You know as well as I do that there are spas and then there are spas. And if you travel halfway around the world to visit a spa, it better be a great one…

The spas in the Maldives understand how far we’ve come to relax and to be renewed, and they meet the challenge.

The first time I visited the islands, I was coming off one of the most stressful years of my adulthood. The details don’t matter, not until I arrived at Shui, one of the Maldives’ world-class spas. I’ve been to enough Maldivian spas since then to know my Shui experience, though unique in technique, was typical of Maldivian excellence.

I started with a simple flower bath to wash the world from my body. Then, from the Ayurvedic therapy to the sand massage—to the entire holistic treatment, a mix of ancient tradition and high-tech flair—every moment I knew my body was in the hands of masters.

At the end of that week, my previous life as someone worldly and stressed had slipped away, and I was simply calm and happy and at peace.

And that’s what I expect from that kind of spa.

And the Maldives’ spas always deliver.