The Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has overturned a decision made last week to shut down all spas and health centers in resorts, recognizing the impact the ban would have on tourism for the Indian Ocean nation.
President Nasheed told Reuters that the ban had been lifted and all the services will be available for tourists. "We wanted to give confidence to tourists," Mr Nasheed said.
With a population of 400,000 spread across more than 1,200 pristine blue watered, white sandy beached atolls, the Maldives attracts more than 800,000 tourists a year that can spend up to $12,000 a day for the island paradise.
The Maldives Association of Tourism Industry appealed for a resolution to the issue and complained that the ban would harm the economy.
A spokesperson for Six Senses Spas said Six Senses are a professionally managed business with the highest international standards and while they understand that the instruction of the Ministry is with regards to establishments offering services that break the law, Six Senses Spas maintain the highest standards, rules and regulations and are within our understanding of the law.
Managing Director of Six Senses in the Maldives Antony Paton has instructed Soneva Fushi, Soneva Gili and Six Senses Laamu to keep their spas open stating that it is "business as usual".Coco Palm Resorts Maldives also commented saying that the Coco Spas at all Coco Palm properties are in operation and remain open.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W