This year Dubai will unveil the world’s first underwater homes. The three-story luxury lodgings consist of two decked-out upper floors plus a glass-walled lower level that’s entirely submerged, providing panoramic seascapes of the Persian Gulf. Real estate co, the Kleindienst Group, will complete construction of the 42 floating villas by the end of the year, with the first tenants set to move aboard in 2017. If you don’t have a cool million to drop on a floating flat just yet, why not check out these slightly (and only slightly) more affordable excursions.
Unleash your inner explorer at Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Self-described as a “culmination of every elite vacationer’s vision”, this underwater paradise surfaced in 2012, and was designed by bona fide submarine engineers. In fact, thrill-seekers can even have a go at maneuvering a real submarine through its lagoon. Perfect for both those that seek solitude and those that seek adventure.
Spend a night in Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
An overnight stay in The Palm’s aptly named Neptune and Poseidon suites offer hotel guests their very own deep-sea enclave. Set across three floors, the underwater suites allow for sprawling views of exotic fish and plant life due to their floor-to-ceiling glass walls. With a 24-hour on-service butler, you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy this aquatic oasis.
Book in to the LIME Spa, Maldives
The world’s first underwater spa, this calming sanctuary uses treatments enriched with the ocean’s natural minerals. Every treatment room is designed to mirror the outside views, with calming ocean noises and ethereal furnishings. If you’d rather see the ocean from above, it also offers over ground treatment rooms fitted with glass floors.
Let your hair down at Subsix Nightclub, Maldives
A clubbing experience like no other, Subsix gives revellers a one-of-a-kind way to dance below the deep. Intimate yet elegant, punters can while the night away admiring the Indian Ocean from six metres down. With a host of international DJs on their roster and only accessible by private boat, Subsix takes clubbing to a whole new level, quite literally.
Check into The Manta Resort, Zanzibar
This all-inclusive African paradise has a private floating room that’s simultaneously above and below sea level. The top deck allows for guests to sun-bake or stargaze, while the submerged bedroom acts as a private aquarium.
Drink differently at The Red Sea Star, Israel
Five metres below sea level this star-shaped restaurant and bar is the only one of its kind in the Red Sea. Sip cocktails as you gaze out upon heavenly vistas of sparkling coral. Thankfully the creators of this remote gem recognise the importance of ocean life preservation, and have hired a team of divers to protect the delicate environment.
Live like royalty at Burj Al Arab, Dubai
It may not come as a surprise to see this seven-star wonder make an appearance on this list. Often hailed as the world’s most luxurious hotel, it’s the restaurant – Al Mahara – you’ll need to visit should you wish to gaze upon a seascape. Sample some of the city’s finest seafood as you enjoy unsurpassed views of its floor-to-ceiling aquarium.
Dine amid the coral at The Conrad Maldives Rangali, Maldives
This six-star island haven is sure to offer an unforgettable experience in the Maldives, but it’s the restaurant that might prove most memorable. Five metres below sea level, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant provides diners with unparalleled vistas of the area’s astounding coral beds and marine wildlife. Above surface, the glass-floored spa continues the underwater theme.