Fans of aquariums and the film “Jaws” take note: Airbnb is offering three people and their guests a free night’s stay inside the shark tank of Aquarium de Paris in April.
Winners of the competition will stay in Airbnb’s first ever underwater bedroom for one night between April 11-13 in an enclosed chamber surrounded by 35 sharks.
A clear 360-degree wall will be the only thing separating guests from their feared neighbours, making the prospect of a good night’s sleep unlikely.
To win a stay, prospective guests need to write to Airbnb with information about themselves along with an original reason for why they deserve to sleep beside sharks (with an explanation of 50-550 words). Entries are due by 11.59 p.m. CET (Central European Time) on April 3.
Contestants must be over the age of 18, medically fit (guests may need to show a medical certificate upon request and their weight must not exceed 190kg), and able to climb easily in and out of the bedroom, according to the Airbnb listing.
The listing’s house rules are also unconventional. Guests are warned not to take selfies after dark, for example, as “sharks are sensitive to light,” and to “keep your heads and feet into the bedroom at all times.”
Take a look inside the underwater bedroom below:
The Aquarium de Paris opened in 1867 in front of the Eiffel Tower. It is the oldest aquarium in the world.
On arrival, guests are treated to a tour of the aquarium with the host Fred Buyle (pictured below) — a freediver, underwater photographer, and shark conservationist — along with a marine biologist from the aquarium. Buyle will even begin the evening with a dance among the sharks for entertainment.
The cylindrical room is immersed in three million litres of water and plunged 10 metres deep. Though the space isn’t equipped with a bathroom, guests will have access to the biologists’ bathroom in the aquarium.
In keeping with its aquarium theme, the room is furnished with cuddly sea animals and a fish bowl.
The room even comes with marine-themed literature. There’s a copy of “Le Serpent de Mer” by Jules Verne for bedtime reading.
Winners will also be treated to dinner with incredible tankside views. Following its use as an Airbnb, the room will serve as an observatory for the aquarium’s biologists.
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