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Fun and fitness while on vacation in paradise

Fitness may not be the first thing you think of when you picture the Maldives, but according to Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences, today’s luxury resort guests want more than just cocktails and sunbathing all day. They also want to stay on top of their personal fitness, and expect more than just the basic equipment that most resorts in the Maldives still provide.

There has been an increasing demand for better fitness facilities in the Maldives over the years. Today, luxury resort guests want more than just pampering and cocktails; they want to work out just as much as they want to enjoy all our house reef has to offer.

Amilla is renowned for pampering guests, but they have got serious about offering the cutting edge gym equipment guests are used to having in their home countries. In fact, they went a bit further than that and have also created some exercise experiences with a Maldivian twist.

Jason Kruse, Amilla’s General Manager says “I believe that with all our newly opened fitness facilities, we now are the best resort for fitness in the Maldives – with no compromise on fun”, he added. Amilla’s glass-walled gym (offering some of the best views of any gym in the world) has now been transformed into two separate Cardio and Strength Studios. Set on the beachfront next to the spa, the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic vistas of the powdery white sand beach and turquoise lagoon. Robust air conditioning ensures guests stay cool while they work out.

The new Cardio Studio (which is adjacent to the new al fresco boxing fitness area) is equipped with the latest treadmills, spin bikes, stationary bikes, ellipticals, a climber and a rowing machine. Meanwhile, the new air-conditioned Strength Studio features heavier weights, a Smith machine, free weights and a large area for weightlifting and toning workouts; as well as functional fitness equipment.

If you don’t get underwater in the Maldives, you’re missing out on 99% of the Maldives experience. Every guest at Amilla Maldives Resort is offered complimentary snorkeling equipment so they can discover the vibrant aquatic life on its house reef. The house reef is the natural coral reef just metres from the island. On the website is a detailed snorkeling map of the reef and the highlights of each area. Large turtles, rays and shy reef sharks are a regular sight, as well as overwhelming numbers of colourful tropical fish, including butterflyfish, parrotfish, anemonefish and moorish idols. There’s also a five-star diving centre on site offering excursions to some of the world’s best dive sites.

For those who prefer to burn calories with team sports, Amilla has a large football pitch where guests can enjoy a kick about. It’s floodlit, so you can play day and night. You can also join a match with Amilla’s team of Islanders each week. Those wanting to brush up on their skills can join coaching sessions, which are available six days per week with the resort’s onsite Coach.

Football legends from around the world also regularly headline football camps at Amilla Maldives, including kids’ coaching camps led by Arjen Robben, Tim Cahill, and Tim Sherwood. Volleyball, badminton and even some Maldvian sports, such as ‘bashi’, (the Maldives’ national sport) are available for all ages.

Amilla’s new Jungle Gymnasium is also proving popular with guests of all ages. This outdoor ‘adult playground’ consists of ‘Flintstonian’ fitness equipment made from natural materials like wood and coconuts. They include barbells, a coconut weight machine, a scramble net and monkey bars. This zero-carbon gym is set under the shade of a majestic banyan tree in the heart of the jungle.

Also for those who prefer outdoor cardio, Amilla Maldives’ Island Running Track has been expanded so that it now offers runners the opportunity to do a complete circuit of the island. Amilla Maldives Resort is one of the only resorts in the Maldives to have a running track skirting the circumference of the island, due to the amount of space available on the island.

Amilla is larger than most Maldives resort islands, but only about 70 percent of it has been developed, the rest is naturally lush jungle and shimmering beaches. The 3.1km running track winds its way around the island, passing under the shade of the jungle canopy, intersecting ‘secret beaches’ with flashes of dreamy turquoise waters beyond. It also features a Strava running segment for the most competitive runners, and is a fun track for cycling on with one of the resort’s complimentary Beach Cruisers.

In addition to all these exciting new fitness offerings, Amilla Maldives offers guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive coaching from a tennis pro, via its partnership with LUX Tennis. A resident ATP player is permanently based on the island, and guests can book private sessions and even enjoy regular complimentary tennis clinics with a rotation of guest World Champion players.

And for those in the mood for a more mindful workout, Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences offers scheduled yoga sessions free of charge, including laughing yoga. Private yoga sessions are available, too. There is even a new meditation path in the resort’s verdant jungle where guests can find their zen after an active day.

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