SLEEP WITH THE FISHES

Boating NZ - - Boat World -

An up­mar­ket re­sort in the Mal­dives has opened what is be­lieved to be the world’s first un­der­sea suite – the Mu­raka.

Part of the Con­rad Mal­dives on the ar­chi­pel­ago’s Ran­gali Is­land – Mu­raka of­fers ex­tra­or­di­nary views of the In­dian Ocean and sea life. De­signed by the Crown Com­pany ar­chi­tec­tural firm, it was built by Auck­land’s M J Mur­phy Ltd, a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in aquar­ium tech­nol­ogy.

The suite is a two-deck de­sign, with the lower deck sit­ting five me­tres be­neath the waves. It has a king­size bed­room, liv­ing space and bath­room and a spi­ral stair­case lead­ing to terra firma.

Chief de­signer Ah­meed Saleem says the suite was “driven by our in­spi­ra­tion to de­liver in­no­va­tive and trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ences to our global trav­el­ers. The world’s first un­der­sea res­i­dence en­cour­ages guests to ex­plore the Mal­dives from an en­tirely new per­spec­tive be­low the sur­face of the sea.”

And yes, it’s pricey – around NZ$76,000 a night. Stay awake to get your money’s worth… Visit www.con­radmal­dives.com for more in­for­ma­tion. Stay awake to get your money’s worth…

Even the bath­room of­fers In­dian Ocean views.

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