Floating and underwater hotels offer unique accommodations

The hotel industry isn’t only being disrupted by the likes of Airbnb services; many retailers are entering the hospitality space, too, from auto makers to alcoholic beverage brands to gaming companiesUnique locations are also enticing overnight guests, and waterbeds take on a whole new meaning with these accommodations. 


At $50,000 per night, guests staying in the new Muraka—translating to “coral” in the local language—opening this fall at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will sleep 16.4 feet underwater, so there’s no need for a snorkel or scuba gear to take in the undersea views. The resort flies guests of the villa on a private seaplane and offer them use of a speedboat for the duration of their stay. Butlers, chefs, and on-call personal trainers are available exclusively for Muraka visitors, and the private suite is set apart from the rest of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island accommodations so guests can enjoy a private stay.


Despite its name, The Floating Venice is located in Dubai. The floating resort, opening in 2020, is inspired by an authentic Venetian experience. Along with gondolas, glass-bottom pools, and 12 floating beaches above the water, the underwater deck offers private accommodations and restaurants, bars, shops, and a spa. The Floating Venice also runs an on-site coral nursery to help maintain the more than 400,000 square feet of coral reef and marine life in the area. Along with underwater experiences, Dubai also offers sky-high ones including elevated dining and the world’s longest zip line.


Another unique overnight water experience without the pricetag of a luxury resort, Dutch-themed Japanese theme park Huis Ten Bosch is offering guests a stay in a floating hotel pod for $330 per night for two nights minimum. More futuristic than the serene floating hotel in southern France, the two-story pods meant to accommodate three guests offer a bedroom, lounge area, bathroom, and an outdoor deck. The pods are towed overnight to a nearby island for visitors to enjoy various attractions on land before returning the next night to the main theme park.