Introducing the world’s first underwater hotel residence

How this Maldivian hotel has taken luxury travel to a whole new level – literally. Source: Justin Nicholas.

LONGING for the most surreal island vacation of your life?

Get a different perspective of Rangali in Alif Dhaal Atoll, the Maldives when you stay at The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, an ultra-luxe escape to paradise.

Nestled in a private area of the shimmering lagoon, The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to a handful of exquisite villas and suites, most with direct access to the beach or into the Indian Ocean.

More recently, the resort unveiled a first-of-its-kind residence featuring fully integrated living, dining, entertaining and sleeping above and below the Indian Ocean with unobstructed views at every turn – the Muraka.

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Muraka means “coral” in the Maldives’ local language Dhivehi. The Conrad’s Maldives Rangali Island’s pride and joy, it is the world’s first underwater hotel residence.

Inspired by the success of its underwater five-star restaurants, which sits on the same property as the Muraka, The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island decided to build the Muraka.

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The two-level residence features seamless living above and below the ocean, with a top floor set above the water and the bottom floor more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean.

Aside from the purposely designed undersea bedroom with unparalleled panoramic views of the ocean, living space, and bathroom, it also houses a private gym, a bar, an infinity pool, butler’s quarters, an ocean-facing bathtub, and a relaxation deck where you can get some sun.

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If you are not particularly afraid of falling asleep while looking at sharks and stingrays swimming overhead, the Muraka will afford you the chance of a lifetime for an enriching experience.

“You are still missing, you know, 50 percent of Maldives. There is a whole other half of life under the surface of the water,” the Muraka interior designer Yuji Yamazaki said.

And when you have had enough of the undersea isolation, you can head on upstairs and simply step out onto the jetty to get a breath of fresh air and mingle with other non-aquatic life forms.

The Muraka, which cost a whopping total of US$15 million to construct, was built carefully and with great consideration to be respectful to the pristine Maldives environment.

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The entire 600-ton lower level structure was built on land in Singapore before being shipped to the Maldives on a specialized ship and submerged near a reef.

Once it has been lowered onto the ocean floor, it was nailed into place with 10 concrete pylons, so it doesn’t shift during rough waves or at high tide.

Booking the Muraka will set you back a cool US$50,000 per night although The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island does not allow single-night stays because the Muraka is only accessible via a four-night stay.

For US$200,000, you will get a dedicated speedboat for you and 24/7 staff including a personal chef for all meals and a butler.

Additional perks include massage therapists and personal trainers available via appointment, and an automatic Hilton Diamond status.