A spa in a Maldivian resort.

Spa regulations amended to cover integrated tourist developments

It has also added an annex specifying the quality of service provided at spas to the rules.

28 February 2023

Some amendments have been made to the rules governing spas operating in the Maldives and re-gazetted on Monday. The main change in the amendment is to bring spas operating on integrated tourist developments and airports under the ambit of regulations.

On February 21, the government had gazetted the 'Rules for Registration and Operation of Spa Business Activities' that require spas operating in the country to register themselves with the economic ministry within 90 days.

Under the amendment, spas at establishments developed for integrated tourism and hotels operating in non-residential areas will fall under the purview of the regulation. 

With this change, the regulation now covers spas at: 

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    integrated tourist developments

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  • 3-

    safari vessels 

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  • 5-

    non-residential areas

  • 6-

    residential areas

  • 7-

    guesthouses and hotels operating in residential areas

While spa service establishments can be registered for a maximum period of two years, the amendment has also been made to allow spas operating in resorts, safari vessels, airports and non-residential areas to be registered for five years.

It has also added an annex specifying the quality of service provided at spas to the rules. The annex further elaborates on the cleanliness standards, safety standards and quality of service provided at spas.

According to the annex:

  • Employees serving at the spa should be in uniforms reserved for their employees

  • The name tag of the employee should be pasted on the uniform

  • The employees should have the necessary training and experience in providing the spa services