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You'll Soon Be Able to Sleep Under the Sea at this Underwater Hotel in The Maldives

Literally sleep with the fishes in what's being called the world's "first undersea residence", due to open later this year.
By Sarah Ward
April 21, 2018
By Sarah Ward
April 21, 2018

We don't recommend taking regularly life advice from cartoon characters, but ever since an animated crab sang about the joys of living under the sea, it's an idea that's been lodged in everyone's minds. Nearly three decades after The Little Mermaid told us "darling it's better down where it's wetter", we'll soon be able to see for ourselves like we've never been able to before. If you've ever wanted to make like Ariel and slumber surrounded by sea life, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is making that dream a reality — yes, they're building a lavish underwater hotel suite.

Due to open in late 2018, the US$15 million space is being called the world's "first undersea residence" — and while a series of submerged villas in Dubai and a room at an African hotel might beg to differ, this still looks and sounds mighty impressive. Named The Muraka, which means coral in Dhivehi, the Maldives' local language, it's a two-level apartment that comes complete with sleeping and living quarters both above and five metres below the waterline.

While the top floor boasts two bedrooms and bathrooms, including one with an ocean-facing tub; a powder room, gym, living room, kitchen, bar and dining area; two separate decks facing directly towards the sunrise and sunset; an infinity pool; and even butler's and private security quarters, it's the lower level that's the main attraction. Let's face it – you know that's exactly where everyone will head first. Down a spiral staircase, guests will find a king size bedroom, living area and bathroom, all surrounded by 180-degree panoramic views of the Indian Ocean's marine inhabitants.

In total, the suite sleeps nine, making it a luxe destination for travelling groups with plenty of cash. Just how much it'll set you back hasn't yet been revealed, though you'd expect this latest underwater adventure won't come cheap. For the past 13 years, the resort has also been home to an undersea restaurant, so you can eat beneath the ocean's surface as well.

Images: Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

Published on April 21, 2018 by Sarah Ward


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