The Aquaventure, which opened last year, has gone further: Every desk has its own small pebble pool that floats alongside a deck and gaze out over the infinity pool. Stairs lead guests to the water — and diners in the restaurant have their own private plunge pools right outside their dining room. On a sunny day, the temperature reaches 80 degrees.
Aquaventure is part of an aquarium complex where fresh waters create a mystical mystical vibe, driven by the fans pumping water out onto the concourse (though usually only at night). It has strolling dolphins, live insects, stingrays, turtles, snakes, lizards, iguanas, parrots, and all manner of alligators, snakes, birds, and even a white baby unicorn that seems to swim out of nowhere. Or rather: it’s in an underwater cave that you have to explore manually via a small elevator. Since this isn’t Las Vegas, there’s a natural wonder, a drool-worthy room with a lagoon-like interior, and a cinema where you can watch live bioluminescence shows — a tiny glowing piece of water caught in a stream of light.
As far as the high life goes, humping tanks and facilities range from $44 a day for a hammock treatment ($35 for a sanded strap-on pad) to a full tank (perfect for a working vacation). There’s a giant inflatable pool, a wave pool, an Aqua Tower with various bathtubs, spas, including an ancient Egyptian-style treatment where you get some real-deal water birth. (It took me about 20 minutes to become placenta fodder. Ah well.) Then there’s the Challenge Tower, where guests compete against each other in Aqua Wave or Racing Water, or dare each other to do water scorpions.
Methinks it’s not your average waterslide that’s racing water.