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– 9 – WELLNESS & SPA


it has carved itself out as a year-round wellbeing destination. The Islands have seen the arrival of some 40 or so dedicated spa and wellness centres, most based in hotels. Full and half-day packages and á la carte options, mean spa and wellness treatments can form all or just part of any holiday. Four and 5-star spa hotels in Malta are the epitome of luxury, with lavish indoor and outdoor pools, multiple restaurants, relaxing environments and rejuvenating health spas. The spas offer a range of familiar single treatments from reflexology to Oriental cupping therapy, to the more adventurous chocolate and mesotherapy slimming massages. For time-conscious travellers there are lunchtime anti-stress massages and there are also competitive spa specials for those on a budget.


Many spas also offer ‘mother and daughter’ pampering packages, and various signature therapies ranging from colour therapy, body toning, and detox or stress-buster programmes to specialist aesthetic interventions, such as Dermal fillers. Mums-to-be are not forgotten, with a range of experiences such as pre-natal water therapies, and lower leg massages to help with water retention.


On hand there are plenty of qualified nutritionists, dieticians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and personal fitness trainers as well as sessions of pilates, yoga and Tai Chi to complete the overall well-being experience.


Medical tourism is also becoming increasingly important and select hotels are now offering post-surgery and wellness/ holistic recovery packages. Several spas offer unique, pioneering treatments that are designed, for example, to help people recuperate after operations, or work on specific clinical complaints. The concept of wellbeing is carried beyond spa treatments as hotel restaurants are also adopting a selection of healthy food options and snacks for its guests. Healthy meals, which are very


low in calories, fat and sugars, with no salt added, are prepared for those wishing to detox or lose weight – all using locally sourced produce and fresh ingredients.


Outside the confines of hotel resorts, there are plenty of things to do to relax, such as exploring the pretty beaches, country walks in the unique and rugged countryside, or admiring the local history, all of which will awaken, freshen and invigorate the soul. A spa stay in Malta has all the ingredients for the perfect trip.


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