A luxury Maldives resort is about to take the sleeping under-the-sea phenomenon to a whole new level. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is building a $15 million two-story hotel villa, part of which will sit 16.4 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean.
The property, believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, is under construction in the South Asian island country and is due to be completed in November.
Named the Muraka — or “coral” in the Maldives’ local language Dhivehi — it seeks to provide guests who travel here with an “intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments.”
There’s a gym, a bar, an infinity pool, butler’s quarters, an ocean-facing bathtub and most importantly an underwater bedroom floor with unparalleled views of the ocean.
Connected to the upper level by a spiral staircase, the undersea suite section will be made up of a king-size bedroom, living area and bathroom.
The top level, which also has a sunrise-facing relaxation deck, measures 550 square meters, while the undersea sections occupies an area of 102 square meters.
The Muraka, which can accommodate up to nine guests, is being erected by underwater design specialists M.J. Murphy Ltd.
Guests can already spend a night under the sea 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 gigantic aquarium.
Set on two private islands joined by a footbridge in the Alif Dhaal Atoll, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is also home to 12 award winning restaurants and bars, including Ithaa, and two spas.
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