Well-heeled visitors to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort can now book a stay in a one-of-a-kind underwater hotel villa. Named Muraka, it features an expansive curved acrylic roof and allows guests to sleep beneath the waves without getting wet.

The Muraka (or Coral) villa is located in the same Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort that hosts the Ithaa underwater restaurant(Credit: Justin Nicholas)

The Muraka (or Coral) villa is located near the Ithaa underwater restaurant, which was designed by the same team. Indeed, it features a similar design to the restaurant and consists of a large suite above the waves and a smaller suite beneath.

 

 

 

It can accommodate up to nine guests and while the upper level certainly looks luxurious, it’s the lower level that everyone will want to stay in. It’s situated 5 m (16.4 ft) beneath the waves and reached by elevator or spiral staircase.

The Muraka consists of a large suite above the waves and a smaller one beneath (Credit: Justin Nicholas)

That lower area features a master suite with one bedroom, bathroom, and a lounge. It’s topped by an eye-catching curved acrylic dome window offering choice views of the marine life. Even the bathroom has generous glazing, so visitors will need to carry out their daily ablutions in front of the fishes too.

The Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests(Credit: Justin Nicholas)

The Muraka’s underwater section weighs around 600 tons and was built on terra firma then sunk into position by crane. The interior design, handled by Yuji Yamazaki (YYA), was kept deliberately muted so as to reduce glare and the floor is covered with silk carpet in an attempt to mitigate any reverberation. The idea is that the focus is very much on the view.

Guests who stay at the Muraka will be will be given special curated menus and have their own butlers available 24 hours a day(Credit: Justin Nicholas)

“People don’t go to a theater to see the theater, they are there for the show,” says YYA. “We had to make sure that the guests can have the underwater views from every vantage point of the room. More than 75 percent of wall, ceiling surfaces are made of clear acrylic. The glare and reflection on clear acrylic had to be minimized and views to the ocean had to be secured. We also wanted to give a sense of comfort. We looked at many interior design from private jet to classic Italian luxury cars, from which we learned about good details in confined spaces.”

The interior design, handled by Yuji Yamazaki, was kept deliberately sedate so as to not detract from the view(Credit: Justin Nicholas)

While it’s not the world’s first underwater accommodation – we’ve previously reported on others, including the Manta Resort and the Aquarium de Paris’ underwater bedroom – the Muraka is probably the most impressive to date.

The upper above-water level of the Muraka looks pretty impressive (Credit: Justin Nicholas)

As you may have guessed, the experience isn’t going to be cheap though. According to Designboom, it will set you back an incredible US$50,000 per night.

Room with an (underwater) view: guests at the Muraka will be given curated menus and have their own butlers available 24 hours a day(Credit: Justin Nicholas)

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