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healthy mind is the true key to happiness,” said His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, during a recent speech in New Delhi. But the esteemed Tibetan leader wasn’t addressing the UN or a Buddhist gathering, he was giving the keynote speech at the 2013 Global Spa and Wellness Summit.


‘Mindfulness’ is one of the fastest-growing trends in the spa and wellness sector, with many programmes refl ecting the desire to have not only a healthy, fi t body but a relaxed, balanced and happy mind to match.

With increasing numbers of travellers seeking holiday destinations to escape the pressures of highly stressed-out lives, many are looking to resorts and spas to offer more than a mudpack and massage. This has led to many taking a more holistic approach to health, often drawing on ancient therapies and philosophies and combining pampering with diet, meditation and exercise.

Despite opening its fi rst-ever spa resort just 15 years ago, Mauritius is now


recognised as a world leader when it comes to spas and wellness. The wide breadth of treatments and therapies available refl ects the mosaic of cultures that have infl uenced the island over the years, while the exotic, natural setting yields no end of peaceful places to bliss out in true Indian Ocean style.

In keeping with the mindfulness trend, ayurvedic and holistic therapies are popular on the island, and the Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa ( has introduced new Indian- infl uenced spa packages incorporating both, along with yoga and meditation.

The Oberoi Spa (oberoihotels. com) is drawing on the island’s

Creole culture with Africology treatments including the Inkomfi Sloughing Treatment, which exfoliates and nourishes the skin, with lemon, Géranium and neroli oils soothing away stress. Meanwhile, Chinese medicine expert, Francesc Miralles, has designed a new seven-day personalised wellbeing journey, Harmonia, for The One&Only Le Saint Géran’s ESPA spa (, comprising

Mauritius is now

recognised as a world leader when it comes to spas and wellness

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