The world’s first underwater hotel villa is now open for bookings. The Muraka which is part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a feat of both engineering and sheer determination.
This is not the Conrad Maldives Rangali’s first attempt at a luxurious life underwater – the hotel is well-known for the world’s first underwater restaurant named Ithaa Undersea Restaurant which sits five metres below the ocean’s surface. The learnings from this venture paved the way for The Muraka which is constructed using the same marine sealant.
For Ahmed Saleem a director at Crown Company and the chief architect and designer of the residence and restaurant the completion of this project marks a personal lifetime achievement. Saleem, who was the first qualified and professionally trained architect in the Maldives, is responsible for several innovative resorts and resort features like the open bathroom concept in the Maldives. A pioneer of the Maldives tourism industry, Saleem continues to push boundaries in order to attract visitors to the area, “After years in the making, my team and I are proud to officially present The Muraka residence and its accompanying Maldivian experience to worldly travellers who crave the extraordinary.”
The Muraka residence offers breathtaking vistas and luxury above and below the water’s surface – with dedicated butlers who are available for guests’ every whim 24 hours-a-day and a choice of four choose-your-own-adventure experience packages (The Wanderers, The Flavors, The Soul and The Thrill) to customise the once-in-a-lifetime experience to personal tastes and preferences.
The resort has also invested $8,3 million in refurbishing its 42 award-winning Deluxe Beach Villas with design collaborator Yuji Yamazaki. The villas are set in the dense tropical fauna and flora with a Japanese-inspired garden and private access to the palm fringed beach. New York-based architect Yamazaki also had a hand in designing The Muraka of which he said, “It is certainly a design of a theatre. People don’t go to a theatre to see the theatre, they are there for the show. We had to make sure that the guests can have the underwater views from every vantage point of the room.”
Sleeping among the abundant marine life in the complete lap of luxury won’t come cheap at the reported $50,000 per night, but for those that can afford it, it might just be worth ticking off their bucket lists.