Photo: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The World’s First Underwater Villa Set to Open in November in the Maldives

Maldives Luxe Travel Epic Stays
by Eben Diskin Jul 20, 2018

If a view of the ocean doesn’t do it for you any longer, a view of what’s going on underwater may be what you need. The Muraka, the world’s first underwater villa, will open at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort this November. Guests will be able to dive down into the lodging five meters underwater, where they will be completely surrounded by marine life. There’s no shortage of space in this Japanese-designed accommodation. It can house up to nine guests, and contains a spiral staircase and elevator. And don’t worry — it’s built to withstand anything the ocean might throw at it, so you won’t even wake up if a shark crashes through your bedroom.

The 5,921-square-foot living space will include a bathroom with an ocean-facing tub, glass-panelled bedrooms, butler’s quarters, a bar and dining area, a powder room, and a kitchen. If you feel the need to venture above water, you’ll find two sun terraces and a private infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy water sports, customized excursions, and amenities such as daily spa treatments, exclusive use of the resort’s yachts and speedboats, an on-call personal yoga instructor, private chef, and fitness trainer.

Rates for the underwater Muraka villa have not yet been announced, but we imagine they won’t exactly be cheap. For a small taste of the experience, however, you can dine at Ithaa, the resort’s underwater restaurant (the first in the world), which is already accepting reservations.


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