Renowned naturopath and wellness coach, Claire O’Sullivan, to host five-day Perimenopause and Menopause Retreats, from 23 June to 7 July 2022
Avant-garde island resort Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences has launched the Maldives’ first-ever menopause-focussed wellbeing retreats – and one of the only resort-based menopause retreats in the world. Taking place from 23 June to 7 July 2022, the resort’s first Perimenopause and Menopause Retreats will be led by renowned naturopath and wellness coach, Claire O’Sullivan. The personalised five-day wellbeing journeys will explore natural ways to boost female hormones while empowering women to manage their symptoms through movement, nutrition and mindful activities.
Many women find it daunting to navigate changes in their hormones during perimenopause and menopause, and the unpleasant symptoms that come with it – which can include hot flushes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, brain fog, weight gain and anxiety. In the company of supportive women and a team of expert practitioners, Amilla Maldives’ carefully curated Perimenopause and Menopause Retreats have been developed to give women the tools they need to adapt to these changes in a healthy and positive way, enabling them to tune into their body’s rhythm and renew their energy. Activities include yoga, dynamic meditation and Pranayama breathwork for all levels to minimise symptoms and promote deep sleep; masterclass talks and discussions to demystify perimenopause and menopause; and Sufi Whirling meditation and intuitive dance to achieve mental clarity and to improve overall wellbeing - accompanied by perfectly balanced wellness meals and workshops on eating well to support hormone transitions and weight changes.
Amilla Maldives’ Sustainability and Wellness Mentor, Victoria Kruse, says: “Knowing what is happening within your own system leads to a deeper understanding of what works, and what doesn’t work for you, and allows you to find ways to adapt to this natural biological process with more ease and balance. Being able to talk about what is happening with others was truly a key for my journey."
Exploring and supporting individuals’ menopause journey, the five-day retreats include a one-on-one consultation with Claire O’Sullivan; specifically designed daily wellness activities and group activity sessions; one Foot Reflexology treatment (60 minutes); one Intuitive Aroma Massage (60 minutes); one Craniosacral Therapy; five personalised Sensora Light Therapy sessions; and complimentary access to steam and sauna facilities at the resort’s award-winning Javvu Spa.
The new retreat programmes are underpinned by Amilla’s innovative Wellness Your Way concept, a fresh, holistic and highly customised approach to wellness that encompasses nutrition, plant-based remedies, mindfulness and movement. Understanding the importance of nutrition and addressing the body’s changing needs with nutritious, organic foods, guests can enjoy a ground-breaking selection of dedicated vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb/keto/paleo options available across all dining outlets – not to mention cocktail menus packed with probiotic sodas and a sugar-free section.
Only a 15-minute boat ride from the island is Hanifaru Bay, the jewel of the UNESCO biosphere reserve and a world-famous snorkelling site renowned for attracting exceptionally high numbers of magnificent manta rays and gentle whale sharks. Typically gracing the waters between May and November, guests staying at Amilla Maldives for the Perimenopause and Menopause Retreats are also invited to join the team at the resort’s H.U.B diving and watersports centre for a life-affirming excursion to spot these gentle giants. Recently teaming up with NGO the Manta Trust to become an official Manta Trust Responsible Operator, Amilla Maldives is committed to do more to help protect the manta and mobula ray population, ensuring guests are educated on sustainable manta tourism.
Inspiring Travel Company (01244 432 928; inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk) offers five-night Perimenopause/Menopause Retreats at Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences from £4,839 per person – saving £810 per person. Price based on two adults sharing a Treetop Pool Villa and includes the five-day retreat programme of activities and treatments; a 30 per cent discount on accommodation; daily breakfast; shared seaplane transfers; and return economy flights from London Heathrow. Price based on 22 June 2022 departure. Terms & Conditions apply.
About Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences
A large, verdant natural island in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences is an enchanting space for families, friends and couples to roam and play. Most of its 67 Villas and Residences are gracefully elevated over crystal clear waters; to venture through the island’s white sand fringe into its shaded heart reveals a surprisingly wild, green place – the inspiration for its organic garden-to-table concept. The resort’s Homemade@Amilla and Homegrown@Amilla initiatives are manifestations of a heartfelt commitment towards sustainability and resourcefulness. Indigenous ingredients - sea almonds, screwpines, countless coconuts, fragrant frangipani - are celebrated alongside the homemade, homegrown and homebrewed, bringing personality and vigour to nutritious, immunity-boosting menus. While not strictly a wellness resort, embracing dietary lifestyles is an intuitive part of Amilla’s Wellness Your Way, a fresh, holistic and highly customised approach to wellness that encompasses nutrition, mindfulness, movement and spa.
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