‘Relax, Reset and Evolve’, Kandima Maldives launches celebrity yoga retreat

Newly opened Kandima Maldives has launched a comprehensive yoga retreat with famous TV personality Nick Knowles and yoga instructor Luke Bache.

Knowles, presenter of BBC1’s most watched and longest running prime time factual series DIY SOS – The Big Build, and Bache crafted the idea for Relax, Reset and Evolve programme exclusively for Kandima Maldives after filming BBC’s The Retreat programme last year. The BBC programme led Knowles towards a healthy lifestyle and inspired his hit book, Proper Healthy Food. 

Nick Knowles (R) and Luke Bache. PHOTO/ KANDIMA

The seven-day Relax, Reset and Evolve programme will have four sessions — maximum 20 participants in each session — throughout the year, with the first one starting in August. Booking is now open and guests have been given two options to participate in the retreat; USD7,000 based on two sharing or USD5,376 based on one for a seven-night retreat in a Sky or Beach Studio on full-board basis.

Main components of the retreat include:

  • Daily morning therapeutic yoga classes tailored to a specific part of the body. The class will finish each day with a short mindful meditation, further calming the mind and nervous system.
  • Daily afternoon mindful moving class for cardio or a ‘yin’ yoga class that works on the connective tissue, ligaments and tendons helping to work into those particularly tight areas.
  • Evening inspiration classes on health and wellness or a guided total body relaxation class.
  • Three cooking classes, including recipes from Knowles’ book, Proper Healthy Food.
  • Two massages of the guest’s choice in the resort’s sensual esKape spa.

Be it a total beginner or a seasoned yogi, this week-long programme promises to redefine the person’s way of living. In addition to being able to enjoy total relaxation in a tropical paradise, the programme is expected to allow participants to learn the art of mastering a work-life balance that is vital to physical and mental well-being, inspire the changes needed in their life and to give them the tools to create new habits that will continue into their future.

Located on a lush tropical island in Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima Maldives offers a choice of 274 stylishly designed studios and villas, with 11 different categories to choose from, all of which have a private terrace and endless tropical views to enjoy.

The four star plus resort has first class infrastructure, boasting the largest pool in
 the Maldives, tennis courts, an art studio, a marine biology school, a kids club, a game room, a library, a gym, a yoga studio and a spa. There is plenty to keep everyone occupied and the array of activities and events on offer is endless, including a huge choice of watersports, diving or snorkelling near the house reef, yoga, Zumba, bicycles, beach volleyball, petanque, arts and crafts lessons, and much more.

The island also offers one of the largest selection of F&B outlets in the country, with an incredible choice of ten restaurants and bars, all featuring unique and individual menus offering flavours of the world from Chinese and Japanese to authentic Maldivian and Mediterranean. So be it tropical or traditional, Kandima has something to suit everyone’s tastes.

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