Conrad Maldives announces world’s first undersea villa at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has announced the development of THE MURAKA – what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence. The new level of accommodation, which is expected to be open in November, was officially announced in the Maldives at the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum 2018, in the presence of over 150 hotel industry professionals.Sharing a breathtaking glimpse of the view from the undersea villa via video, Daniel Welk, the Vice President, Operations, Luxury Asia Pacific, Hilton, noted that this revolutionary concept will transform the Maldives’ experience for travellers who want to be truly immersed within the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean.Aptly named THE MURAKA – meaning coral in Dhivehi, the local language of the Maldives – the undersea residence gives guests an intimate and immersive experience of one of the Earth’s most breathtaking marine environments. Muraka is designed to blend into its environment, giving guests’ unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean at every turn. With vibrant colours and a diverse array of marine life all around, Muraka’s residents will be able to sleep alongside the wonders of the abundant and colourful marine life that inhabit the sea.
“The Crown Company is always looking to embark on ground-breaking projects, and the idea of creating The Muraka was forged 13 years ago with the launch of Ithaa, the world’s first undersea restaurant. We believe that Muraka is the first of its kind undersea residence that has been submerged anywhere in the world,” said Daniel.“Like Ithaa, 13 years ago, Muraka will revolutionise the experience for travellers who want to truly immerse themselves in the wonders of the Indian Ocean. Crown Company and Hilton believe, with an abundance of five-star resorts in the Maldives, the timing for the launch of Muraka as a driver of breakthrough innovation is extremely well done.”The result of a significant US$15 million investment, this revolutionary concept will transform the Maldives experience for travellers who want to be truly immersed in the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean. As the first international hotel brand to enter the Maldivian market 20 years ago and home to the world’s first undersea restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island continues to pioneer and innovate with the groundbreaking introduction of the undersea residence.“Driven by our inspiration to deliver innovative and transformative experiences to our global travellers, the world’s first undersea residence encourages guests to explore the Maldives from an entirely new perspective below the surface of the sea,” said Ahmed Saleem, a Director at Crown Company and chief architect and designer of the undersea residence.Located in the Maldives’ best diving and snorkelling spots, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has created a space that invites and inspires with a distinctive design that flows harmoniously with the natural environment. The resort features purposefully designed villas and suites, 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of culturally inspired experiences set against the awe-inspiring Maldivian surroundings. With the introduction of the world’s first undersea residence, Conrad Maldives continues to evolve the diversity of experiences offered to guests. For more information, please visit conradmaldives.com.