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Combining physical fitness and holistic wellbeing: innovative wellness specialist Domingos Folgado comes to Vakkaru Maldives

He’s coming back. Vakkaru Maldives and award-winning wellness practitioner Domingos Folgado take guests on a unique healing journey with his second special residency at the resort from 1st - 31st August 2021 With his second term on the timeless sanctuary located within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, guests will once again have the unique opportunity to enjoy Domingos’ immense experience and skills surrounded by the serene and restorative beauty of the Indian Ocean. During his time at Vakkaru, he will be on hand to assist guests through individual appointments and also to lead multi-day personalised, holistic programmes that combine his varied specialities. He will also be available to lead seminars on topics ranging from joint protection to detox methods and benefits.

“I’m delighted to return to Vakkaru Maldives, and I look forward to once again providing bespoke treatments that will leave guests revitalised and ready to face life with energy and enthusiasm,” Domingos said.

A graduate of the Instituto Medico Naturista de Lisboa in his native Portugal, the wellness consultant, therapist, acupuncture expert and qualified personal trainer is based in London where he uses his diverse skill set to work with an impressive black book of celebrity clients. During his 20-year career in the health and fitness industry, Domingos has also gained expertise in naturopathy, therapeutic massage, sports techniques, Pilates and KORE therapy, and is able to meld different treatments and disciplines according to a client’s needs and wishes.

Many of the unique treatments Domingos will provide in Vakkaru are inspired by his lifelong interest in traditional medicines and massage techniques. A specialist in rebalancing the body, he will offer Chakra Hot Stone Aromatherapy treatments to balance emotions and calm the spirits. His Facial Rejuvenation with Acupuncture and Gua Sha treatment is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and provides a natural alternative to botox; the Fire Cupping Therapy tackles blood flow blockages to induce a deep sense of relaxation.

  • Spa treatment with cupping therapy at Vakkaru Maldives
    During his stay, Domingos will primarily be based at Vakkaru’s overwater Merana Spa, and his residency represents the latest expression of the resort’s unique hospitality concept Vakkare. Placing the concept of care at the core of all Vakkaru offers, Vakkare provides guests with endless opportunities for self-care, deep rest and meaningful relaxation. In addition to availing of Domingos’ services, visitors to Vakkaru will be able to enjoy complimentary sunrise yoga sessions, along with classes in breathwork and meditation, Ayurvedic treatments, and a variety of massages and facials.
  • Spa treatment room with ocean view

    Commenting on Domingos’ second visit, Vakkaru Maldives General Manager Iain McCormack said: “It’s rare to encounter a wellness practitioner with a range of specialties as diverse and developed as those held by Domingos Folgado. With the principles of Vakkare so integral to the spirit of Vakkaru, we are delighted that he will be able once again to share his expertise and insights with guests as they enjoy a relaxing break on our peaceful private island.”