The exotic location of thousand plus islands and twenty-six atolls – Maldives – is home to Conrad brand’s most popular property, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, which famously, since commencement, made headlines in the world of hospitality for its supreme underwater Muraka suite. Well, the Conrad is back in news again, this time for a host of its newly redesigned villas that offer the brand’s exclusive style of accommodation to an even broader range of clientele.
The name “The Muraka” translates to coral in the native language of Maldives, Dhivehi, depicting the way it rests alongside the ocean floor, calmly witnessing the sea life that surrounds it. The launch of the world’s first underwater hotel residence is nothing less than a ground-breaking move, with a two-storey villa submerged 16 feet below sea-level, displaying an ambitious sight of architecture, technology, and design. Other than a widely-spread shower, bed, and other standard elements of a hotel room, The Muraka amps up the definition of luxury travel to another level with an infinity pool, a bar, a private gym, a sea-facing bathtub, butler’s quarters, and not to forget, the underwater bedroom that offers a breath-taking view. The top floor, which occupies a level above the water, comprises an extensive relaxation deck for unwinding and tanning.
The concept behind Muraka revolves around minimalism, harmony, and subtlety. The said suite is synced in a neutral palette, using clean lines and natural materials to create a comforting and calming environment that purely puts focus on what needs to be experienced at the exteriors of the property. Sun, sand, sea, and sky are the true stars of the show at the Conrad Rangali Island, and the appearance of the villas really highlights this. The price tag? The elaborate suite isn’t low-priced. They charge an astounding $50,000 per night, which from their package perspective, becomes $200000 for a four-night vacation, which consists of a private boat, personal chef, and automatic upgrade to Hilton Diamond status. Just so you treasure your stay without missing a beat, the spa villas have been designed with glass floors. In addition, many Deluxe Beach Villas have been turned into Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villas, which feature a luxurious internal bathroom, private garden, floor-to-ceiling glazing, and outdoor rain shower. The resort’s well-known Retreat Water Villas have been revamped as the Grand Water Villa. A section of the redesign of the water villas means that the living room can also be utilized as a bedroom if need be, in a way, more guests can be accommodated in this room type. The biggest transformation, in the meantime, is that of the ever-renowned Family Villas, which have been converted into the Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villas, one without a pool and one with it. Such rooms have the capacity to accommodate up to four people, alongside the view of the Indian ocean. Guests can soak up the sight during the service and be entertained by the sounds of lapping waves right outside. The most attractive bit is that The Muraka is interlinked to the rest of the resort by Jetty, in case you want to skip your blissful seclusion and indulge in other non-aquatic life forms. The creation of The Muraka was done considering two factors – innovation and environmental-safety. Every single piece of the modular construction was built in Singapore and then consciously shipped to the Maldives, prior to being sunken underwater and pinned into place using concrete pylons. The durable pylons ensure that the villa doesn’t shake or shift or for that matter, float away in the midst of rough waves or high tides.
The unmissable part remains the adults-only Quiet Zone, which gives a view of a serene lagoon-facing infinity pool and a dreamy nine-course Japanese restaurant named Koko Grill. On the other hand, Mandhoo’s menu includes an ancient Greek philosophy of the five elements. Air, earth, plant, water, and fire inspired menus to emanate specific tastes, density, moisture, and temperatures that are believed to uniquely impact the mind, body, and spirit. For those who want to indulge in authentic Chinese food, head to Ufaa. At this restaurant, give a try to chef Jereme Leung’s seafood and beef hot pot.
The travelers who aren’t very brave to spend three to four nights in the depths of the Indian Ocean, The Conrad also houses a range of luxury villas that are placed above the water, if you just want to get your feet wet. Wherever the stay, it is recommended to make the booking between May and October for the added advantage of a naturally formed sandbank right in front of your Sunset Water Villa. To add to this, you can even make a reservation at Mandhoo overwater restaurant for 1.30 pm to enjoy the reef shark feeding show whilst you indulge in wine and cheese. Whether it is the variety of restaurants, picturesque property, two stunning secluded islands, or the ultra-luxe spa; every guest is certain to be spoiled for choice with the food, lounges, views, and experience overall. It’s no wonder A-listers like Paul McCartney and Roger Federer holiday here!