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Eating and Sleeping With the Fishes
The windows of these restaurants and hotels are thick plexiglass, so you can watch the fish, rays and occasional shark or turtle float serenely past your dinner plate or bed.  Underwater restaurants and hotels are a ‘bucket list’ experience, and an expensive one, at that.

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Atlantis Dubai

The Neptune and Poseidon Suites are triplexes, with the bathroom and bedroom down a sweeping staircase to the sea floor.  Both have floor-to-ceiling window walls which look directly into a lagoon filled with sea life, so it feels as though you are living inside an aquarium.

(Atlantis Dubai)

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Atlantis Dubai

The Piscean theme is further enhanced with a jetted tub and a separate shower with multiple showerheads, and artwork duplicating the corals outside.

The suites are staffed by your own private 24-hour butler, who will draw your bath and clean and press your clothes, but not spear your dinner from the balcony.  Cost is around $8,300 per night, depending on the exchange rate.  The Atlantis Dubai is on the man-made Palm Island, 10 minutes by boat from downtown.

(Atlantis Dubai)

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Ithaa Restaurant

This underwater restaurant at The Conrad Maldives Rangali Resort is unique for more than its aquarium setting. With enough advance notice, and no lunch or dinner reservations that day by other guests, the resort will replace tables and chairs with bed and dresser for an overnight. 

(Hilton Worldwide)

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Ithaa Restaurant

Theoretically, you can dine here on gourmet fare the night before or after you sleep here, surrounded on three sides both times by colorful aquatic life.  The rate is $10,700 per night, not including room service.

(Hilton Worldwide)

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Red Sea Star Underwater Restaurant, Bar and Observatory

The name says it all.  This is a hybrid, for dining, late night partying fifteen feet below the surface, or just looking at the fish without trying to figure out how to take photos out of one of the 62 large windows while holding a drink or a knife and fork.  Located in Israel's southernmost city at the northern tip of the Red Sea, the restaurant has starfish lighting fixtures and a sand floor under a layer of clear epoxy enhance the watery experience, which can include the occasional scuba diver swimming by, following the fish. 

Lighting of the sea floor after dark was designed by marine biologists so it wouldn’t disturb the fish. Children are welcome before 9 p.m. Fish is a main menu item in Israel, but it’s still a bit disconcerting to find it on the menu here.

(Red Sea Underwater Restaurant, Eilat)

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Jules' Undersea Lodge

The accommodations at this hotel, in – or, rather under --Key Largo, are more like an upscale submarine, entirely fitting when you find out this hotel was an underwater research laboratory in its previous life.  Billed as the only underwater hotel in the U.S., guests scuba dive to their suites, rooms, about 30 feet under the surface, entering via a special ‘wet room’.

There’s also a two-room suite for underwater weddings, performed by a scuba certified local official.  If you want your wedding or sleep-over catered, the chef does double duty, scuba diving down with the fixings, then serving.   An underwater wedding costs $1,750; overnights are $500-$600 per person. There’s also a three-hour ‘quickie’ adventure visit, for the experience without morning coffee, at $125 per person.

(Florida Jules Underwater Resort)

Eating and Sleeping With the Fishes

The windows of these restaurants and hotels are thick plexiglass, so you can watch the fish, rays and occasional shark or turtle float serenely past your dinner plate or bed.  Underwater restaurants and hotels are a ‘bucket list’ experience, and an expensive one, at that.

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