Lonely Planet Writer

The “first undersea residence” is coming to the Maldives

Dreaming of a vacation in the Maldives may conjure up images of honeymooners hanging out in overwater bungalows. But there will soon be a reason to put those dreams of a floating paradise aside and opt for an undersea residence that will open this year.

The undersea king guest suite at The Conrad. Image by (c) 2018 Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has announced “the submersion of what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence”. If that sounds like the perfect setting for your next holiday, it should be completed near the end of 2018. While underwater restaurants are already a popular attraction in the Maldives – the Conrad boasted the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, which launched 13 years ago – introducing a place to sleep underwater is being touted as the first of its kind by the hotel.

The undersea king guests suite. Image by (c) 2018 Conrad Hotels & Resorts

The new residence will be named Muraka, which means coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives. Muraka will sit five metres below sea level, is designed to blend into its environment and give guests a full view of the Indian Ocean. Since the Maldives are a popular diving spot, the residence is another opportunity for travellers to spend as much time underwater as possible.

The guest bathroom at the new residence will let you watch the sunset from the tub. Image by (c) 2018 Conrad Hotels & Resorts

But the residence won’t be entirely submerged; the two-level structure will have an upper level and an undersea suite. Underwater, guests will find a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. Upstairs, there’s a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, living room, kitchen, a bar and dining room. For anyone who loves a view, there’s a deck that purposely faces the direction of the sunset, and across from the villa is a relaxation deck that faces the sunrise.

The undersea guest bathroom at the Conrad. Image by (c) 2018 Conrad Hotels & Resorts

If the underwater suite has you thinking of all the amazing photos you could take, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is already ahead of the curve when it comes to providing the perfect Instagram shots. Last year, the hotel introduced an Instagram Butler program where guests get some professional help learning how to take the best photos for their feeds.