The Muraka in the Maldives, the world’s first underwater villa, gives visitors an opportunity to experience the ocean like never before.
The upper level of the two-story villa features stunning panoramic views of the ocean, and the lower level plunges deep into the sea.
Your vacation might cost a pretty penny -- a whopping $50,000 per night -- but it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
Where Is The Muraka?
The resort has broken records in more than ways than one. In addition to its underwater villa, it also boasts the five-star Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. If you want to dine at an underwater restaurant while staying at an underwater villa, you’ll just need to ride your jet ski to the main resort.
The villa offers complete privacy, so if solo relaxation is your thing, you won’t have to see a single soul during your vacation. After all, you’re paying $50,000 a night, so you can expect to do as much or as little as you’d like during your stay.
Committed To Conservation
The resort prioritizes protecting local marine life, and a group of marine biologists keeps a close watch on the health of the nearby coral.
In order to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Maldives, the villa was actually built off-site in Singapore. The two-story paradise was then transported to the Maldives by boat and carefully installed to ensure it could withstand the worst weather.
What $50,000 Gets You
As you approach the villa from the private wooden walkway, the simple white exterior might not take your breath away -- but just wait until you set foot inside.
The villa, which sleeps nine, features three bedrooms -- two with gorgeous above-water views, and a master bedroom submerged 16 feet in the deep blue sea, showcasing the wildlife thriving in the nearby coral.
Above the water, unwind in the massive tub with spectacular ocean views, and then enjoy the ocean breeze on the expansive deck. Did we mention that there’s an infinity pool, too?
When you take the spiral staircase or elevator downstairs, you’ll find yourself in a glass paradise enclosed in the majesty of the ocean.
Not fully convinced? The villa also features a gym, spa, bar, and butler’s quarters. A full staff -- including a fitness trainer, a personal chef, a butler, a facialist, and a massage therapist -- is available to fulfill your every request.
As a thank-you gift of sorts, when you book a trip to the villa, you are instantly upgraded to Hilton Diamond status.
What To Know Before You Go
The best time to book a stay at The Muraka is during the dry season between November and April. Even though you can travel there during the other months of the year, clear skies and calm seas aren’t guaranteed, and torrential rain might put a damper on your getaway.
The dry season guarantees warm weather, less precipitation, and a greater likelihood of a perfect vacation.
You can reach the villa by private seaplane or private speedboat from the main resort.
If The Muraka isn’t in your budget, the resort offers other options that might suit you better. Come for the private paradise and stay for the other incredible reasons to visit the Maldives.