Maldives Takes Things Up A Notch With These Underwater Villas
By DeAnna Taylor
Everyone’s goal when heading to the Maldives is to experience an overwater villa. The country brings the ultimate luxury experience by allowing guests to stay in these top-notch accommodations sitting atop the Indian Ocean.
However, they are taking things up a notch with the latest addition, underwater villas. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has officially opened the world’s first undersea residence, The Muraka. This new underwater residence joins the popular underwater restaurant, Ithaa, also apart of Conrad’s brand.
Muraka, which translates to “coral” in the local language, was designed to blend into its underwater environment, giving guests the chance to become one with the beautiful and diverse ocean life surrounding them.
“Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” Ahmed Saleem, director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the undersea residence, said in a statement.
The villa is two-levels; one above sea-level and one below. The underwater suite is 16.4 feet below the ocean’s surface and designed for sleeping. It features a a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom, and spiral staircase that leads to the upper-level living room.
The upper-level comes with a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar, and dining room, which also features a deck that faces the direction of the sunset for optimal views. Guests will still get great views of the sunrise too thanks to the relaxation deck on the opposite side of the villa, which also comes complete with its own infinity pool.
In total, the villa can accommodate up to nine guests. “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,” Stefano Ruzza, general manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, added.
If you dream of staying in this once-in-a-lifetime accommodation, you will only need $50,000 per night to secure it. A person can dream, right?
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.