In the Maldives, an ‘Underwater Playground’ Serves Dinner 20 Feet Below the Water
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In the Maldives, an ‘Underwater Playground’ Serves Dinner 20 Feet Below the Water

Maldives
Courtesy of PER AQUUM Niyama
Maldives
Courtesy of PER AQUUM Niyama

Resort guests are whisked out to Subsix on a speedboat, then led down below sea level via a grand staircase. 

If you’ve always wondered what it feels like to stare your dinner in the face, this could be your chance. Subsix, the underwater space at PER AQUUM Niyama resort in the Maldives, has reopened after a lavish revamp, and now functions partly as a restaurant.

Submerged six meters below water level, diners can sit eye-to-eye with the spectacular marine life of the Indian Ocean—so you may want to think twice about ordering the sushi. 

Formerly billed as the world’s only underwater nightclub, Subsix has broadened its remit to that of “underwater playground” (another category first, surely?). In addition to eating, resort guests can now book weddings in the space, take a hosted tour with a marine biologist, or schedule a midnight proposal.

Whatever their agenda, visitors to Subsix are urged to “dive beneath the surface and explore their desires.”

Crystal-clear waters surround the venue, where a dense reef of over 90 coral species is home to parrotfish, Moorish idols, moray eels, giant groupers, butterflyfish, damselfish and hawksbill turtles. 

Subsix is located 500 meters off-shore from PER AQUUM on Niyama island, in the Maldives’ Dhaalu Atoll. Resort guests are whisked out to Subsix on a speedboat, then led down below sea level via a grand staircase.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Subsix’s new look takes its cues from the surrounding marine life. Bespoke chairs massage guests with anemone-inspired rubber fingers, while capiz shell ceiling arrangements are described as an ode to an undersea kelp forest.

Coral-like chandeliers, a clam-shaped bar and aquatic-toned mood lighting in aquatic tones complete the Finding Nemo-esque theme.

Flora Stubbs is the Articles Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @florabstubbs.

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