Even in 2010, the idea of a fully-functional underwater community seems like a super futuristic and ridiculously impossible sci-fi dream. It wouldn't surprise me to see an underwater fortress being used as a hideout by Dr. Evil in the next Austin Powers movie. It also makes me think of the Looking Glass station on LOST, and we all know by now what happened there. (If you don't, don't click that link, yell at yourself for being so far behind, and get on Netflix right now and find out.)
What I am describing is not, in fact, a far-off dream but a currently-under-construiction reality named the Poseidion Undersea Resort - a fully-submerged getaway that will be open to anyone willing to pony up about $1500 a night for a 550 square-foot suite:
The resort's official website details the concept:
Accessible by elevator and nestled in the crystal clear cerulean waters of the 5,000-acre Fijian lagoon, Poseidion Undersea Resort is the world's first seafloor resort andÂ the only place where you can spend the night 40 feet underwater in incomparable luxury.
Beginning in early 2010, a select group of the world's adventure travelers and undersea enthusiasts will have the opportunity to stay with us for week-long visits, enjoying two nights underwater and four nights in our remarkable beachfront and over-water bungalows.
When completed (is it "early 2010" yet?), the resort will feature all of the typical fare (spa, restaurants, fitness club, conference facilities) as well as activities for the more adventurous among us (submarine piloting, scuba diving, water sports, parasailing, etc.). The site even mentions the ability to play 9-holes of golf. I assume that they mean on land nearby, but in the unlikely event that they are developing some new mind-blowing technology that allows you to hit the links underwater, I just may have to book my stay.
Baring the new golfing technology, I have seen the movie The Abyss far too many times to brave a claustrophobic week in the Posedion. But, don't let me spoil the party. Who among us would be brave enough to enjoy a water-logged week of R&R?