Underwater Hotels: 5 Luxurious Resorts Selling Holidays Beneath The Waves
With these oceanic outlets, the world is your aquarium
26 February 2019
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As you might expect for such a modern, high concept field, the aquatic hotel scene is evolving all the time.
Because of the huge cost and complexity, many projects stall before completion. Take the Poseidon Undersea Resort, a giant seafloor wonderland off a private island in Fiji, that’s spent the last decade hindered by development difficulties.
But there’s already a range of outlets offering the chance of a sub-aquatic sleep, often in the most luxurious surroundings…
1. Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
An eye-wateringly opulent hotel with outrageous quirks of modern engineering, atop a man-made island in the shape of the palm tree that gives it its name? Yep, it could only be Dubai.
A favourite with celebs (Justin Timberlake and Robert De Niro have both visited) it’s the kind of hotel that has its own shade of aqua blue used only in the resort, and a entire range of toiletries exclusive to it’s seven signature suites. Two of those suites directly overlook the extraordinary marine life of Ambassador Lagoon.
The lagoon is admittedly man-made (the technical term is ‘open air aquarium’) but this guarantees good views of the 65,000 rays, sharks and other creatures that call the waters their home. If you can afford the US $10,000 it costs to spend the night in one of the underwater suites, you’ll also get a private butler, a private elevator, and 24-carat gold flakes on the soap.
If, by some unfortunate circumstance, you don’t have thousands of pounds to blow on a night beneath the sea, then this whimsical Scandinavian lake-shack is the place to be. The brainchild of Swedish artist and sculptor Mikael Genberg, this small but oddly charming hut bobs atop the surface of Lake Mälaren near Stockholm, and features a basement bedroom three metres below the surface of the water.
Guests are transported from shore, given an inflatable canoe, and left to get on with it. Though lacking the crystal-clear, azure waters of the Maldives, the submerged suite still offers a satisfyingly steady stream of fish – particularly if it’s dark and you’ve got the lights on.
Utter Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all. Canoe to a nearby uninhabited island, go from a swim if you’re feeling stoic – your time is entirely your own.