The incredible Water Discus Hotel underwater resort will soon become a reality. Last week, the National Ministry of Tourism in the Maldive Islands chose the island of Kuredhivaru for the world’s first underwater hotel, whose rooms will feel like a scene out of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Backed by Swiss investors, the Polish company Deep Ocean Technology was given the green light to begin construction of the underwater resort.
The $50 million project will be built by a Dubai development company nestled within the coral reefs on the picturesque island of Kuredhivaru. Jutting out from the water, the Water Discus Hotel will be supported by five spindly legs, with two large disc lounges hovering above water. The lounges will overlook the water and the scenic Maldive terrain, and they will house a luxury restaurant and spa. A rooftop pool and heliopad keep the glamour above water, while the accommodations are below.
In the center of the lounges will be a glass tunnel that leads to 21 underwater hotel suites. Each suite will have vibrant fish-eye views of the reefs and marine life living on the bottom of the Gulf. The rooms are likely to be placed on the sand floor, in order to reflect the sun’s rays that penetrate from the surface. A night in the hotel will be like a submarine journey.
In order to minimize environmental disruption, the hotel plans to rebuild coral reefs, and touch sea ground as minimally as possible. No word on when the hotel will open, but Deep Ocean Technology hopes to begin construction this year.