9 Underwater Hotels and Resorts for an Unforgettable Honeymoon

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island tops our list

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Your honeymoon may be the most important vacation you'll ever take, so it's only natural to seek out a resort that's unique and unforgettable. Enter extraordinary underwater resorts that let you sleep with the fish and other wildlife.

Where do underwater resorts actually exist? Under the sea and deep within stunning alpine lakes, of course. From Dubai to the Maldives and everywhere in between, read on for the best underwater resorts that can make your dream honeymoon a reality.

Underwater Hotels and Resorts for an Unforgettable Honeymoon

Best for Luxury: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (Rangali, Maldives)

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel

Why We Chose It

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island features exclusive overwater bungalows and an underwater restaurant known for its multi-course gourmet meals and dramatic views. The resort also boasts the ultimate underwater honeymoon suite, the Muraka.

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • Muraka honeymoon suite sits 16 feet below the sea
  • Award-winning spa on site
  • 11 restaurants and bars to choose from
  • Exclusive overwater bungalows

Cons: 

  • Arrival only by seaplane
  • Expensive

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers some of the best overwater bungalows in the world, an all-glass underwater restaurant, and an exclusive location in the Maldives. However, couples don't have to go the regular route and choose an overwater abode. This property also features an underwater suite known as "The Muraka"  (meaning “coral” in the local Dhivehi language). This suite sits 16 feet below the ocean's surface, while a second overwater level also lets guests enjoy sunrises and sunsets with ample living space. 

This underwater suite lets you sleep in a luxurious fish tank, but you don't have to give up the amenities and features offered by one of the top-rated hotels in the world. Honeymoon guests often book a few nights in the underwater suite before moving to an elegant overwater bungalow for the remainder of their trip. 

Notable Amenities

  • Ithaa undersea restaurant
  • Wine cellar with 15,000 bottles
  • Overwater spa
  • Fitness and yoga
  • Ocean watersports
  • Dive center

Best for Special Occasions: Atlantis, The Palm (Dubai, UAE)

Atlantis, The Palm

Atlantis, The Palm

Why We Chose It

Atlantis, The Palm offers an ideal honeymoon experience in one of the most over-the-top destinations in the world. This award-winning resort is home to an array of signature suites, including underwater suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that peer into a marine animal aquarium with 65,000 animals including sharks, rays, and more.

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • Exclusive resort located in Dubai
  • Easier to reach than some underwater hotels
  • Sumptuous restaurants on-site, including Nobu
  • Endless nightlife and entertainment
  • Includes airport transfers, a complimentary cabana, and lounge access
  • Includes access to Aquaventure World’s largest waterpark

Cons: 

  • Expensive to visit
  • Sprawling property with lots of walking required
  • Huge resort with tons of guests

Dubai is one of the most exclusive and opulent destinations for honeymooners, and Atlantis, The Palm may just be the city's crown jewel. This lavish property features an award-winning water park, an extensive aquarium with 65,000 marine animals, as well as 23 restaurants and bars on the premises. Foodies will delight to know that they can even dine at Nobu while on site—or at two of Gordon Ramsey's exclusive eateries.

This property also boasts two-level underwater suites that feature overwater living space with a king-size bedroom, marble bath, and floor-to-ceiling windows that peer into a gigantic aquarium. These underwater marvels also come with some "extras," including airport pickup, lounge access, and plenty of pampering—like 24 hour private butler service.

Notable Amenities

  • Award-winning waterpark
  • Dolphin cove
  • Fitness center
  • Underwater yoga
  • Diving

Best Stateside Option: Jules' Undersea Lodge, Florida, United States

Jules' Undersea Lodge, Florida, United States

Jules' Undersea Lodge, Florida, United States

Why We Chose It

Jules' Undersea Lodge is a domestic option for adventure-seekers who want to snooze below the sea. This property is located in Key Largo, Florida and is geared to divers.

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • Divers can explore the lagoon before staying overnight in the lodge
  • Diving courses available

Cons: 

  • Not necessarily geared to adults or romance
  • Minimal dining options (pizza only)
  • No major amenities on site

Jules' Undersea Lodge is not a luxury resort by any stretch of the imagination, but it does allow couples to sleep under the ocean in Key Largo, Florida. This property is geared toward divers or those who want to become certified. Overnight stays are available, and pizza will be provided and delivered during the course of your overnight stay. 

Those looking for something extra special should consider the "aquanaut package," which lets guests book a delicious lunch at the Hideout restaurant and earn the PADI Specialty certification card to add to existing diving credentials. 

Notable Amenities

  • Dive center on site
  • Underwater excursions

Best for Solitude: The Manta Resort, Tanzania

The Manta Resort, Tanzania

The Manta Resort, Tanzania

Why We Chose It

The Manta Resort is located off the coast of Pemba Island in Tanzania, making it perfect for honeymooners who want to get away from it all. Guests can book an underwater room at this property, which lets them sleep encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble.

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • Remote location is perfect for solitude
  • Gourmet dining prepared from locally sourced seafood and ingredients
  • Underwater room is entirely private 
  • Enjoy above water and underwater living space

Cons: 

  • May be difficult to get to
  • Expensive to visit
  • 3-night minimum stay required for underwater room
  • Limited dining options

The Manta Resort is located on a far-flung island off the coast of Tanzania, yet the underwater room is even more remote than that. This multi-level suite actually floats off the coast of Pemba Island, which completely disconnects it from the outside world. Guests can enjoy unbelievable views of unbothered ocean wildlife as well as spectacular sunrises and sunsets from their rooftop deck.

