Imagine yourself living in a submerged room in the middle of a wide ocean, or staying in unusual hotels that go deep under the water. Well, this may not be a far cry anymore as modern architecture has made this possible by virtue of underwater habitats or structures. These underwater structures are real architectural gems hidden underwater that offer amazing and uninterrupted views of the marine life while assuring the topnotch care and protection at a place like seabed.
Here is a list of 10 amazing underwater structures that offer you a chance to sleep a few feet above the seabed and experience marine life from up close.
#1 Manta Resort – Pemba Island, Tanzania
A heart-stopping experience awaits when you stay in Africa’s first underwater hotel room. The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, Tanzania features a three-story offshore hotel floating in the lagoon. The room lies approximately 250 meters from the shore and the sleeping quarters are submerged four meters below the ocean’s surface.
Visitors can enjoy 360-degree viewing of reef fish, batfish, and trumpet fish swimming around the hotel room. There’s also living room and bathroom located above the water as well as a rooftop deck perfect for sunbathing or stargazing.
Price: US$1500 per double room per night
If you think just visiting an underwater structure isn’t enough and living there is something you like, H2OME makes it possible. The H2OME is the world’s first underwater residence, a structure that you can purchase as your very own luxury underwater home. You can choose your own sea-floor site, and the US Submarines Structures can set you up with an exceptional undersea location. These homes sport the same entry points as the ones on the surface, so no diving or decompression is needed to enter this underwater residence.
Price: US$4 million for small and US$12 million for large subsea houses
#3 The Floating Seahorse – Dubai, UAE
This floating structure in Dubai sets a new standard for what it means to live lavishly. The Floating Seahorse lets you experience opulent living right in the middle of the Arabian Gulf. It features huge floating bed as well as an observation deck above the water, and the submerged portion boasts the master bedroom and bathroom, showcasing an impressive view of marine life. The stunning home can be reached via boat or seaplane which are located about two and a half miles from the seashore.
Price: US$2.8 Million for floating seahorse & US$3.3 million for 4,000 sq ft signature edition
#4 Jules’ Undersea Lodge – Key Largo, Florida
Shout out to all scuba divers! Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida is offering a once-in-a-lifetime underwater experience. Visitors can stay in a 600 square feet two-bedroom lodge located 30 feet beneath the water surface. The common room features a TV, DVD players, telephone, and air conditioning. There are also giant glass portholes in each bedroom for residents to catch the perfect underwater view. The only way to reach the facility is to scuba dive through the tropical mangrove habitat of the Emerald Lagoon. Believe it or not, there’s a pizza delivery for an overnight stay.
Price: US$800 per night for two
#5 Hotel Utter Inn – Vasteras, Sweden
Hotel Utter Inn is neither your typical Swedish house nor the best hotel room in town. What’s the catch? It lies right on the surface of Lake Malaren. Originally, the facility is an art project by artist and sculptor, Mikael Genberg that offers underwater accommodation to the visitors. They can enjoy the underwater stay in an 80 square feet single-room property with two twin beds, table, bathroom and a camping stove. You can enter the accommodation through a small Swedish-type house and climb down a ladder leading to the underwater room.
Price: Approx. US$167 per night
#6 Poseidon Undersea Resort – Katafanga Island, Fiji
Currently, under construction, the Poseidon Undersea Resort is expected to be the world’s first underwater five-star resort. This upcoming 40 feet deep structure features 22 guest rooms and exciting underwater amenities including a restaurant, bar, library conference room, wedding chapel, and a spa. Visitors can access the facility using an elevator that transports guests directly under the sea. Additionally, the resort will offer amazing views of the marine life. So expect blue whales, dolphins, and colorful fishes swimming around your luxury bedroom.
Price: US$30,000 per week for two
#7 Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort – Dubai, UAE
The Hydropolis Underwater Hotel and Resort is another massive upcoming project in Dubai. The US$550 million facility designed by Deep Ocean Technology is expected to be the most sophisticated and expensive underwater hotel in Dubai. Likely to be the only 10-star hotel in the world, it will feature lavish amenities including elegantly designed hotel rooms, restaurants, spas, ballroom, and bars.
According to the plan, the hotel project will be located 66 feet under the water in the Persian Gulf of Dubai, alongside the Palm Jumeirah. The opening date of this underwater hotel was first set for 2006 but was postponed because of financial reasons and disagreements with the DDIA (Dubai Development & Investment Authority). Hopefully, we will hear about completion and the grand opening of this amazing underwater project.
Price: US$5,500 per night
#8 Istanbul Underwater Hotel – Istanbul, Turkey
Construction plan of this Istanbul’s mega project is underway. The idea is to build the first subsea hotel in Turkey. Istanbul Underwater Hotel is set to become a 7-star hotel which will be seven layers under the water, featuring lavish hotel rooms, sophisticated leisure areas, and state-of-the-art facilities. The project is said to have a budget of US$100 million which will be located on the ruins of a historical 1930s factory with the view of the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.
#9 Lovers Deep – St Lucia, Caribbean
If you and your special someone is planning a honeymoon, Lovers Deep can be a good choice. Lovers Deep is a submarine hotel that goes around the Caribbean underwater. The vessel caters to couples who wish to have an extraordinary and private time together. The submarine has hotel-like features complete with luxury facilities to tour you underwater with stunning views of the marine world.
Price: US$292,000 per night
#10 Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel – Key West, Florida
Planet Ocean underwater hotel promises to bring a fascinating underwater experience. This is a getaway especially designed for all those adventurers, sea lovers and oceanographers who want to experience what it is like to stay underwater. The underwater structure is set to be the world’s first fully self-contained affordable mini-luxury underwater hotel. It features multiple capsule-shaped compartments that allow visitors to experience the stunning marine life and the magnificent reef formation up close.
Price: US$3,000 per night
If you fancy staying or living underwater, these structures are worth giving a try.