Natural wonderland… with an underwater spa
Travellers seeking a paradisiacal setting for their holiday or getaway have no difficulty finding a vast and varied range of options around the world, from island havens to über-luxury nature resorts. Coming across something that breaks the clichéd mould, or offers a radically distinctive attraction, may require a little more effort.
Huvafen Fushi is one exclusive holiday destination that has taken the concept to a new level, literally (in the true sense of the word). Located on the North Male Moll in the Maldives, and set within its own lagoon, the resort has just been re-designed and now offers what it describes as “the world’s first underwater spa treatment rooms”.
Above-water, the spa facility includes treatment rooms with glass floors, a steam room and gym, yoga sessions and a raw food restaurant. Below the sea-line, the hard-core pampering begins – at least for those who don’t suffer from claustrophobia.
Reached via an underwater passage and draped to reflect the visions through the glass, the submarine area features, in the words of managing company Per Aquum, “ethereal fabrics – mirroring oceanic kelp… Soft cushions evoking tactile versions of the corals and sponges… Pirouette of a ray just inches away… The slow rhythmic flow of the water, punctuated by the spectral colours of tropical fish”.
This almost surreal setting offers “sensual” signature treatments including LIME Light, Crystal Ritual and Turquoise Explosion. In addition to enjoying personalised “bespoke journeys” – for those seeking silky skin or a deeper personal transformation – guests can also simply chill-out in a relaxation room with adjustable temperature, smell and colour settings.
Meanwhile, the overall resort comprises 44 “naturally-modern” bungalows with their own private pool, on land or over the water, or an even more nautical experience on a traditional Maldivian dhoni fitted with contemporary indulgences.
As to be expected, Huvafen Fushi offers various chic dining options – including private beach experiences and “1001 nights boudoir” – and, continuing the underwater theme, a wine cellar in a cave with thousands of bottles, “guided by global chefs”.
North Male Atoll
(30-minute speed boat ride from Male international airport)