The Maldives is known as a floating vacation paradise, but the announcement of a new undersea residence to open later this year may soon change all of that.
The Hilton Group’s long-running Maldivian resort, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, has announced “the submersion of what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence”. Already famous for the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, launched in 2005, the Conrad is stepping up its game with their new residence.
Housed on two islands – Rangali and connected by a walkway, the Conrad is also known for offering a wide variety of activities, like water sports, diving, and jet skiing. The resort is already home to 50 water villas.
Costing $15 million to build, the new residence, called Muraka, which means coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, will sit 5 meters below sea level. It has been designed to blend into its surroundings, while the clear windows will give guests a breath-taking view of the Indian Ocean.
The residence will also have an upper level along with the undersea suite. While the underwater level will have a king-size bedroom, living area, and a bathroom, the upstairs portion will have an additional bedroom and bathroom, along with a private gym, an infinity pool, kitchen, dining room, and bar, as well as quarters for a butler and private security.
Similar concepts exist at hotels such as the Manta Resort on Pemba Island, which boasts a three-level underwater room, and Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, which has rooms with windows facing a giant aquarium, but the Muraka is said to be the first underwater “residence,” and certainly the most advanced and opulent.
It will also feature a deck facing west, so guests can watch the stunning ocean sunsets. Planned to be completed this November, the starting nightly rate for a stay at the luxurious Muraka is estimated to be about $50,000 a night.