Guests who want to mix up their experience can combine their underwater stay with additional nights in a seafront villa with a private plunge pool and panoramic ocean views. A spa is offered on-site, as well as a PADI dive center that can help you become an underwater explorer.

Notable Amenities

  • PADI diver center
  • On-site spa

Best Aquarium Views: Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

Why We Chose It

Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa offers exclusive ocean suites with overwater living space and underwater bedrooms where couples can enjoy endless amenities and watch 45,000 marine animals swimming at all hours of the day and night.

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • 34 dining options
  • Numerous room options
  • An award-winning waterpark and plenty of nightlife
  • Easier to get to than some underwater hotels
  • More affordable than most underwater hotels

Cons: 

  • Huge property requires plenty of walking
  • Property not necessarily geared to adults or honeymoons

Resort World Sentosa is more than a resort; it's a sprawling playground for travelers who want to dine, dance, and relax the day away. This property features more than 30 different restaurants, including gourmet cuisine and eateries hosted by celebrity chefs. Guests will also find a massive aquarium flanked by two-story ocean suites that let them sleep alongside more than 45,000 marine animals including fish, sharks, and giant rays.

Guests who book ocean suites benefit from 24-hour butler service, luxury bedding and amenities, and plenty of five-star comforts. Underwater lagoon-view rooms also feature marble bathrooms, king beds, and expansive living space.

Notable Amenities

  • Waterpark
  • Spa
  • Proximity to Universal Studios Singapore
  • On-site diving

Best Lake Views: Utter Inn, Sweden

Utter Inn

Unique Hotels

Why We Chose It

Sweden's Utter Inn is a floating house on a lake, which makes it ideal for couples who want ultimate privacy. 

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • Breakfast included
  • Swim or paddle to a nearby uninhabited island
  • Experience total privacy

Cons: 

  • Twin beds
  • No amenities or restaurants

Utter Inn may be nothing more than a floating hotel room on the stunning clearwater Lake Mälaren, but it could be ideal for honeymooners who truly want to get away from it all. This one-room property is not part of a hotel, so couples won't see another soul during their stay. All they'll have is themselves and whatever food and drink they bring to the floating hotel room, which features an overwater deck and an underwater bedroom with glass windows peering into the lake.

While there aren't any amenities to speak of, the property does offer free breakfast and a canoe you can use to paddle to an uninhabited island for even more alone time. For a honeymoon property where you can enjoy peace and solitude on a stunning lake near a bustling urban center, this could be your place.

Notable Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Canoe access

Best Unique Option: Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, China

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, China

Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland, China

Why We Chose It

The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland has an unforgettable look due to its nearly seamless immersion within an abandoned quarry. This property also boasts deluxe underwater rooms that feature quarry views, huge bedrooms, and separate living space. 

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • 5 restaurants, including underwater dining 
  • Underwater suites with quarry views through floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Stunning indoor pool

Cons: 

  • Underwater room options are expensive
  • Not necessarily geared to couples or romance

The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland looks other-worldly, and that's partially due to its cliffside location within a quarry. However, this resort also boasts a unique set-up with 18 floors above ground and 16 entire floors completely submerged. Choose from a regular room or suite or book a luxurious underwater suite with windows that peer into the quarry for up-close viewing of the stunning wildlife. 

This property features a luxurious indoor pool, opulence in every direction, an on-site fitness center, and opportunities for rock climbing among the quarry walls. When you check out the photos, you'll quickly see why this destination resort is an Instagram fan favorite that could be the perfect spot for an unforgettable honeymoon getaway.

Notable Amenities

  • Rock climbing
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness center

Best Underwater Dining: Niyama Private Islands, Maldives

Niyama Private Islands, Maldives

Niyama Private Islands, Maldives

Why We Chose It

Niyama Private Islands is a Maldives luxury resort known for its stylish villas and overwater bungalows for families and couples. While the property doesn't boast any underwater rooms, they do have an unbelievable underwater restaurant known as Subsix.

Pros & Cons

Pros:  

  • 9 restaurants and lounges
  • Underwater Subsix restaurant perfect for celebrations
  • Extensive water activities, from floating options to surfing, boating, and diving

Cons: 

  • Expensive
  • Arrival by seaplane only
  • Not necessarily geared to couples or romance

Niyama Private Islands boasts a stunning setting in the Maldives, and it is geared toward adventure-seekers. This resort features an array of water activities, including snorkeling, diving, boating, and surfing. Guests can also book "float" activities, which can include everything from cruises on a glass-bottom boat to dolphin tours, fishing tours, and sailing. 

Guests can select from any number of bungalows and pavilions, including the Deluxe Water Pool Villas with a private sundeck and plunge pool. While couples won't sleep underwater, an array of exciting meals can be booked in the property's submerged restaurant, Subsix. Couples can enjoy boozy brunches, romantic dinners, and cocktail hours in this elegant eatery while surrounded by ocean life.

Notable Amenities

  • Drift spa
  • On-site marine biologist
  • Surfing safaris
  • Optional private jet transfers

Final Verdict

If you're hoping for a honeymoon for the record books, an underwater resort could do the trick. After all, spending a meal (or a week!) below the sea, deep within a quarry or adjacent to a stunning aquarium will definitely leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

How We Chose the Best Underwater Hotels and Resorts

Some underwater hotels feature magnificence and grandeur while others offer basic lodging and amenities. To find the best options, we looked for properties that stand out due to their uniqueness and features, whether they are geared to couples seeking romance, angled toward divers and nature-lovers, or set up to accommodate any combination of guests. 

Whether you want to spend the night below the sea, escape from reality on your own submarine, or honeymoon in a resort that is partially submerged in a quarry, we believe the options we highlight here are the best of the best.

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