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Almost every massage I have ever had has featured relaxing ambient mood music (performed in all likelihood by whales). The nicer ones have had a sauna, jacuzzi and steam room, plus a water feature of some kind trickling gently in the background. But how's this for a water feature? The Indian Ocean. The ultra-glamorous Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives boasts the world's first underwater spa, with views of the surrounding ocean and all its denizens. 

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If you haven't got the energy to go scuba diving, this sounds like a very relaxing to spend a week in paradise. Each of the spa's six treatment rooms has glass floors, through which you can watch fish, octopus and squid float past (or even George Clooney or Tom Cruise, if you're lucky – they've been known to frequent the resort).

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The spa not only offers fishy views; it also has a pretty intriguing menu of treatments, from haemaview live blood analysis to iridology, reiki, shirodhara, reflexology and naturopathic facial therapy. Massages and exfoliation treatments featuring local products like coconut and lime sound positively edible, but if you get hungry you'll probably be sent in the direction of the spa's raw food restaurant.

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Throw in a steam room, sauna, ice room, rain shower, salt water flotation pool, glass-bottomed yoga pavilion and gym, and you'll probably never want to go above ground again. (If so, you can always try out the nearby underwater restaurant and book a room at the underwater hotel in Fiji, due to open next year). Bear in mind though, underwater luxury doesn't come cheap – and since it's wildly popular, you'll have to book your pampering months in advance. But a massage surrounded by giant clams – that has to be worth the wait, right? RM

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