This is one hotel suite where sea-ing really is believing.
Amazing footage shows what has to be one of the world’s most unique hotel rooms – one with direct views through a huge window straight into a walrus tank.
The clip shows a young guest in the room relaxing against pillows and a furry throw as a playful walrus swims right up to the glass.
Amazing footage shows a young guest in a hotel suite at a Belgian zoo, which has direct views straight into a walrus tank
The incredible suite, called the Walrus House, can be found at the award-winning Pairi Daiza Zoo and Resort in Belgium
The suite, pictured, which looks into the walrus tank, is located within the zoo’s ‘Land of the Cold’
The boy can be seen looking on with delight as the creature tries to follow his hand.
The incredible suite, called the Walrus House, can be found at the award-winning Pairi Daiza Resort in Belgium.
The resort has opulent lodges, suites and rooms that overlook the territories of bears, wolves, stellar sea lions, penguins, Siberian tigers and fallow deer.
But the underwater suites in the zoo’s ‘Land of the Cold’ are by far the most unusual places to stay, with one looking into the walrus tank and another looking into the polar bear enclosure.
A video shows a young boy in the walrus suite relaxing against pillows and a furry throw as a playful walrus swims right up to the glass separating the suite and the tank
In the footage, the boy can be seen placing out his hand as the walrus appears to try and follow it
The bed inside the Walrus House suite at the Pairi Daiza Zoo and Resort in Belgium
The all-important glass separating guests from the animals is rigorously cleaned every week to ensure crystal clear views
Mathieu Goedefroy, a spokesman for the zoo, said: ‘If there’s one thing our resort guests don’t have, it’s privacy’
The all-important glass separating guests from the animals is rigorously cleaned every week to ensure crystal clear views.
Mathieu Goedefroy, a spokesman for the zoo, said: ‘The diver you can see cleaning the window is doing the weekly cleaning session of all windows in our polar world – Land of the Cold.
‘On the picture, he is actually in the walruses’ territory, whilst the walruses are being kept from disturbing him.
‘However, curious as they are, our polar bears are always up for a playing session through the window.
An overall view of the zoo’s Land of the Cold, which houses animals including polar bears
There is an underwater suite that also looks directly into the polar bear enclosure at the zoo
Inside the underwater suite that looks straight into the polar bear enclosure. A zoo spokesman said the animals use the underwater suites as a ‘television screen’
A diver does the weekly cleaning session of all windows in the ‘Land of the Cold’
‘The diver didn’t seem afraid of the bear and seemed to appreciate its presence, as the window was spotless afterwards.
‘It’s important to know that these underwater rooms are a well-appreciated enrichment to the life of these animals, who use them as a “television screen”.
‘Certainly, the bears and walruses seem very interested and curious to see what’s going on behind the windows.
‘So if there’s one thing our resort guests don’t have, it’s privacy.
‘But that is something our animals do have because they all have access to enormous territories where they can easily hide if they don’t want to be seen.’
The polar bears at Pairi Daiza Resort – which claims it is the first and only zero-emissions park in the world – were brought to the zoo as part of a protection and conservation programme.
The new polar bear territories have been inspected and approved by the organisation ‘Polar Bears International’ and are regarded as one of the best in the world partly due to their size – which is 12 times the size legally requested.
The resort has opulent lodges, suites and rooms that overlook the territories of bears, wolves, stellar sea lions, penguins, Siberian tigers and fallow deer
The resort says the animals have privacy ‘because they all have access to enormous territories where they can easily hide if they don’t want to be seen’
The bears also enjoy real, salted and chilled seawater in a huge and deep basin and a real ice cave, covered in snow and ice, where the temperature is permanently kept below zero.
There are also various freshwater rivers and waterfalls running through their territories along with different surfaces such as sand, rock, pebbles and grass as well as trees and plenty of shady spots.
Mathieu added: ‘By offering this type of “deluxe” territory, we hope to preserve the genetic diversity of polar bears by reproducing healthy and strong cubs, in order to save this species, while polar bears in the wild are dying because of human activity.’
To book a room at the resort, which also financially supports conservation projects of ‘Polar Bears International’ in the Arctic, visit resort.pairidaiza.eu.