25 Feb Stunning Underwater Hotels
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.
We now provide you with a few surreal examples of hotels with underwater rooms, restaurants, clubhouses, or the whole premise that’s been submerged.
1. Per AQUUM Niyama, Maldives
Address: Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
Price: From 1725 SGD per night
If the idea of riding and traveling the same well-trodden surfer’s paths is starting to wear a little thin for you, we might have just the solution.
PER AQUUM Niyama Surf Resort takes you off the beaten track and away from the crowds, without compromise on the waves. Situated in the Maldives’ Central Atoll, you will have some unique resort facilities at your fingertips. Fancy dancing the night away at an underwater night club? No problem – you can do that here – PER AQUUM Niyama has one of those and what’s more it’s the only one of its kind on the planet.
At Play Island: You get to kick things up a notch in villas set on white sands and tailored to adventurous honeymooners, active couples and style-savvy families.
At Chill Island: You’ll revel in a peaceful moment and soothe your soul to the slow rhythms in over-water studios.
Per AQUUM has different kinds of rooms to explore too:
you could hide away in a thatch roofed haven tucked between jungle green and white sands.
Or live on an over-water oasis with waves breaking gently outside your door Slip into your private pool for a moonlit dip, or step down into the lagoon at sunrise
PER AQUUM Niyama’s twin islands sit an exhilarating 40-minute seaplane journey south of Malé. The airport representative greets you on your arrival at Malé International Airport, where they will assist you with check-in for your seaplane transfer. Soar over rings of islands. Glimpse villages and deserted isles surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
The world’s first underwater nightclub, Subsix, where internationally-known DJs spin tunes against a backdrop of the watery depths of the Indian Ocean, has undergone a shell-inspired makeover.
Access to Subsix is by speedboat. Italian abstract chandeliers illuminate the descent like shining coral. The bar is clam inspired, diners can sit eye-to-eye with the spectacular marine life of the Indian Ocean—so you may want to think twice about ordering the sushi. Enjoy subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners and DJ nights along the theatre of the reef. Underwater glow parties illuminate the night every Wednesday and Saturday
Things to do (in USD):
Snorkelling – At least $50
Scuba Diving – $200
Adopt a Coral – $40
Various Cruises – $65 – $35
Various Fishing activities – $95 – $1700
Island tour – $80
Water Ski – $70 – $100 per 20 minute session
Fun tubes – $70 per 20 minute session
Jet Ski – $290 per hour
Parasailing – $120 per 15 minute session
Sailing – $30 – $120
Windsurfing – $30 – $120
Kitesurfing – $30 – $160
Kayaking – FREE
Jet Pack – $250
2. Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
Address: Psv-zanzibar estate, Tanzania
Price: $1,500 per night for Manta Underwater room
Manta resort is situated in Pemba, on the Zanzibar archipelago and also offers sea-front villa, garden villas and garden rooms. It also offers guests luxurious spa services, tours and water sports including what is said to be the most thrilling dive on the island, Manta Point.
The resort offers something different from most tropical islands and it’s not about five-star luxury. If it’s serenity, close encounters with nature and a family of staff you crave, then the Manta Resort might be just the place for you.
Room types: Choose a relaxed Garden room or treat yourself to the one and only underwater room
Pemba Island is accessed via most airports in East Africa via Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. Pemba island can also be accessed with direct local flights with several charter airlines that operate smaller aircrafts. The most frequent route is Zanzibar – Pemba, and is serviced by these airlines: Zanair, Coastal Air, Auric Air.
If you wish, Manta Resort personnel can assist you in booking these flights and simply add in the flight cost to your invoice, which can be found in their website: http://www.themantaresort.com/information/getting-to-pemba-island/
This is The One and Only prized room in Manta resort. A private floating island with your bedroom four meters below the surface. It is yours to enjoy while sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, lounging and dining on the water deck and sleeping surrounded by a tropical marine environment. The structure is Swedish engineered.
For adventurous people, many vacation experiences could hardly top the chance to stay in a 3-level hotel room in the middle of the Indian ocean and waking up underwater in a submerged room that gives you a priceless view that beats snorkelling and deep-sea diving.
Imagine yourself encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swimming lazily by.
This is the heart-stopping experience that awaits you in the underwater room.
Things to do (in USD):
Snorkelling – $60
Pack your snorkel gear and a picnic and enjoy a half day boat excursion down to the islands of Njao or Fundo. Fins, snorkel and mask included in price
Dhow Trip – Price Varies
Experience the islands’ waters on a traditional sailing dhow. It provides the opportunity to experience Pemba through the strong cultural heritage of this local vessel.
Ngezi Rainforest tour – $20
The Ngezi is a protected forest reserve and is home to a variety of endemic bird species, the pemba sunbirds, green pigeon, and scops owl to name a few. It is also home to vervet and black colobus monkeys. The ranger will guide you on a 45 min walk through the forest.
