Earlier this week, a resort in the Maldives has unveiled the world’s first underwater residences. The Maldives is already known for featuring underwater restaurants and underwater spas, and so it made sense that it would be the location for the first ever underwater villa. The underwater residences are part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort.
The resort is set to open in November this year, but it already has gotten a lot of hype because of its underwater villas. The underwater rooms are called “The Muraka” or coral in the Dhivehi (the local language in the Maldives). The exclusive rooms can offer a unique view of the marine life and coral reefs that are found under the waters of the Maldives.
There have been other underwater rooms in other resorts before, but what makes this different from all others is that it sits on the ocean floor and has transparent walls and ceilings. The room is also located deep underwater, approximately 16.4 feet underwater. The resort is found in the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, one of the 26 natural atolls found in the Maldives.
The Muraka can host up to 9 guests, it has two levels (one above water, and one underwater), and the villas also feature power rooms, a gym, a kitchen, a bar, a living room, a dining area, two bedrooms, two baths and private security quarters. But this exclusive access to underwater living is not cheap. It is already estimated to cost around $50,000 a night.