World travel

The 4 best underwater hotels in the world

Taking a dip can be a great way to get away from it all on holiday (if you don’t believe us, just check out our round-up of the UK’s best hotels with a pool).

But what if you want the full under the sea experience?

Here at HotelsCombined, we can’t imagine many things more thrilling than sharing dinner with sharks or falling asleep with the fishes – in the best possible way.

So for the ultimate in a romantic getaway, these once in a lifetime stays are your ticket to the world below the waves. Take a deep breath and come join us!

1/ Atlantis The Palm, DubaiHI254772678HI300052520HI300052488

If you love the ocean, then there is nowhere better to live your own subaquatic dream than Atlantis on Palm Island in Dubai. Steeped in 5 star luxury, you’ll be floored by this architectural marvel from your first moment – whether you choose to stay above or below the waves!

While many rooms boast breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel’s most exclusive views take place below. But don’t worry, there’s no need to hold your breath down here!

The Underwater Suites contain floor to ceiling windows which look out over the Ambassador Lagoon, which is now home to over 65,000 species. So you can explore the luxury of your suite and fall asleep under the watchful gaze of sharks, rays and a host of other sea creatures. Truly, an experience you’ll never forget.

But there’s far more to this hotel than just the rooms. All guests receive unlimited complimentary access to The Lost Chambers aquarium. And if you want to get even closer to your new fishy friends, scuba diving is also available.

Atlantis also boasts over 23 eateries, so it’s a must-see for foodie travellers too. This includes such international names as Gordon Ramsay, Nobu and Ossiano Seafood Restaurant if you wish to keep things below sea level. There are also a host of bars and cafes for more informal dining experiences.

And when it comes to relaxation, swim on over to the Shuiqui Spa. Nominated for Best Spa in the World at the Luxury Spa Awards, this holistic haven offers aromatherapy, massages, a salon and men’s grooming.

Travel to this living legend yourself when you check out the very best deals for Atlantis, The Palm over at HotelsCombined today!

2/ The Conrad, Maldives Rangali Island, The MaldivesCN newithaarestaurant 2CMRI Sunset Water Villa Deck sunriseCN retreat watervilla

Watch all your cares blow away in the sea breezes after a few days at The Conrad. Recognised by the World Travel Awards and the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, the resort is known for its visually stunning ocean setting and the unparalleled level of hospitality it offers.

Home to the world’s first underwater restaurant, you can enjoy modern cuisine under the dancing blue lights of the sea and a swirling ballet of fish and sharks above your head as you eat.

Keeping your feet in the water, you can enjoy such activities as traversing aquatic gardens and swimming with whale sharks – the sea’s biggest fish – or drinking in a Maldivian sunset with a cocktail in hand. With over 40 diving sites within easy reach of the hotel, you’ve got some of the most beautiful oceanic spots at your fingertips.

In keeping with their belief that peace and serenity are essential to a proper break in the Maldives, The Over Water Spa on Rangali Island combines holistic therapies, cuisine and lifestyle classes. With all treatments undertaken while enjoying stunning seaside views. There are also luxury treatment rituals specifically designed for couples which utilise precious oils, colours and crystals.

If a luxurious retreat sounds like your idea of relaxation, and you’d like to try taking your meals below the waterline, take a look at our best deals for the Conrad hotel on Rengali Island here!

3/ Anantara Kihavah Villas, The MaldivesHI253049438HI253049436HI182687323

The journey to these stunning villas is an unforgettable experience in itself – gliding over the ocean in a seaplane from Malé International Airport.

And when you land, the journey just keeps getting better. Villas in this resort are available in a range of prices and sizes, but all come with their own private pool and unique touches reflective of this island’s sumptuous natural beauty, with easy access to stretches of white sand and clear surf.

You’re also encouraged to make yourself intimately acquainted with the Indian Ocean during your stay, and you’ll quickly find that these waters teem with marine life – including dolphins and manta rays. Diving and snorkelling are available, along with boat rides and various water sports – including canoeing and fishing.

The resort’s famous dining experience is spread over 4 separate restaurants – Sea, Fire, Salt and Sky. Thus, each gives you a different taste of the Indian Ocean and a different way to view it; from the blue depths to soaring high above. The beauty before your eyes will only be matched by the sumptuous taste on your lips!

If you feel the need for a spot of pampering, then the Anantara Spa provides 6 over-water treatment suites, where you’ll be tended to by therapists providing manicures, pedicures and a variety of beauty treatments. After your holistic healing, you can relax further in the jacuzzi, steam rooms or cold plunge pool.

With beauty to stimulate every sense, the Maldivian escape is simply crying out for a place on your bucket list. Discover our best deals here!

4/ Resorts World Sentosa Beach Villas, SingaporeHI107481973HI107481903

While there are numerous luxury villas and 6 separate hotels to choose from in this Genting Resort, the 11 “Ocean Suites” will give you a truly unique stay – incorporating the best of both land and sea. Tucked discreetly away on one side of the aquarium, you’ll have the chance to view over 40,000 species of fish in complete privacy, while enjoying 5-star comfort complete with personalised butler service. To keep the watery theme going, the S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark are just one ferry request away.

Along with enjoying the world’s largest aquarium, you’ll have the chance to sink your teeth into a truly international dining experience, as this resort contains more Michelin Starred restaurants in one place than any other spot in the world. Celebrity chefs rub shoulders with European, Halal and Japanese restaurants. There are also numerous bars, buffets and other options to cater to your every culinary wish.

If Resorts World Sentosa sounds like your idea of the perfect way to sample the best of life above and below the waves, see our latest deals here

We hope you’ve enjoyed our exploration of these awesome deep-sea travel experiences! Remember, whether you prefer your accommodation aquatic or on land, you’ll find the very best deals for your next trip over at!

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