Conrad Maldives to open world's first underwater villa in November

  • The villa is named 'Muraka', or 'Coral' in English
  • The USD 15 million two-storey villa sits 16.4 feet below the surface
  • This is Conrad's second such venture, having opened an underwater restaurant in Conrad Maldives 13 years ago

K. Male' | Aishath Shaany | 21-April-2018 | Saturday 15:39 | Shaaknee | Business | 2,843

The villa was created by MJ Murphy Ltd, and designed by Crown Company's director Ahmed Saleem -- Photo by: Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is to open the world’s first underwater villa this year.

The USD 15 million two-storey villa sits 16.4 feet below the surface, and is Conrad’s second such venture; an underwater restaurant was launched in Rangali 13 years ago. Both the underwater restaurant and villa were created by New Zealand’s MJ Murphy Ltd.

The underwater villa- named ‘Muraka’ (coral in English)- will be launched in November.

It has a gym, bar, infinity pool, butler’s quarters, an ocean-facing bathtub and a king-sized bedroom.

Interior designer Yuji Yamazaki said that they chose to keep the interior design ‘minimal’, in order to ‘avoid a design that takes away from the view outside’.

The villa is designed by architect and director of Crown Company, Ahmed Saleem; who said that the success of Conrad’s underwater villa will not just put the resort on the map, but the ‘whole of Maldives’.

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