Located at PER AQUUM Niyama in the Maldives, Subsix Restaurant first opened in 2012. The recent redesign by Poole Associates draws inspiration from the aquatic surroundings and sets a very surreal stage for guests to dive beneath the surface and explore their desires.
Located 500-metre offshore location, guests can reach Subsix via speedboat. Upon arrival, guests are led down a dramatic three-tier staircase. Overhead, Italian-designed abstract chandeliers light the descent like shining coral or white stars sparkling through the sea's surface. Brancusi cabinetry and mirrors line the path.
In the depths of Subsix, the soft anemone fingers of custom-made chairs invite with their deliciously bizarre textured design. Above, thousands of elements of capiz shells drape from the entire expanse of the ceiling in a lux ode to an undersea forest. Piercing the shells' rolling waves a garden of coral-like chandeliers point their shiny branches over wedding brunches and late-night celebrations. Silver-paneled columns throughout the place draw their inspiration from the ribbed gills of manta rays.
In the center of the room, a huge clam-inspired bar strikes an impressive form, its fiberglass shell glowing with Subsix's mood lighting that changes throughout the day from pure white mornings to a lavender dinner setting to late-night blues.
In addition to the seating in the clam's swooping curves, tables and chairs spot the space, with the most fashionable seats by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Over 90 coral reef species ply the waters, the dense marine life being attracted by the specially designed reef structures that mix into the natural reef and enrich the habitat with surfaces for coral and hiding spots for the more reclusive occupants.
Among the many activities held by Subsix, marine biologist-led immersions into aquatic life give guests an expert's insight into the rich environment and its secrets. Other activities in the restyled venue include subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners, weddings, hosted events, wine tastings, a weekly Glow Party and DJ nights carrying on the tradition of its birth as a pioneer-of-the-deep club.
In the words of PER AQUUM Niyama's General Manager Dietmar Koegerl, "Subsix is the closest you can get to the reef without a mask or a wetsuit. Guests fell so in love with the setting from the start that we knew we had hit on something special and had to take it to the next level."
Photography provided by PER AQUUM Niyama