Underwater villas are the hot new thing in luxury resorts.
“Though they’re undeniably sexy, it may be time to rethink overwater villas,” says Phoebe Neuman in the Robb Report.
Contrary to popular believe, underwater villas have existed for half a century but now they are a mainstay of luxury resorts from Tahiti to Mexico. As a result this has led to a race among the top resorts — “sauna-clad wellness rooms and bathtubs with serious views” have become commonplace.
This month, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort has joined the race and their latest offering is set to make a splash. The new undersea residences, named Muraka (“coral” in the local Dhivehi language), have been designed by a New Zealand-based aquarium-technology firm. This residence will be nestled away 16ft under the turquoise-blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
Don’t worry if you are claustrophobic, according to Bloomberg Pursuits, two bedrooms will be housed above the water and a bathroom with an ocean-view tub, a sunset-facing deck, and an infinity-edge pool. If all this doesn’t sound spectacular enough for you, every guest is flown in by seaplane and picked up by speedboat which is free for them to use for the rest of their stay. Four Butlers will be at your beck and call, along with a chef, jet skis and a fitness trainer. And any stress induced during your stay can be alleviated by a 90-minute sea treatment is always included in the package.
The villas are priced at $50,000 (£36,200) a night, this may sound like a lot but when you compare that the Maldives offers a handful of private-island villas at comparable prices.
For more information, visit ConradHotels3.Hilton.com.