We’ve rounded up the 9 best underwater hotels from all over the world. From deep sea suites to submerged spas, these hotels offer incredible views and one of a kind experiences below sea level.
Reefworld is moored offshore at Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays. In 2019 Reefworld became Australia’s first underwater hotel when the all-inclusive Reefsuites were opened to the public. There are two 3-metre deep Reefsuites available at Reefworld. They provide guests with a front row seat to the dazzling UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. This one of a kind experience is definitely worth trying during a visit to Australia. Day trippers are welcome aboard Reefworld for the day, and there are on-deck Reefsleep beds for those who prefer an above-water experience. However, to actually experience the views from the Reefsuites, guests must book at least one night’s accommodation.
Prices start from £420 per night.
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis The Palm is home to one of the most famous underwater hotel rooms in the world. The 165 square metre Underwater Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows into the aquarium. The windows in the suite allow guests to observe sharks, stingrays and colourful fish. With a 24-hour private butler service, in-room check-in and a complimentary interconnecting room included in the price, you may never want to leave this underwater paradise! Should you decide to hit dry land, check out our guide on the best things to see and do in Dubai.
Prices start from £3,200 per night
The Manta Resort, Zanzibar
The Underwater Room at The Manta Resort is one of the most spectacular hotel rooms in Zanzibar. The landing deck, at sea level, has a lounge area and bathroom facility. This means that guests can spend their days sunbathing on the deck above, before descending down to their underwater bedroom at night. The 360 degree viewing of the reef from the bedroom is truly magical. When it gets dark, underwater spotlights are turned on to attract the shyer and more unusual creatures such as squid. For more underwater action, the hotel offers diving trips to sites along the Pemba Island coast. A minimum stay of at least 3 nights is required here – however, there are definitely worse places to be in the world!
Prices start from £1,290 per night
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Maldives
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is home to THE MURAKA. The upper level of THE MURAKA consists of two bedrooms, a bathroom, and outdoor deck with an infinity pool. The lower level, which can be reached via a spiral staircase, or elevator features a master bedroom with a 180-degree curved acrylic dome, a second bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and a dedicated tunnel viewing theatre. This truly decadent escape is perfect for discerning travellers. Other amenities at THE MURAKA include private jet skis, a private butler, and an on-site personal trainer. The nightly rate is an eye-watering £43,000 per night. A minimum stay of at least 4 nights is required.
However, to have a more affordable underwater experience at this resort, we recommend the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. This restaurant was the first underwater restaurant to open in the world. The set lunch and dinner menus cost upwards of £250 per person, and can be paired with wines for each course.
Prices start from £43,000 per night.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives
For gourmet dining, and fine wine, the underwater SEA restaurant at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is unmissable. Floor to ceiling panoramic windows around the restaurant provide breathtaking views. Watch sharks, turtles and tropical fish swim by as you savour every mouthful. Menu highlights include Maldivian poached soft lobster water lily roots, pomelo, young coconut, citrus fruit and coriander lime dressing. Whilst the chocolate bomb explosion dessert is sure to tantalise the taste buds of those with a sweet tooth. This dessert combines chocolate ganache with a crunchy mascarpone parfait and is served with warm caramel sauce. The international gourmet menu accompanied with a choice of wines from the underwater wine cellar, paired by the resort’s resident Wine Guru.
Prices start from £959 per night.
Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, China
The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland is the world’s first five-star hotel built inside an underground, water-filled quarry. Located 20 miles away from Shanghai, the hotel includes two underwater floors and a green rooftop that blends into the surrounding countryside. The underground floors include underwater suites, a leisure complex, a swimming pool, and a seafood restaurant that faces a 33-foot-long aquarium called Mr Fisher.
There are three types of underwater suite available at the hotel. Guests have the option of choosing the 37 square metre Intercontinental Premier Underwater View, the 88 square metre Intercontinental Suite Underwater View, or 120 square metre Duplex Suite View. All three have a 55-inch Smart TV, JBL, Nespresso coffee machine, Ferragamo bathroom amenities and Dyson hair dryer. However, the Duplex Suite View, provides the best of both worlds with a terrace above ground and a bedroom under water.
Prices start from £550 per night.
Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Maldives
This resort is home to an underwater playground called Subsix. Subsix is a restaurant by day and party venue by night. Dive into the subaquatic set lunch menu, where you will find a delicious array of seafood dishes as part of the divine tasting menu from only £170 per person. Or perhaps visit Subsix at night to try a selection of glow party cocktails including the unique White Sand Sangria. Whenever you choose to go, Subsix is the perfect place to spend several hours whilst on holiday in the Maldives.
Prices start from £790 per night.
Huvafen Fushi Maldives Resort, Maldives
The Huvafen Fushi private island resort is located on a private white sandy beach and near one of the best reefs in the Maldives. For a relaxing underwater experience, head to the Huvafen Fushi Pearl Underwater Spa. This tranquil spa submerged under the sea is a refuge for body and soul. There are two different types of underwater treatments to enjoy. The first is called ‘Underwater Dream’ lasting either 60 minutes or 90 minutes. The second is called ‘Underwater Rendezvous’ and lasts 120 minutes. Both treatments are delivered by highly experienced massage therapists, and take place in an underwater treatment room.
Prices start from £630 per night.
Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
The Resorts World Sentosa has 11 Ocean Suites to provide guests with the opportunity to observe the activity in the aquarium from the comfort of their suite. 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 life.
Prices start from £1,015 per night.
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