylist Live, Be:Fit and Red magazine’s #smartwomen. Jody writes for the Huffington Post UK and has been featured in The Sunday Times, Stylist magazine, Red, Psychologies, Glamour magazine, Metro, Women’s Health, Sheerluxe.com and Hip and Healthy.