I wrote below about the trend towards “food as motivator” in the global travel market. And there are other types of experiences that are motivating travel to places other than the usual tourist destinations. How about this one?
On Tuesday, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island revealed that they are building a new undersea residence immersed 16.4 feet under the Indian Ocean that is expected to open in November 2018 and cost $50,000 for a one-night stay.
Hmmm … $50k per night is just a bit beyond my budget. But you get the idea. Blooomberg writes
Here (inthe Maldives) more than anywhere else on Earth, it’s extravagant design features—rather than a convenient location or knockout restaurants—that make a hotel.
And if the $50k per night price tag bugs you
The starting price of $50,000 may sound like a lot to pay per night, but the region claims a handful of private island villas at comparable price points—and they’re popular, too.
They do offer lots of services
… guests who book the villa get flown to their own private seaplane jetty and get picked up in a speedboat that’s theirs to use for the rest of their stay. The suite itself is set apart from the Conrad’s beach villas and over-water bungalows so that its residents don’t have to see other humans—or set foot on dry land—during their entire vacation, if they don’t want to. Four dedicated butlers live in a nearby structure to facilitate round-the-clock service, and everything—from a chef to cook your meals to a set of jet skis and an on-call fitness trainer—is included in the (hefty) price tag. Guests are even upgraded to Diamond Honors Hilton status and given a 90-minute spa treatment per day.
And if you need more underwater experiences, there is the Ithaa underwater restaurant not too far away
I do not expect that we will see lots and lots of underwater hotels. Apparently, they are rather difficult to construct. A Dubai developer ran into trouble
In Dubai, the developer Klenienst has been developing a community of partially submerged homes called the Floating Seahorse within the cluster of islands known as the Heart of Europe. The project was announced in 2015 with a projected completion in 2016; yet, only three such homes have been completed to date. According to a local news source, one of those sank near the Burj Al Arab, another “toppled into the sea while being transported onsite,” and the third has survived as a prototype that’s being stabilized with sandbags.
But I do expect more creativity in designing where one stays and how one stays overnight in tourist destinations that are in tune with the host country’s locale.
Remember the ice hotel?