Hilton's Conrad Hotels & Resorts is taking the hotel experience to the next level with a unique underwater luxury villa, opening in the Maldives this month. This gorgeous tropical location is already known for its picture perfect beaches and bright blue waters, and has been a luxury beach getaway for the rich and famous for a long time. It's perfect for exclusive getaways, romantic trips for two, and of course - honeymoons!
It's not surprising, then, that the Maldives is home to plenty of luxury resorts - the kind of private island spots where guests can relax under crisp white sheets, get a massage by the ocean, and sip cocktails in their own villas. It's certainly not cheap, but these kind of luxury hotels are worth every penny (if you have enough pennies, that is!), and now Hilton is upping the game with a unique 'underwater villa'.
The luxury villa, owned by Hilton's Conrad Hotels & Resorts, will be named the Muraka (which translates to 'coral'), and will be part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. The villa is a $15 million two-story space, with around half of the living space set 16.4 feet below the ocean's surface. The curved acrylic dome of the underwater section allows guests to watch the sea life from one of the bedrooms, and gaze out at the fish from the bathrooms, and can be accessed via a spiral staircase from the main level. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island's general manager Stefano Ruzza describes it as 'truly immersive':
With dynamic accommodations both above and below the surface of the water, The Muraka is an extraordinary vehicle for a truly immersive journey into nature which cannot be found anywhere else in the world,
The incredible undersea views are not the only impressive thing about the Muraka, though; the villa also boasts amenities including a chef and butler, a private jetty, infinity pool, a gym, a bar, an ocean-facing bathtub, and all the extras you would expect from this kind of private paradise resort. It's not surprising, then, that this doesn't come cheap; four nights here costs no less than $200,000.
Although the Muraka is being billed as the only hotel of it's type in the world, it's not the absolute first to offer guests an underwater experience. Around the world, 'underwater' hotels are created with everything from windows opening out into aquariums, to tiny submerged hostels that can only be reached by scubadiving. The Maldives itself already has an underwater club, Subsix, and the Ithaa undersea restaurant. However, Muraka is definitely the most immersive and luxurious way to feel like a mermaid - although you may need to find some sunken pirate treasure to afford to stay in it!