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April 14, 2022
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The ocean is one of the most magical parts of our planet. From vivid schools of fish representing every color known to man to giant whales and vibrant, glowing coral reef systems, life underwater is both mesmerizing and mysterious.

Of course, many vacations are planned around trips to the beach to take a splash in the water or to snorkel or scuba dive to experience "Finding Nemo" up close. However, in some places, hotels and resorts take that one step further by incorporating the ocean and its glorious sea life right into underwater suites, restaurants and more.

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From the turquoise waters of the Maldives to the over-the-top hotels in Dubai and other idyllic places in between, we've rounded up some of the most exciting places to visit where, if you're willing to shell out some big bucks, you can fall asleep with stingrays swimming right over your pillow or sip Champagne as a shark sails past you.

These rooms and restaurants probably aren't for everyone – the sea can seem as scary as it is beautiful. However, I can guarantee a trip to one of the spots below will be a trip you'll certainly never forget.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island — The Muraka and Ithaa undersea restaurant

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the quintessential resorts in the Maldives. It recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a stunning remodel featuring updated overwater villas, restaurants and the overwater spa. The real magic here, though, is what happens under the water.

The Muraka suite

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Guests willing to take the plunge can book the Muraka, a two-level residence with an underwater master bedroom. Upstairs you can enjoy two bedrooms, a plunge pool and an ocean-facing tub in the bathroom, while the downstairs has a 180-degree curved acrylic dome and floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathroom and walk-in closet. It can all be yours starting at $9,999 per night.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

(Photo courtesy of Hilton)

Guests of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island who forgo the underwater suite (and its $10,000-a-night price tag) can still get in on the underwater action by making reservations at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – the world's first undersea restaurant, according to Hilton. The restaurant features set lunch and dinner menus of local-meets-Western flavors like tuna ceviche and lobster tortellini, along with wine pairings and even midmorning cocktails. No trip to this Hilton is complete without this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, but expect to spend some money: Lunch starts at $255 per person and dinner starts at $340.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai — Underwater Suites and Ossiano restaurant

We all know that everything in Dubai is designed to wow — and Atlantis, The Palm is no exception. Guests can explore many parts of the resort where aquatic life is front and center, like the Lost Chambers Aquarium, but there are chances to get even more up close to the emirate's underwater denizens.

Underwater Suite

(Photo courtesy of Atlantis, The Palm)

Guests who really want to be under the sea book an Underwater Suite, which offers views above and below the Ambassador Lagoon for upward of $7,000 per night. Imagine yourself relaxing in the marble tub as dozens of the 65,000 marine creatures that call the lagoon home swim past. Better yet, a 24-hour butler is on hand to make sure that the experience is exactly what you'd dreamed of. If that's not enough, there's also underwater yoga.

Ossiano

(Photo courtesy of Atlantis, The Palm)

Another option for travelers who might not splurge on an underwater suite but want to have an incredible underwater experience is Ossiano. Diners at this restaurant are surrounded by sea life and served remarkable cuisine from chef Gregoire Berger. Serving nine-course meals at roughly $300 per person, the food here is seasonal and sustainably sourced from the ocean or within roughly 30 miles of the resort. Expect mouthwatering food and an Instagram-worthy view, whether you're staying at Atlantis or just stopping by for the experience.

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland — Underwater view rooms and Mr.Fisher Restaurant

Set in what was once an abandoned quarry, the InterContinental Shanghai — the portfolio's 200th property — is an architectural wonder in and of itself. Factor in that 16 floors of the building are beneath ground level and two of them are actually underwater and it's safe to say this hotel is a mind-blowing engineering marvel.

Underwater view rooms

(Photo courtesy of IHG)

On the hotel's underwater levels, rooms feature large glass walls looking into the resort's aquarium for upward of $1,000 per night. For something bigger, an underwater loft has two different levels, including a landing deck at water level with an outdoor terrace and an underwater living room surrounded by all the fish one can imagine for roughly $2,500 per night.

Mr.Fisher

(Photo courtesy of IHG)

Anyone at the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland can experience the magic of the sea without booking one of the undersea rooms by booking a reservation at the hotel restaurant Mr.Fisher. Situated one level below the water, Mr.Fisher serves seafood you can eat as you watch the sea life of the aquarium through the glass walls scattered around the restaurant.

Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore — Ocean Suites

In Singapore, 11 two-story townhouse suites offer a movie theater-like experience when you enter the room. The lights dim as a panel rises to reveal a glass wall looking into the world's largest aquarium. With over 40,000 species of fish, there's plenty to look at — but that's not all. Here, the upper level features a living area with an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi, while the lower level boasts a king-size bed looking straight at the aquarium. Additionally, guests can take advantage of personal butler service, take a ferry to the actual aquarium to learn more about the creatures living right outside their rooms, or have a thrilling day at Adventure Cove Waterpark. These rooms start at around $1,200 per night and go up.

Featured image by Justin Nicholas
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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