The beauty of the underwater world has captivated humans with snorkeling and diving as top activities among travelers. To wake up with the stunning view of marine animals and reefs or to observe them without getting wet or while laying on your comfy beds, these are one of the reasons why the inclination of property developers to offer underwater hotels and guest rooms.
Interested to know accommodations that let you “live” underwater? Take your pick at these underwater hotels and lodgings.
Jules Undersea Lodge
Proud to be the first underwater hotel in the world, this unique lodging at Key Largo Undersea Park used to be La Chalupa research lab back in the 70s. Today, it still remains one of the top attractions in the US providing the chance on how it is to live underwater.
To stay here, guests must dive underwater to reach the “wet room”, where you can change from diving gears to your usual clothes. For non divers, the resort offers a three-hour crash course on diving.
Named after Jules Verne, the father of science fiction and penned the book, “ Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, Jules Undersea Lodge is 21 feet underwater. With compressed air underwater, this underwater hotel is fitted with the usual in-room amenities and facilities. Of course, it has its iconic 42-inch round window to see and observe the reef and various fishes.
Underwater Suites, Atlantis The Palm Hotel and Resort
Being the land of extravagance, one of Dubai’s many 5-star hotels and resorts let the most discerning guests enjoy more than opulence. Famous for its waterpark and attractions like the Ambasadoor Lagoon and Lost Aqiaurium, guests will have the chance to be surrounded by the hundreds of sea creatures at the resort’s two underwater suites.
Named Poseidon and Neptune suites, its ceiling to floor windows give unobstructed view of the underwater beauty. See more than 65,000 marine creatures as well as the manmade “ruins” of the legendary Atlantis, staying here is the ultimate Atlantis experience.
Conrad Maldives, Ringali Island
Maldives’ luxurious resorts are characterized with its over-the-water villas; Conrad Maldives from the Hilton group goes deeper into the ocean. The property is proud to possess the first ever underwater restaurant, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant that is enclosed in all glass.
Now here is the catch. The 12-seater underwater all glass restaurant can be transformed into a private bedroom. Located 16 feet below the water surface, guests will feel being on the other side of the aquarium and with Maldives’ rich underwater treasure, staying here is beyond pleasurable.
Utter Inn, Vasteras (Sweden)
This part of Europe is known for their artistic pursuits and it cannot be totally surprising that this underwater lodging is a result of an art project. Built by a local artist named Mikael Genberg, Utter (“otter” in English) Inn is a much-demand accommodation in town during summer.
This 80-sq.ft structure is a single room accommodation. On the surface, it looks like the typical Swedish house with its familiar red paint but go down the ladder and you will get inside the bedroom which is 10 feet underwater. The bedroom has two single beds, a lamp and a table. The upper level serves as the main living quarters with stove and other basic amenities – there is no electricity in Utter Inn.
Utter Inn is located one kilometer from the harbor, thus, interested bedspacer needs to take a short boat ride.
The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
Having the same idea as the Utter Inn, The Manta Resort has one particular accommodation type where half of it is 13 feet below the sea surface. Zanzibar as a destination is known for its turquoise waters and splendid marine ecosystem, thus staying here is worth the experience.
The lodging has a total of 3 level, set in the midst of the crystal clear waters of Pemba Island, giving its occupants the feel of having their own mini island in Zanzibar. As part of a resort, the amenities are not rustic but rather up to date complete with a water deck and a day bed.
The best part of staying in the underwater room is to have a chance to stumble upon rare and endangered species, many of them only found in Zanzibar.
Underwater lodgings are not just for mere quirky pursuits, there is really something pleasing and unique with sleeping with fishes swimming around you. In fact, there are future developments for full scale underwater hotels like Dubai’s Crescent Hydropolis and Fiji’s Poseidon Undersea Resort.