2006 Private Preview: Poseidon Undersea Resort
Spend a night in the resort that Bruce Jones hopes to construct, and the tropical fish and shadowy sharks surrounding your king-size bed will not be in your dreams; they will be swimming in the Caribbean waters outside the windows of your suite.
If it is ever built, the Poseidon Undersea Resort in the Bahamas will sit on the ocean floor, 60 feet beneath the waves, offering guests constant surface pressure, comfortable accommodations, and views formerly reserved for scuba divers. “The coral reef is unprecedented, and there’s a wall that drops down 6,000 feet,” says Jones, president of the Idaho company that has designed and plans to build and operate the resort no sooner than the end of next year. Jones is also president of U.S. Submarines, which, he says, has “designed and built several subs of various types.”
After flying into Rock Sound on South Eleuthera, guests of Poseidon will travel by limo to its shoreside complex, which will include 22 bungalows for those who prefer not to spend their entire visit underwater. Jones also plans to build a spa and a dive shop. From sea level, an escalator will transport guests down—in street clothes—to the resort’s 20 undersea suites: two rows of acrylic-and-steel pods attached to a central corridor.
Each of these 550-square-foot suites will envelop guests in 2.4-inch-thick transparent acrylic. An electrically activated liquid-crystal film will turn the windows opaque for privacy. One end of the facility will house a revolving restaurant; the other will hold an 800-square-foot suite and a 1,600-square-foot suite. Nightly rates will range from $1,500 to $5,000. Jones also plans to construct a suite at the 1,000-foot mark on the 6,000-foot ocean wall. Those accommodations will cost $20,000 a night and will be accessible only by submarine. That submarine ride either is or will be a fantastic voyage.
Poseidon Undersea Resorts, 208.687.9057, www.poseidonresorts.com