A completely new "social" submarine, capable of accommodating 120 people for up to 24 hours, promises to cause a stir in the hospitality industry.
UWEP (this is the name of the means of transportation. An acronym for 'Under Water Entertainment Platform') is electric, 35 meters (115 feet) long and can dive up to 200 meters (650 feet). It is designed, say the builders, to host "the most prestigious entertainment opportunities in the world".
Enchantment under the sea
The submarine has an interior space of 500 square meters (1.600 square feet) and lots and lots of versatility.
It can be configured to house a 64-seat Michelin-starred restaurant, underwater fitness center, casino and even a wedding function room.
It was designed and built by U-Boat Worx, a company specializing in private and commercial submarines, to "revolutionize the hospitality sector".
As many as 14 huge windows in the pressurized cabin, along with exterior lights to illuminate the depths, will allow UWEP to contemplate the wonders and mysteries of the ocean while enjoying the amenities inside.
In the 24 hours of stay underwater (this is the maximum autonomy of the submarine before having to go up to recharge) the lucky passengers will be able to take fantastic mini cruises.
A hassle-free pleasure: you don't even need to decompress as in the case of scuba diving. The air pressure in the passengers' lungs will be protected by an air-conditioned and fully pressurized environment.
A breath of fresh air
"UWEP will shake up all hospitality sectors and open up a market for bespoke undersea events," he says. Bert Houtman, founder and CEO of U-Boat Worx, in a press release.
We will not only offer a stellar experience for the most demanding customers, but also a revenue channel for those wishing to invest in this field.
Not bad at all, this submarine
To complete his description, I would add that the UWEP also includes a solar deck on which you can stand while the boat is in port, to soak up some sun or admire the coast.
What more do you want? How do you say? A check book?