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First Underwater Spa Opens in the Maldives

Huvafen Fushi resort(MALE, Maldives) -- Why bother with a seaside massage when you can have an under-the-sea massage?

Huvafen Fushi, a luxury resort in the Maldives, is home to what it claims is the world's first underwater spa. The spa, named LIME, has added new treatments like Lose It, Tone It; Cellulite Therapy and Stress Buster.

There are also above-water treatment rooms for those who would rather be pampered above sea level.

The underwater treatment rooms took 12 months to construct and are made of a solid-cast resin to create an underwater structure that could be set in the open ocean with minimal disturbance to the ecosystem of the Maldives. The resin is five inches thick, which, the hotel said, "provides infinitely better clarity than the cheaper option of laminated glass."

The Maldives is also home to the world's first underwater restaurant: Ithaa at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. The restaurant is 16 feet below sea level and has 180-degree views of reef and marine life.

In Dubai, plans for an underwater hotel are in the works. Current designs call for the sleeping rooms to be underwater but the common areas to be above sea level. The design is comprised of discs, some located nearly 100 feet beneath the surface of the sea. Each is composed of 21 hotel rooms adjacent to the underwater dive center and a bar.

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Blonde Ambition: Hotel Hires Only the Fair-Haired

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MALDIVES) -- If white sand beaches and turquoise waters weren't enough, a new resort is promising to turn your tropical paradise into utopia by adding blonde models. Lots of blonde models.

In fact, the proposed resort in the remote Maldives plans to employ only beautiful blonde models.

A Lithuanian company, the Olialia Group, hopes to open the resort on a yet-to-be-named island by 2015.

Part of the idea behind the resort is to show that blondes aren't dumb. To that end, there will be an education center called "Pretty Women" that will teach female guests always to be perfect and look great, as part of the mission to create a paradise for men who just like being surrounded by beautiful, young blondes.

Olialia -- pronounced "ooh-la-la" -- is also planning to create an airline and yacht service to serve the guests. And yes, plans call for blondes to work there, too.

"Blondes are a great power that should not be underestimated," Olialia's Giedre Pukiene told the Maldives Traveller. "We are smart, beautiful, reckless and purposeful."

This is hardly the first time a company has tried to attract guests with sexy women. Las Vegas pools are filled with gorgeous cocktail waitresses. There's even a Hooter's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and Playboy once had resorts across the country.

Still, this resort is clearly "unconventional," said John Bowen, dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.

"One of the things they say is that they want to show that blondes aren't dumb and they are going to bring in an extremely skilled set of employees to try and prove that," Bowen said. "But on the other hand, if you have them wearing provocative clothing and they're all models, that might create the perception that it's for more of a male sex tourist-type of crowd." 

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