Slideshow: Conrad Maldives Rangali Islands to Build Undersea Residence

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has big plans on the horizon—or rather, under it. The resort announced plans for what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence, a $15 million investment to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018. The resort is already home to what it says is the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa.

Named The Muraka, or “coral” in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives, the undersea residence is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests views of the Indian Ocean everywhere they look.

Created in partnership with Crown Company director Ahmed Saleem and M J Murphy Ltd leading engineer Mike Murphy, the undersea residence is a two-level structure comprising space both above and below the water. The undersea suite has a king-size bedroom, living area, bathroom and spiral staircase that leads to the upper level living room. The undersea bedroom floor level sits five meters (16.4 feet) below sea level, providing views of the surrounding marine environment. Muraka’s design is akin to Ithaa’s with a curved acrylic dome.

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Muraka’s upper level has a twin-size bedroom, bathroom, powder room, gym, butler’s quarters, private security quarters, integrated living room, kitchen, bar and dining room, which has a deck that faces the sunset. On the opposite side of the villa sits the relaxation deck that faces the sunrise and is complete with an infinity swimming pool. The upper level also contains an additional king size bedroom and bathroom, which has an ocean-facing bathtub. In total, Muraka can accommodate up to nine guests.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also has 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of culturally inspired experiences.

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