The ocean is a mysterious place. For most, it is a deep, dark wonder, decorated by coral and seaweed and inhabited by animals ranging from shrimp to sharks. But some hotels plumb the mysteries of the deep by placing guest underwater amongst actual sea life. Be it under an aquarium or lake, you’re sure to enjoy sleeping with the fishes in these unique destinations.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis The Palm offers a truly immersive experience. The suite offers a view of 65,000 marine animals, from sizable sharks to sting rays, through ceiling-to-floor windows. By booking the suite, you also receive a wide range of complimentary amenities, including Dolphin Bay Dolphin Encounters, a massage and access to private cabanas.
The Manta Resort, Tanzania, Africa
A variety of rooms are available, but the stand-out choice has to be the Underwater Room. However, it’s less of a room and more of a mini, three-level suite. Climb onto the roof to sunbathe during the day and stargaze at night. At sea level, you’ll find panoramic views of the ocean. And when it comes time to rest, you’ll find yourself underwater, attracting creatures like reef fish and even the occasional octopus.
Utter Inn, Vasteras, Sweden
Hidden underwater in Lake Maralen, local artist and sculptor Mikael Genberg created Utter Inn. It’s tiny, with only two twin beds and a table, but that’s a plus when you’re looking for a cozy getaway. You’ll have panoramic views from the bedroom, where you can watch lake-dwellers swim around you all day and night.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida
While the other hotels require a boat ride to reach their underwater rooms, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is a bit different. To access the hotel in Key Largo, you’ll need to scuba dive 21 ft. underwater to enter the wet room. Once you’re in, you’re welcome to a hot shower and stocked kitchen. Not scuba-certified? You can book the Scuba diving program as well. It’s sure to be an experiential trip.
Lovers Deep Submarine, Caribbean
The Lovers Deep Submarine can be docked throughout the Caribbean, including the islands of Martinique, St. Lucia and Barbados. The appeal is the romantic aspect of being alone underwater with your lover. The hefty price tag also includes an onboard crew to tend to your needs, as well as an aphrodisiac-filled menu, including oysters and chocolate fondant.
Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
If you’re looking for a resort that feels like home, but looks like the sea, Resort World Sentosa is where you want to be. But book soon—there are only 11 suites. Modeled like two-story townhouses, the upper level has a living area with comfy couches and a television, as well as an outdoor patio with a Jacuzzi. The first floor is where you’ll find the bedroom. Where you would normally find a window is a floor-to-ceiling window giving you a glimpse at 40,000 fishes. It’s the best view to fall asleep to.