Jones, however, is confident his Poseidon Undersea Resort will both be built first – within the next two years – and be better. Dubai, he said, is “one of the worst places to put an undersea resort,” because of the destruction of marine life.
The Poseidon resort, which was held up by financing troubles and a coup in Fiji, will have 24 underwater suites, suites over the water, and beachfront locations. $15,000 per person will get you a week with multiple nights in each type of suite, piloting lessons in a mini-submarine, and a personal butler to move you from one room to another. The resort will also have a spa, scuba lessons, seven bars, six restaurants (one underwater, of course), and a nine-hole golf course.
Even at the steep price, 120,000 people have signed up to be informed when reservations open, said Jones. With just 7,400 spots a year, he expects the resort to be sold out for years.
If you have the money and want to avoid the wait, you could just buy an underwater house. In recognition of the booming underwater business, Triton and U.S. Submarines have a subsidiary company developing underwater commercial and residential buildings, primarily in the Middle East.
Triton Multimedia is also filming and developing a reality show about the submarine business, culminating in a dive to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. “It’ll be like World’s Deadliest Catch meets American Chopper,” said Jones.