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Pass the loofah: Huvafen Fushi contains the world's only submarine spa

Pass the loofah: Huvafen Fushi...
Visitors enter the submarine spa via an underwater corridor
Visitors enter the submarine spa via an underwater corridor
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Local fish and underwater life can be observed while taking a massage
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Local fish and underwater life can be observed while taking a massage
The submarine spa is part of a larger spa facility
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The submarine spa is part of a larger spa facility
Huvafen Fushi is located in North Male Atoll, the Maldives
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Huvafen Fushi is located in North Male Atoll, the Maldives
Price depends on the length of holiday and options chosen, but you should probably expect to shell out over US$20,000 for a week's stay
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Price depends on the length of holiday and options chosen, but you should probably expect to shell out over US$20,000 for a week's stay
Visitors to Huvafen Fush's submarine spa are given an underwater view of the Indian Ocean
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Visitors to Huvafen Fush's submarine spa are given an underwater view of the Indian Ocean
A steam room, gym, yoga, and raw food restaurant offer a suitably opulent experience
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A steam room, gym, yoga, and raw food restaurant offer a suitably opulent experience
The Huvafen Fushi spa facility also features six over-water treatment rooms
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The Huvafen Fushi spa facility also features six over-water treatment rooms
The submarine spa is located six meters (20 feet) below surface
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The submarine spa is located six meters (20 feet) below surface
The relaxation room is inspired by the anemone flower
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The relaxation room is inspired by the anemone flower
Local fish and underwater life can be observed from within the submarine spa
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Local fish and underwater life can be observed from within the submarine spa
Visitors enter the submarine spa via an underwater corridor
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Visitors enter the submarine spa via an underwater corridor
Architectural plans of the Huvafen Fushi spa
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Architectural plans of the Huvafen Fushi spa
Architectural plans of the Huvafen Fushi spa
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Architectural plans of the Huvafen Fushi spa
Architectural plans of the Huvafen Fushi spa
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Architectural plans of the Huvafen Fushi spa
Huvafen Fushi is located in North Male Atoll, the Maldives
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Huvafen Fushi is located in North Male Atoll, the Maldives
Price depends on the length of holiday and options chosen, but you should probably expect to shell out over US$20,000 for a week's stay
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Price depends on the length of holiday and options chosen, but you should probably expect to shell out over US$20,000 for a week's stay
Visitors to Huvafen Fush's submarine spa are given an underwater view of the Indian Ocean
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Visitors to Huvafen Fush's submarine spa are given an underwater view of the Indian Ocean
Local fish and underwater life can be observed while taking a massage
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Local fish and underwater life can be observed while taking a massage
The aptly-named relaxation room provides a customized ambiance, courtesy of user-controlled temperature, smell, and color settings
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The aptly-named relaxation room provides a customized ambiance, courtesy of user-controlled temperature, smell, and color settings
The Huvafen Fushi spa facility also features six over-water treatment rooms
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The Huvafen Fushi spa facility also features six over-water treatment rooms
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Though at first glance Huvafen Fushi may resemble a James Bond villain’s undersea lair, it is in fact the world's only submarine spa. First opened in 2004, the über-exclusive spa, located in the Maldives' North Male Atoll, was recently redesigned by UK architects Studio RHE.

The Huvafen Fushi spa facility features six over-water treatment rooms, each of which sports a glass floor. No doubt the steam room, gym, yoga, and raw food restaurant offer a suitably opulent experience to the select few who attend, but the real action is six meters (20 feet) below surface.

Visitors enter the submarine spa via an underwater corridor
Visitors enter the submarine spa via an underwater corridor

Visitors to the submarine section of the Huvafen Fushi enter via underwater passageway, where they're presented with a beneath-the-surface view of the Indian Ocean from one of the two treatment rooms. Alternatively, if a treatment sounds like too much effort, there’s also a relaxation room with adjustable temperature, smell, and color settings.

Provided you’re not the claustrophobic type, Huvafen Fushi is open to bookings now. Price depends on the length of holiday and options chosen, but you should probably expect to shell out over US$20,000 for a week's stay at the resort with one trip to the submarine spa.

Sources: Studio RHE, Huvafen Fushi via Archinect

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