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Apparently, the brains behind the world's newest underwater hotel haven't learned what pitfalls other similar projects have battled to make their dream come true. Nor have they seemed to give much thought to the environmental impact of their project.
Deep Ocean Technology, a Polish technology firm specializing in submerged buildings, vehicles and deep-sea equipment, is hoping to bring an underwater hotel to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system just off the coast of Northern Queensland.
If all goes to plan, a very futuristic design resembling flying saucers will rise above the waters in the Coral Sea comprising two primary discs--one above the water, another below. Both discs will be anchored to the ocean floor by five structural legs and a vertical shaft containing an elevator and stairway which will connect the two discs to a central lobby. There will be just 21 rooms, all with with killer views of colorful coral and loads of fish swimming by.
Back in 2006, we reported on an underwater hotel being built in Fiji known as Poseidon Resort Mystery Island. Though, aside from a few other press reports and a dinky little photo, details were a little, er, mysterious.
Now, things seem to be picking up again for the all-suite, bubble-shaped hotel 40 feet below the surface. Last week, Design-Milk posted a bunch of new photos of the place, showing off the hotel's en suite aquariums, and shimmer-y public spaces. The article states:
"The company has completed all of the necessary design and engineering for the subsea structures and is currently working to secure the capital necessary to begin construction."
It goes on to say the resort will take two years to complete once construction begins. Which means, we might end up seeing a race to the finish between this place and Dubai's much larger, even more elaborate Water Discus Hotel.
Last one to build an underwater hotel is a rotten turtle egg!
Well, call us eternally optimistic, but once again it’s been announced that an underwater hotel is to be built off the coast of Dubai and we hope, that this time, it’s for real.
Designed by Poland-based firm, Deep Ocean Technology, the “Water Discus Hotel” is space-age good. Two discs comprise the main part of the hotel, connected by three vertical legs and a shaft that holds the elevator and stairs. One disc rises above the water and the other is submerged below.
Fortunately for you adventure-seekers, underwater hotels seem to be more "do-able" than Space Hotels. While Istanbul, Dubai and the Bahamas have still not opened their planned underwater hotels, we have seen an underwater suite open at the Conrad Maldives.
However, if you truly want an underwater hotel experience, the place to be under the sea remains the Jules Undersea Lodge (named after explorer Jules Verne) in Key Largo, Fla. We discovered this place way back in 2003 and it looks like not much has changed since then or since the hotel first opened (as evidenced by this photo found on their website.)
Guests still have to scuba dive 21ft down to the bottom of a lagoon before swimming into the hotel's "entrance."
Under Water Hotels are sort of like our favorite joke here at HotelChatter. They've been hyped up for years but when it comes to actually opening, well, let's just say there's never been a real opening date set for any of these projects. Same goes for Space Hotels.
But at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island they've put together a reasonable way to spend a night underwater---by turning their underwater restaurant, Ithaa, into a suite for two for an evening in honor of the restaurant's fifth anniversary. Guests who book the suite will get a private champagne dinner and breakfast in bed. Oh and the chance to wake up looking up (not down) at the fishes swimming all around.
You know the feeling you get when you look at fantastical hotel models? You think: "wow wouldn't that be great! Too bad it'll never actually get built." Well, that's how we feel about the rumored Underwater Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, whichbelieve it or notis due to open later this year.
YEAH RIGHT. Nevermind that we don't have a name for the hotel (the rumor is it's called "Poseidon"--snore!) and nevermind that the information about the place is the same stuff being circulated since early 2008; we would really like to sleep in a 7-star hotel underwater, so we want it to work out, damnit.
Yes, you heard that rightthis baby is aiming to be a 7-star hotel, like Dubai's Burj Al-Arab, except that the Al-Arab is above the water's surface and this one won't be. It's being developed by Tanriverdi Holding, and the budget is a cool $500 million.
We are big fans of Queensland's incredible Great Barrier Reef and since we keep reading that it's kinda threatened by human activity and global warming, we're not really sure that we like the idea of the floating hotel called Reefworld that the UK Times reported about on the weekend.
They're saying that Reefworld will be the world's first "fully eco-friendly floating hotel" and includes eight underwater guestrooms. The bathrooms will have glass walls so all the fish will be able to see what you're up to in there! The plan is to combine it with a research facility, and also power the whole thing using solar panels and its own turbines and "underwater trickle-charge generators".
It sounds a bit science fiction-like and reactions have been mixed. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority have apparently given it their support, but local dive operators are more skeptical. And while in theory we love the idea of an underwater bedroom, we'd rather make sure the reef was still there for future generations to enjoy. Because that's just the kind of people we are.
