You can now spend you honeymoon sleeping with the fishes – literally.
Overwater villas might be the accommodation option most associated with The Maldives but the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is taking guests beneath the surface with its new residence, believed to be the world’s first undersea residence that actually sits on the ocean floor.
Set for completion in by the end of 2018, the two-level villa has been christened The Muraka, after the word for coral in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language.
The lower, undersea level sits five metres below the waterline and features a king-size bedroom, living room and bathroom surrounded by the impossibly turquoise water of the Indian Ocean and the plethora of sea creatures that spin and swim within.
In short, it’s more like a house than a hotel room. Thanks to a transparent, domed ceiling in the bedroom and expansive windows throughout, guests will feel completely submerged in the water and embedded within the technicolour reef no matter where they are in the suite – and possibly be woken up by the smiling face of a ray cruising past.
Want to shake out your sea legs for a while? You can easily surface by ascending the spiral suitcase to the upper level, which features another bedroom and bathroom with a deep tub, as well as a living room, kitchen, dining room, bar, gym and butler’s quarters (because what’s a luxe getaway without a private butler?).
Guests can take advantage of the stunning scenery while above the water, too, thanks to viewing areas on opposite sides of the villa: a deck that faces the sunset and an infinity pool angled towards the sunrise.
The resort is no stranger to marine submersion, either, thanks to Ithaa, the on-site undersea restaurant. Just don’t make eye contact with the curious creatures while tucking into your coconut-crusted fish dinner.
Images: 2018 Conrad Hotels & Resorts