Under the Sea
Rooms with a true ocean view.
—Pemba Island, Tanzania
Located a 30-minute flight off the coast of Zanzibar, Pemba Island is the definition of private — presenting a seemingly untouched, pristine span of land abounding with serene beauty. Those visitors wishing to commune with nature can enjoy exploring everything from forests and swamps to mangroves and lagoons — and even stay on their private floating island, thanks to the Manta Resort. For US$1,500 a night, guests can sunbathe on the roof, lounge on the sea-level landing deck and then retire 4 meters below deck to enjoy the 360-degree views of sea life.
Resorts World Sentosa
Both on land and under the sea, Resorts World Sentosa’s 11 two-story ocean suites whisk guests away to a land of five-star comfort. The upper level of each includes an outdoor patio and private Jacuzzi, while the lower level provides both bedroom and bathroom views of the resort’s underwater sanctuary, filled with 70 species of sea creatures. To top it all off, guests enjoy 24-hour access to their own private butler. From $1,900/night.
Atlantis, The Palm
Though Dubai is certainly no novice when it comes to extravagance, the city’s Atlantis hotel takes things to an even higher level, offering two underwater suites that make guests feel like king and queen of the mythical lost city for which the hotel is named. The Neptune and Poseidon suites each boast three stories with sweeping staircases, luxuriously appointed rooms and, of course, floor-to-ceiling views of the resort’s Ambassador Lagoon — home to 65,000 marine inhabitants. And at $7,000/night, the price, too, seems fit for a king.