First, Vagablond reported on Jules’ Undersea Lodge in the Florida Keys, a research lab that became a hotel. Next, we told you about Hydropolis, a $550 million underwater complex being built in Dubai. Now, there’s another one in the waterworks — and Poseidon off Eleuthera in the Bahamas –– is being called the world’s first underwater resort.
According to its Website, the design and engineering underwater portions of the resort are complete. Now, Bruce Jones, the company’s founder, is dealing with the business end, including permits, property options, licenses, fund raising, and such. As a former designer and salesman of private submarines, he knows a thing or two about the underwater world. He’s invested $40 million in the complex which will have rooms submerged 50 feet below the surface. But unlike the Jules Undersea Lodge, guests at the Poseidon won’t have to don wetsuits to get to their $1,500/night living quarters; they can do that by escalator.
Each room will have fortified, transparent acrylic walls with view of coral gardens. Guests will be able to adjust the lighting of the underwater worlds outside their windows and to release food for fish swimming by. The rooms will also feature individual Jacuzzis for those who may be inspired by their surroundings to get wet.
The earliest anticipated opening date of the five-star Poseidon Underwater Resort would be late 2006.