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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

It's been many hoteliers' dream to build an underwater resort where guests could be immersed, quite literally, in the wonders under the sea. To mark the fifth anniversary of its landmark underwater restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will make part of this dream a reality by turning its submerged dining room into a luxury suite for the night.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island's restaurant, Ithaa, sits five meters under the Indian Ocean, encased in clear glass for panoramic views of the surrounding coral reef and its vibrant ecosystem. At the time of its construction, the restaurant was the widest constructed undersea structure in the world and has hosted almost 44,000 diners since its opening in 2005. During its cameo as a suite, guests will be treated to a private Champagne dinner and en-suite breakfast, not to mention the majestic novelty of watching exotic fish swim by while relaxing in bed.

The cost of sleeping under the sea will no doubt be very steep, especially considering the limited timeframe and the fact that rates at the hotel already often exceed $1000 a night.

For those holding out (and saving their dough) for the full underwater hotel experience, one of the more ambitious projects, the Poseidon Undersea Resort, will supposedly have its soft opening sometime in 2010. The five-star underwater resort, which has been under construction for several years, will be comprised of 24 spacious glass-pod accommodations and a restaurant/lounge complex on the seafloor 40 feet below the surface outside a private island in Fiji. Don't hold your breath though; the Poseidon Undersea Resort was initially slated to open in late 2008.
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