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The Muraka, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island / Hilton Worldwide

World’s first undersea villa to open in Maldives

Bookings have started for the suite at Conrad Maldives, which stresses “personalisation and hyper-exclusivity”.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is now taking bookings for what it says is the world’s first undersea villa for stays starting in November, TTG Asia reports.

The villa, named The Muraka (coral in Dhivehi), is reportedly a step ahead of similar accommodation, such as Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, which is an aquarium-style underwater room, or The Manta Resort in Zanzibar, which features a double-bed in an undersea level.

This is because its undersea area is a 105m2 suite featuring a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level.

The upper level, which is above-sea, features two additional bedrooms and bathrooms, powder room, gym, butler’s quarter, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining, and an infinity pool.

The entire two-level residence covers 650m2 in area and can accommodate nine guests. It has cost US$15 million to develop.

US$50,000 a night
Hilton’s Asia-Pacific vice president operations-luxury, Daniel Welk, would not give a rate although there were reports of a night costing US$50,000.

“It’s about personalisation and hyper-exclusivity, not about price but an experience that cannot be replicated. The rate really depends on the depth of the personalisation,” he said in an interview at ILTM Asia Pacific in Singapore.

“We’ve been humbled by the reaction to The Muraka. We’re seeing a lot of enquiries from the resort’s repeat guests and, outside of that, from people all around the world who love the Maldives and return year after year. For them, especially the millennials and the Instagrammers, it’s something new. […] The thought of sleeping under the sea is quite revolutionary. This isn’t an aquarium. You’re fully submersed in the ocean, with 180-degree panoramic views of the ocean.”

The villa is about 650m offshore and seven metres deep, where visibility “is typically good”, he added.

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