The Two-Level Maldives Suite Where One Is Underwater
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Could you fall asleep with sharks swimming over your head? Travellers can soon sleep with the fishes in an underwater hotel room in the Maldives. The select group of travellers who can afford US$50K per night at least.
The residence at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will be available later this year. The two-level suite is named The Muraka, which means "coral" in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives.
The undersea bedroom floor sits 16.4 feet below sea level and includes a king-size bedroom, living room, bathroom and a spiral staircase that leads to the upper-level living room. The suite can accommodate up to nine guests.
"The Muraka marks our second venture in underwater architecture and technology, next to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month," said Ahmed Saleem, a director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the undersea residence.
Muraka's upper level features bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, bar and dining room, powder room, gym and deck. The upper level also contains an ocean-facing bathtub, ideal for soaking in views of the horizon.
On the opposite side of the villa sits a relaxation deck, complete with an infinity swimming pool.
The design boasts 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean as well as its underwater inhabitants.
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