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WELLNESS

The underwater spa Richard Hywel Evans

treatment rooms feature large windows looking out into the water

HUVAFEN FUSHI SPA

White walls and plastic furniture have been designed to keep the focus on the view

It’s luxury enough to spend your days floating above the crystalline lagoon waters of Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives, but the resort’s spa takes things to another level entirely. The spa is located underwater – the first of its kind – so you can watch fish swim by as you enjoy a massage. “It’s like having a rub-down in Dr No’s office,” a reporter from The Independent enthused. Originally designed along the same lines as the resort’s 43 thatch-roofed bungalows, Studio RHE was hired to refresh the spa in 2007. “The previous timber themed design really detracted from the incredible and calming experience of the space,” said founder Richard Hywel Evans at the time. “Our challenge was therefore to create a truly breathtaking area that focuses maximum attention on the sub-aqua environment and filtered light.” The new interior focuses attention on the spectacular view from the windows, with clear plastic furniture, sheer curtains around each massage station and an LED-illuminated recessed ceiling that creates a soft glow throughout the spa building. A white-and-blue terrazzo floor helps balance the space.

Our challenge was to create a truly breathtaking area that focuses maximum attention on the sub -aqua environment

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