The Most Amazing Underwater Hotels

The 11-million litre aquarium contains over 65,000 fish, stingrays and other sea creatures.
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There are luxurious hotels located all over the world but nothing compares to the experience you’ll get from an underwater hotel. Submerged below the water, these rooms provide you with unparalleled views of natural marine life. These underwater experiences can be found all over the world from the United States to the Maldives. Before you embark on this unforgettable journey, check out our list of the most amazing underwater hotels in the world. 

The Manta Resort -Pemba Island, Zanzibar

You can find one of the best underwater hotel rooms in the world at The Manta Resort. This luxurious suite features three levels and floats on the Indian Ocean. It offers guests the opportunity to explore the warm waters, observe the abundance of marine life, and enjoy exquisite food. 

The journey begins with a boat ride out to the hotel where a guide will show you around and explain how everything works. First, the main level features a lounge area and bathroom facility while the roof provides a place to lounge in the sun and take in the night sky. Second, the bedroom is where guests will have unparalleled views of marine life. During the day you will see a variety of reef fish and coral. At night, the underwater spotlights bring squid, octopus, and more rarely seen creatures to your windows. World-class service, the utmost privacy, and an unforgettable experience await visitors here.

Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental -Shanghai, China

Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental is located just 30 miles from the city center of Shanghai. This one of a kind hotel attracts visitors to its unlikely location. The hotel is actually reviving an abandoned quarry. Prior to 2013, the design and construction process was met with many delays mostly due to its unique location. That said after 2013 construction progressed quickly and the hotel finally opened on November 20, 2018.

This five-star hotel features 18 floors and two of them are actually underwater. There are six underwater suites that are decked out with their own saltwater aquariums. Each room has a balcony and intimate theater box where you can watch the nightly water show. The light shows are captivating, and some say even more impressive than the water show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. If you find yourself traveling near Shanghai, China, don’t miss your chance to stay at this one-of-a-kind hotel. 

The National Aquarium -Baltimore, MD

This may not be a hotel per se but sleeping beside the dolphins or sharks at The National Aquarium in Baltimore is an experience no adult or kid will ever forget. This is one of the only kid-friendly options for experiencing an underwater sleepover and while you are falling asleep under the watchful eye of the blacktip reef sharks as they glide above you, it feels as though you are truly underwater. 

Visitors here can choose to either sleep with the dolphins or the sharks, but whichever you choose you’re bound to have an experience of a lifetime! Dinner will be served kid-friendly style and once the daily visitors are gone, you’ll get an extensive tour of the aquarium. Your nightly sleepover also features a 4D immersive movie of your choice! Discover what sleeping underwater feels like, in this budget-friendly, kid-centered excursion.

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island features a luxurious two-story villa that is submerged more than 16 feet below sea-level. The villa is named “The Muraka ” which means “coral” in the Maldives native language, Dhivehi. Now is your chance to sleep below the surface of the Indian Ocean!

This unique villa is nestled on the ocean floor and features a wide range of luxurious amenities. The Muraka comes with a private bar, butler’s quarters, gym, and an infinity pool. The comfortable bed, bathtub, and shower are located on the lower floor and all have panoramic views of the ocean. The top floor sits above the water and features a deck that is perfect for relaxing and basking in the sun. Keep in mind, all of this luxury comes with a price of $50, 000 USD per night. That said, the villa is only available for a four-night vacation package that costs $200, 000 USD. 

Poseidon Undersea Resort -Katafanga Island, Fiji (under construction)

Although this hotel is still under construction, the Poseidon Undersea Resort looks to be one the most luxurious of underwater hotels. For now, you can register on Poseidon Undersea Resort’s website to be notified once they start taking reservations.

What makes this underwater hotel so special is that the rooms will have 70% of its exterior surface looking out into the water. Each suite is also going to come with controllable underwater lights and an external fish feeder. Further, a large Jacuzzi tub with views of the seafloor and the finest linens and fabrics are also promised as part of every room. The resort offers endless amenities and experiences both above water and under. Promising first-class ocean views, an abundance of marine life, luxurious dining, and even a wedding chapel. Prices start at $15,000 USD per person, per week for the all-inclusive vacation of a lifetime.

Lovers Deep, St. Lucia

This luxury submarine is taking things to a whole new level underwater. Calling on guests to join the ‘mile low club’ a British travel company is offering this submarine to couples who want to spend a night below the water. Your suite comes with your own personal chef and butler, who will fully cater to your every need. 

Lovers Deep prides itself on consulting couples beforehand to create a dream experience tailored to them. The submarine interior is constructed and styled to their taste along with specific experiences. A special aphrodisiac tasting menu has been designed for this package and includes oysters, caviar, and a decadent chocolate fondue ensuring that guests make the most out of their underwater adventure. Once again all this luxury comes at a price. Prices start at £87,000 (approximately $129,000 USD) per person.

Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Experience one of the world’s largest aquariums when you stay in one of the exclusive ocean suites located at the Equarius Hotel in Singapore. Designed as a two-story townhouse, these suites give guests the best of both above water and underwater experiences. Above the water is an open living room, outside patio, and Jacuzzi tub while the lower level provides guests access to 40,000 marine animals in their own private suite. 

The suites are complete with premium linens, fine furnishings, and a private butler. Feeding time is perhaps one of the favorites among guests as they can watch as divers go below the surface to interact with marine life. With an array of dining experiences and attractions, one will want to spend more than just one night at this fascinating hotel located at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge -Key Largo, Florida, United States

This unique location is a hotel and a research lab. But in order to get to Jules Undersea Lodge, you will have to scuba dive 30 feet into the ocean. Keep in mind, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is the only underwater hotel in the United States. This cottage-like destination invites guests to spend the night exploring the lagoon, having the infamous “take out” pizza, or having a chef-prepared gourmet meal. 

Since you have to scuba dive to reach the hotel, you must be SCUBA certified. What awaits you in this lodge are hot showers, a well-stocked kitchen, books, music and movies, and a comfortable bed. There is nothing like snuggling up and watching the underwater life glide by the huge round windows. This hotel may be less luxurious than some of the other hotels on this list but that doesn’t mean you won’t get a trip of a lifetime out of this experience! Better yet, it’s one of the more affordable ways to spend a night underwater.

Utter Inn Hotel -Vasteras, Sweden

This floating hotel opened in 2000 and immediately became a hit with the public. Visitors here won’t get five-star accommodations or butler service, but they will get a unique experience unlike any other. The Utter Inn hotel can accommodate two people. It consists of one room above water and a bedroom underwater. 

The bedroom is reached by a rung ladder and consists of two small beds and one table. The room features panoramic windows that let you get up close and personal with the marine life of the lake. An inflatable dinghy takes you out to the hotel and it’s up to you how you spend your time. You can paddle out to the nearby island, dine with a glass of wine on the patio or watch the fish soar out of the water. One thing’s for sure, this experience will be unforgettable.

Atlantis, The Palm -Dubai, UAE

Only in Dubai will you find a bar of soap that has gold flakes right in it. It also happens to be the home of two incredible underwater suites that boast 1,776 square feet of space over three floors. Located at Atlantis, these luxury suites take underwater sleepovers to a whole new level.

The suites offer floor-to-ceiling views into the Ambassador Lagoon aquarium, which holds 65,000 marine animals. A 24-hour butler, unlimited access to the waterpark, and your own private dolphin encounter are included in the price of just $8,200 USD a night. If you want to feel like a VIP visitor, don’t miss your chance to visit The Palm, Atlantis.

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