Sleep with the Fishes, Under the Sea at the world’s first ever underwater-suite in the Maldives
Liveable underwater structures are no strangers to fiction, with 2007’s high critically and commercially acclaimed video game, “Bioshock, featuring the sprawling dystopian city of Rapture, and James Cameron’s 1989 movie “The Abyss “and its imposing scientific research laboratory.
Fiction now meets reality with Conrad Maldives Rangali Island ready to debut the world’s first Underwater Residence by the year’s end. The USD $15 Million investment, named “Muraka” - ‘Coral’ in the Dhivehi language - has been designed by Ahmed Saleem, a director and chief architect at Crown Company and being brought to reality by New Zealand based firm, MJ Murphy, which specialises in Aquarium technology.
Muraka, which can accommodate up to nine guests, features a 2 level design, with the upper floor being above the ocean and comprised of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gym, an infinity pool, kitchen, living & dining area including a butler and security quarters. Impressively, it even offers two decks for watching the sunrise and sunset respectively. The lower level which is connected by a spiralling staircase, sits five meters below sea level (16.4 feet), features a king-sized bedroom, living area and bathroom and offers a breath-taking and unparalleled 180-degree view of life under the sea.
"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," says Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island however is also no stranger to underwater structures, as they also hold the title to having built the world’s first ever underwater restaurant, Ithaa - the Undersea restaurant in 2005. Like Ithaa, Muraka too takes inspiration from its design and boasts a curved acrylic dome.
“THE MURAKA marks our second venture in underwater architecture and technology, next to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month.
Through our rich history of being a trailblazer in innovative luxury hospitality, we are proud to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge design, technology and architecture” says Ahmed Saleem.
When the residence opens its doors in November 2018, they can expect to pay a price of USD $50,000 for this once in a lifetime experience, as well as enjoy the rest of what Conrad Maldives Rangali offers, such as the resort’s twelve restaurants, two spas, bars and a wide array of recreational ocean activities.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an award winning resort in the Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives. It is 2 islands joined by a footbridge and is home to 12 award winning restaurants and bars. The resort has also been recognised as the Indian Ocean's Leading Hotel 2016 & 2015 and the Maldives' Leading Water Villa Resort 2016 by the World Travel Awards, as well being a recipient of 2017’s TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.