Inside the Muraka: World’s First Luxury Underwater Villa - Excella Global

You may have fantasised buying your own floating villa in Dubai but have you ever thought of dining at an under-water hotel? Of course, you have and now, you can!

The Muraka is world’s first ever under-water hotel with two-level residences featuring seamless luxury living both above and below the sea level. It is a part of the Hilton’s Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort with an estimated construction cost of $15 million. With an iconic suite encased in glass, surrounded by exotic marine life, the Muraka comes with the promise of an exceptional experience.

The Interiors

Designed by Ahmed Saleem, the Muraka is a perfect blend of modern interior design and advanced technology. The structure is made from concrete, steel and acrylic with one level above the sea and another level immersed 16.4 feet under the water.

The suite is set apart from Hilton’s overwater bungalows and beach villas so you can enjoy your stay in absolute privacy. The top floor features two plush bedrooms, a grand bathroom with a sea-view tub, an infinity-edge pool and a sunset-facing deck.

A spiral staircase takes you to the lower level where an arched acrylic dome divides living space and a king-sized bedroom from the reef. The bathroom and the ceiling are see-through but the suite is strategically isolated from the rest of the resort just to ensure that privacy is never an issue.

Ahmed Saleem, the chief architect and designer of this property had to customize the design concept of the Muraka in a manner that the acrylic would not reflect the lighting. He could neither use variations of white nor bright hues as they would impede the entire interior underwater.

When designing this under-water hotel, he also worked closely with marine biologists to ensure that the surrounding corals where not adversely impacted by the structure. This 600-tonne structure was constructed on land in Singapore and then transported in a ship that could securely moor close to the reef and seamlessly submerge the suite in the sea.

The Experience

If you book this one-of-a-kind villa, expect to get flown to your suite in a private seaplane jetty. Below the surface you can enjoy a beautifully designed undersea living space and also comfortably reside above the sea where you get to enjoy exclusive delicacies and unique cultural experiences. At the Muraka, you will remain well-attended to with a dedicated team of butlers and staff available 24 hours.

The Price Tag

This once-in-a-lifetime experience comes to you at a price tag of $50,000 per night excluding taxes. But round-the-clock service, dedicated butlers, a state-of-the-art gym, spa retreats, an on-call fitness trainer, and jet skis are included in this hefty price tag to make it absolutely worth your time and money.

The Muraka is now open to world travelers who seek an extraordinary stay. So, if you want to live a dreamy experience, dive into one like no other at the Muraka and immerse yourself into the most breathtaking marine residence ever made!

Bringing such an innovative design concept to reality requires deep-rooted expertise in sourcing world-class décor solutions and building materials specifically for the hospitality industry. With extensive industry experience and longstanding associations, Excella Global can help you source high-quality products that are tailored to your unique project needs and fit your budget.

Shruti Agarwal

Shruti Agrawal is the Managing Director of Excella Global. Her electronics engineering background encourages her to be on the lookout for ways to challenge and disrupt business models to make them better. She has a keen eye for architecture and design paired with the ability of recognizing trends that work, which allows her to put forward value for her readers in the content she creates. Her experience in the procurement and sourcing industry only adds to this.

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