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My name is: Dr. Sudhi Suresh.

I'm known for being: the dedicated ayurvedic doctor and assistant spa manager at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort since its opening in November 2016.

I’m hosting retreats called: I’ve developed three-, five- and seven-day bespoke ayurvedic retreats called Navikarana (Renewal), Ashwasa (Recovery) and Punarjanma (Rebirth).

They’re located at: Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Maldives Resort.

The St. Regis Maldives is a 77-all villa resort that features both on land and overwater accommodations, each with a private pool and natural design that is inspired by the island itself. The overwater Iridium Spa offers the latest personalized services curated by acupuncture experts, six private couple treatment suites, a steam room, a sauna and the Blue Hole Pool, the Maldives’ largest heated seawater hydrotherapy pool.

I was drawn to this spot because: I’m the third generation of ayurvedic experts in my family, and I’m very passionate about my work in that area and in yoga. At the IridiumSpa, we take an holistic approach to wellness and offer ayurveda in its greatest form with pure recipes and treatments that are completely authentic to the medical system.

 This retreat is special because: Each retreat begins with a 30-minute one-on-one private wellness consultation, which includes a pulse diagnosis, a series of life-analyzing questions and a questionnaire. I use this information to establish your body type and state of physical and mental health to create a bespoke lifestyle program of diet and activity. After the assessment, I create a recommended combination of spa treatments, private yoga sessions and more that are tailored to your individual goals. Most of the rituals include yoga sessions, steam treatments and exfoliation etc.!

 One thing you can’t miss is: You can’t miss the ayurvedic wellness consultation or the Shirodhara. The consultation is important in order for me to determine the best program for your individual needs. The Shirodhara is an 120-minute treatment which involves pouring a steady stream of warm herbal oil onto the third eye chakra on the forehead. We always perform this ritual before the Abhyanga treatment to prepare the body for an exceptional journey towards enlightenment. 

Your body will thank you because: ayurvedic consultation and treatment will give you the tools you need to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle once you return home. You’ll become more aware of your own body type and enhance your overall well-being through a balanced understanding of mind, body and spirit.

I never retreat without bringing: the tools for Shirodhara.

Retreating is part of my process because: Prevention is better than cures. I believe it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle first.