Staying in an underwater hotel is no longer a sci-fi dream, not even something only the readers of Jules Verne’s novels could dream about. It is a reality.
Although there are still no hotels that are fully submerged, you can stay in underwater rooms all over the world. Hotels like the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai have pioneered the concept and you can now win a stay in one of their underwater suites.
1. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
The underwater suites at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai are really fit for the king of the seas. They are the most intimate and romantic lodging you could ever dream of… as long as you don’t have nightmares about sharks. Just imagine lying in bed while seeing he marine life in the Ambassador Lagoon. Both the bedroom and the bathroom have floor to ceiling windows, so that you can enjoy the views.
2. The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The Underwater Room is the most special room at the very exclusive Manta Resort in Pemba Island (Zanzibar). To get there, you need to board a wooden boat that takes you in two minutes to this unique space that lies over the crystal clear sea of the Manta house reef. It’s like a private floating island, complete with stunning views and lots of comfort. And if staying underwater all the time is too much, you can still sunbathe on the deck.
3. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Rangali Island, Maldives
The luxurious Hotel Conrad Maldives Rangali does not have an underwater room, but you can still dine in style submerged and without having to wear a diving suit. The Ithaa Undersea restaurant is located 16 feet below sea level and you can have your mix of Maldivian and Western cuisine while you look up to see the beautiful reef and marine life. Not to be missed.
4. Subsix at Niyama, Maldives
Nothing better than a good party after a good meal. It may not be on the same island, but the world’s first underwater club is also in the Maldives. The Subsix is part of the luxurious Niyama resort, but accessible to anyone. Here you can dance, chill out and have very chic cocktails while looking into the depths of the Indian Ocean. Dancing beneath the waves never had been so cool!
5. Utter Inn Hotel, Vasteras, Sweden
The Utter Inn is the one and only underwater hotel in Sweden and floats happily in Lake Malaren, near Stockholm. It is not very luxurious but the experience is worth is: twin beds and a table in a room three meters below the surface of the waters with panoramic windows in all directions. The Utter Inn was created by local artist Mikael Genberg and is now a very fashionable place to spend a weekend in. On the wooden deck you can sunbathe, admire the gorgeous natural surroundings or explore some nearby islands by boat.
6. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida, USA
Jules’s Undersea Lodge is aptly named after the author of “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and is the oldest underwater room out there. But getting there is not that easy. Located 21 feet beneath the surface of the sea, you need to scuba dive and enter through an opening on the bottom. What used to be a research lab is now a very cosy accommodation where you can treat yourself to pizza for dinner.
7. Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
The Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi resort is the world first underwater treatment space. There you will be able to enjoy sensual and sensorial treatments while looking at the sea life of the Indian Ocean. If you can afford it, try their Lime Light Ritual, a 180 minute treatment that embraces the essence of the Maldives with indigenous island coconut, lime and mineral offerings, followed by an awakening massage, sometime in the relaxation pod and the best views of the lagoon.
8. Lovers Deep, Caribbean
Lovers Deep is the fanciest submarine you could imagine. This one takes luxury to a new level. Situated just off the coast of a beautiful Caribbean island (of your choice), it is intended for romantic getaways for couples that want to have a private night together submerged beneath the ocean waves.
And there are more to come. If you still fantasize about sleeping under the sea in the comfort of a luxurious glass room with great views, all these hotels are on their way. Some of them are only projects, but they all will make you dream.
Poseidon Undersea Resorts, Fiji
Although still in the plans, Poseidon Undersea Resorts would be the world’s first permanent one-atmosphere seafloor structure. It would feature twenty-two 550 square foot (51m2) guest rooms, an underwater restaurant and bar, a library, conference room, wedding chapel, spa and a 1’200 square foot (110 m1) luxury suite.
The Water Discus Hotel, Dubai
Backed by a Swiss company and designed by Deep Ocean Technology the Water Discus will be a truly impressive hotel in Dubai whenever it is finished. Its 21 luxury suites will be housed in two main discs (one above water and one below) that look a bit like a spaceship. It will also have a bar and a dive centre.
Hydropolis Underwater Hotel, Dubai
The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort in Dubai (where else?) was meant to be constructed 20 metres underwater off the coast of Jumeriah beach, covering an area of 260 hectares. But the project was cancelled on October 2004.
Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel, Florida, USA
Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel is still in the planning stages, but if it happens, it will be located on private property near Key West, in Florida, and will put a big focus on coral reef restoration and protection of the ocean, by building an underwater hotel… This luxury resort will include twelve rooms, a lounge and dining area, and a great view of the marine life, according to the developers.