What are the rooms like you say? Well, the rooms are.. uh, round like a barrel. In a way it's almost like the 9h Capsule Hotel, in Japan I talked about many posts ago. It can be a little bit claustrophobic, but at least in these rooms you can stand up and outside the rooms you are surrounded by the great outdoors - not more capsules, lol. There is full headroom, double bed, storage, light, power, woolly blanket and light cotton sleeping bag, all on a comfy double wide Eurofoam mattress. You even recieve your own personal door code upon booking. Also, they don't want your digital camera or mobile phone to die mid-trip so there is even a 220V outlet for charging your electronical devices inside. Of course you will have to bring your own toothbrush, towels, soap, blowdryers etc. I guess it's kind of like going camping but in a concrete drain pipe instead of a tent! So if hanging out in a drain pipe for a night is your kind of thing, you better hurry! - They are only open from May to October.
When guests visit Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, they discover that the name is no marketing gimmick. Just to enter the 600-square-foot Lodge, a former marine lab, one must actually scuba dive 21 feet beneath the surface of the sea. Jules' really is underwater. Diving through the tropical mangrove habitat of the Emerald Lagoon and approaching the USA's only underwater hotel is quite an experience. You'll have to know how to scuba dive to reach your room, and guests without the mandatory certification must take a course at the hotel. Once you've reached the lodge, which sleeps up to six, you'll be close to angelfish, anemones, barracuda, oysters, and other creatures — each room is equipped with a 42-inch window, so you don't need to be suited up to keep an eye on the neighborhood.
And of course, needless to say folks, a great deal of research went into the making of this resort. Competition will be hard. They searched the world to find the perfect location - crystal clear waters with visibility up to 200 feet teeming with marine life abundant in coral reefs. Plus they had other competitive advantages such as:
The undersea suites include:
- A king-sized bed laden with Scandinavian down duvets, plush pillows and high thread-count lininens.
- A sitting room featuring a library and personal office with voice/data access, Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet connections, and multi-line telephones.
- Entertainment technology, including a large, high-definition flat screen television; CD/DVD player; and satellite radio with surround sound. Lord, I'm starting to sound like a damn travel agency!
- In-room refrigerators, which will be continuously stocked with gourmet snacks, champagnes, wines, premium alcoholic beverages, soft drinks etc.
- Rich marble bathrooms with a large Jacussi tub, ... sorry, I'm getting all excited like a kid in a candy store, I meant Jacuzzi tub, two sinks, a hydro-spa shower and a wealth of plush towels. Bathrobes, natural loofah sponges, hairdryers and a selection of marine-influenced beauty products.
And if all this isn't enough to entice you, they claim to make you become part of history in the making by offering the first 1,000 guests' names permanently inscribed on two monuments, one on the island and one on the floor of the lagoon!
Well, for 15 grand a week they better fly you to this 'Mystery Island' from the airport also... uhm, actually, I'm just reading... they do!