It always seems to happen…I’m looking for a specific item on Pinterest and I see something else that looks interesting and I pin that and so on and so on. That’s exactly what happened last week when I was looking for pins about bathing suits…in a moment of Pinterest A.D.D, a photo of an underwater hotel caught my eye. I pinned it and moved on. So this weekend, while thinking about a topic for my post, I returned to that photo and voila…a fascinating topic! I found hundreds of pins and repins of photos of underwater hotels pinned to boards called “Things that Amaze Me”, “Favorite Places and Spaces”, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, “Interesting and Unusual”, “Billionaire Toys” and “My Dream Vacation”, among others. It is clear from the number of pins and comments that my fellow pinners are fascinated by the idea of underwater hotels!
Imagine being submerged under water and being able to vacation with fish and sea coral around you. That may soon
be a reality with the Water Discus Underwater Hotel. This past May, building company Drydock World announced that it would be building the Water Discus Hotel in Dubai. Although not the first underwater hotel, it is slated to be the deepest at a depth of 66 feet and the most expansive at 27 acres. This new trend, let’s call it sub-aquatic tourism, will allow guests to get the real sea experience. See video here http://vimeo.com/28859633. The hotel is comprised of two discs – an underwater and above-water one. This combination will allow guests to admire the depths of the ocean while making the most of the warm climate. The two parts of the structure are connected by five solid legs and a vertical shaft containing a lift and stairway. The size of each disc has been adjusted to local conditions.The hotel is designed with 21 rooms, a dive center and a bar, all 32 feet below the surface of the ocean. Each room is integrated with the underwater world as closely as possible, offering a surprisingly direct, yet safe contact with the
local flora and fauna. A special lighting system of the area around the room and the miniature underwater vehicles which can be operated from inside will allow you to take a closer look at even the most microscopic underwater creatures using macro photography. Guests can protect their privacy whenever necessary. All rooms are sound-proof and have curtains of different levels of transparency.
The disc and its adjacent satellites located 5 – 7 metres above the water surface comprise a restaurant, a spa and a special recreation area. A multifunctional lobby built inside an enormous swimming pool shows the centre of the disc. The area around the underwater part of the complex and diving activities may be watched as they happen on the
screens hanging on the lobby walls. This part of the complex is connected to the satellites with awe-inspiring glass-walled tunnels cutting through a training pool for divers. Its rooftop includes seawater swimming pools (integrated
with the training pool). Finally, there is also an exotic garden offering a moment’s rest before going back to extreme experiences. The restaurant is located in one of the satellites of the upper discs. Like all rooms in the complex, it offers a panoramic view. How much will all of this cost you ask?
Another underwater hotel, still under construction, lists a package for seven days and six nights for $15,000 per person. A planned 7-star hotel, the Water Discus may just put you under water!
Below are some questions actually asked by persons staying in an underwater hotel (lol):
- Do I still need sunblock?
- Will my iPhone work underwater?
- What if the hotel scares away the sea creatures?
- If something goes wrong, can the evacuation system that lifts the underwater hotel to the surface really be
expected to work, as animated in the video
- Is it a bad idea to watch Jaws 3—in which a man-eating shark breaks through the glass in a control room at an
- Could I get seasick?
A nod to my Etsy friends who could easily outfit this 7-star hotel with their beautiful quality items! You can see all of these items on by pinboard Things You Might Find in an Underwater Hotel here.
You can view my pinboard Under the Sea here.
Yours in Pinning,
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