Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

While Snøhetta has unveiled plans for Europe’s first underwater restaurant, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has announced the construction of an undersea villa, the first of its kind in existence, reports Bloomberg.

With the residence aptly named, Muraka, or “coral” in Dhivehi, the local language in the Maldives, the experience of sleeping 16.4 feet below sea level starts at a steep price tag of $50,000 per night, before taxes.

The underwater villa cost $15 million to build, and it was designed by Crown Company director and architect Ahmed Saleem. Comprised of a blend of steel, concrete, and acrylic, the residence offers enough room for nine guests between its two levels, one above sea level, and the other below.

The Muraka’s upper level includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, living room, kitchen, bar, and dining area, while the undersea level provides panoramic views of the surrounding ocean and marine life from the king-size bedroom, living area and bathroom.

In addition, the design team created decks on the sides of the space to take in the sunset and sunrise perfectly, while a spiral staircase gives way to the level below deck, which is complete with a curved acrylic dome.

With the underwater villa set to open later this year, check out the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s website now for more details.

For the full story, head on over to Bloomberg.

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Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

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