Be spellbound by the World’s Top 5 Coolest Underwater Hotels as you treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind luxury holiday experience like no other
From Dubai to Shanghai, we bring you up-to-date with the coolest underwater hotels around the world where you can take sleeping with the fishes to a whole new undersea level. The experience may come with a hefty price tag but the idea of sleeping dry and comfortable with marine animals swimming around you could be the fulfilment of a lifetime fantasy.
Atlantis, The Palm, UAE
Opened in 2008, Atlantis, The Palm is a huge 46-hectare ocean-themed luxury resort located on a beachfront in Dubai. Not only does the resort offer world-class dining, entertainment and a water park, but it also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows in their famous underwater suites where you can wake up to a breathtaking view of their 65,000 marine animals. Be prepared to fork out US$5,500 for a night's stay which includes unlimited access to their waterpark and aquarium. | www.icehotel.com
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort features a villa called The Muraka, a two-level residence that sits above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The top level offers a sunrise-facing relaxation deck while the undersea level features a bedroom with ensuite bathroom with a view of the marine animals. A stay at The Muraka will set you back by US$50,000 a night and you will have to take up their four-night package that costs US$200,000 inclusive of 24-hour room service, a personal chef for all your meals, a butler and the use of a private speedboat. There will also be massage therapists, personal trainers, and other specialists available via appointment. | www.conradmaldives.com
The Manta Resort, Tanzania
Located off the east coast of Africa, on the northern tip of Pemba island, is a resort untouched by mass tourism. Manta Resort offers regular beachfront villas and an underwater room located on a floating deck about 250 metres from shore. A boat will take you there in two minutes and you will have the whole place to yourself with room service just a phone call away. The underwater room, about four metres below the surface, is just US$1,700 a night with all meals and drinks – with a spa treatment thrown in. | www.themantaresort.com
Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Resort World Sentosa offers 11 exclusive Ocean Suites designed like two-storey townhouses offering guests the best of both land and sea. The upper level consists of an open living area leading to an outdoor patio and jacuzzi while the lower level offers guests an underwater view of over 40,000 marine animals. For around US$3,000 a night, guests can enjoy five-star treatment, a personalised butler service and access to the nearby S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark. | www.rwsentosa.com
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, China
Launched in November 2018, the spanking new InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is built upon an abandoned quarry. Located about 30km from Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, the 336-room hotel is close to attractions such as Sheshan National Park and Chenshan Botanic Gardens. The uniquely-designed hotel is mostly subterranean, with two floors above ground and 16 below ground, including two floors underwater. The lowest floor of the hotel features water sports facilities, several guest rooms and a restaurant that faces a 10-metre deep aquarium. Their suites with a waterfall view starts from US$4,000 a night and comes with the expected five-star treatment, butler service and club lounge access. | www.ihg.com
These plush, extraordinary experiences may cost you a lot more than a pretty penny, but just imagine those incredible Insta shots! So pack ‘em bags, and prepare to be mind-blown!