Underwater Hotel

Rooms with a spectacular sea view! Dubai unveils plan for world’s largest  underwater hotel

With its extravagant buildings and masses of  multimillionaires, Dubai can certainly not be accused of being  understated.

But the United Arab Emirates state could soon  have an addition to its array of opulent dwellings, with the introduction of the  world’s largest underwater hotel.

Already featuring some of the world’s most  extravagant resorts, the Water Discus hotel will allow guests to enjoy the high  life at a subterranean level.

Plans: Designs for the Water Discus hotel, which is due to be built in Dubai
 Designs for the Water Discus hotel, which is due  to be built in Dubai

 

Luxury: The hotel has been designed by Polish company Deep Ocean Technology
The hotel has been designed by Polish company  Deep Ocean Technology

 

Room with a view: Interior designs for the hotel, which will be made of up two huge discs, one below water and one above
 Interior designs for the hotel, which  will be made of up two huge discs, one below water and one above

The hotel is the brainchild of Polish company  Deep Ocean Technology, assisted by Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult AG.

The bizarrely shaped building, looking more  akin to something you would travel to space in rather than go for a luxury  break, comprises two large disc-shaped sections, connected by a long narrow  shaft containing stairs and a lift.

Five legs will separate to two main  components, one of which is located underwater, when it is built.

Guests will be able to stay in the hotel’s 21  rooms, designed to ‘integrate with the  underwater world as closely as possible’.

Those willing to delve below the surface will  also be greeted by a dive center and an underwater bar.

Sleeping with fish: The hotel will feature 21 luxury suites
 The hotel will feature 21 luxury  suites

 

 

Subterranean drinking: The underwater facilities also include a dive centre and bar
 The underwater facilities also  include a dive center and bar

Investment: The project has also been backed by Swiss company BIG InvestConsult AG.
 The project has also been backed by Swiss  company BIG InvestConsult AG.

Incredibly, the hotel designers say that its  modular design means it is transferable and can be moved in case of  environmental or economic concerns.

The upper pods are also buoyant and  detachable from the main building, doubling as lifeboats, if the hotel is struck  by a natural disaster.

The Water Discus is not the first hotel to  venture underwater – the three-room Jules Undersea Lodge off Key Largo, Florida,  features three underwater rooms, while the Maldives also has a number of  underwater ventures.

Disaster: The designers claim the individual pod are buoyant and will be able to float in case of a natural disaster
 The designers claim the individual pods are  buoyant and will be able to float in case of a natural disaster

Night view: The underground and subterranean sections are separated by a main shaft, containing stairs and a lift, and five legs
The underground and subterranean sections  are separated by a main shaft, containing stairs and a lift, and five legs

 

Boardroom: Although the hotel could the most expansive underwater hotel, other hotels across the world have underwater rooms
 Although the hotel could the most expansive  underwater hotel, other hotels across the world have underwater rooms

But the Dubai creation is certainly the most  innovative.

Bogdan Gutkowski, President of developer BIG,  said: ‘Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the  hotel and tourism sector, housing and city sector in the coastal off-shore  areas, as well as new  opportunities for ecology support by creation of new  underwater  ecosystems and activities on underwater world protection.

‘Additionally we would like to  create here  in the UAE the International Environmental Program and  Center of the Underwater  World Protection – with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for oceans and  seas environment protection and  research.’

Tourism: Bogdan Gutkowski, President of developer BIG, said: 'Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the hotel and tourism sector'
Bogdan Gutkowski, President of developer BIG,  said: ‘Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the  hotel and tourism sector’
Attribution: Mario Ledwith, Mail Online

 

The Groundscraper

For most hotels the key selling point is a room with a view, particularly if it towers over a bustling cityscape or sprawling countryside.

But designers behind this new luxury resort have gone in the completely opposite direction to attract customers – by creating a ‘groundscraper’ hotel built 16 floors beneath the earth’s surface.

The hugely ambitious underground hotel project will see a 19-storey, 380-room structure chiselled out of a giant quarry in Songjiang, near Shanghai.

Designers have set aside a site about 30 miles from the city of Shanghai, in an abandoned quarry at the foot of Tianmashan Mountain.

While towering skyscrapers boast of rooftop restaurants and penthouse luxury, the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland’s bottom two floors will include an underwater restaurant, athletic complex for water sports and 10-meter deep aquarium.

Surrounding the unique hotel will be a 428,000 square-meter theme park, complete with room for bungee jumping and rock climbing overlooking the descending 16 floors.

Project developers Shimao Property Group worked with British engineering firm Atkins to design the imaginative hotel, which they hope to complete in late 2014 or early 2015.

It is thought the vast project will cost at least $555 million, with nightly rooms starting at around $320.

Attribution: Mail Online

Joke of the Day

A young lady, who was rather well-proportioned, spent most of her vacation sunbathing on the roof of her hotel.

She wore a bathing suit the first day, but on the second, she decided that no one could see her way up there, and she slipped out of it for an overall tan.

The woman had hardly settled in when she heard someone running up the stairs. She was lying on her stomach, so she just pulled a towel over her rear.

“Excuse me, miss,” said the flustered assistant manager of the hotel, out of breath from running up the stairs. “The Hilton doesn’t mind your sunbathing on the roof, but we would very much appreciate your wearing a bathing suit as you did yesterday.”

“What difference does it make?” the young lady asked rather calmly. “No one can see me up here, and besides, I’m covered with a towel.”

“Not exactly,” said the embarrassed man. “You’re lying on the dining room skylight.”