This week the designer of the world’s first undersea hotel was given the green light to build one by US authorities. The national Patent and Trademark office endorsed plans to launch the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel brand.
The 12-room boutique hotels will be submerged at depths of 8.5 metres and guests will access them via a sealed lift from the surface. The hotels will incorporate their own propulsion systems that will enable them to seek shelter in the event of a hurricane or other adverse weather conditions.
The blueprints for Planet Ocean submersible hotels show they will have plenty of windows so that guests will get bird’s eye views of creatures from the deep. Chief designer Tony Webb noted that the hotels would provide a kind of space-tourism experience, but in reverse.
Media sources in the US say the patent holders plan to launch hotels in the Caribbean at first. Other desired locations include Hawaii, Egypt and Malaysia. Mr Webb said he had already chosen a location in international waters to test out the prototype model of the hotel.
He carried on by saying that once this premises had got the green light the construction team would build more. He added that every country in the Caribbean would be offered the opportunity of acquiring their own undersea hotel.
The price tag for being one of the pioneers of undersea residential living does not come cheap. A complete hotel will cost a cool US$20 million (£13.2 million). At US$3 million (£2 million), a single accommodation unit in one of the hotels is a relative bargain.