Jumeirah Vittaveli celebrates ‘Wellness Month’ with guest chef and yoga instructor.

chef gabi vittaveliJumeirah Vittaveli is holding its first ever ‘Wellness Month’ in conjunction with its sister brand, Talise. Throughout the month of April, the resort has been inviting guests and staff members alike to participate in activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including spa treatments, fitness classes and cooking demonstrations.

Talise, Jumeirah’s associate brand is based on three pillars, Talise Spa, Talise Fitness and Talise Nutrition and its philosophy of wellbeing has been at the core of the month-long event. The first two of these pillars have been strongholds of the resort since its opening, with both the resort spa and the resort fitness centre being operated under the Talise name. The wellness month is in part being held to celebrate the introduction of the final component, Talise Nutrition, to the resort.  To incorporate this pillar’s principles of healthy eating, a new menu, designed by Talise nutritionists, has been introduced across all the resort’s food outlets. The Talise Nutrition options provide choices for guests at all mealtimes and even suggest healthy mocktail alternatives on the cocktail menu.

Chef Gabriele Kurtz, Talise’s wellness executive chef for the Jumeirah group, was at the forefront of the menu development. An award-winning chef, Chef Gabi (as she is known) has been making waves in Dubai with her innovative approach to cooking. She was even awarded ‘Culinary influencer of the Year’ by ProChef Middle East in 2013.

 As part of the Wellness Month programme, Chef Gabi visited the resort from April 5th to 12th to inaugurate the menu. During her time on the island, Chef Gabi hosted raw food classes, held juicing demonstrations and cooking delicious healthy dishes for guests to try. The chef also launched the resort’s in-house herb garden, and was the first to use its delicious home-grown herbs in her recipes.Making the most of her time in the island nation, she even popped over to Male’ to discover the wonderful locally-grown produce in the capital’s colourful market.

As the wellness months continues, the resort is offering discounts on treatments at the Talise Spa and well as an enhanced fitness schedule, which includes paddle board yoga and group water sports activities.

To conclude the 30 days of wellbeing, Vittaveli will be welcoming a guest yoga instructor from April 20th to 27th. Maya Wimbury, a professional yoga instructor from Dubai will join in-house instructor Raina Bisht for a week of ultimate relaxation of body and mind. Maya gained her teaching status with the Yoga Alliance in Rishikesh, India, which widely renowned as the birthplace of yoga.

Jumeirah Vittaveli is located in South Male’ atoll and is only a 20-minute speedboat ride away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. The property is one of two that the Jumeirah group, a Dubai-based international hotel chain, currently manages in the Maldives. The other, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is located in the southerly Gaafu Alif atoll, just above the equator line.