This Underwater Bungalow in the Maldives Costs $50K a Night—and It’s Totally Worth It

Let’s just say envy-inducing is an understatement

Updated 06/05/18

Rendering courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

There are honeymoon havens and then there’s Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Twice voted “Best Hotel in the World,” this five-star escape is fabled for its far-flung locale, overwater bungalows—which, up until now, we’ve considered the be-all and end-all of extravagant, vacation-worthy design—stellar service, lavish spa, and world-class cuisine. As if all that wasn’t enough, what’s coming down the pipeline is about to change the getaway game for good...

Making a splash in November 2018 is an undersea villa! No that’s not a typo. The Muraka (“coral” in the local language of Dhivehi) invites guests to discover a new wave of Maldivian luxury. Dreamt up by architect Ahmed Saleem and brought to life by engineer Mike Murphy, the two-floor residence flaunts integrated living spaces above and below the Indian Ocean. Muted hues, modern touches, and artful editing by Yuji Yamazaki lend a minimal sensibility. The standout, not surprisingly, is the submerged king-size bedroom, surrounded by infinite shades of blue. The cost to build this ground-breaking project? A cool $15 million.

Rendering courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Ready to live out your Little Mermaid fantasy? As you’ve probably guessed, spending the evening in this architectural marvel won’t come cheap. The nightly rate starts at $50,000. Keep in mind that includes airport VIP fast-track arrival and departure, transport via private speedboat, access to jet skis as well as non-motorized water sports, 24-hour butler service, laundry, all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, and a 90-minute spa treatment per day. Sure, it’ll set you back a few clams, but you can’t put a price tag on a once-in-a-lifetime experience—at least, that’s how we see it.

P.S. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is also home to Ithaa, the world’s first subaquatic restaurant.

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