Conrad Rangali Island, Maldives
Rated as ‘the most beautiful restaurant in the world’ by the New York Daily News in 2014, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s Ithaa restaurant sits 5 metres or 16 feet below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it. Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) restaurant typically seats 12, but for $11,710 a night it can be made into a spectacular suite for two. With the restaurant serving indulgences such as caviar in a six-course set dinner menu, you can expect top-notch accommodations for your one-of-a-kind overnight stay.
Atlantis the Palm, Dubai, UAE
Located on the kingdom’s man-made, palm tree-shaped island, palatial Atlantis the Palm is one of Dubai’s most impressive resorts, part blockbuster luxury hotel, part aquatic wonderland. The hotel’s signature underwater suites have breathtaking underwater views, including the “ancient” ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis and its 65,000 marine inhabitants. With floor to ceiling windows looking straight into the hotel’s Ambassador Lagoon, you will be blown away. And if that is not enough, the suites come with a 24/7 private butler, massages and a dolphin encounter.
Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
Discreetly tucked away on one side of the world’s largest aquarium, guests here are treated to five-star comfort and personalized butler service whilst enjoying spectacular views of this underwater sanctuary. Each of these 11 exclusive suites is designed like a deluxe two story townhouse offering guests with the best of both land and sea. The upper level consists of an open living area leading onto an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi whilst the lower level offers guests with an underwater view of over 40,000 marine fishes in the comfort and privacy of their own suite.
Shimao Wonderland InterContinental, China
The 380-room Shimao Wonderland InterContinental is currently being built on the site of an abandoned quarry in Songjiang, China, around 30 miles from Shanghai. It will become one of the flagship hotels of the InterContinental Hotel group, and, notably, will features several rooms underwater as the abandoned quarry will be partially filled with water to create an artificial lake. There will be two underwater floors, the lowest of which will have a swimming pool. Construction of the hotel is estimated to be completed by 2017, only 2 years behind the originally planned 2015 completion date.
The Water Discus Hotel, Dubai
Backed by a Swiss company and designed by Deep Ocean Technology, the Water Discus will be a truly impressive hotel in Dubai whenever it is finished. Its 21 luxury suites will be housed in two main discs that look a bit like a spaceship. It will also have a bar and a dive centre.