The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, off Tanzania, just opened a new room with an incredible view. Designed by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, the new room is floating approximately 250 meters offshore. It has three stories, including a rooftop deck, a bathroom and lounging area floating on the surface and a bedroom below. The room starts at $1,500 per night for two people. Check out this post from CNN to see some amazing photos of this underwater suite.
Of the dozens of undersea habitats that have been built since Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s Conshelf I, only two are currently in operation. The first is the Aquarius Reef Base, a research lab located 63 feet below the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The second, also located in Florida, is Jules’ Undersea Lodge, a former research lab transformed into the first-ever underwater hotel. But the way things are going, Jules’ Undersea Lodge won’t be alone for long.
The first two are already open for business.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge
Originally built as an undersea research lab, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is now a hotel room equipped with showers, two bedrooms, refrigerators, TVs, and even a microwave. But if you don’t want to cook in a microwave, don’t worry because there’s a pizza place that delivers. It’s located at the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon in Key Largo, Florida. You have to be a scuba-certified diver or take a three-hour resort course because diving is the only way to get down there! A night at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge starts at $300 per person for a group of 5 or 6. If you don’t want to stay overnight they also offer a three-hour adventure with lunch!
The Utter Inn was launched in 2000 by the same company who created The Manta Resort. The single-bedroom inn floats on Lake Malaren, about an hour west of Stockholm, Sweden. There is a nice little wrap-around porch where you can sit and enjoy the sunshine. When you go inside, there’s a bathroom above the surface and the bedroom is located three meters below the surface. With big windows, you can watch the fish all night. Rates start at US$400.
The remaining resorts will be open (hopefully) in the near future:
Hydropolis Underwater Hotel
The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel is already under construction in Dubai. This hotel will have three parts, a land-based reception area, a connecting subway and 220 underwater suites. In addition to being a luxury resort, Hyropolis also has a research lab and a cosmetic surgery clinic. It is not yet open to the public and due to financial constructions, the completion date is uncertain at this time.
Poseidon Undersea Resorts
There will be 24 undersea suites at Poseidon Undersea Resorts in Fiji and they are 70 percent transparent acrylic so your view of the ocean is nearly panoramic. The suites are located on the seafloor and are equipped with a full entertainment set, Wi-fi, a Jacuzzi and plenty of other luxury items. This hotel doesn’t require any diving experience, as guests will be able to enter the undersea resort through an elevator. Due to high registration rate, the company is already looking for new locations to expand. It’s slightly priciery than the one-room Utter Inn — a week-long stay (the minimum stay required) will cost a couple about $30,000, but they say it will be worth every penny.
Water Discus Hotel
Earlier this year, construction of a prototype of the Water Discus Hotel began in Poland. The Discus Hotel will have twin discs, one located above water and one submerged to about ten meters with 21 rooms. They will be connected by a vertical shaft with stairs and an elevator. The design of the hotel is especially unique because it allows the entire hotel to be transported to different locations based on environmental or economic conditions. The lower disc can also be raised to the surface in the event of danger.
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