The World’s First Underwater Villa Is Opening Later This Year

Putting a positive new spin on the expression “sleeping with the fishes,” a new hotel suite at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the Maldives lets guests sleep underwater.  

Aptly named ‘The Muraka’ or coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence gives guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments. Muraka is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colors and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka’s residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colorful marine life that inhabit the sea.

The villa was dreamt up and created by the same team responsible for Ithaa, The Conrad’s underwater restaurant that pioneered the concept 13 years ago. Designed by Crown Company director Ahmed Saleem and realized by engineer Mike Murphy.

Submerged five meters, the underwater suite has clear, acrylic walls that provide a panoramic view of the surrounding ocean and wildlife. There’s a king-sized bed, where you can kick back and watch all the vibrantly colored fish swim by, as well as a living area and bathroom.

Should you want to surface, the upper level is connected by a spiral staircase, and it’s just as luxurious as the underwater suite, if not more so. There are two more bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, kitchen, bar, and outdoor “relaxation” deck positioned to face sunrise—with an infinity pool, naturally. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.

“Through our development of the world’s first undersea residence, we continue to shine a light on the Maldives as a luxury destination as well as a cultural and natural wonder for global travelers,” said Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “We are excited to present Muraka’s unique sleeping under the sea experience to our future guests, providing them with an extraordinary seascape of the Maldives from an entirely new perspective.”

“We are excited to see ‘The Muraka’ bring to life the contemporary design, leading innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that serve as the foundation for the Conrad brand, said Martin Rinck, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton. “With the development of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Maldives like never before.”

“Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” said Crown Company director Ahmed Saleem.

Located in the Maldives’ best diving and snorkeling spots, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has created a space that invites and inspires with a distinctive design that flows harmoniously with the natural environment. The resort features purposefully designed villas and suites, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of culturally inspired experiences set against the awe-inspiring Maldivian surroundings.