Imagine waking up in an opulent Maldives resort, to the sight of tropical fish drifting dreamily past your window pane.
This is the experience awaiting the lucky guests at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, who now have the option to stay at what is believed to be the world’s first undersea residence.
Described as being a ‘triumph of modern design and technology,’ The Muraka is a fantastical, luxuriant two level villa; with the lower floor built 16 feet beneath the soothing blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
The near-miraculous construction cost a staggering $15 million to build, with the variety of glass panels allowing for views you won’t get in any other hotel on earth.
Above the waves, guests can unwind on a sunrise-facing relaxation deck; taking leisurely dips in the infinity pool or soaking away their cares in a stand alone bathtub.
They can then descend to the lower level by a spiral staircase, where they can fall asleep watching colourful fish glide above them. But seriously, would you even want to sleep away so much as a moment of your time here?
A team of 24-hour staff and butlers will ensure this corner of paradise remains blissful throughout the stay, with dining and cultural experiences ensuring the world of perfection stays interesting.
Melissa Locker of Architectural Digest reported:
The resort was the first hotelier in the Maldives to perch villas on stilts above the water, the first to open an underwater restaurant, and now they are the first to sink a residence into the briny depths.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a stay at The Muraka will not come cheap; with the sort of price tag you could only really consider if you were planning to fly over to The Maldives on your very own private jet.
At $50,000 (£38,000) per night, it is looking unlikely you will find a Groupon voucher knocking around for this one.
This is a beyond spectacular getaway for anyone who has ever daydreamed about living at the bottom of the ocean.
The Muraka opened as of November 2018.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.