NewsApril 14, 2024

Ballet in Baa: Karis Scarlette’s Dance & Wellness Retreat Returns to Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort

Nestled amidst the crystalline waters of Baa Atoll, Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort beckons as a haven for wellness enthusiasts. Exciting news awaits as the beloved Baa Atoll Ballet Retreat makes its triumphant return, spearheaded by the esteemed Karis Scarlette, a luminary in both British Royal Ballet training and certified breathwork facilitation. Following last year’s overwhelming success, Karis extends a warm invitation to novices and seasoned dancers alike, promising an immersive ballet experience from November 12th to 23rd, 2024.

Surrounded by idyllic sandy shores, Fares Island emerges as a verdant paradise, its emerald landscapes interwoven with tranquil azure waters. The resort, now transformed into a sanctuary for holistic rejuvenation, offers a unique fusion of physical movement and mental tranquillity. Participants can anticipate a myriad of benefits, including enhanced muscular strength, improved posture, and decreased stress levels. Amidst this immersive experience, attendees will indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, partake in ballet-themed amenities, and delve into Karis’s inspiring journey, all while savouring themed cocktails and exquisite beachfront dining.


“I find that the Maldives, with its incredible beauty, is a perfect fit for ballet retreats, with pristine nature enhancing the healthful virtues of the art,” said Karis Scarlette. “After last year’s success, I’m excited to continue my partnership with Avani+ Fares, making ballet more accessible and expanding our understanding of wellness.”

This year’s retreat reintroduces beloved classes tailored for children, such as ‘Tutus & Twirls’, fostering creativity, coordination, musicality, and technique. For adults, ‘Sunrise Serenity’ intertwines mindfulness and breathwork, while both private and group ballet sessions cater to diverse skill levels, enriching the Maldivian holiday experience.

Enrollment is now open, featuring two package options for adults and families. Priced from USD 4,183++, the five-night adult package includes:

  • Lodging for two individuals in a Premium Ocean View Room with a half-board meal plan included.
  • Two Ballet Basics for Beginners classes per adult (60 minutes each)
  • A single exclusive ballet session per adult, lasting for 60 minutes.
  • Two Sunrise Serenity: Breathwork in Baa workshops per adult (30 minutes each)
  • Choice of one Tutu Tension Release massage or Dancer’s Detox wrap at AvaniSpa
  • Two ballet-themed cocktails at Tribe bar
  • The final Adrift Beach Dinner, graciously hosted by Karis Scarlette.
  • Round-trip seaplane transportation from Velana International Airport (MLE).

The five-night family package, catering to two adults and two children (aged 10 and under), begins at USD 5,459++. It features:

  • Family accommodation in a Two Bedroom Ocean View Pavilion with half-board included
  • Two Tutus & Twirls: Ballet for Tots classes (30 minutes each)
  • A dedicated Family Ballet Session, lasting for 60 minutes.
  • One Me & Mom or Dad massage at AvaniSpa (60 minutes)
  • Ballet-themed arts and crafts at AvaniKids
  • Farewell Petit Bistro Ballet Brunch hosted by Karis Scarlette
  • Round-trip seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport (MLE)
    Available booking options: November 12th – 17th or November 18th – 23rd, 2024.

Nestled within a shallow atoll lagoon, Fares Island, shaped like a teardrop, is among the select 61 islands nestled in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s protected marine waters. Beyond the Wellness Studio, days here are filled with snorkelling the house reef and exploring fourteen dive sites and two dive holes, offering guaranteed sightings of dolphins and turtles. Further aquatic adventures await at the renowned Hanifaru Bay, known for its manta ray feeding frenzy, and at a nearby chain of ring-shaped islands bustling with vibrant tropical fish.