The ultimate honeymoon destination, the Maldives is all about the romance of a cerulean ocean teeming with rainbow-hued marine life. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, nestled in the South Ari Atoll, opened the world’s first underwater villa, the Muraka, in November 2018.
The two-storey villa features one floor that sits above water while the other is submerged five metres below sea level and encompasses a viewing theatre and a bedroom with a bathroom and walk-in closet, all featuring floor-to-ceiling windows so you can marvel at the sea life that is constantly moving and changing all around you, even while you are brushing your teeth. The top floor includes an integrated living room, dining room and kitchen, an en-suite master bedroom should you want to spend a night or two sleeping above the water instead of under it, an infinity pool and a sunset deck.
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The Muraka follows in the wake of the hotel’s celebrated Ithaa restaurant (the name means “pearl” in the local language), which opened in 2004 and shares the distinction of being the first undersea restaurant in the world, featuring curved transparent walls that afford diners a spectacular 180-degree view of coral reefs and tropical fish as they dine.
And with a total of 12 restaurants and bars, the Conrad Maldives is something of a dining paradise. Elsewhere, the resort features 150 villas and suites—the larger main island, Rangalifinolhu, caters to families, and the smaller Rangali island is restricted to adults. There’s also a third option, the Spa Retreat, a resort within a resort positioned off the tip of the main island that features both an over-water spa and over-water villas.