A resort in The Maldives is taking lodging to a new low — in a good way, at least if you’re the type who dreams of scuba adventures and regularly visits your local aquarium. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island built the first underwater residence anywhere in the world, and now it’s open for guests.
The hotel hopes marine life fanatics, along with anyone else willing to shell out the five-figure price tag for a one-night stay, will view it as the perfect reason to visit the remote, tiny country, located in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of India.
Pricey, for sure, but where else can you wake up with a shark swimming overhead? The suite is designed to blend into the underwater environment without disturbing passing wildlife, and partners perfectly with Ithaa, the resort’s undersea restaurant.
Strikingly beautiful, the Muraka suite at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort is sparing no luxury. This three-bedroom villa has two levels, one above water with an infinity pool, two decks, two bedrooms, among other amenities, and one 16 feet below the ocean’s surface with a king bedroom, living area, bathroom, and a spiral staircase that is accessed from the above-ocean living room. The underwater suite has a 180-degree panoramic view of the ocean world.
A version of this article was previously published on April 19, 2018, and was updated on April 12, 2021, with more information.