Hotels: Living In the Deep Blue

Photo: The Floathouse River Kwai

Here are some hotels offering the most exquisite aquatic experiences.

The Floathouse River Kwai, Thailand

Offering magnificent scenes of the River Kwai and the surrounding greenery, each floating villa is equipped with custom-made teakwood and thatched roofing. Elegantly adorned with a boutique folk style, every room is spacious and comes with a private viewing balcony.

Photo: The Floathouse River Kwai

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, The Maldives

Situated on Sirru Fen Fushi, Fairmont Maldives encompasses everything the Maldives are known for – pristine beachscapes, vast marine life and crystal clear waters you can now experience on a whole new dimension. Unwind as you relax in one of the 120 luxurious villas, which are either perched exquisitely over-water or nestled within the island’s lush interior. Be sure to revel in the many splendid dining options on offer.

Photo: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Silica Hotel, Iceland

The Silica Hotel is surrounded by magnificent volcanic landscape and located just ten minutes from one of Iceland’s most stunning attractions – the Blue Lagoon. Guests have access to the hotel’s own private bathing lagoon, making the experience that much more relaxing. The hotel itself has received multiple awards for its innovation in design, especially the way it was built in harmony with the environment around it.

Photo: Silica Hotel

Pulo Cinta Eco Resort, Indonesia

This resort sits atop shallow waters, 25 minutes from the coast of the Indonesian mainland. Have your choice of either a gorgeous one, two or three bedroom villa which are all surrounded by breathtaking views of Indonesia’s cerulean oceans. Jump right from your balcony into these clear waters and have the swim of your life. You’ll be able to partake in activities like  scuba-diving, along with helping yourself at their restaurant right in the middle of the resort.

Photo: Pulo Cinta Eco Resort

Jules’ Undersea Lodge, USA

Nestled within the depths of Key Largo Undersea Park in Florida, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is a cosy underwater cottage true to its name – guests have to dive 21 feet deep to enter. A stay here is akin to living in a surreal secret underwater world where you can watch creatures of the deep drift by through large 42-inch round windows. Take a dive around the surrounding Emerald Lagoon for an eye-opening day of marine adventure.

Photo: Jules’ Undersea Lodge

The Manta Resort, Tanzania

This beachside resort offers guests something like no other – the choice to stay in their underwater room. The room itself is only accessible by boat, and boasts three floors, with the bottom floor being completely submerged underwater. You’ll be able to see schools of fish swim by your very window, and at night your lights may even attract a few squids. During the day, snorkels, fins and a kayak are all provided for your entertainment.

Photo: The Manta Resort

Atlantis The Palm Dubai, UAE

Situated on a man-made palm-shaped island, Atlantis The Palm is a luxury aquatic-themed resort paradise. Its Signature Underwater Suites boast stunning views of the mock mythical Atlantis ruins and the vast diversity of marine creatures. Enjoy a fun-filled time at the Aquaventure Waterpark and Beach and indulge yourselves with splendid world-class dining options.

Photo: Atlantis the Palm Dubai

The Nai Harn Phuket, Thailand

This luxury resort boasts impeccable sights of the expansive, serene Nai Harn Bay. Be dazzled as you nourish and pamper yourselves in the variety of world-class facilities and top-notch service. Their rooftop lounge offers unmatched views of the stunning waters below. Explore the many seaside activities available at the nearby Nai Harn beach.

Photo: The Nai Harn

Hoshinoya Karuizawa, Japan

A hidden resort village set against the backdrop of a nature sanctuary, Hoshinoya Karuizawa epitomises a tranquil natural paradise complete with idyllic birdsong and surrounded by lush forest. The riverside Mizunami guest pavilions provide a vista of vast scenery by the water’s edge, with patios overlooking the gentle Yukawa River. The quiet solace here is a rare escape city-dwellers will relish.

Photo: Hoshinoya Karuizawa

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