Breathtaking Dubai underwater retreat allows you live next to coral reefs

Imagine spending your holiday in a three-storey marine-style retreat with the master bedroom and bathroom totally submerged underwater, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding coral reef and marine life.

Situated just 4 kilometers off the coast of Dubai, the Floating Seahorse is essentially a boat that includes floor to ceiling windows, a fully-fitted kitchen with a dining area, an open plan living area and an upper deck that hosts an informal bed, a mini bar, a kitchenette and a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi.

An artificial coral garden spanning 45 square meters will be available next to each structure, which will reportedly total 131.

According to The Huffington Post, up to 42 villas are set to be completed by the end of this year. The villas cost US$2.7 million (S$3.64 million) each and they are already sold out. The coral garden is still under construction.

Initially unveiled at the Dubai International Boat Show last March, the Floating Seahorse is part of a cluster of six islands located on a man-made archipelago dubbed "The World".

A collection of private and resort islands, The World combines 300 small islands reclaimed from the sea and constructed into the shape of a map of the world.