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Chi the Spa at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Addu Atoll, Maldives

Tel: 960-689-7888

What: Eleven treatment pavilions with outdoor baths, surrounded by soaring bamboo and coconut palms in Shangri-La's first Maldivian resort.
The look: Pan Asian—Balinese pitched roofs, Nepalese hammered-bronze tiles, Tibetan prayer wheels.
Who goes: Europeans for the wellness regimes; mehndi-covered South Asian newlyweds.
The treatment: The Kandu Boli Ritual begins with a bath filled with frangipani; polished tiger cowries, said to be imbued with power from the sea, are lubricated with coconut milk and used to knead the body. Finally, coconut oil is massaged into the scalp and face.
P.S.: Ask for Xubba, one of this Muslim country's few female spa therapists (massages, $115-$135).

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