Truly connect with nature in an underwater hotel
Sleeping with the fishes doesn't mean what it used to.
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In 2019, it means taking a trip to where the water is glassy clear and staying in a luxurious underwater suite. Here's how to check this one off your bucket list.
There are a number of options for underwater suites in 2019, with some hotels opening up new suites below the waterline and others already up and running.
Atlantis at The Palm, Dubai
Fancy sharing your holiday with 65,000 marine animals? That's what's on offer under the waves at The Palm in Dubai thanks to the Atlantis rooms.
Featuring its two suites, the Poseidon and Neptune, The Palm is located on a man-made island on the Arabian Sea.
The hotel has thousands of rooms, but only these two will let you slip underwater for the cool price of $11,650 per night.
That handsome price tag nets you the underwater triplex room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a 6-seater dining area, 60-inch TV and a uniquely transparent bathroom that allows you to see into the abyss.
You also get included luxury amenities and access to a private butler, a chance to swim with dolphins, massage services and access to the resort's club, restaurant and pool.
The Manta Resort, Tanzania
Located off the east coast of Tanzania is Pemba Island. Nestled among the marine life and coral is the Manta Resort's underwater room, located 250 metres from the shore.
Part overwater bungalow, part submerged sanctuary, the Manta Resort's underwater room has three levels: the roof deck, the main living area and the underwater bedroom.
The underwater space is where the real action lies in this room. With 360-degree views into a coral reef, you can expect visits from unique creatures day and night.
The room is stocked with eco-friendly amenities like a marine toilet and environmentally friendly, biodegradable shower products. The Manta also prides itself on being free of light pollution, meaning your floating paradise gets the best view of the night sky imaginable so you can be immersed in the wonder.
For just $1,700 a night (with a minimum 3-night stay), the Mantra is more accessible and a more spiritual experience than its opulent Dubai-based brethren.
The Muraka, Hilton Conrad Resort, Maldives
If you fancy a bit of danger with your underwater stay, why not try the Muraka at Hilton's Conrad Resort in the Maldives?
At $50,000 a night, the underwater room is luxuriously appointed, so you can be in complete comfort while you watch the sharks swim past your floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Muraka (local for "coral") puts you almost five metres under water in absolute style and comfort. The room is connected to the mainland via a lengthy and luxurious boardwalk over pristine blue waters.
The 2-level villa sleeps 9 in total, so perhaps you could split the $50,000 per night with a few mates?
An elevator slips you under the waves and features glass everywhere so you can be truly immersed in your environment.
Deep dives, fine dining
If you don't fancy shelling out for an opulent underwater room in a tropical paradise, don't fret: you can still nab yourself a sub-marine experience for a meal you'll never forget.
Dubai's Burj Al Arab features a luxurious restaurant under the water known as Al Mahara.
The Aquarium Restaurant chain with locations in Nashville, Denver and Houston in the USA allows you to step underwater without having to leave a mall.
And if you feel like getting your drink and dance on under the sea, you can try Subsix: the deepest club on Earth. At 6.1 metres below the surface and 500 metres offshore, it's an experience on the dance floor you'll never forget!
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