Would you like a little whale shark viewing with your wine? How about your own butler to assist with your dolphin swim? Or do you simply want to indulge in a James Bond-like fantasy of an underwater lair? Well, the best luxury underwater hotels in the world are here to make all of the above a reality.
These submerged hotel properties, restaurants and spas are perfect when you need a “wow factor” for your client and their attendees to experience something completely out of the box. These special ocean properties allow travelers to literally sleep in the sea and offer activities land-bound tourists could only dream of, making them ideal venues and excursions to impress even the most selective client. The next time a client requests something tropical yet unique, offer up one of these prized opportunities.
Fiji - Poseidon Undersea Resort
This five-star resort features guest rooms, an underwater restaurant and bar, a library, conference room, wedding chapel, and spa, and is accessible exclusively via submarine. Guests at Poseidon can take submarine piloting lessons and explore the lagoon in the resort’s own submersible. Fiji is teeming with tropical marine life, so be on the lookout for blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, wahoo, and colorful clownfish.
Maldives - Anatara Kihavah Villas
Anantara Kihavah Villas boutique hotel offers palm-dotted sands, piercing blue seas, dedicated butlers, secluded villas and an underwater restaurant where you can sample a delicious meal amidst the view of passing fish and the ocean. It was built 16 feet below the ocean’s surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of vibrant corals growing from the sea floor. This restaurant features the world’s first underwater wine cellar. Guests will be mesmerized by multi-colored fish swimming by and enjoy an international gourmet menu accompanied with a choice of world-class wines. Sightings of whale sharks are not uncommon.
Singapore - Resort World Sentosa
Rather than looking out on the real life ocean, Resort World Sentosa looks out into the world’s largest man-made aquarium. These uber-luxury rooms enjoy personalized butler service and spectacular views into the aquarium. Each exclusive suite is designed as a deluxe two-story townhouse. The upper levels consist of an open living area leading onto an outdoor patio and jacuzzi, while the lower levels offer guests unique bedrooms with an underwater world to lull them to sleep.
Dubai – Atlantis, The Palm
Atlantis, The Palm is one of Dubai’s impressive mega resorts, with more than 1,500 rooms and suites, complete with an aquatic wonderland. The hotel’s underwater suites have breathtaking underwater views, including a man-made version of the ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis brimming with nearly 65,000 marine inhabitants. The floor to ceiling windows look straight into the hotel’s Ambassador Lagoon. Suites also come with a private butler and a swim-with-dolphins experience.