Going on vacation and staying at a luxurious hotel is always a welcome escape from our day to day routines. We get to lay in bed, maybe have breakfast delivered to our door, and have a fun, relaxing stay without worrying about cleaning up or running errands —everything we need is right there for us! But after we've stayed at a few typical hotels, they all sort of seem to run together —none of them seem really unique after we've traveled for a while.
So, what if we want something different? What if we want to sleep, relax, and eat in a whole new setting? What if we've been saving for years to go on a dream vacation, and you don’t want to spend it at a normal hotel —we want something truly special. Well, some architects and innovative leaders in the travel industry have gone to new lengths to make this dream a reality. Around the world, there are incredible underwater hotels, spas, and restaurants, all created for travelers who want their experience to go above and beyond. Going to one of these hotels is a life-changing experience! Here are 20 magical underwater vacation spots for the adventurous travelers out there.
20 The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The Manta Resort, located just off the coast of Zanzibar’s Pemba Island, is home to Africa’s first underwater hotel room! According to New Atlas, the room is essentially its own little private island. A boat will take you there, and then you will enjoy staying in a three floor suite in the midst of a coral reef, with a master bedroom that looks out into the open ocean with big submarine style windows! We literally cannot imagine anything more romantic for a honeymoon getaway. Of course, the room doesn’t come cheap—the cost for two people for one night is $1,500!
19 Lime Spa At Huvafen Fushi, The Maldives
The Maldives are known for being ahead of the curve when it comes to luxury—you’ve probably seen images of those over-water bungalows and dreamed of staying there one day. But what if you could take things one step further and go under those waves? According to South China Morning Post, the Lima Spa at Huvafen Fushi Maldives is eight meters underwater, and there is nowhere else like it on earth to get a massage! Imagine leaving all your stress behind, casually watching the marine life drift by the spa windows? You would probably feel like a real mermaid!
18 Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
When you think of truly luxurious travel, Dubai is probably the first place that comes to mind—nowhere else on earth does it quite like Dubai. This city is bursting with wealth, and some of the world’s top architects and major investors were the minds behind Atlantis The Palm, a mega luxury hotel complex in Dubai. According to the YouTube travel channel Meet the Vloggers, the famous underwater room at The Palm costs a hefty $10,000 per night. But it’s worth every penny for this once in a lifetime experience—can you imagine seeing that aquarium view from your bed?
17 Utter Inn, Västerås, Sweden
Utter Inn is nothing like the glamorous underwater hotels on this list—but that’s actually what makes it so charming! It looks like a cute little cabin on the water, and it is perfect for a quaint little getaway with someone you love. According to Atlas Obscura, Utter Inn was designed by a Swedish artist. You get to the hotel by boat, and then you walk down the ladder to the small bedroom. And even though the marine life here isn’t very colorful, guests will still get to enjoy views of the underwater scenery all around them—it’s very soothing!
16 Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida
It may not look fancy—but spending the night in Jules’ Undersea Lodge gives you a small taste of what it’s like to be a diver on a research station! According to Trip Advisor, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is the only underwater hotel in the United States. It was originally a research station where scientists would stay in between dives. Now, you can stay there for a very unique getaway, but you have to be able to dive there yourself. You can also take a short dive course after booking your stay so that you will have all the skills to get there.
15 Guinness Deep Sea Bar, The Baltic Sea
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a little time in a submarine? It definitely sounds like a cool experience—but being in a regular submarine might feel a little claustrophobic! If you want to relax underwater, the Guinness Deep Sea Bar might be the place for you to check out. According to Luxury Launches, this underwater venue was designed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brand. What an exciting way to celebrate! It is located at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, so it’s far from tropical, but still a cool place to visit!
14 Hilton’s Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, The Maldives
Our journey of the world’s many undersea adventure destinations take us back to the Maldives—seriously, if you ever get a chance to visit, it seems like you could spend the entire trip underwater! The Hilton’s Conrad Resort on Rangali Island is a dream come true. According to CNN, this hotel has won the title of “Best Hotel in the World”—not just once, but twice! You can stay in the underwater suite, where you will sleep not under the stars, but under the sea. Honestly, it would probably be hard to sleep because you would want to savor every moment.
13 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
Singapore is a hot destination right now, and for good reason. This country is clean, extremely safe, with sleek and modern cities. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, oh, and did we mention that you can stay at an underwater hotel? According to RW Scoop, there are several underwater rooms at Resorts World Sentosa, appropriately titled the Ocean Suites. The glass walls give you a view of the thousands of fish swimming in the world’s largest aquarium! The incredible views are just one reason to stay in these suites—this is Singapore, where no luxurious detail is forgotten.
12 Forbes Island, San Francisco, California
Have you ever wanted to dine at an underwater restaurant? Well, if you have the opportunity to travel to San Francisco, you could easily make that wish come true! According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes Island is a restaurant in the bay that you can only reach by boat! Boats will take crowds of customers over to the restaurant, and then you will descend below decks. However, this underwater venue does not have huge glass windows to see the marine life. Instead, it is designed to look like the inside of a ship, with small porthole windows for the aesthetic.
