Jules’ Undersea Lodge – KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
Despite the fact that it’s named for Jules Verne, Jules’ Undersea Lodge isn’t exactly 20,000 leagues under the sea. It rests only two fathoms down, at the bottom of a lagoon, and if you understand the nautical conversion of fathoms to leagues you should probably book your stay now.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – ADDU CITY, MALDIVES
To call Ithaa Undersea Restaurant exclusive is an understatement. To access the glass-domed dining room guests must walk out onto the water atop a thin jetty, into a small thatched hut, and descend a five-meter (16-foot) spiral staircase into the ocean. The restaurant can only seat 14 people, and “children are welcome at lunch, but not dinner.”
The Utter Inn – VÄSTERÅS, SWEDEN
Part hotel, part marine life observatory, and part art installation, the Utter Inn on Sweden’s Lake Malaren offers a stay like no other. Guests are picked up by raft, dropped off at the inn (the name of which translates to “Otter Inn”), and left to their own devices. Their only means of transportation is a small rowboat attached to the inn, with which they can explore nearby islands.
Subsix – NIYAMA RESORT, MALDIVES
As with most of these underwater hot spots, Subsix is hard to get to, which only contributes to its exclusivity and appeal. The Maldives restaurant/bar/club is in the Indian Ocean in a coral reef amongst eels, sharks, and turtles. The reef has been tended to by a marine biologist, and as it grows around the restaurant the marine life will proliferate and bloom. Subsix allegedly only closes once the last guest has left, so you can party with the fish as late as you like.
The Underwater Room – PEMBA ISLAND, TANZANIA
It looks like a floating dock, where guests can lie on the boards to sunbathe, stargaze, and dive right from their doorway into the ocean. But if you’re staying in the much-desired Underwater Room at the Manta Resort, it’s as though you’ve entered another world. In a sense, you have. Most of the bedroom walls are windows to the ocean outside. Looking out, one feels totally alone—except, of course, for the hundreds of fish.