Travel Picks: Top 10 floating hotels

Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:04am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - What could be more relaxing than hearing the waves rolling onto the beach from your hotel bedroom than perhaps hearing the waves rolling underneath you or around you?

Floating hotels have become a trend in recent years, and men's website ( has compiled a list of the top 10 floating hotels, or hotels on water, that are already open or that are being planned.

Reuters has not endorsed this list.

1. King Pacific Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

Built atop a floating barge, King Pacific Lodge enables guests to experience pristine wilderness without sacrificing five-star comfort. The hotel is accessed via a floatplane, and is towed in to Princess Royal Island from May to October.

2. ReefWorld, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Despite initial protests, a project called ReefWorld has been given the go-ahead by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. The brainchild of British architecture firm Richard Hywel Evans, eco-friendly ReefWorld will offer a full underwater spa, eight submerged bedrooms, glass-walled bathrooms and a research facility right on top of Australia's stunning Great Barrier Reef.

3. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

In the middle of Lake Pichola, the five-star Oberoi Udaivilas is one of the world's most visually stunning hotels. It has the architecture of a traditional Indian palace with romantic courtyards, trickling fountains and manicured gardens while guests arrive on a Kashmiri gondola with champagne and canapes.   Continued...