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New Frontiers: Underwater hotel to be built in the Maldives



Long regarded as the leading innovators of underwater tourism, Maldives is to undertake the biggest project yet.  The Water Discus Hotel, a luxury multi-million dollar resort featuring moveable rooms found in the heart of the spectacular coral reefs of the Maldives has been given the green light the Ministry of Tourism Development. Planned to be built on the tropical island of Kuredhivaru in the Maldives, this luxury hotel is sure to open new doors to the beautiful underwater world of the Maldives.

Designer Pawel Podwojewski in an interview with CNN remarked that “there are many people who will never have the courage to dive to these beautiful reefs but here you will have the chance to explore an underwater world from the comfort of your bedroom” Rightly so, with this amazing architectural wonder, families and people who do not have the ability to view the colorful world famous underwater world of the Maldives will have a new platform to experience this.

The hotel designed with a disc shaped luminous body and long spidery legs plunging into the sea is a $50 million project of Polish company Deep Ocean Technology backed by Swiss investors. Although the rooms are submerged, the hotel features two large oval lounges which consists of a luxury restaurant and a spa, seven-meters above water. These lounges are connected to a glass tunnel that runs 30 meters below water, leading to 21 bedrooms. The facilities above water include a helicopter landing pad and a rooftop swimming pool. For the adventurous souls, the ability to dive straight from the hotels airlock compartment which includes its own decompression chamber is available.

Travellers used to seeing such places only in sci-fi hotels may not need to go to the cinema’s to experience an underwater hotel anymore. The future is finally upon us and this is the first steps to a bold new world.

 


Source: CNN (Sheena McKenzie)
Date: 11 June 2013