As travellers seek unique experiences every day, resorts around the world continue to innovate and offer awe-inspiring spaces. A popular addition to this phenomenon are floating hotels. Situated in the lap of nature, the floating structures are designed to give a close view of the underwater life while offering a breathtaking experience to visitors. However, you don’t have to travel too far or spend a huge amount to experience staying in one anymore as India finally gets its first floating resort!
Located in the peaceful island village of Kumbalangi near Kochi, Aquatic island resort makes for a stunning sight against the backdrop of the scenic backwaters and mangroves.
Spread across 30 acres, the resort is designed using eco-friendly elements and is touted to be the only eco-friendly underwater resort in the whole of Asia! Promising you a luxurious experience, it has five floating units with a total of 10 functionally designed rooms. Equipped with all modern facilities and comforts, the rooms are designed with wooden floors and bamboo thatched roofs. The three-level units each come with a private deck.
However, the gorgeous views around aren’t the only highlight of your stay here as the resort offers you an unforgettable experience of staying underwater! Situated below water level, the bedrooms offer you a splendid view of the marine life.
Things to do
If the picturesque views are not enough, then the resort has a host of activities to offer including sightseeing tours of Kumbalangi which is known for its rural beauty. You can explore the island on a moped, a bicycle or simply soak in the views from Fort Kochi! You can even spot dolphins in the Arabian sea or take a stroll along the beautiful beaches.
However, if a stay-cation is what you have in mind, then the resort’s infinity pool is perfect for a leisurely dip. With facilities like a world-class spa, yoga, tennis and cooking workshops, the resort ensures you have a relaxing stay.
The resort offers you luxury floating cottages starting at Rs 6,375 per night for twin-sharing. This cost includes a continental breakfast and excludes taxes.
How to reach
The nearest railway station and airport is at Kochi (18 km) from the resort. It is also accessible from Coimbatore (200 km), Calicut (203 km), Trivandrum (215 km) or Madurai (270 km).
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