Outrigger Konotta Maldives celebrates a year of coconut oil production

The Navasana Spa at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is celebrating one year of producing its own coconut oil on the island, with a special offer.

The coconut oil is all-natural 100 percent pure, made by the spa’s therapists who handpress it from the naturally fallen mature coconuts around the island.

It takes approximately 50 mature, fallen coconuts to make five lbs of pure coconut oil. Over the last year, the staff has perfected the process which involves gathering, dehusking and shredding the coconuts. They then squeeze the milk-juice from the grated coconut and discard the residue.

The spa staff chill the coconut milk overnight or until it sets. The top solid layer is gently removed, cooked on constant heat, stirring until the oil separates and is clear. It is then bottled. It’s a two-day process.

“We’re getting better at it all the time,” Amanda Burleigh, Outrigger’s Spa Manager, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“We can now produce beautiful clear oil to a very consistent high quality.”

The oil, which is rich in fibres, vitamins and minerals, is used in an increasing number of treatments at the resort’s Navasana Spa. It is also popular with guests as a healthy product to take home.

As a beauty treatment, well-refined coconut oil nourishes hair, acts as a natural makeup remover or facial night cream. It can be used as a body moisturiser, as an after-shave balm, and for soothing skin exposed to too much sun.

As a well-being treatment, good quality coconut oil, when consumed, is a great source of healthy fats, can increase absorption of calcium and magnesium and can improve sleep patterns. When used in food, it supports healthy thyroid function. Applied topically, the oil is said to have a benign affect on mosquito bites and acne.

For babies, children and pregnant moms, coconut oil is a good diaper cream and a natural baby lotion. It can be applied to limit stretch marks. Ingesting a couple of tablespoons a day may increase a mother’s milk supply.

Indigenous Konotta coconut oil is proving popular with visitors to the resort. They take it home as a souvenir for USD 18 for a 3.4 oz bottle or USD 32 for a 8.5 oz bottle.

“The hosts at the spa take great pride in manufacturing a popular product that reflects the best of our beautiful island,” Amanda said.

The coconut oil is one of a handful of new products now being produced on Konotta (“coconut”) island by Outrigger hosts, using only local Maldivian ingredients.

Apart from the Navasana Spa coconut oil, the Outrigger Trading Company shop also retails popular ‘wine sock’ coasters that fit over the base of stemmed wineglasses to absorb condensation and produced by the resort’s creative tailor. The shop also sells Outrigger clocks made from the red sandalwood tree that grows abundantly on local islands. The clocks are created by Outrigger’s carpenters on Konotta.

To celebrate the first anniversary of coconut oil production on Konotta island, the Navasana Spa at the Outrigger is offering a free 30-minute massage for two and two 3.4 oz bottles of Konotta coconut oil for guests who book a Maldives holiday on outrigger.com. The offer is exclusive to direct online bookings only.

The private island of Konotta is located 340 kilometres to the south of capital Male, and is conveniently accessible via a 55-minute flight from the main Velana International Airport to Kaadedhdhoo Airport followed by a scenic 30-minute journey on a luxurious private yacht.

The award-winning Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort offers guests the largest average villa sizes in the Maldives. Comprising 29 Beach Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas, two Lagoon Pool Villas and the three-bedroom Grand Konotta Villa, the resort offers a complete sense of privacy and intimate luxury.

Captivate your senses with innovative dining concepts, the Navasana Spa, and high-end facilities. In between your diving lesson and massage, indulge in sumptuous Maldivian cuisine or a glass of white Burgundy in one of the resort’s restaurants or the comfort of your villa. As the sun sets, sample Japanese single malts at the Teppan bar while drinking in endless ocean views.

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