Floating Hotel Planned Off Miami’s Coast

A vacation rental company is planning to launch floating homes off Miami’s coast, according to Bloomberg.

The floating vacation homes are eventually planned to be linked together to form a resort, the founder of the company said.

Each 2,380 square foot, 2-bedroom home is expected to rent for $1,200 to $1,600 a night (an exact layout and number of bedrooms hasn’t been finalized).

The initial plan is for a captain will take the home out to sea before returning on a tender, leaving the guests on their own. Deliveries would be made by a bellman on a motorboat.

Docking space at the Vice City Marina in Brickell is planned to be used when the villas are not at sea.

The floating home is manufactured by Arkup.

Arkup claims the homes are hurricane proof. They are equipped with hurricane glass and “spuds,” which are retractable stabilizing columns that go 20-feet deep.

A larger model by the same manufacturer has also been used as a rental by the same vacation rental company.

Some area residents complained about the larger model, according to ReMiamiBeach. However state law prohibits cities from regulating houseboats in their territory.

Sextant Stays, which has grown from 60 to over 500 units during the pandemic, is the company planning the new floating rentals.

 

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Anonymous
25 days ago

Arkup is a joke, have they even sold their first unit? They go around the bay, stabbing those four “spuds” that kill anything in their path below the surface.

Anonymous
25 days ago

agree, terrible execution.

Anonymous
24 days ago

It did sell to some guy on Star Island…using it as his guest house while he builds a massive house on a double lot.

Anonymous
24 days ago

He’s actually not even paying for it I’ve been told. Just letting them use his dock for exposure and gets to live in it for free.

Anonymous
24 days ago

Bet you wouldn’t mind going on it though 😉

Anonymous
22 days ago

I have been on the one seen at Star Island/Palm Island/Brickell.

It doesnt seem that well built on the interior to me. Sloppy finishes, and a strange layout.

For $5m, it would be better to buy a $3m house and a $2m boat.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Have you seen prices for waterfront homes lately….?

Anonymous
25 days ago

Hurricane proof. Ha-ha, good one.

Anonymous
25 days ago

would these pay taxes based on Miami Beach, Miami or no taxes since they are on the water?

Anonymous
25 days ago

Company operates in Florida, Miami dade, HQ’d somewhere, while maintaining vessels that need to be registered…why are you worried about taxes? Afraid some one isnt paying as much as you?

Anonymous
25 days ago

Actually Yes.

Anonymous
22 days ago

They do not pay property taxes, because houseboats are not attached to property.

Anonymous
25 days ago

The word ‘iconic’ was not used to describe this, so it has a chance of being a success.

Anonymous
25 days ago

Not taking in consideration category 5 Hurricanes, they also plan to build a Hotel inside a volcano in Hawaii 🤗

Anonymous
25 days ago

If cruise ships cause pollution, wait until you see how much bellmen on motorboats will every time techbro wants a Coke Zero.

Anonymous
21 days ago

Made me laugh out loud!

Anonymous
25 days ago

Keep dreaming. This is NEVER going to happen…

Anonymous
25 days ago

It already is!

Anonymous
25 days ago

it wont happen lol

Anonymous
19 days ago

I bet you said that about the Aston Martin tower too…..trying to grave dance from the cheap seats SMH

Shawn Kouri
25 days ago

A floating hotel in Miami would be super cool. Kind of like the Maldives Resorts but with a big city skyline in the background. One thing is for sure, it is going to be super expensive.

Anonymous
25 days ago

This idea mixed with Stiltsville or something to help use Biscayne Bay in a way that more people can use it while preserving it is what we should be focused on.

Anonymous
25 days ago

There is already like six floating hotels in Miami lol. Just take a look at the cruise ships

Anonymous
25 days ago

On your own??? Seriously wtf why??

Anonymous
25 days ago

These should be parked downtown in the slip by the Arena

Anonymous
24 days ago

These are just glorified houseboats, which really shouldn’t be moored in open water. They have to be in protected marinas. South Florida already has lots of mooring fields for seaworthy boats (e.g. Miami Yacht Club, Dinner Key, etc). If you want to live the yacht lifestyle but live in a condo, then get yourself a catamaran.

Anonymous
24 days ago

I just want to add that insurance for boats is already very expensive and these things should be basically uninsurable.

Realtalk Reilly
24 days ago

This is ridiculous. It might work down in the Keys or someplace like that, but not here. People do not come to Miami to be isolated on a houseboat in the middle of the Bay with a 360-degree view of everyone else having a blast while they’re not participating.

And by the way, where does their poop go?

Anonymous
23 days ago

This just sounds like a bad idea