The Westin Maldives appoints Dr Anand Kumar as Director of Wellness

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort has appointed Dr Anand Kumar as its new Director of Wellness.

Dr Kumar will be responsible for all aspects of the resort’s comprehensive wellbeing offering, from spa and fitness to wellness workshops and nutrition.

A Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences, Dr Kumar brings with him a wealth of experience in spa management, wellbeing, natural healing and yoga.

Dr Kumar has worked for Marriott for the past five years, heading up luxury spas at the JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity and, most recently, Marriott Al Jaddaf in Dubai. Prior to that, he oversaw the opening of Vana Wellness Retreat in India in 2013 and held Spa Manager roles at Hyatt Regency Chennai, Goa Marriott Resort and the Jiva Spa at the Taj Rambagh Palace.

In his role of Director of Wellness at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Dr Kumar will strive to deliver the region’s most comprehensive wellness offering for guests.

Heading up the Heavenly Spa by Westin and the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT fitness centre, Dr Kumar will implement an inclusive programme spanning the many facets of physical and mental wellbeing; from massage therapies, natural healing, holistic health, yoga, meditation and nutrition.

“I am delighted to be joining The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort as Director of Wellness. The resort is extremely committed to replenishing the mind and body with a personal sensory experience, helping guests to feel rejuvenated and energised. The Westin Maldives’ extensive facilities and wellness team are dedicated to creating the finest wellness experience, and I am excited to be building upon these foundations,” Dr Kumar was quoted in a statement, as saying.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort has heralded the Westin brand’s wellness positioning in the Maldives and echoes its philosophy “Empowering a Better You” through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-Being: Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, Eat Well, Sleep Well and Play Well.

This recent appointment highlights the brand’s overarching philosophy of wellness and its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its guests. Dr Kumar and his team are committed to offering a bespoke and highly individual wellbeing experience for all guests at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, which opened in Autumn 2018.

With a combination of 70 superb overwater and island villas, the resort is an idyllic island paradise in the UNESCO Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve. The resort takes inspiration from the “shape of the water”, the marine life of the atoll and the elements of water, sun, and wind. The resort has been designed to maximise environmental sustainability whilst providing a supremely luxurious and tranquil Maldivian escape.

Along with three unique dining experiences, the resort also features Westin’s signature branded spa concept, the Heavenly Spa by Westin with the latest in beauty treatments. The design of the spa area exudes an intimate and serene ambience that allows guests to reflect on their destination, including a spacious treatment suite for two with a Jacuzzi and panoramic ocean views.

Guests can stay active with the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio sprawled across two levels that features weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment that faces personal flat-screen televisions; and outdoor pool and recreation ground with tennis, volleyball, basketball options.

Designed to cater to the way modern families travel, the Westin Family Kids Club offers reimagined family experiences that are tied back to the brand’s wellness positioning for young guests between the ages of 4-12 years. Some of the activities includes nature walks, family-style runs and water activities.

Directly from the beach, guests can explore the house reef with colourful corals and be surrounded by thousands of tropical fish. Miriandhoo is a turtle sanctuary, and guests can easily and often see turtles nesting along the white beaches. Reef sharks, lion fish, manta rays and often whale sharks all reside in the Baa atoll. The stunning experience of the underwater world can be explored while snorkelling, diving, fishing and parasailing.

Additional on-site facilities of the resort include a PADI dive centre and a boutique store.

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