Those who fancy a marine-style vacation retreat would soon be able to stay in a “Floating Seahorse” in Dubai where stunning underwater ocean views can be enjoyed straight from the comfort of your bed.
Text by Isabelle Pinto | Photography by The Kleindienst Group
Many of us feel a certain sense of wonder about the ocean and the life beneath it. From watching documentaries such as “National Geographic” that vividly portray the underwater world, we are constantly captivated by the mysterious beauty that surrounds this deep and rather foreign part of the Earth. What usually amazes me most personally is the colourful depictions of coral reefs with their little fish inhabitants playing “hide and seek” amongst them. And swimming and floating in the vicinity would be other amazing sea creatures such as turtles, seahorses, stingrays and so on.
Even Josef Kleindienst, Chairman of Kleindienst – a European developer in Dubai and the UAE – admits of his long-time fascination for the deep blue ocean. He says that he has always been interested to see what’s under the sea. And when his brother opened a scuba diving school, he became deeply curious about why people dived and what their experiences were like underwater. For several years, he had also been observing projects that were built underwater and was thoroughly inspired by the concept.
So, in 2008, the visionary developer finally brought his inspiration to life with the design concept of “The Floating Seahorse”, a floating luxury villa that is partially submerged underwater. And what’s utterly outstanding about this project is none other than its underwater living spaces which feature floor-toceiling views of the ocean depths. The experience would be somewhat like visiting a giant aquarium but with even better perks – you get to admire the underwater world right from the comfort of your bed whilst tucked beneath plush sheets of a luxury unit!