An Underwater Villa Is Coming To The Maldives And We Probably Can’t Afford It


So you know the Maldives, right?


The beautiful, breathtaking, serene, island paradise?

Well apparently, people have decided that it isn’t enough to be able to experience the island paradise above the water, because now, they want to experience what it’s like sleeping below sea level.
An undersea villa is in the works to open by November this year, reported Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and will let guests experience luxury while immersed 16.4 feet under the Indian Ocean.

You’d need to have pretty deep pockets to be able to stay too, as it is estimated to run you $50, 000 for a one night stay.

Town & Country reported that the new underwater villa is dubbed the ‘Muraka’, which means coral in Dhivehi, the local language in the Maldives.

The two story villa—with a portion located above water, with the king-size bedroom suite located below, will feature panoramic views of the surrounding water, and also comes with a living area, and a bathroom.

There’s even room for a butler’s quarters and space for a private security detail to sleep. All in all, the underwater villa can accommodate up to nine guests.

“The world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” said designer Ahmed Saleem, the director at Crown Company, in a statement.

“Through our rich history of being a trailblazer in innovative luxury hospitality, we are proud to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge design, technology, and architecture.”

The structure itself will be built by Mike Murphy, the leading engineer at M J Murphy Ltd., a New Zealand-based company that specializes in aquarium technology.

“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,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, in a statement.

The Town&Country reported that while underwater hotel rooms are a first for Conrad Maldives, they already know a thing or two about building under the sea.

The resort’s Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is located more than 16 feet underwater and offers views of the surrounding coral garden while guests wine and dine, opened 13 years ago.

Several other hotels around the world including Dubai’s Atlantis, the Palm have underwater suites that look out into an aquarium, but Conrad Maldives believes the Muraka will be the world’s first undersea villa.


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