Forget Overwater Bungalows — You Can Now Rent an Underwater Villa in the Maldives


Overwater bungalows are so 2017. Now, it’s all about the underwater experience. The Muraka, the world’s first undersea residence from Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, is now open. The residence allows guests to quite literally immerse themselves in an underwater world in the Indian Ocean. It will join the brand’s undersea restaurant, Ithaa, as yet another pioneering travel experience.


Muraka — which means coral in Dhivehi, the language of Maldivians — is designed to blend into its undersea environment, allowing guests to become one with the vibrant and diverse ocean life surrounding them. The structure is two levels comprised of an above sea level floor and an undersea suite designed for sleeping 16.4 feet below the ocean’s surface. The undersea suite features a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom, and spiral staircase that leads to the upper-level living room.


In the upper level of the residence guests will find a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar, and dining room, which also features a deck that faces the direction of the sunset for optimal views.

But, have no fear, guests will still get great views of the sunrise too thanks to the relaxation deck on the opposite side of the villa, which also comes complete with its own infinity pool. The upper level also contains an additional king-size bedroom and bathroom that boasts an ocean-facing bathtub. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.


And if you can’t book this suite, that’s ok, because the resort also features even more thoughtfully designed villas and suites, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas, and a selection of culturally inspired experiences, including scuba diving and snorkeling, set against the awe-inspiring nature that the Maldives has to offer. But if your heart is set on the Muraka, which is now available to book, you might want to start saving, because the world-class villa starts around $50,000 a night.

Question: What is the most money you have ever spent for a hotel for one night?

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