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.
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.