Have you ever dreamed about being a mermaid, or even a fish? You may not be able to transform into a sea creature, but you can experience living underwater at the Jules Undersea Lodge in Florida. The lodge is the world’s first underwater lodge. The hotel opened in 2014 and provides a one of a kind experience for water-loving travelers.
Better bring your fins and scuba gear since you’ll need to dive 21 feet into the water in order to reach the lodge’s front door. The lodge once served as a research laboratory and has been retrofitted with all the amenities visitors are used to from a good hotel. The lodge, which holds two people, has two bedrooms, telephones, DVD players , movies, books, a microwave and a lounge.
Rather than a large TV, the lodge takes advantage of its amazing view – each room has a 42-inch round window, allowing guests and unparalleled view of the Emerald Lagoon. There you can watch the best entertainment that $800 a night can buy: tropical angel fish, red snappers, reef fish, barracuda and other non-predatory fish will be your top-rated program.
Visitors to the Jules Undersea Lodge even have a dining option. Papa Johns will deliver to the lodge. A private chef is also at the ready, willing to dive down and cook you a professional dinner. The lodge’s kitchen is well appointed just like any other suite or full-service hotel. Although the $800 price tag is steep, it comes with lots of extras for adventure lovers, such as diving gear, breakfast with coffee and tea, orange juice and cereal. The pizza dinner is also included with your stay, so you can say that you shared your pizza with Nemo and Dory.
How does the hotel manage to exist without killing its visitors? First, guests must wear diving gear while in the water. Once they arrive at the cottage-sized lodge, they enter into an area that is filled with compressed air. This air ensures that the water doesn’t flood the building or cause water to rise. Once guests are safely inside the compressed air entryway, they can take off their scuba gear in a nearby wet room.
Ian Koblick, president of the Jules Undersea Lodge, promises some incredible encounters. “There are manatees in the lagoon, and fish coming and going. It’s a unique experience and the closest you’ll ever come to living in another world other than going into outer space.”
Part of the fun of the lodge experience is further opportunities to dive and explore the area. Guests can continue to dive, roam around, spend the night, or spring for an add-on dive experience that comes with a three-hour bus ride.
Don’t have a partner or looking for some time alone to literally sleep with the fishes? A solo traveler can stay for $675 a night. To qualify for a stay, the guests must be certified scuba divers, or else they can take the Discover SCUBA Diving certification for $95. The Discover option is not a full certification, but will teach guests everything they need to know for a successful (and unforgettable) stay.
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Originally posted 2016-05-05 18:42:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter