Realize your mermaid dreams in Asia’s underwater hotels

A sneak preview at the King Suite as Conrad Rangali’s new underwater bungalows. Source: Conrad Hotels

“SLEEP WITH THE FISHES” is normally associated with New York gang slang, but Asia is steering clear of any mobster associations and channeling divine luxury with these stunning underwater properties.

These niche properties offer James Bond enthusiasts the chance to indulge in underwater lairs and let mermaid-wannabes admire the incredible ocean eco-system.

Submerge yourself in our dazzling list of Asia’s underwater properties and get planning your next subaquatic vacation.

Maldives

Adding to its already established underwater restaurant, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the stunning Alif Dhaal Atoll is planning to open an entire private underwater bungalow.

Named the Muraka, which means coral in the local Dhivehi language, a night here will set guests back a cool US$50,000.

But it will be so worth the bankruptcy.

Opposed to just having a bed below the water, Ahmed Salem, the bungalow’s architect wanted to create a luxury holistic experience for guests.

The adventure starts with a private seaplane ferrying guests to a jetty on the island, followed by a speedboat trip to the secluded part of the beach where Muraka glistens in the sun.

The price of the stay includes four personal butlers who stay in a property along the beach, a chef, a set of jet skis and an on-call fitness trainer.

The property has two ocean view bedrooms, a bathroom, infinity pool and sunset-deck above the water.

The underwater master bedroom, meanwhile, is only separated from the ocean by a glass dome.

This property knocks novelty out of the water and hopes to encourage more paradise seekers to consider underwater properties as rising sea levels threaten the luxury archipelago.

  • Where: Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
  • Cost of stay: upwards of US$50,000
  • Best feature: Erm… all of it.

Singapore

Taking a step back from ultimate luxury and honing in on awesome family experiences is Resorts World Sentosa’s Ocean Suites.

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For those still itching for an adventure after spending an exciting day at neighboring Universal Studios Singapore, this is the perfect dig.

The hotel consists of 11, two-story townhouses with bedroom views facing out onto the dazzling aquarium.

The marine aquarium contains over 40,000 marine fish, including stingrays and sharks.

The upper level of the townhouses provides guests with communal living areas, featuring a private jacuzzi, decked patio, and lounge sofas.

There is also a round-the-clock personalized butler service and access to gym and spa facilities.

As an added feature, the bedroom lights will automatically be dimmed as the aquarium viewing curtain is raised, to give the best possible visibility of the stunning fish.

  • Where: Singapore
  • Cost of stay: Around US$10,000 per week
  • Best feature: taking a bath while sharks brazenly swim past

Dubai

Possibly one of the most iconic hotels in the world is Atlantis The Palm.

The pink arching hotel boasts 1,539 rooms, 20 restaurants, two spas and an adventure water park. Your whole vacation could be spent just at the hotel.

If you’re a marine enthusiast, you’ll want to check out the Poseidon and Neptune Underwater suites.

Wake up to breathtaking underwater views of patrolling tropical fish and the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis.

Much like Singapore’s Sentosa Ocean Suites, guests can admire the marine life from the comfort of their bed or bathtub.

Get even closer to the marine life at Dolphin Bay and gain unlimited entry to the lost chamber aquarium, depending on which package you chose.

  • Where: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
  • Cost of stay: around US$28,000 for a one week stay in the Ocean suites 
  • Best feature: the incredible activities on offer within the resort