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The facts are getting a little more concrete on Fiji's coming underwater hotel--although to match its name, the exact location of Poseidon Resort's Mystery Island is still, well, a mystery. Press reports are pretty firm on construction beginning next month, with 24 underwater suites 40 foot down will complement beach and over water bungalows to make up the resort. Submarine engineers have been hard at work designing the suites, revolving restaurant and spa treatment rooms to give you the ultimate in live-with-the-fishes luxury--remember, they're calling it a 7-star resort.
Just when you'll be able to spend your $15,000 a week (note that only 2 of these nights will actually be spent underwater) is still a bit murky. Here at HotelChatter our last predicted completion date was mid-2008; press reports have pushed that a little to September 2008, and Poseidon's website itself mentions early 2009. We don't recommend making your reservations just yet.
Underwater Hotel Death Match [HotelChatter]
Underwater Resort on the Horizon [Business Traveller]
We love this statistical breakdown of the proposed underwater hotels--Hydropolis and Poseidon--compiled by Waterlog. Using information gathered from hyped-up press releases, news reports, and brochures, Waterlog assembles a side by side comparison of each hotel. So far it looks like Hydropolis is winning with its earlier opening date, more number of rooms, missile-detecting radar and a cheaper room rate. (Although having in-room fish feeders would have been nice.)
But in the end, this is all the ultimate in hotel hype. Or as Waterlog puts the chances of these hotels opening:
Neither one is my bet. Most of these Jules Verne fantasies get no further than a URL.
Amen. The same can almost be said of Jason Pomeranc's hotels.
· Underwater mega-resort smackdown: Fiji v. Dubai [Waterlog]
· Hydropolis, Dubai: 20,000 Leagues Under the Persian Gulf [HotelChatter]
· Poseidon Looking to Fish Slap Competition [HotelChatter]
Today we have some answers.
It appears that the hotel, with rumors of rooms going for $3,000 a night, will have two distinct parts.
The shallow water hotel will be shaped as a bowl and will be positioned on the sea ground.... The deep water version is floating in the sea with anchors on the ground.
The bowl will be constructed externally and then positioned on the location. It will then be emptied of the water and equipped with huge aquariums as an attraction for the guests. "At the shallow water hotel, guests are exposed to big fish tanks that contain controlled water and fish, since shallow water is muddy and not transparent. At the deep water hotel, visitors are looking directly into the sea," [a spokesperson for the hotel] said.
Despite the announcement of construction, the hotel has been hard-hit to find financing. "Banks have so far been very reluctant," said one official in the article.
Um, maybe because we all fear that scene in Jaws where the shark bites through the underwater aquarium walkway will actually come to life during our "peaceful" hotel stay?
For those interested here are the couple of stories we have on underwater hotels:
BTW: If these underwater hotels ever come to fruition, we are rooting for the Poseidon to host to Real World 30 in the year 2020. The premise? We watch seven people, live under water, to see what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting wet.
In our fantasy 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.
Make it happen Bunim-Murray.
We are glad this whole underwater hotel theme is top of mind again.
For those not content to vacation on the beach or even just off the beach, another option is on the way. We've seen too many movies featuring underwater complexes plagued by sharks and giant squid to line up for this one, but it looks like the world's first real undersea hotel is about to become a reality.
Poseidon Undersea Resort will open in early 2006 off Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. A $40 million development by submarine expert Bruce Jones, the resort will offer 22 $1500/night rooms 50 feet under the surface of the sea. Predictably, it will be made of clear acrylic, so you can feed the tropical fish in the surrounding coral garden, and ostensibly to give you a better view of any approaching sea monsters.
Unlike other, geekier undersea destinations, the Poseidon will require no scuba diving to enter; the seafloor complex will be connected via acrylic walkways to a dive shop, swimming pool, tennis courts and cafe onshore. 22 rooms will also be available shoreside, for those who'd rather not go the Jacques Cousteau route.
Jones is going to have to move fast: A competing higher-budget and yet more sci-fi project off the coast of Dubai is also in the works. (Click here for artist's renderings.) Hydropolis Underwater Resort Hotel will cost a projected $550 million and guests will fork over $5,500 a night.
We had it all...just like Bogie and Bacall...sailing away to Key Largo.
Though this photo looks like it was taken back in the early eighties when "Key Largo" was buring up Casey Kasem's top 40, Jules' Undersea Lodge still claims to be the only underwater lodge in the world (for now). Guests don a scuba suit and dive down to their room where their marine environment come equipped with limitless air supplied by 100 foot long hookah lines.
The Lodge began as the La Chalupa research labratory, and underwater habitat used to explore the continental shelf off the coast of Puerto Rico.
All that and co-developer Ian Koblick says, "Marine life is actually enhanced by the presence of an underwater structure, Jules' Undersea Lodge serves as an artificial reef, providing shelter and substrate for marine animals. And the flow of air to the Lodge constantly adds oxygen to the entire surrounding body of water, creating a symbiotic relationship between the technology of man and the beauty of nature."
Whoa. That is some deep theorizing Mr. Koblick. Well, it seems to have worked, as the romance of this modern day Atlantis light has attracted, yup you guessed it, underwater brides and grooms.
Sleepin' with the fishes will run you $395 a night.
Wonder how this underwater original will hold up when Hydropolis opens.
Harmony of body, mind, and spirit in the Middle East by 2006? According to the project description for the new Hydropolis hotel in Dubai, that is what we can expect when the first underwater luxury hotel opens off the coast of the UAE in December 2006. Ahhh, the healing power of water.
Guests will enter the hotel through a tunnel that leads to the Atlantis of the Persian Gulf, where folks will spend the night in a suite complete with clear plastic windows, offering underwater views all around.
The property will house a cinema, cosmetic surgery clinic, marine institute, museum, library and a prayer room. Furthermore, the guest will be able to rise to the surface and take advantage of a sandy beach complete with snorkeling over the hotel suites. Oh, and if you are worried about burning in the hot desert sun, don't, Hydropolis will be manufacturing clouds to protect the guests from the powerful Gulf sun.