While ‘sleeping with the fishes’ is not ideal if you are caught up in the mob scene, when it comes to underwater hotels, nothing can be more magical. Did you even realize that you have the ability to be Ariel or King Triton for the night, as you sleep under the sea with a tropical paradise right outside your mega-aquarium window? Well, it is. Plus, not only can you find an underwater hotel to explore on your next vacation, you have options from which to choose. From beauty to adventure to fun, whatever draws you to the sea, you will be sure to find what you want at one of these amazing hotels.
Some hotels allow you to soak in the beautiful underwater fauna while taking in a spa day, while others require you to be scuba-certified in order to even access the hotel, and might be based for those travelers looking for something a little more stimulating for their next trip. No matter what type of hotel you choose though, you are sure to have an experience that you and your family will never forget. In order to make sure you pick the one that is perfect for you and your family, here are our picks for the 10 coolest underwater hotels you should check out.
If you did know that underwater hotels existed, there is a chance that the reason you knew was because you have heard of, visited, or stayed at the Atlantis. The underwater Atlantis is based in Dubai, and is not the same as the famous one in the Bahamas. However, it is still well-known in its own right.
As far as lost cities go, this one is nice. Relax in luxury while your kids explore. Then, when you are ready for a real out-of-the-ordinary experience, just open your curtains. The beauty of the sea will greet you right outside your window.
9 Jules Undersea Lodge
For the more literary and adventurous inclined, try Jules Undersea Lodge, located off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. This hotel is great for anyone with a love of reading (because it’s named after Jules Verne, author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), for anyone with a love of scuba diving (you must be certified already or go through a crash course even to get in as the hotel entrance is 21 feet underwater), for anyone with a love of history (it is the oldest underwater hotel in existence and started off as a research center), and for anyone with a love of pop culture (many stars have been known to stay here on occasion).
8 The Manta Resort
If you are looking for a cool place to stay on your next trip to Zanzibar, then the Manta Resort might be just what you need. This hotel offers the special underwater room that allows you to get an exclusive view of the local area’s underworld.
Start out your stay in this incredible room by being boated to your own special location right over the Manta Reef. The clear waters will let you see the sea as you have never seen it before. The flora and fauna of the area will make your views especially magnificent, and they will make your trip one for the ages.
7 The Utter Inn
Do not think that Sweden wants to be left out of the fun of the undersea hotel industry. At least, not if artist Mikael Genberg has anything to say about it.
Wanting to give visitors a truly one-of-a-kind visit, Genberg opened up The Utter Inn, a one-bedroom inn, that allows visitors to sleep under the peaceful, quiet Lake Malaren. The room from above appears to be a big buoy. However, do not let looks fool you. In reality, a comfortable abode waits beneath the waters. You will get to see fish like you have never gotten to see them before.
6 Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
If you are a little hesitant to take part in a full underwater excursion, but would like to see a little bit more of the world under sea, then the Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort might be the perfect combination for you.
Located on Rangali Island in Maldives, this hotel is not underwater so you do not have to be submerged if you don't want to be. However, the reason it makes this list is that its dining room is underwater. So you can keep your feet firmly on land if you wish, but you can also get that underwater thrill when you are ready as well.
If you prefer a more modern experience, then the Hydropolis might be right for you. This hotel, located in Dubai, is still under construction, so it is so new that you know it is being built with all the modern amenities to go along with the unique glimpse into the surrounding gulf.
When it finally does open, you might want to be one of the first in line to enter its doors. It is supposed to be so nice and so original, that vacancies are sure to be few and far between. Act fast, or you may not be able to act for a while.
4 Subsix at Niyama
If after your underwater dinner at Conrad Maldives you decide you want a little more time to spend under the Indian Ocean, then you'll want to hop over to Subsix at Niyama. There you will find an underwater club.
Feel free to drink and dance the night away, but remember: the fish and fauna of the area is looking in at you. It’s a pretty safe bet to say that they won’t judge you for having a lot of fun, though. After all, you may not be used to them, but with this popular club right in their midst, they are probably used to the people.
3 Poseidon Undersea Resort
Located in Fiji, this cool place has a whole lot to offer. For example, would you like beautiful sea creatures to grace you with their presence at your wedding? Then this is where you should go. The Poseidon has an underwater chapel that allows you to get married with a coral garden as the backdrop (imagine how beautiful your wedding photos would be).
Really, this is an ideal location for anyone. It offers adventurous scuba and submarine options, along with spa packages for those who choose to relax. So no matter what you want out of your vacation, this one spot is likely to have something that will more than satisfy you.
2 Lime Spa
Still in Maldives? After that night out at the club, you may want to take some time to simply relax and enjoy the solitude. That’s perfect because also in Maldives is the luxurious Lime Spa.
If you have ever wanted to be fully pampered while enjoying the beauty offered by the Indian Ocean, then Lime Spa might be the perfect solution for you. It offers all of the amenities of a relaxing spa vacation, but the views have a whole lot more to recommend them than the average spa. Be pampered in beauty when you check in to this luxurious location.
1 Lovers Deep
Lovers Deep just may be the most unique hotel on this list. That is mostly because it is not actually a hotel at all. It is a submarine. And when you stay there, you get to pick its Caribbean location.
Don’t think that submarine means unsophisticated, though. As the name suggests, this destination is intended for romantic getaways, and as such, they deck it out in all the finest luxuries. When you want to get away from the world and spend time with just the one you love, then you might find this is a great place for you to stay.