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Gary's Travel Tips: Dive into the future!
by Gary Sorensen
Dec 02, 2010 | 2384 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Picture staying at a hotel where you have to dive down to your room. Outside your window you will see fish, nurse sharks and maybe a manatee glide silently by. Instead of walking around the hotel grounds you put on your scuba gear and descend through the hole in the floor to explore the underwater sites and animals.

Sound like a futuristic hotel? Maybe not, there are hotels planned in Fiji and in Dubai just like this but in the meantime there is a “lodge” in the Florida Keys called Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida. It only has two rooms but it is full of adventure. Everything has to be brought down to the lodge in water proof containers including your clothes and the food they fix you for meals. You are surrounded by sea life and there is unlimited day and night diving during your stay. If you don’t know how to dive they can give you a quick course so you can get to your room.

The lodge is actually a scientific structure that has been used in the past for exploration of the oceans and seas. The lodge is quite small and you won’t find any luxuries here but it is very unique and definitely a one of a kind. You can go home and tell your friends that you stayed in an underwater hotel.

If sleeping underwater does not appeal to you, maybe you would like to eat dinner at the underwater restaurant at the Hilton Hotel in the Maldives or get a spa treatment in the underwater spa at the Huvafen Fushi hotel also in the Maldives. Looking for something else unique? Try the Kokopelli cave in Farmington, New Mexico where you can sleep at a four star resort in a cave or in Sweden you can stay at a hotel right inside a silver mine. Do you like being cold at night? Try the ice hotels in Montreal or in Iceland. How about a hotel made out of salt in Bolivia or a hotel in a tower on an English estate? 
You can stay at lighthouse in Norway on a remote island or a former nuclear war bunker in Sweden. You can even stay in a hotel made out of a real Boeing 747 with 27 individual rooms. If you like unique experiences, be creative with your thoughts and I am sure there is a hotel out there for you!

Travel Tip: It is always important to purchase travel insurance to protect your investment of your trip in case there is a serious problem.

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Gary Sorensen is a Regional Manager for Morris Murdock Travel. For all of your travel information see Morris Murdock Travel in Bountiful at 320 W. 500 S. or call 295-9443.

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