Stay Underwater in The Maldives
For a one-of-a-kind travel experience like no other, consider heading to the Maldives at the end of 2018 or next year in 2019. Set to open at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort in November 2018 is a unique villa complete with the world’s first underwater suite. Costing $15 million, this project will give guests the opportunity to fully enjoy the spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
This 5-star resort, located on two private islands in the midst of the Indian Ocean, already boasts Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first underwater restaurant. Located 16 feet below the ocean surface, visitors can indulge in a six-course set dinner menu or a four-course lunch menu at the award-winning restaurant.
Now, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort is set to once again make history with its underwater villa. Called “The Muraka,” which means “coral” in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the villa consists of an upper level and lower level that are connected via spiral staircase and elevator. The lower level is the 193-square-foot underwater suite. With a king-sized bedroom, bathroom, and living room, the suite sits 16 feet below the ocean surface, and allows visitors to truly experience the magic of marine life. As visitors watch the 180-degree-view of the ocean, they can see fish, sharks, and other sea life swirling around them. Built with outer layers of concrete and steel, the suite is designed to withstand ocean pressure.
Designer Ahmed Saleem noted that the idea for the suite was “driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers.” Visitors staying in Muraka can immerse themselves in the vibrancy of the sea unlike ever before.
General Manager at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Stefano Ruzza added, “We are excited to present Muraka’s unique sleeping under the sea experience to our future guests, providing them with an extraordinary seascape of the Maldives from an entirely new perspective.”
The upper level of the villa is also breathtaking. A 5,921-square-foot space, the villa can accommodate up to nine guests at a time. The upper level consists of a dining area, a bar and kitchen, a bathroom, a powder room, a twin-size bedroom, and butler’s quarters. Additionally, a king-sized bed with an ocean-facing bathroom allow guests to experience the tranquility of the sunrise and sunset above the Indian Ocean. Those who want a little bit closer of an experience can watch the sun on one of the villa’s two decks. The infinity pool on one deck is also a great place for guests to relax and enjoy their opulent and serene surroundings.
Guests staying at this expansive and unique luxury villa can also receive 24-hour butler service, a private chef, a personal trainer, and a yoga instructor. They can also utilize some of the resort amenities, including participating in water sports, spa treatments, VIP fast-track arrival and departure airport service, and even a private speedboat.
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