We just get bored to easily, don’t we? A bed and breakfast sounds so lame these days, and people are looking for more interesting places to.. sleep! I just can’t get that: why would you care how the place looks or how popular is it as you float away in the Land of Dreams? But, where’s a demand there’s a way. Which is why underwater hotels are increasingly popular, and it’s all about luxury down there. But could actually feel safe and sleep? I’m not sure, but here are the 11 best underwater hotels on the planet. Check it out!
11. Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental, China
Thirty miles outside of Shanghai, there’s a 19 storey hotel being constructed right now. Located at the base of the Tianmenshan mountain, in an abandoned, water-filled quarry, this hotel will features two underwater floors as well as a restaurant and guest rooms that look out onto a glass-walled aquarium. The resort will be built into the surrounding landscape, and offer visitors watersports, rock climbing, and bungee jumping.
10. Utter Inn, Sweden
For around $75 a night, visitors can stay at the two-room floating art project by Mikael Genberg. This place is anchored a kilometer out on Lake Malaren, and features one room above the water while the other is ten feet below the sea level. But don’t expect to be blown away by the amenities at Utter, since you’ll only find beds and a table; but the view provided by all four sides looking out on what swims beneath Malaren – that’s unforgettable.
9. Manta Resort Underwater Hotel Room, Tanzania
Anchored off the Zanzibar coast, the floating Mantra Underwater room looks like an uptown version of the Utter Inn. Designed by Mikael Genberg design, this place will house its guests thirteen feet below the surface and features three levels. At sea level, the landing deck has a lounge area and bathroom, while the roof allows for soaking up the sun during the day, and star watching at night. But once you get downstairs, you may enjoy a double bed and 360 degrees of underwater panorama. Marvelous!
8. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Visiting Dubai is a must, whatever you’re looking for. Looking quite similar to Atlantis, the floor-to-ceiling windows of this hotel’s two underwater suites, Poseidon and Neptune, look out into Ambassador Lagoon. This is where 65,000 marine lifeforms will pass by and give you a wink. Who could sleep in a place like this?
7. Ocean Suites, Sentosa Resorts World, Singapore
Similar to Dubai’s Atlantis, the Equarius Hotel features eleven Ocean Suites. Upstairs, the living area is fitted with a jacuzzi and patio area, while the downstairs bedroom window looks out into one of the largest aquariums in the world. The Marine Life Park at Sentosa offers quite a view, and the room lights dim automatically when the viewing panel is raised. So, no excuses!
6. Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island
The Conrad Maldives is a luxury hotel located in the tropical waters of the Maldives, off the coast of India. There are no underwater rooms here; however, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is much more impressive. Sitting 16 feet below the surface, this place is considered to be the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, with New York’s Daily News recently naming it “the most beautiful restaurant in the world”. What more proof do you need?
5. Water Discus Hotel, Dubai
Enter Dubai, once again. The Water Discus by Deep Ocean Technology is a underwater hotel equivalent of a mobile home. Built in Poland and transported to a desirable location, these unique “cabins” comprises two discs, one above the water, and one below; they feature a complex of 21 rooms as well as a helipad. Moreover, the design allows the expansion of the structure. None are actually in place yet, since cost and engineering issues still persist. Still worth mentioning, though.
4. The Hydropolis, Dubai
The Hydropolis is supposed to be the first fully-functional underwater hotel. 220 suites underwater, covering approximately the same area as London’s Hyde Park – this sounds incredible, but this hotel was originally slated to open in 2006, and was later revised to 2009. At the moment construction is on hold indefinitely, due to some obvious engineering and physical limitations. Should provide for one hell of a place to visit!
3. Amphibious 1000, Qatar
This is only a design concept, I’ll grant you that; but the Amphibious 1000 is meant to be the first semi-submerged hotel resort in Qatar, comprised of a land section and sea section. The resort features residential housing and office buildings, an interactive museum, fitness areas, a new marina and harbor, gardens and a theater. I’m convinced!
2. Three Spirits Floating Hotel
Three separate boats looking unique and futuristic, functioning independently as a ballroom, casino, and place of utter amazement. Cool enough, it would seem; but when locked together, they create an enclosed pool. This concept hotel also features underwater suites, unique in the sense that guests can watch marine life from the comfort of their own room. Seen it, but I still love it!
1. Poseidon Resort, Katafanga Island, Fiji
This resort is still being designed, but it promises to provide a chain of five-star underwater resorts, piloting a personal Triton submarine through the lagoon, undersea chapel, dining in culinary excellence beneath the ocean, rides on a luxury submersible. Oddly enough, plans for a second resort are already under way. I just don’t get it!