Jules Undersea Lodge
Jules’ Undersea Lodge, named after the author of the famed maritime tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, is the world’s first underwater hotel. Originally built in the early 1970s as a groundbreaking research lab off the coast of Puerto Rico, the Lodge has been in business in Key Largo, Florida since relocating there and opening its hatch to the public in 1986.
Hotel bawah air pertama yang asalnya sebuah makmal di Florida pada tahun 1970-an dan kemudiannya dibuka pada umum pada 1986
Truly an innovative concept, Jules’ Undersea Lodge claimed status as the world’s only underwater lodging available to the public until recent years when ecotourism has become all the rage. Many celebrities have enjoyed a stay including Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, John Fishman of Phish (of course) and former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.
Visitors to Jules who are not certified divers will go through a 3-hour crash course in scuba diving before shacking up in their room for the night. After all, the entrance to the hotel is 21 feet underwater on the sea floor. If you are a diving enthusiast, the Undersea Park is your Mecca. In addition to the scuba crash course, the staff of Jules’ Undersea Lodge offers extensive scuba certification courses and diving excursions.
21 kaki dibawah paras laut
After diving down and resurfacing through the wet room entrance, residents can doff their scuba garb and enjoy all the conveniences of modern life 21 feet below the surface. Patrons marvel at unobstructed views sea life in their natural settings through 42 inch windows. Completely stocked with modern conveniences like air-conditioning, hot showers, a stereo and a DVD player this hotel is perfect for the romantic getaway or the adventurer who truly desires a unique experience (and, yes, the Lodge is fully stocked with compressed air). Once underwater, visitors do not have to resurface until they desire. Dinner and breakfast are provided by the world’s only “mer-chef” and delivered promptly at 6:00PM (dinner) and 8:00AM (breakfast). I would recommend a stay at the Undersea Lodge to anyone with an adventurous spirit. For those seeking a truly unique wedding experience, why not take advantage of the wedding package?
Underwater hotels are still largely a product of a vivid imagination. Several are in the planning stage or are currently under construction. A man named Mikael Genberg definitely had a vivid imagination when he constructed his Utter (Otter) Inn in Vasteras, Sweden in 2000. An artist and sculptor, Mr. Genberg chose to focus on “making art for the public” when he built the Utter Inn.
This one-room inn offers guests the chance to sleep 3m below the surface of Lake Mälaren about 1km from shore. The Inn resembles a large buoy with the appearance of a Swedish red house with white gables. For an extra charge Mr. Genberg will deliver dinner to tenants, otherwise, guests are on their own.
Dimiliki oleh pengukir dari Sweden Mr Mikael Genberg. Kedalaman 3m di bawah permukaan pada jarak 1 km dari pantai di Vasteras, Sweden
The room offers panoramic views of the lake and an old switcheroo with the fishes. Instead of looking at fish in an aquarium, guest of the Utter are in the aquarium with the fish looking in. The Utter is truly a singular experience that few have known. However, it is a wildly popular destination during the summer months. Reservations well in advance are recommended.
One of the underwater hotels currently under construction is the Crescent Hydropolis of Dubai. Dubai has become notorious in recent years for its fabulously modern architecture. It seems the wildest architectural dreams become reality here. The Hydropolis furthers this notion. At a cost of some $550 million, the luxury resort is being built on the Persian Gulf floor – 66 feet below the surface. When completed, the project will cover 27 acres and compose of an above ground “land station” connected by a 1700 foot transparent train tunnel to the undersea hotel which resembles the shape of a jellyfish. The 220 suites will be bubble-shaped, with clear glass comprising both the sleeping area walls and the bathtubs. I suppose modesty must be checked at the front desk also. Anxious sea-dwellers will have to wait until 2009 before making a reservation. You may even want to have a look at some existingDubai hotels before diving into the ocean for Hydropolis.
At the bottom level lies a 515-metre long tunnel, which takes guests by silent, automatic train out past the shoreline to where the underwater hotel itself lies. While all 220 of the hotel’s bubble-shaped suites lie on the floor of the Persian Gulf, 66 feet (20 metres) under the surface of the water, the twin domes of the hotel’s concert auditorium and ballroom will break through the surface. The ballroom’s retractable roof will allow guests to enjoy open-air events, with panoramic views of the coastline and the Dubai skyline when the weather’s fine – which, being Dubai, will be almost all of the time.
The Hydropolis will be well-looked after in emergencies – a series of watertight doors will allow management to completely seal off entire sections of the complex in the case of a rupture (here’s hoping there’s nobody in the sealed bits!) – and in anticipation that such an extravagant project might be a terrorist target, the complex will have its own missile defense system.
