By Jackie Burrell
From Bay Area News Group
Tropical $10,000 per night underwater villas are a bit above our pay grade — daytripping to Bodega Bay is more our speed these days. But the LuxuryTravelExpert.com‘s recent top 10 resort list offers plenty of fodder for vicarious, virtual travel. It’s a jaw-dropping collection of 10 underwater hotels around the world.
Florida gets a shout-out for its small Jules Verne-inspired lodge in Key Largo, and Sweden has a tiny aquatic cabin option. But the really astonishing places are in the Maldives, Dubai and Singapore.
Here’s a peek at the top three. Find the full top 10 at https://theluxurytravelexpert.com/top-10-lists.
1. Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives
This Indian Ocean resort offers a glass-walled, two-story villa — the Muraka — whose master bedroom sits 16 feet underwater, so you’re surrounded by coral and other sea life as you sleep and bathe. At $10,000+ per night, this is celeb-level splurge territory, but you can enjoy a vicarious peek at www.conradmaldives.com/stay/the-muraka. Rates for the resort’s non-submerged villas start at $780.
2. Atlantis The Palm Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you’re a longtime “The Amazing Race” fan, this swanky resort may look familiar. The Atlantis’ six-story water slide caused a contestant meltdown that was epic even by TAR standards. What puts the resort on the LuxuryTravelExpert’s list, though, are the underwater suites whose giant windows look into an enormous aquarium, home to some 65,000 sea creatures. Take a peek at www.atlantis.com/dubai.
3. Resort World, Sentosa, Singapore
This island off the Singapore coast is home to Michelin-starred restaurants, Universal Studios Singapore and the second biggest oceanarium in the world. Book a two-story ocean suite here, and you’ll have views of that underwater seascape from the lower level. Check it out at www.rwsentosa.com.
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