Figure you've done it all when it comes to new travel experiences? Well, think again. A new luxury resort planned for Fiji will have you ringing for room service 40 feet underwater and waking to the sight of tropical fish swimming over your head. In terms of totally unique experiences, the Poseidon Undersea Resort will be in a league of its own when it opens its hatches in 2009. The fantastical adventure will begin soon after check-in when you take an elevator ride 40 feet underwater to your room. It continues when you enter your suite where you will be greeted by the spectacle of tropical fish and marine life swimming outside your room.Then there are the adventure activities. Dreams of piloting a submarine will be realized when you explore the ocean depths piloting a mini-submarine or take a ride in a submersible that is capable to going 1000 feet underwater.
With competition fierce to be the undersea resort originator, it is no surprise that the location of the Poseidon’s Fiji resort is being kept under wraps. According to the developers, the island comprises approximately 225 acres, stretches a mile long and is surrounded by a 5000-acre lagoon with waters that range to 90 feet in depth. It is situated within a coral atoll that was chosen by the developers for its crystal-clear water and unspoiled tropical marine ecosystem.
For those with no inclination of going 40-feet underwater, the Poseidon Undersea Resort will also have 24 over-water villas, or bures as they are called in Fiji, and 24 beachfront bungalows.
NEW DEPTHS OF LUXURY
The resort’s underwater suites will have spectacular views of marine life from most angles of the room. The underwater observatory effect is made possible by a 4-inch thick clear acrylic that wraps around about 70 per cent of the suite. As well, you will be able to interact with the fish by feeding them through a special console located in each room.
Resort rooms feature king-size beds, sitting rooms and library, and personal office facilities such as WiFi and high-speed Internet access. They will also have flat screen TVs, CD/DVD players and refrigerators stocked with gourmet snacks and premium beverages. The ensuite include large jacuzzi tubs and hydro-spa showers.
The interior surface of the resort is pressure-controlled to ensure guests are never exposed to the physiological effects of hydrostatic pressure. Techniques used to design and build submarines will be employed and every unit in the underwater complex will have a safety dome and escape hatchet, among countless other safety features integrated.
Above water, you can laze by the resort's pool or take to the skies para-sailing. Other facilities include a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and a health club. The resort features six restaurants and seven bars, an underwater library and lounge, a theater area and a conference room. There will even be an underwater wedding chapel for those keen to say ‘I do’ in the deep blue.
A weeklong visit to the resort will cost US$15,000 per person. This will include accommodation, meals and drinks (non-premium) and range a full-range activities available at the resort. To have exclusive use of the resort for a corporate event, you will be forking out approximately US$3 million.
HOW TO GET THERE
International flights arrive in Fiji’s capital, Nadi, daily. From there, resort guests will be flown to the Poseidon Undersea Resort by charter plane or they can sail in by private yacht. The resort’s berth is able to accommodate vessels 300 feet long or more.
The first 1000 guests to the resort will have their names permanently inscribed on two monuments: one on the island and the other on the lagoon floor. Why not be a part of history and emerge to tell the story?