Lonely Planet Writer

Now you can 'sleep with the fishes' at this undersea villa

In November, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort will debut the Muraka, an underwater residence, where the living room, bathroom and bedroom are all located below sea level. Expansive curved acrylic dome windows offer guests 180-degree views of the vibrant coral life surrounding them in the Indian Ocean, giving a whole new meaning to the term “sleep with the fishes”.

You can sleep with the fish in the Conrad Muraka. Image by Conrad Rangali Island

The Maldives villa is being touted as the “first-of-its-kind” and it comprises of a floor above sea level and one that is located five metres below. It’s a seriously opulent residence that would make the perfect base for a minted Bond villain. The lower level of the villa features a king-size bedroom, living area and bathroom, all with views of the ocean through domed glass windows.

Your views aren’t bad from the lower bathroom of the Conrad Muraka. Image by Conrad Rangali Island

Upstairs you’ll find an additional king-size bedroom and en suite, a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, living room, kitchen, bar and dining area. A west-facing deck on the upper level is perfect for soaking up Maldives sunset views, while on the opposite side of the villa, an east-facing deck was built for watching the sun come up, complete with an infinity pool.

The upper deck and infinity pool at the Muraka. Image by Conrad Rangali Island

“Muraka” meaning coral in the native language of Dhivehi, seeks to provide guests with an “intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments.” Guests here can enjoy their own”off-the-menu” treats, separate from what the main resort offers, including thrill-seeking, dining and cultural experiences and a dedicated team of 24-hour staff and butlers. Children will have their own tailor-made experiences with Muraka kids Edu-tainment menu, designed to captivate their imaginations.

The upper level master bedroom at the Muraka. Image by Conrad Rangali Island

Stretching across two private islands (Rangali and Rangalifinolhu) that are connected by walkway across a broad lagoon and surrounded by pristine beaches, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort currently boasts 50 water villas, 79 beach villas and 21 spa villas with private treatment rooms. It offers guests a wide choice of dining options ranging from Maldivian to Japanese and European cuisines. Its most impressive restaurant is the glass-domed, underwater Ithaa, which opened 13 years ago. The Muraka is the resort’s first and only undersea villa.

Conrad Rangali Island is stretched across two private islands. Image by Conrad 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,” says Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s general manager Stefano Ruzza. It will welcome its first guests this November.

The underwater corridor at the Muraka. Image by Conrad Rangali Island

As you can probably imagine, a stay at this unique underwater villa doesn’t come cheap and will set you back US$50,00 per night (£38,455/€43,423). For more information on the Muraka, see here.