The Hydropolis Group’s Executive Chariman, Joachim Hauser, assembled a team of offshore and submarine construction specialists to design and build the Hydropolis – but it seems Hauser is using the project as somewhat of a dry-run for an even more difficult and expensive venture. Since 1999, he has been working on a German taskforce to research and design a tourist hotel in space, which makes the financial and technical challenges of this underwater venture pale in comparison.
he upper storeys of the land station house a variety of facilities, including a cosmetic surgery clinic, a marine biological research laboratory and conference facilities. On the lower levels are the staff rooms, goods storage and loading areas, and hotel and parking areas.
The land station also includes a restaurant and high-tech cinema screening the evolution of life in the ocean and the history of underwater architecture. As a finale, the screen will open to reveal the real-life Hydropolis. A viewing platform at the front opening of the spanning roof will allow views of the architecture as well as the light shows of Hydropolis.
Guests enter Hydropolis from the beach. The land station isn’t only the entrance to the hotel, but offers also the hotel’s cinema, a cosmetic surgical clinic and a marine biological research institute. Then guests take the train through the transparent tunnel which connects the land with the underwater hotel.
Besides the hotel’s 220 luxury suites – some are bubble shaped with clear glass walls – Hydropolis has two translucent domes that break the water’s surface and have retractable roofs. Hydropolis has much to offer for its guests – it features a ballroom, a concert auditorium, a museum, a library, three restaurants, a shopping mall, a Roman-themed spa and a pool. It will even produce its own clouds to protect the guests from Dubai’s sun.
Construction technologies from submarines and oil platforms were used for the underwater construction of Hydropolis. Custom-built Plexiglas was produced for Hydropolis’ walls to withstand water pressure which is three times higher than pressure at the surface. Private investors took the sponsorship for the estimated costs of $550-million. Future guests will have to pay $6000 per night for this extravagant underwater experience. Hydropolis is scheduled to open at the end of 2007.
Hydropolis was designed by the German architect Joachim Hauser who was inspired by Jules Verne’s famous novel 20,000 Leagues under the sea. Hauser thinks that the future of city planning lies in the sea and that humans could actually live self-suffic
kedalaman sekitar 20 meter atau 66 kaki, mempunyai 220 bilik hotel yang berbentuk seperti gelembung
Pada bahagian dasar hotel akan terdapat sebuah terowongan dengan panjang 515 meter lengkap dengan keretapi pembawa pengunjung
kos pembinaan sekitar US$ 600 juta. Dilengkapi dengan hotel, restoran, muzium, perpustakaan, komplek membeli belah, pusat rawatan spakolam renang, panggung wayang, klinik pembedahan kecantikan dan makmal kajian biologi.
Direkabentuk oleh arkitek Jerman yang juga Pengerusi Eksekutif Kumpulan Joachim Hauser dari inspirasi Novel Jules Verne
Dalam keadaan kecemasan semua bahagian pintu kedap air akan ditutup bagi mengelakkan dimasuki air seperti kapal selam
Kos penginapan kalau tak silap dalam RM17,400.00 semalam
Poseidon Undersea Resort
Another underwater hotel set to open in 2009 is the Poseidon of Fiji. This resort is being built 40 feet underwater. Another 5-star resort, the Poseidon is the brainchild of American submarine engineer Bruce Jones. Mr. Jones was heavily influenced by the novels of Jules Verne and movies like “The Amphibia Man” (obviously).
Each guest will have a personal Triton submarine at their disposal for exploring within the lagoon. For excursions to the area’s depths, tours on a 16-passenger luxury submarine will be provided. Activities are also available on Poseidon Mystery Island which has been artificially constructed for the resort’s purposes. Though still under construction, room rates have been set. A standard 550 sq. foot suite can be had for about $1500 a night. But why stop there when you can reserve the whole of Poseidon Mystery Island for a mere $3,000,000?
Di Poseidon Fiji -40 meter di bawah air -hotel 5 bintang -idea Jurutera kapal selam Amerika Bruce Jones dari ilham novel oleh Jules Verne dan filem ‘The Amphibia Man’
Visitors will be able to see everything from their rooms through transparent acrylic walls and even feed fish swimming by. The luxery hotel is set to open by the end of 2008.
Underwater Hotel in Istanbul
More competition has arrived as Istanbul announces their intentions of opening their own underwater hotel in 2010. It will be 7 floors under sea level and according to experts, it may not be deep enough to really appreciate the underwater view.
Hotel 7 tingkat di bawah permukaan air
Future plans for underwater hotels
The best news for those of us who don’t live near any of these places is that the company behind the Hydropolis and the Qingdao project has plans to build these underwater hotels all over the world. Plans are in place already for London, Monaco, Munich, New York, and the Isle of Man. Exactly how underwater hotels will be built in landlocked cities London and Munich is beyond me, but I’ll leave that up to the expert