By Josh Saunders and Jack Williams
The world’s first underwater residence is due to open in the Maldives where visitors have 180-degree views and will literally be SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES.
The impressive dwelling will allow guests breath taking views of the aquatic life in the Indian Ocean, giving a beautiful snapshot into the underwater world.
Named the Muraka, or Coral in Dhivehi the local language of the Maldives, the spot was developed after a $15 million investment to Conrad Hotels and Resorts.
The undersea bedroom floor that sits five metres (16.4ft) below the surface, provides uninterrupted views of the surrounding marine life and blends into its environment.
It will be open in the last quarter of this year at the Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island, featuring a king size bedroom, living area, bathroom, spiral staircase and bedroom floor under the water.
Ahmed Saleem, chief architect and designer of the undersea residence, formed the ideas for the two-floor, dome shaped residence, intended to camouflage into its surroundings.
Mr Saleem, director at Crown Company, said: “THE MURAKA marks our second venture in underwater architecture and technology, next to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month.
“Through our rich history of being a trailblazer in innovative luxury hospitality, we are proud to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge design, technology and architecture.”
Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travelers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea”.
The Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests and additionally features a sunset facing deck, gym, butler’s and private security quarters.
Stefano Ruzza, General Manager at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, said: “Through our development of the world’s first undersea residence, we continue to shine a light on the Maldives as a luxury destination as well as a cultural and natural wonder for global travellers.”
“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.”
Martin Rinck, Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton said: “With the development of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Maldives like never before.
“We are excited to see THE MURAKA bring to life the contemporary design, leading innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that serve as the foundation for the Conrad brand.”