Underwater Hotels: The Newest Travel Trend

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — When Mario Puzo wrote the line "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes" in his novel The Godfather, little did he know that in the future, tourists would use the term literally. The latest craze in adventure tourism is the underwater hotel--opposite of the tree house hotel.

If the voice inside your head is a "huh?" as you read this, then it's time to wake up and realize the amazing milestones architecture has been crossing over the years.

What was once a mere concept based on some sci-fi author's imagination, is now a reality. So are underwater hotels just fantasies of ambitious architects, or have we reached that stage of human achievement where Aquaman can potentially be our neighbor? What price must one pay to live in such modern establishments, and even if some of us do have the money to spend some time there, how do we know it is safe down there? Let us put our "Mulder and Scully" hatd on and probe all of this while looking at some of the best underwater hotels out there.

Before we go about checking out the following list of hotels, let us first acknowledge the fact that some of them are still in their blueprint stage. However, we are not considering them as conceptual designs because their establishment, so to speak, has been announced.

Jules' Undersea Lodge, USA

There's a whole other level of charm to staying in a pace that has a nice little piece of history attached to it. Jules' Undersea Lodge, located in Key Largo, Fla., is a two-bedroom motel that has been operational and open to the public since 1986. However, the basic skeleton of the hotel has been in existence since the 1970s when it was used as a mobile underwater marine lab off the coast of Puerto Rico where scientists could work and stay during their time spent underwater. Back then, they called it "La Chalupa" meaning "the little boat." Even though the lodge is named after the famous author Jules Verne, it owes its establishment to diving pioneer Ian Koblick, whose brainchild it is.