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Conrad Maldives’ Reveals Ground-Breaking New Underwater Residence

Giving new meaning to sleeping with the fishes, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has opened an architectural stunner with their latest property.

The Muraka is a ground-breaking residence officially opened in early November creating a new destination for the luxury traveller. Guests can dive into a variety of extraordinary experiences here both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

Taking its name from the native language of Dhivehi, Muraka means coral and epitomizes how the villa lives and thrives among the natural landscape of the Indian Ocean. The two-level residence is making waves in the design and technology world with its seamless under/overwater design. Above water you’ll find the living, dining and a sleeping space. Descend via a spiral staircase or elevator below the water to reach an undersea bedroom, living area and bathroom.

The underwater villas can sleep up to six and costing roughly $15 million to build, you know you’re in for a treat. The experience, at $50,000 US a night will give you some serious once-in-a-lifetime memories at around 5 metres below sea level.

Conrad Maldives Muraka

Promising to be unlike any other luxury travel experience, guests here won’t go without. Arriving by private seaplane to they’ll be collected by speedboat (which is theirs to use for the remainder of their stay.) The Muraka is set away from the remainder of the resort, ensuring total privacy and four dedicated butlers live in a nearby structure to facilitate round-the-clock service. Everything from a personal chef to an on call personal trainer, jet skis and a daily 90-minute spa treatment are also included.

“The completion of The Muraka is a personal lifetime achievement,” said Ahmed Saleem, chief architect and designer of the residence.

“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.”

Conrad Maldives Muraka

Saleem worked in partnership with marine biologists building the structure to ensure the building made no negative impacts on the surrounding aquatic life. The 600-tonne structure was also built in Singapore, transported by ship before it was submerged.

“Our philosophy of innovation is supported by several triumphs at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island,” says general manager, Stefano Ruzza.”From the first construction of Ithaa Undersea Restaurant to our second venture under the Indian Ocean, The Muraka, we are continuously making powerful enhancements to the property that are designed to attract the world’s most connected and knowledgeable travellers.”

Conrad Maldives Muraka

Those keen on spending most of their time above water can choose to stay in the newly redeveloped Beach Villas which continue to be one of the resort’s most popular options. With a new design that is focused on creating an inviting space that, the resort has invested US $8.3 million in redeveloping its 42 award-winning Deluxe Beach Villas, which also launch this month. Each villa is set amid the dense tropical flora and fauna offering the utmost in privacy.  Rich natural and understated interiors are accented throughout the spacious living areas that are illuminated with natural light and a Japanese-inspired garden with outdoor seating area, and private access to the palm fringed beach are key design features of the Deluxe Beach Villas.

Guests staying a can also use the property’s mobile app to customise their stay prior to their arrival such as ordering in-room dining or checking-in while in-transit from the airport.

Published 20 December, 2018