6 Underwater Hotels That Make You Feel Like The Little Mermaid

Dreaming of sleeping under the sea and feeling like a mermaid or merman? Well, now you can make that dream a reality. Underwater hotels are all the craze in recent years, with the hotel scene having seen a number opened around the world. The unique hotels offer guests a chance to immerse themselves in an underwater world and experience the magic of sleeping with the fishes. These hotels are not only a unique way to vacation but also an opportunity to explore the beauty and mystery of the ocean like never before. Let’s take a closer look at six of the most incredible underwater hotels and get ready to dive into a whole new world!

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Atlantis, The Palm – Dubai 🇦🇪 🐠

Nothing is done by halves in Dubai, including the hotels. Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai is one of many glorious stays and is one of the most iconic underwater hotels in the world! This luxurious resort is located at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah, the iconic palm tree-shaped island home to some of the world's most prestigious hotels and restaurants. The hotel offers guests a truly unique experience with its stunning underwater suites, aquariums, and marine activities.
Enjoy the showstopper exhibition that is the Lost Chambers Aquarium. A phenomenal 3-million-gallon underwater exhibit home to over 86,000 marine animals, including stingrays and sharks. Designed to resemble the lost city of Atlantis, complete with submerged ruins and ancient artefacts, this spot is not short of wow-factor. The hotel has two types of underwater rooms - the underwater suite and the Neptune and Poseidon underwater suites. The underwater suite is located on the ground floor of the hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests an incredible view of the Ambassador Lagoon. The Neptune and Poseidon underwater suites are located at the bottom of the lagoon and offer guests a 180-degree view of the underwater world.
Embrace the life of luxury at the Atlantis in this mystical suites with 24-hour butler service, airport transfers, and private cabanas at the resort pool, beach, and water park.

Conrad Rangali Islands – Maldives 🇲🇻 🤿

Who doesn’t dream of a trip to the Maldives? Home to some of the most exotic sea creatures, a trip to an underwater hotel would be perfect! Conrad Rangali Islands is one of many luxury resorts located here that are iconic for their incredible underwater hotel experience. The resort was the first in the world to offer guests the opportunity to stay in an underwater suite known as the Muraka, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is sure to take your breath away.
The Muraka is a bi-level suite that can accommodate up to nine guests, with rooms above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean. The upper level is above water and includes a living room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom and the lower level, located 16 feet below the surface of the ocean, features an underwater bedroom, living area, and bathroom. The bedroom found underwater offers breathtakingly beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding marine life, giving guests the feeling of being completely immersed in the ocean. The amazement doesn’t stop there at Conrad. The resort also offers a range of activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, and submarine tours. Guests can even take part in a unique experience known as the Sea Trek, which involves walking along the ocean floor while wearing a specially designed helmet. Luxury is delivered from the get-go here and reflected throughout, especially in the underwater restaurant that offers an intimate dining experience for a maximum of 12 seats.

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland – China 🇨🇳 🍽

Take a trip to China and stay in one of its wonderful submerged hotels! The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, located in Songjiang District, China, is a spectacular 16-floor hotel that is partly built into an abandoned quarry. This unique hotel is known for its stunning underwater suites, which offer guests an unforgettable experience of being submerged in a tropical aquarium.
The hotel features two underwater floors, with the underwater suites located on the bottom floor. Each of the ten underwater suites has a floor-to-ceiling glass wall that offers a breathtaking view of the aquarium, complete with exotic marine creatures and coral reefs. The suites are tastefully decorated with contemporary furnishings and feature state-of-the-art amenities, including a private Jacuzzi and a high-tech entertainment system. This spot is not short of that well-deserved touch of luxury and enjoyment.
Make the most of what this phenomenal spot has to offer, including the underwater restaurant called Mr. Fisher, which serves up delicious cuisine from a wide variety of seafood. Diners can enjoy their meals while admiring the marine life that surrounds them. Could you think of a dinner spot as immersive as this? Leap into action and enjoy the activities at this hotel, including; rock climbing, zip-lining, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Guests can also indulge in a range of spa treatments or simply relax in one of the hotel's many lounges and bars.

Manta Resort - Tanzania 🇹🇿 🏊‍♀️

This resort is the definition of tropical luxury.  Dive in deep and enjoy the best of the Manta Resort and all that this immersed resort has to offer. Located on the island of Pemba off the coast of Tanzania, it is a unique and luxurious underwater hotel that offers guests an unforgettable experience of being submerged in the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
The hotel's underwater room is located about 13 feet below the surface of the ocean and is surrounded by a vibrant coral reef, teeming with colorful marine life. The room is built with three levels, with the top level featuring a comfortable lounge area and a rooftop terrace for sunbathing and stargazing. The middle level is the bedroom, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding underwater world. The bottom level is the bathroom, complete with a shower and a toilet with a glass floor that offers a view of the ocean below. Designed to provide guests with an immersive and peaceful experience, allowing them to completely disconnect from the outside world and relax in the tranquility of the underwater environment.
The resort also offers a range of activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing. Guests can explore the surrounding coral reef and encounter a wide variety of marine life, including dolphins, turtles, and whale sharks.

Reefsuites Queensland - Australia 🇦🇺 🚤

Reefsuites Queensland, is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Here, guests can enjoy a truly unique and unforgettable underwater hotel experience. The hotel is built on a pontoon in the middle of Hardy Reef, offering guests the opportunity to stay in an underwater suite and immerse themselves in the incredible beauty of the reef.
Sleep tight under the surface in a spacious and modern suite with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the underwater world. The suites feature comfortable beds, a lounge area, and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests can enjoy their meals in the dining area or on the sun deck while taking in the breathtaking views of the coral reef and the surrounding marine life. The hotel offers a range of activities, including snorkeling and scuba diving, where guests can explore the vibrant and colourful reef and encounter a variety of marine life, including turtles, sharks, and rays.
Reefsuites Queensland also offers a unique and unforgettable experience called Reef Sleep, where guests can spend the night on the pontoon under the stars. They can sleep in a swag (a traditional Australian canvas bedroll) on the top deck, surrounded by the sounds of the ocean and the stars above.

Utter Inn - Sweden 🇸🇪 🏠

Experience the unique charm of Sweden in one of its gorgeous underwater hotels. Utter Inn, located in the middle of Lake Mälaren in Sweden, offers guests a peaceful and relaxing experience in a stunning natural setting.
The hotel consists of a red wooden house, which is situated on a floating platform on the surface of the lake. Designed by a local artist, and while it appears to be a typical Swedish house floating on water. But the real highlight of Utter Inn is the underwater bedroom, which is located 3 meters below the surface of the lake. The bedroom is a cosy and comfortable space with large windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding underwater world. Guests reach the underwater bedroom via a staircase that leads down from the house on the surface.
One of the unique features of Utter Inn is the fact that guests can enjoy complete privacy during their stay. The house, on the surface, is unstaffed, and guests are given a key to the boat that allows them to come and go as they please. This makes Utter Inn a perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic and secluded getaway.

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Imogen Kemp
August 30, 2023

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