[Photo: Leonard Low]
Planned Underwater Hotels Poseidon (Fiji) and Hydropolis (Dubai) are getting some more competition.
Istanbul has announced its own plans for an underwater hotel which will open in 2010, the same year the city will be taking over as the Capital of Culture. From TrendHunter:
The underwater hotel is being built on the ruins of a historical 1930s tobacco factory and will have restaurants, exhibition halls, and rooms all with sea view rooms.
It will be interesting to check-in and check-out the underwater hotel rooms and facilities, as local experts suggest that the underwater visibility of the Istanbul Bosphorus Strait (which is the body of water that links the Black Sea, to the north, with the Sea of Marmara, to the south) is about ten feet.
We have zero faith in these underwater hotels so we can't get really excited about all this. However, The Poseion Resort has got a fancy website that is pretty legit. With an opening date of September 2008, (reservations are to start March 17, 2008) this place should be well under construction. Although since the location is supposed to be a "secret" no one can really check on the status.
We have a feeling this is going to end up as another land-lubbing resort with overwater bungalows but prove us wrong Poseidon.
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· Britney Spears: Can she just give up her parental rights now? The trainwreck claimed to be too sick for a deposition in a child custody case but went out later that night to the Four Seasons.
· Hotel WiFi Hell: Brother site Jaunted reports that the DIA airport blocks some websites and even more shockingly, HotelChatter is a blocked site at some Drury and Comfort Inns. Whatever, our Trapper Keeper is cooler than yours.
· Hotel Sick: You probably shouldn't drink from those hotel room glasses.
· Underwater Hotels: We still don't believe any of these underwater hotels will open but The Hydropolis Hotel still keeps putting out the hype.
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Since Macau is doing everything they possibly can to recreate the Las Vegas strip on their own Cotai Strip, it's no surprise that a Hard Rock Hotel will open there as part of the City of Dreams complex. What is surprising is this Hydropolis trend might have legs:
The City of Dreams development is planned to feature an underwater- themed casino and four luxurious hotels, including Hard Rock Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and the Crown Towers, among other features. The development is planned to open in two phases, with the first phase (which is planned to include the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Macau), expected to be opened late 2008.
Ok, so it's not actually an underwater hotel but we're guessing the City of Dreams will have lots of fish tanks around.
As for the Hard Rock, plan on seeing approximately 380 rooms all designed by "Hard Rock designers", probably like Ashlee Simpson and Carmen Electra, including two "Rock Star" mega-suites. LIke the other Hard Rock properties there will be a live menu venue, a Hard Rock restaurant, a VIP nightclub, and a pool area. No word on whether or not you can have sex in the pool there.
· Hard Rock International Announces Signing of Definitive Agreements for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Macau [Yahoo! Biz]
· Ashlee and Carmen: Suite Designers [HotelChatter]
We mentioned this hotel last week in our PM Linkage but we decided that it really deserves a closer look.
The Cool Hunter reported that the Atkin's Architecture Group was the winner of an international design competition with their resort hotel complex that is built within a natural water-filled quarry in Songjiang, China.
[T]he 400 bed resort hotel is uniquely constructed within the natural elements of the quarry. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but the resort also boasts cafes, restaurants and sporting facilities.
The lowest level runs with the aquatic theme by housing a luxurious swimming pool and an extreme sports center for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping which will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water.
We actually think this is a more plausible hotel design than some other underwater hotel designs like Hydropolis. No word on when or if this thing will actually be built.
The Poseidon Undersea Resort is not slated to open for another couple of years, but this week a virtual tour of the resort surfaced on YouTube. Furthermore, the resort website is claiming that starting January 15 2007 you can start making reservations at $30,000 per couple per week.
This all sounds suspect, since as far as we know this place isn't even built yet. Maybe they are opening a Second Life version next year--only half kidding.
Here is what we said a couple years back about this place:
In our fantasy reality program Poseidon Real World 30 is a mix of Survivor, Real World, and American Idol. Every couple of weeks the audience gets to vote one annoying cast member out of the pod and into the ocean. Then, we get to watch, on live television, as the annoying cast member is tossed through the transparent acrylic walls into the ocean and told to fend for themselves.
And here is what a YouTube commenter said about his vision for the resort:
All the bellhops should be like fish people. And when they talk, they just have bubbles come out of their mouth. And you would just tip them with coral or some fish food, and they're all happy to get it because they're fish.