“The Floating Seahorse” underwater villas make for dreamland in Dubai
By: Ashley Gustafson
It is no question that mankind has long had a fascination for life under the sea. From Greek legends to bed time stories, underwater villages have always been a part of fiction; until now. What may have been only a story in the past is now becoming reality. Before the possibility of underwater villages there came the trend of underwater hotel rooms. These growing tourist destinations are popping up all around the world. From the humble but innovative beginnings of Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida to extravagant and breathtaking Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji. Just last September I wrote about the Manta Resort on Pemba Island of Zanzibar, Tanzania which was the first underwater resort off the coast of Africa. To check out more about “sleeping under the sea” click here.
Furthermore, the once novel idea of underwater hotels is so been there done that, so what’s next? You guessed, it underwater villages made of submerged villas complete with artificial coral reef structures to aid in the prosperity of marine life. Sounds too good to be true? In order to explore this futuristic plan, let’s start by traveling to the innovative and often extravagant minds of developers in Dubai.
“The Floating Seahorse”
The projects name, “The Floating Seahorse” is appropriate for the structure since it is literally floating in the ocean. These floating homes are far from plain and simple; they come complete with lavish furnishings and use only the finest material and amenities. The first model of its kind was unveiled by the Kleindienst Group at the Dubai International Boat Show just over a year ago in March 2015. With this the Group stated the original plan to build 42 villas by the end of 2016. What appears to be right on schedule, as of April 2016, the first floating villa has been deployed just off the coast of Dubai. While sensational on their own, these villas are part of a much bigger project, “The World,” which is Dubai’s very large artificial island project. This project focuses of maintaining and restoring the world’s oceans and marine life. Furthermore, the name “The Floating Seahorse” is said to have come from the idea of protecting sea life in the Persian Gulf, which is a cause very near and dear to the Kleindienst Group and project as a whole. According to the company, “We will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed.” This is a noble cause, because for many of the ocean’s creatures are struggling to survive at the hands of human existence. They hope these villas will not only enrich the lives of human beings but also allow marine life a new way to thrive. The first coral structure construction on the first villa is currently underway, so only time will tell if this will be a desirable and fruitful habitat for marine organisms (fingers crossed!).
A fairy tale design
These floating structures are essentially boats without any propulsion. They will lack the ability to move and be anchored among artificial islands. The buoyant villas have three different levels featuring an upper deck, a main floor at sea level, and an underwater level. The plan calls for the master bedroom and master bathroom to be completely submerged with breath taking underwater panoramic views of reef life. The glass walls and crystal clear waters allow magnificent views from the Jacuzzi bath. The base of the structure features an artificial reef habitat which invites beautiful marine life to live just outside the master bed. Like I mentioned earlier, these floating homes are far from simple, complete with lavish furnishings and only the finest amenities.
Interested in buying? Check back next year!
While initially about 10 of the villas were still available to investors, now all 42 to the villas are already sold to investors! The plan is for all the structures to be completed by the end of 2016. The good news is that this is only the first of several series of Floating Seahorses to be completed by the Group, just one of many phases in the overall bigger “The World” artificial island project. In total the Group has come out and said they will eventually construct and install 131 villas. So, if you are interested in buying make sure to stay tuned and keep up with this Group’s amazing vision and mission.
Make sure to check out this video of the villa and stay tuned with the “The Floating Seahorse”: