6 stunning undersea hotels

Hoteliers around the world have planned luxury accommodations in the deep. A few modest underwater hotels already exist, but some of the most ambitious attempts may not make it past the blueprint stage.

China - Shimao Wonderland

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The Wonderland wins the prize for the most unlikely location: an abandoned, partially flooded rock quarry in Shanghai.

The plans for this "cave hotel," which will feature two submerged floors, were nominated for a World Buildings Directory design prize in 2009. The underwater portion will include a water sports complex, spa, swimming pool, restaurant and guest rooms that face a "themed" aquarium (whatever that means). The section on terra firma will offer extreme sports, such as rock climbing and bungee jumping over the quarry.

The sustainability-focused hotel doesn't appear on track to open as planned in 2013, but initial construction has reportedly begun.

  @julpepitone - Last updated January 20 2016 03:17 PM ET

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