There are a few places in the world that are so remote, exotic and authentic, that the allure to embark on a journey and visit is simply built in without any salesmanship. The Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, 250 miles south west of India, and composed of 26 atolls, is one of those rare locales. Just getting to the Maldives is part of the adventure, as there are no direct flights from say, Denver to Malé International Airport (MIA) – the gateway to this breathtakingly beautiful destination. However, once you have arrived, paradise is there for the taking; and what could be more paradisiacal than the COMO Shambhala Retreat?
COMO Shambhala Retreat is located on the quiet, private and pristine South Male atoll known as Cocoa Island. The retreat features luxury over-water villas with expansive sun decks that overlook the calm Indian Ocean. The villas are designed to provide guests a “foot-in-the-sand” experience with the lagoon just steps away and plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and diving. COMO Shambhala offers a plethora of amenities for guests including an infinity edge pool, a hydrotherapy pool, yoga classes in an open air pavilion, guided excursions and gourmet dining presided over by the retreat’s Italian chef, Raffaele Dadone, as well as a plethora of international cuisines like Thai and Indian to satisfy any craving. The retreats proximity along the Malabar Coast affords it the opportunity to offer a rich culinary tradition that fuses the delights of Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. More than anything else, the retreat is lauded for its world-class spa treatments; most notably, COMO Shambhala offers healing treatments in the Ayurvedic tradition, which has been developed and refined in India over thousands of years. Ayurveda is well known for restoring the body to its natural state of equilibrium by rebalancing vata, pitta and kapha – the three doshas that make up the body’s constitution. Restorative Ayurvedic massages on offer include Abhyanga, a rhythmic massage utilizing customized herbal oils to stimulate the circulation of blood, lymph and overall energy; Shirodhara, a constant stream of herbal oil gently poured over the forehead and eyebrow chakra to improve clarity of the senses; and Swedana, an herbal steam that improves circulation and skin health through detoxification of skin, and also provides relief from stiff muscles. Ayurveda is directly in line with COMO Shambhala Retreat’s advocacy of proactive holistic wellness and a vision for its guests that encompass proper diet, exercise and self-development through responsible living.
COMO Shambhala Retreat occupies a unique place in the world that for many guests is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a locale that embodies such beauty and tranquility. The natural, unspoiled island setting of the Maldives encourages personal discovery and healing, and COMO Shambhala Retreat can ensure your highest ideals of such discovery and healing are achieved.
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