Sandbank trip – $30
At low tide a sandbank protrudes to offer a walk on the purest white coral sand surrounded by azure blue waters. This excursion relies heavily on the tides, currents and weather conditions and is not always possible. A cooler box of fruit and refreshments is brought along.
Ngalawa Sunset Cruise – $15
An Ngalawa is the traditional sailing vessel used by fishermen on the island. Leaving from the beach at around 5:00 pm, you will cruise along the shoreline over the reefs enjoying the sunset, the thrill of the sail and a refreshment.
Catch and Release – $90
You’ll be going out on our dhow Zanzibar and trawl the waters up and down the west coast of Pemba
Pemba Safari – $75
The Pemba Safari is a day trip with several different stops. Pick and choose what you would like to include in your safari, and how much time you would like to spend. If you do it all it will take you a good 8 hours starting at 8.30 in the morning. $75 per person.
3. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Address: Crescent Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Price: $900 per night
Atlantis is the first resort to be built on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements.
The hotel is filled with entertainment options like an aquarium, adventure waterpark, Sea lion point, beach parties, and a nightclub; and is very popular amongst families and big groups.
Atlantis, The Palm is located in Dubai, on the crescent of the largest man-made island in the world, The Palm Island. The resort is approximately 35 minutes away from Dubai International Airport (DXB), and 1 hour 30 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
What’s Underwater: Poseidon and Neptune Suites
Amongst the many room types are the Poseidon and Neptune suites.
Here, there are floor-to-ceiling windows offering captivating views of the 65,000 marine creatures that occupy Dubai’s Ambassador Lagoon. Indulge in the ultimate relaxation. Each Underwater Suite comes equipped with an exquisite ensuite bathroom. Wake up to breathtaking underwater views, including the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. We guarantee you will be blown away.
Things to do (in USD):
Dolphin Bay – $260
Sea Lion Point – $175
Aqua Adventure Waterpark – $70
The Lost Chambers Aquarium – $27
Diving – $265
Snorkelling – $64
4. Conrad Maldives Rangali, Maldives
Address: Rangali Island, Rangali 20077, Maldives
Price: $2000 per night
Indulge in a luxurious exotic escape from the stress of daily life. Conrad Maldives Rangali lets you enjoy the beauty that Maldives has to offer in comfort.
Perhaps you would like to stay on the beach while on your vacation to enjoy the white sand and cool sea breeze; or relax in the beautiful water villas and treat yourself to a spa water villa with private treatment facilities. Whatever your needs are, Conrad Maldives Rangali will cater to it – and with elegance.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is nestled in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, a 30 minute seaplane ride from Malé.
To ensure that your journey to and from Rangali Island is smooth, the team from Conrad Maldives will take care of all of your transfer arrangements.
What’s Underwater: Ithaa Restaurant
Conrad Maldives boasts the Maldives’ most iconic restaurant. Venture 16 feet below the ocean to dine at Ithaa Restaurant, with 180° panoramic views of marine life and coral gardens through its glass walls and arched glass roof.
Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu. Expect indulgences such as caviar for dinner while the four-course lunch menu offers lighter fare.
The restaurant is rated “The most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily News in 2014.
You’ll need to pre-book a table at Ithaa around two weeks in advance – as such an iconic venue, it’s deservedly popular.
Things to do (in USD):
Island hopping – $170
Fishing Village tour – $110
Uninhabited island and customised activities – $650
Deserted island picnic – $100
Various Cruises – $90 – $250
Various snorkelling activities – $40 – $200
Fishing – $80
For a similar experience closer to home: Cat Cora Ocean Restaurant
Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora is a dining concept developed by Resorts World Sentosa and Cat Cora – renowned celebrity chef and the first female Iron Chef in Singapore.
Characterised by light and healthy dishes using the freshest produce from around the region, guests can look forward to Cat Cora’s signature dishes such as Smoked Eel and 42°C Sous Vide Salmon.
With the restaurant located inside the S.E.A. Aquarium where they can discover more than 100,000 marine animals, diners can savour a magnificent view of the Open Ocean habitat whilst enjoying a truly memorable dining experience.
The restaurant serves sustainably sourced seafood, meaning if it’s endangered of course you won’t find it on the menu, and they won’t buy fish that’s been caught by dynamite fishing, etc.
5. Currently Building: Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel,USA
Address: Key West, Florida, USA
Price: $3000 – $6000 per night
The world of underwater hotels seems to be saturated with promises as much as it does promise. One firm hoping to make waves is Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel. It is waiting for a developer to splash out on one of its “world first fully self-contained affordable mini-luxury underwater hotels.”
Perhaps the most ambitious underwater hotel to date, Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel will have 12 “aqua pods” located some 28 feet below sea level.
The aqua pod type views will constantly astound and entertain our guests with spectacular multi-dimensional vistas of underwater feature s, aquatic life, and surface light through sweeping, crystal clear acrylic wall and ceiling viewing panels.
The underwater hotel is currently in the works, with its technology being patented and approved since December 2015.