If there is one thing that outer space and oceans have in common, it would be all the unexplored territories. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the estimation is that more than 80 percent of the ocean is still unmapped and unobserved despite making up more than two-thirds of the earth's surface. However, it is lucky enough that the wonders of the world's ocean depths are already much more accessible than space will ever be. Who knows? Maybe the sci-fi notions of starting underwater cities will become a reality as construction finds significant developments.
Underwater construction is now a widely-used method on how to place concrete underwater. They use this method to develop bridges, dams, or any structure where the foundation lies underwater. But as technology progresses and the population grows, the sea now offers new potential for tomorrow's cities. Today, underwater architecture and underwater construction have already become a possibility. Maybe you don't know this yet, but we're telling you-- there are now luxury hotels, villas, and restaurants that dot the world's oceans. Tour some of the world's most creative and futuristic undersea structures now built and underwater designs that are under construction, by reading this compilation that we've made.
Now Open: The Muraka in Conrad, Maldives
The Muraka in Conrad Maldives is a two-story villa that sits above and below the Indian Ocean's surface. If you have $50,000 to spare, you can afford a night at this luxury on two islands. They constructed this 600-ton structure in Singapore with the use of acrylic supplied by a Japanese aquarium manufacturer. They then transported it on a custom ship to the Maldives, where it was submerged and secured in place by concrete piles. It is a place to satisfy luxury experience with 11 restaurants and bars, spa and fitness, watersports, diving, and a submarine.
Now Open: The Utter Inn in Sweden
Mikael Genberg created the one-room floating Utter Inn hotel in the year 2000. The underwater room is attached to the floating hut in Vasteras Swedish lake. It also gives you a four glass window view of the sunken place, and you can experience sleeping with fishes. The above-water entrance looks like a traditional Swedish house, except that it's in the middle of a lake.
Under Construction: Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
L. Bruce Jones developed this under-construction undersea resort, the president of U.S. Submarines Inc. Its location will be 225-acre (0.91 sq.km.) South Pacific Island in northeastern Fiji and will feature 22 guest rooms, a bar, library, underwater restaurant, conference room, spa, wedding chapel, and a luxury suite with a reservation of $15,000 per person weekly.
Now Open: ReefWorld, Australia
Reefworld is a floating underwater hotel designed by Richard Hywel Evans. It features an underwater bedroom, spa, restaurant, bar, and other great features and services. These submerged rooms are part of Reefworld Pontoon, a $10 million structure built to replace tourism with the original pontoon on Hardy reef that the cyclone damaged. The ensuite rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that allow customers to look out into a vast world of water. At night time, the guests can even turn on a light to observe nearby underwater life.
Now Open: The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland
Shanghai already has a subterranean hotel built inside an abandoned quarry about 20 miles southwest of Shanghai. The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland has 18 floors, 16 are underground, and the lowest two are inside a 33-foot-deep aquarium. It is standing at the side of a quarry in the Sheshan mountain range. This hotel aims to be a home base for environmentally-minded travelers.
Under Construction: Hydropolis Underwater Resort Hotel, Dubai
Hydropolis is under construction and can be found under 66 feet underwater hotel near Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. It will feature 220 suites and one of the world's most significant modern projects still waiting for completion. This ultra-modern luxury hotel will feature three segments: the land station where they will welcome the guests, the connecting subway to transport people to the center of the hotel, and the 220 suites within the underwater leisure complex.
Now Open: Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis, the Palm, provides floor-to-ceiling windows in underwater rooms that look into the resort aquarium's Ambassador Lagoon filled with 65,000 sea creatures. You can also choose between two suites named "Neptune" and "Poseidon" that include a 30-minute personal training session, free airport transfers, and 24/7 in-room dining.
Under Construction: The Water Discus Underwater Hotel in Dubai
This underwater hotel design will look more futuristic, among others, because its half will be standing above water and the other half underwater. The Water Discus hotel will feature more comfort, Marine adventure, and water sports, as proposed by Deep Ocean Technology.
Now Open: The Floating Seahorse Villas in Dubai May Redefine Luxury
The ultra-luxurious Floating Seahorse Villas, located about 2.5 miles offshore from Dubai, marks the first time that homeowners can purchase a plot in the ocean. It is designed by the Kleindienst Group design firm, which results in more than 5,000 hours of research and 13,000 hours of design and engineering. The underwater portion is composed of a master bedroom and bathroom that will make up approximately 270 square feet on the interior and view a 500-square-foot artificial coral garden.
Now Open: Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
The Huvafen Fushi's LIME spa that offers panoramic reef views is now in the Indian Ocean. The guests can also access the spa's saltwater flotation pool filled with mineral-laden water from the ocean just through the window panes.
Now Open: Resort World Sentosa, Singapore
This resort in Singapore offers 11 two-story suites with direct access to the resort's massive aquarium. The guests will surely experience both worlds' best, which consists of an outdoor patio on the upper level and underwater views of the aquarium's 40,000 fishes on the lower level.
With more advancements in our technology, it is not impossible in the future that people will not only build resort hotels, inns, or villas underwater-- but whole cities already!
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