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‘Oil’ aboard the coconut express at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

RELEASE NUMBER 29|18

Pride of the island: Konotta’s own coconut oil, made for health and beauty, is among the locally produced items at the resort’s Outrigger Trading Company shop (download images and this release in Word and text formats here)

KONOTTA, MALDIVES –This April, the Navasana Spa at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort celebrates one year of producing its own coconut oil on the island. The coconut oil is all-natural 100 percent pure, made by the spa’s therapists who handpress it from the naturally fallen mature coconuts around the island.

The oil is used in an increasing number of treatments at the resort’s Navasana Spa. It is also popular with guests as a healthy product to take home.

The oil is rich in fibers, vitamins and minerals. It can be applied externally or ingested to achieve various beauty, health and comfort benefits.

It takes approximately 50 mature, fallen coconuts to make 5 lbs of pure coconut oil. Over the last year, the staff has perfected the process which involves gathering, dehusking and shredding the coconuts. They then squeeze the milk-juice from the grated coconut and discard the residue.

The spa staff chill the coconut milk overnight or until it sets. The top solid layer is gently removed, cooked on constant heat, stirring until the oil separates and is clear. It is then bottled. It’s a two-day process.

“We’re getting better at it all the time,” says Amanda Burleigh, spa manager at the Outrigger. “We can now produce beautiful clear oil to a very consistent high quality.”

That liquid gold has numerous benefits when ingested or applied to the body.

As a beauty treatment, well-refined coconut oil nourishes hair, acts as a natural makeup remover or facial night cream. It can be used as a body moisturiser, as an after-shave balm, and for soothing skin exposed to too much sun.

As a well-being treatment, good quality coconut oil, when consumed, is a great source of healthy fats, can increase absorption of calcium and magnesium and can improve sleep patterns. When used in food, it supports healthy thyroid function. Applied topically, the oil is said to have a benign affect on mosquito bites and acne.

For babies, children and pregnant moms, coconut oil is a good diaper cream and a natural baby lotion. It can be applied to limit stretch marks. Ingesting a couple of tablespoons a day may increase a mother’s milk supply.

Indigenous Konotta coconut oil is proving popular with visitors to the resort. They take it home as a souvenir for US$18 for a 3.4 oz bottle or US$32 for a 8.5 oz bottle.

“The hosts at the spa take great pride in manufacturing a popular product that reflects the best of our beautiful island,” says Amanda.

The coconut oil is one of a handful of new products now being produced on Konotta (“coconut”) island by Outrigger hosts, using only local Maldivian ingredients.

Apart from the Navasana Spa coconut oil, the Outrigger Trading Company shop also retails popular ‘wine sock’ coasters that fit over the base of stemmed wineglasses to absorb condensation and produced by the resort’s creative tailor. The shop also sells Outrigger clocks made from the red sandalwood tree that grows abundantly on local islands. The clocks are created by Outrigger’s carpenters on Konotta.

Outrigger Maldives Spa and Massage Offer

To celebrate the first anniversary of coconut oil production on Konotta island, the Navasana Spa at the Outrigger is offering a free 30-minute massage for two and two 3.4 oz bottles of Konotta coconut oil for guests who book a Maldives holiday on outrigger.com. The offer is exclusive to outrigger.com bookings only. Click here to find out more.

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