***beautiful pics used to be in this post but due to the recent lawsuits for using photos on blogs I took them down.***
It's Friday, so let's dive into the world of imagination.
We all know I might be a little obsessed with my sea creatures at the moment. How can you not love a bunch of people that can live on land or underwater? Not to mention my characters have some other awesome traits, but most of you will have to wait until the book is published--if and when it's published--to learn more about that.
For now, let's take a look at some hotels that may be the closest we as humans will ever get to living like merfolk. Or selkies. Or fish, or dolphins, or whatever your underwater life of choice would be.
I present to you, underwater hotels.
No, I kid you not. The Poseidon Resort in Fiji is scheduled to open this year. For only $30,000 per couple you can purchase a fabulous week long package and stay at this Jules Verne inspired resort .
(I haven't found proof that it's actually open for business and I didn't want to look too hard. I like to pretend that if I win the lotto tomorrow, I can book online and be sleeping underwater next week. Don't burst my bubble if you find out construction was delayed or something.)
There are also plans for something similar in Dubai. The Hydropolis where you can vacation and sleep 60 feet below the surface. *sigh*
I read that yet another underwater hotel is being planned in Istanbul. A 7-story, 7-star hotel, but from what I've read only one or two stories will actually be underwater. More research needed on this one. (I'm still dreaming of Fiji.)
And then, as if I've opened up a real life storybook, I discover Shanghai Shimao Wonderland
"The project covers a land area of 428,200 square meters, which fixes its position as theme park, experience center, exotic idyllic resort area and consumption center. The main part is the theme park and a modern five-star hotel built on the cliff of the quarry in Sheshan Hill with one floor above ground and 17 under ground. There are over 400 guestrooms on the first to fifteenth floors under ground, one thermal spring pool on the sixteenth floor under ground, and underwater restaurant and café on the seventeenth floor below the water surface, accompanied by a 100-meter-high waterfall alongside. The experience center offers a service package of indoor entertainment facilities, ocean world, sports & recreational center, water-face park, movie & TV heaven, super shopping mall, cuisine paradise etc. The resort village includes 5 resorts such as European and Southern China styled ones. Shimao Wonderland is a destination for multifold experience of tour & relaxation, food & accommodations, interactions & attractions, and retail & entertainment."One second, let me pick up my jaw off the ground.
So maybe imagination can turn into reality. Maybe that's why we writers write. The things and worlds we imagine become real in the minds of our readers.
And, if you happen to have millions of dollars you might be able to turn some of your ideas into an extraordinary resort.
However, if you're a smoker, don't build in Minnesota.What about you? Would you want to vacation underwater? If not, what is your ultimate vacation fantasy?