Take the plunge.
As a child, I had a rather large imagination; every time I went for a swim I’d squeeze my legs together and flip them like a dolphin in a sad attempt to become Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
Obviously with age has come the knowledge that no amount of leg flapping will turn me into a mermaid, but despite this I’ve still been longing for the day when I’m able to spend time under the sea and explore its treasures.
Luckily, thanks to some big investors, luxury hotels across the world have made my dreams come true, offering stunning rooms and restaurants below the ocean’s surface. So if you’re over holidaying at conventional hotels, throw your swimmers on and have your snorkel gear at the ready, because sleeping with the fishes – in the happiest way possible – is no longer a fantasy reserved for Disney fans…
1. The Manta Resort, Pemba Island
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a tropical fish, a night at The Manta Resort will answer any questions. The floating bedroom is surrounded by coral, so there will be plenty of fish action to keep you entertained.
Book it: themantaresort.com
2. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Florida, USA
Sitting 21 feet below sea level, Jules’ Undersea Lodge – named after maritime author Jules Verne – is an isolated spot to relax, once you scuba down, of course…
Book it: jul.com
3. Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Although this hotel isn’t fully submerged underwater, it is home to one of the largest aquariums in the world. You can even stay in a suite that’s connected to it – let the flow of 65,000 marine animals send you to sleep.
Book it: atlantisthepalm.com
4. Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island, Maldives
Conrad Maldives is one of those places you book when you’re searching for paradise – because that’s exactly what it is, complete with underwater dining and accommodation.
Book it: conradhotels3.hilton.com
5. Utter Inn, Västerås, Sweden
This hotel – which originally started as an art project – is as cute as they come. You can sunbathe on top and expect to see perch, pike and other lake inhabitants below.
Book it: visitsweden.com
6. Poseidon Undersea Resort, Poseidon Mystery Island, Fiji
Currently under construction, this resort will be the first of its kind to have the majority of its complex underwater, and will include a restaurant, bar, library, conference room, spa and wedding chapel.
Book it: poseidonresorts.com
7. Per Aquum Niyama, Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
Per Aquum Niyama’s underwater Subsix restaurant needs to be seen to be believed, and will certainly fulfil your dreams of becoming a mermaid as you sip on a maritime-themed cocktail while watching ocean life swim by.
Book it: minorhotels.com
8. Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi, Huvafen Fushi Island, Maldives
The Lime Spa here is the first of its kind. With panoramic views of the ocean, you can enjoy being pampered in underwater treatment rooms with views guaranteed to make anyone feel seriously relaxed.
Book it: minorhotels.com
9. Water Discus Hotel, Dubai
The brainchild of Polish company Deep Ocean Technology, this hotel – commissioned last year – will comprise of two sections (one above the ocean and one below) so guests can enjoy the tropical underwater reef as well as the beautiful weather above.
Keep up to date: deep-ocean-technology.com
10. Lovers Deep, Caribbean
This luxury submarine will make you feel like a mermaid on an adventure as you plunge deep beneath the ocean’s surface off a beautiful Caribbean island of your choosing. Complete with captain, chef and butler, all you’ll need to worry about is enjoying the view.
Book it: oliverstravels.com
11. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Maldives
The aptly named Sea restaurant at the Anantara Kihavah offers guests incredible European cuisine with unmatched views of the surrounding Indian Ocean that light the entire dining room up sparkling blue.
Book it: kihavah-maldives.anantara.com
12. Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
There are only 11 of these two-storey Ocean Suites at Singapore’s Resorts World, so get in quick to nab one – you wouldn’t want somebody else unwinding in your well-deserved Jacuzzi while looking out onto sea life in the adjoining tank, would you?
Book it: rwsentosa.com
13. National Aquarium, Baltimore, USA
Book the Dolphin Sleepover for an unforgettable experience that’ll make you and the kids want to jump straight in with the marine life in this family friendly hotel with a very cool point of difference.
Book it: aqua.org
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Comment: Does the thought of staying underwater excite you or freak you out?