Sleep with the fishes at the new ultra-luxury underwater hotel The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
The underwater villa is named The Muraka, which translates to “coral” in the Maldives’ native language, Dhivehi, for the way that it rests along the ocean floor, about 20 feet below the surface, peacefully observing the sea life that surrounds it.
The elaborate suite isn’t cheap.
It costs an whale-sized $50,000 per night, with a four-night minimum, which means it’s a $200,000 vacation package.
But it can accommodate up to nine guests, which lowers the price per person significantly.
But the price includes a personal chef, private boat, automatic upgrade to Hilton Diamond status, and airport transfers.
Even so, it’s still a bucket list destination.
The Conrad claims this is the world’s first underwater residence, but it’s not
As I wrote nearly ten years ago for FoxNews Travel, Atlantis The Palm in Dubai opened with accommodations including triplexes.
Construction of The Muraka was both innovative and environmentally-conscious.
Each piece of the modular structure was built in Singapore and shipped to the Maldives, before being plunged underwater and nailed into place using thick, concrete pylons.
The sturdy pylons ensure that the villa does not shift or simply float away during high tides or rough waves.
For travelers who aren’t brave enough to spend four nights below the depths of the Indian Ocean, The Conrad also boasts a number of luxury villas that sit above the water, and they cost a good deal less than $50,000 a night.
Photos courtesy The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
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