We’ve already dug into the virtues of subterranean living, so today we’re immersing ourselves in the evident beauty of sub-aquatic accommodation. Behold the tranquility!
Nymphas Show Bar/The Red Sea Star, Israel
Before it was abandoned, Israel’s Nymphas Show Bar was the world’s first and only underwater strip club (notice the dancing pole in the first image). Prior to that, the space served as a restaurant called The Red Sea Star. To access the establishment, patrons walked across a 230-foot bridge and down a flight of stairs.
Fish House, Singapore
Photos: Guz Architects
The u-shaped basement of Singapore’s “Fish House” is adorned in acrylic windows, which look out into the property’s moat-like pool.
Water Discus Hotel, Maldives and Dubai
Photos: Deep Ocean Technology
Both Dubai and the Maldive Islands are supposedly getting their own version of this luxury underwater retreat. Designed by Polish engineering firm Deep Ocean Technology, the “Water Discus Hotel” will have 21 underwater suites, connected to above-water amenities by a glass tunnel. The Sci-Fi-like design has been in the concept stages for some time, but at last word, was inching closer to becoming a reality.
Conrad Maldives Rangal, Maldives
For a considerable price, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali can be rented out as a private hotel suite. The glass-encased room sits 16 feet below the water’s surface, offering guests panoramic views of the surrounding coral gardens.
Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives
Photo: Anantara Kihavah
Notice a trend here? Maldives has cornered the market on underwater living. This sunken restaurant, simply known as “Sea,” is part of the Anantara Kihavah resort in Baa Atoll.
Otter Inn, Sweden
The sleeping accommodations in this floating cabin are located beneath the buoyant platform. The “Otter Inn” is moored in Sweden’s Lake Mälaren and can be rented out for about $70 a night.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Photo: Atlantis The Palm
There are actually two “underwater” rooms at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai: Neptune and Poseidon. We put underwater in quotations because the suites aren’t actually surrounded by water, rather, their floor-to-ceiling windows are pressed up against the resort’s massive fish tank.
Manta Resort, Zanzibar
Photos: Manta Resort
The Manta Resort on Zanzibar’s Pemba Island has a sub-aquatic suite 13 feet below the ocean surface. At night, spotlights beneath the windows attract squids and other light-positive creatures. A 10-night stay in the underwater will set you back about $6,715.
Mile Low Club, Caribbean Sea
Photos: Oliver’s Travels
The Mile Low Club is an opulent luxury submarine that will ferry guests around the Caribbean Sea for $290,430 a night. Expensive, yes, but that covers the cost of the vessel’s three-person crew — the captain, chef and personal butler — as well as a “free rose petal scattering service” and champagne breakfast in bed.