February 3, 2007

Poseidon Undersea Resorts : The World's First Undersea Resort

Couples with a lazy $US30,000 (R220,000) for a week’s holiday on a private Fiji Island will soon have the chance to spend a couple of days in a luxurious suite 15 metres under water resting next to a coral reef. What’s being billed as the world’s first underwater resort by Poseidon Undersea Resorts, is under construction in the USA and opening for business in early 2008. It is anticipated this will be one of the “hot ticket” incentive travel experiences due to it’s absolute unique nature.

There’s a measure of “hush-hush” about the project, with the developers claiming the island, with its 5,000 acre lagoon does not even appear on maps. Guests will be flown in for a minimum of a week from the Fijian gateway of Nadi. The plans also include a revolving restaurant on the lagoon floor (another world first), where the guests who are spending their days in the 28 over-water and 21 beachfront island villas can continue to experience the underwater life. The world’s first underwater wedding chapel provides the developers with a unique marketing opportunity.

The 24 underwater suites at Poseidon’s Mystery island are accessed by way of an elevator from the surface. The developers say there will be no problems of pressurisation as the pressure in the suites is identical to that on the surface.

Some 70 per cent of the suites are enveloped in a 100mm thick clear acrylic and guests will be able to control lighting on their slice of reef and even remotely feed the tropical fish. During daylight hours it will be impossible to see into the pods and at night a window film can be used to ensure privacy.

There’s no shortage of whizzbangs promised for Poseidon's Mystery Island and guests will have the chance to learn to pilot a mini submarine within the lagoon and to dive to some 300 metres in a resort submersible.

via [incentiveworld]

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