11 Underwater Atrium Bar At Radisson Blu, Berlin
Have you ever considered going on an underwater adventure…in Berlin? Well, we’re here to tell you that as strange as it sounds, it can happen! According to CN Traveler, The Underwater Atrium Bar in the lobby of the Radisson Blu in Berlin will make you feel like you have just stepped into an undersea grotto—but you will be totally dry! You can sit beneath this massive, cylindrical aquarium and order some food, and then gaze upwards to see all of the action above. Berlin is known for being a quirky and fun destination—just one more reason to go!
10 Outlaw’s Restaurant At Al Mahara, Dubai
And our itinerary has taken us back to Dubai—why would this city stop at one underwater venue? Nope, Dubai is all about total excess and glitz, so they had to go all out and add an underwater restaurant in addition to the underwater suite! According to CN Traveler, Dubai’s underwater restaurant is called Al Mahara, and it is located within the world famous Burj Al Arab hotel. The walls are floor to ceiling glass, and diners can spend their evening gazing at the incredible aquarium while choosing from an extensive seafood menu—it’s very fitting for this particular setting!
9 Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Okay, we’ll let you know right off the bat that this hotel hasn’t opened yet, but when it does, it is sure to be a hit amongst adventurous travelers with a little extra money to spend for years to come. According to CNN Money, the Poseidon Undersea Resort is already taking reservations from interested parties. This resort is under construction in Fiji, and the investors anticipate that it will be such a huge success that they already are starting to plan for a second one! Well, if you happen to have a ton of money saved, this could be a splurge.
8 Aquarium Restaurant, Nashville
Now that you’ve read about a few underwater restaurants, you might be wondering if there are any located in North America, or if your only chance at dining at one is visiting a pricey destination like Dubai or the Maldives. Well, you’re in luck—according to CN Traveler, Aquarium Restaurant is a small chain of underwater restaurants in the United States that will be much more affordable than the others around the world! One of the nicest is in the center of Nashville, and the 200,000 gallon aquarium is home to over 100 species of fish from all over the world.
7 Lover’s Deep Submarine, St. Lucia
So, we’ve discussed a few romantic destinations so far—perhaps you are already starting to daydream about your honeymoon! But before you decide to stay in an underwater hotel, you might want to consider something even more exotic. What about a romantic stay in a submarine outfitted with countless luxuries? According to Oliver’s Travels, the Lover’s Deep submarine, currently anchored in St. Lucia, is an unmatchable accommodation. You will have a master bedroom, a fancy lounge, and basically anything else you could request all to yourself. Staying here is truly a once in a lifetime experience like nothing else.
6 Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, The Maldives
No surprises here—the Maldives aren’t done with underwater luxury just yet! We’re beginning to think that the Maldives is actually just code for the lost city of Atlantic—after all, half of the nation seems to be underwater! According to CN Traveler, Ithaa Restaurant holds the title of the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant! And if you’re wondering why it looks slightly familiar, it’s because part of the restaurant becomes a private suite at night if a couple pays extra to stay there, which we featured above. Pretty cool! To get the full experience, you have to stay and dine!
5 Hydropolis, Dubai
Alright, this hotel is another one that is currently under construction, but you can bet that once it is finished being built, it will be unlike any other hotel in the world—after all, this is a luxury hotel in Dubai that we’re talking about here. No way is this place going to be ordinary by any definition! According to Dubai Lime, this place is going to be beyond words. It will be the first fully underwater hotel in the world—do you think that Dubai would let a hotel in any other city get that honor? Um, no way!
4 Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel, Key West, Florida
Start saving now—the Plant Ocean Underwater Hotel is under construction, but we’ve got good news for you. Yes, you will have to wait a bit, but according to their website, they are giving out a free stay for when the hotel opens! So it could be your lucky win! This hotel is being built in the Florida Keys, and once it is finished, it will be the first multi-room underwater hotel in the United States (the Jules’ Undersea Hotel only has the one room). Can you imagine all of the incredible marine life you can see in the Keys?
3 Subsix At Niyama Private Islands, The Maldives
Are you tempted to go the Maldives yet? We won’t lie, it’s hard to resist booking a plane ticket to explore all of their amazing underwater amenities! This destination should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list—where else can you find accommodations, spas, and restaurants like this? According to BBC Travel, Subsix in the Maldives is the world’s only underwater nightclub! Talk about a crazy night out, right? That would definitely be a story to tell for years to come. Other places may have great nightlife, but this is the only place where you can dance your heart out underwater.
2 Cargo Hold Restaurant, Durban, South Africa
Maybe the fear of a shark attack has crossed your mind while swimming at the beach before—but what if you could peacefully dine alongside sharks without bothering each other? Sounds pretty silly, right? Well, at Cargo Hold Restaurant in Durban, South Africa, it’s just a normal night out! According to the Daily Mail, out of all the underwater restaurants in the world (and okay, there aren’t many), the Cargo Hold is known for having the best food. And the ambiance simply cannot be beat—there is a large shark population in the area, so one might join you for dinner!
1 SEA Restaurant, The Maldives
Let’s finish it off at the most famous destination on the planet for underwater explorers—the Maldives, of course. If you’re dreaming of doing a world tour of underwater restaurants one day, you will obviously want to come to the Maldives, so you may want to dine at SEA Restaurant, a glamorous undersea restaurant where you will feel like royalty. According to Travel Triangle, SEA offers a huge variety of gourmet, international dishes, and there is no better place in the Maldives to see the diversity of marine life swimming through the Indian Ocean. It is truly an unforgettable experience.