These properties make 20,000 leagues under the sea a reality for today’s traveler.
Ocean lovers who just can’t get enough of the water can take swimming, snorkeling and diving one step further with a meal, a spa treatment or an overnight stay underwater. Located in far-flung regions like the Maldives and Dubai, these creative hotels offer visitors a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of sea life undisturbed in its natural habitat.
Huvafen Fushi, an adults-only luxury resort in the Maldives, is home to the world’s first and only underwater spa. While spas often have water features, this one-of-a-kind retreat surrounds guests with water for immersive relaxation. Inside, there are two submerged couples treatment rooms with panoramic views of a reef filled with clownfish, sea anemones and stingrays. Guests can enjoy treatments like the Huvafen Coconut Hair Repair or the Huvafen Glow, which use the island’s native coconut oil. All treatments are followed by fresh island fruit and herbal tea.
Look for grouper, parrotfish and moray eels as you enjoy an elegant meal at Subsix, an underwater restaurant that’s part of the Niyama Private Islands Maldives resort complex on the twin islands of Play and Chill. To get to the eatery, which is open for lunch daily, you’ll have to travel by speedboat before descending a three-tiered staircase to the dining room. Once seated, you’ll savor a four-course meal that may include local lobster, a lamb chop and petit fours. For an even more out-of-this-world experience, arrange a private Champagne breakfast or dinner