The pri­vate is­land’s own pri­vate is­land

Esquire Middle East - - THE ESCAPE -

IN GANG­STER-SPEAK ‘sleep­ing with the fishes’ is a sin­is­ter term that would sug­gest a per­son has prob­a­bly met their end in the most un­en­vi­able of fash­ions. In the Mal­dives how­ever, the term is taken a lot more lit­er­ally, es­pe­cially in the case of the Con­rad Mal­dives Ran­gali.

The ul­tra-lux re­sort has just opened an even more ul­tra-lux op­tion to its ho­tel: The Mu­raka. Dubbed as the world’s first un­der­wa­ter ho­tel villa, this jaw-drop­pingly im­pres­sive prop­erty is the stuff that travel bucket lists were cre­ated for.

Lo­cated more than

16-feet be­low sea level in the mid­dle of the In­dian

Ocean with glass walls,

The Mu­raka is a twolevel aquar­ium where you can fall asleep to fish swim­ming over­head and wake up to the sway­ing arms of co­ral. The prop­erty — whose name means ‘co­ral’ the lo­cal Dhivehi lan­guage — is con­nected to the re­sort via a (se­ri­ously) long, pri­vate jetty and will set its guests back a cool AED180,000 per night.

Mind you, there is pretty much nowhere else, you’ll find an un­der­sea mas­ter bed­room of­fer­ing 180-de­gree views of sea life, where you can shower while watch­ing the fish swim by. con­radmal­

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