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Glass-floored, overwater treatment rooms let guests watch the fish as they relax at Duniye Spa at Hurawalhi Maldives

by Jane Kitchen | 06 Sep 2016

Spa consultancy and management company Duniye Spas will operate the spa the the upcoming Hurawalhi Resort in the Maldives, an eco-conscious resort set to open 1 November.

The 600sq m (6,458sq ft) spa will feature five overwater treatment rooms with outdoor baths and glass floors – designed for clients to watch fish and ocean creatures as they have a treatment, said Renate Hermes, group spa director for Duniye Spas.

Treatment rooms have “a spectacular view over the ocean – you enjoy a bath experience sitting in your tub while floating above the ocean,” said Hermes.

A Tree Top Yoga and Tranquility Lounge overlooks a lagoon and beaches, and fits with Duniye’s focus on creating a connection with self, body and nature.

The resort itself, designed by New York architect Yuji Yamazaki, features a contemporary collection of 90 villas.

Sixty per cent of the resort will be powered by solar energy, and Yamazaki has used 4,243sq m of solar panels – equivalent to 26 volleyball courts – in the design.

Other green initiatives include access to a local water bottling plant to reduce plastic consumption; food and water recycling facilities; a collection of greenhouses, fertilised by food waste, to produce organic produce for guests; a desalination system that filters sea-water and turns it into clean water for drinking and cooking, and supplies rainfall showers in the resort’s villas; and an in-house marine biologist.

The centrepiece of the Hurawalhi Island Resort will be an underwater restaurant, billed as the world's largest, created by marine design specialists M.J. Murphy.

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Spa consultancy and management company Duniye Spas will operate the spa the the upcoming Hurawalhi Resort in the Maldives, an eco-conscious resort set to open 1 November. The 600sq m (6,458sq ft) spa will feature five overwater treatment rooms with outdoor baths and glass floors – designed for clients to watch fish and ocean creatures as they have a treatment, said Renate Hermes, group spa director for Duniye Spas. Treatment
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The resort itself, designed by New York architect Yuji Yamazaki, features a contemporary collection of 90 villas
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