The first undersea villa in the world is expected to open soon at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. The residence is scheduled to open in November this year. It’s a one-of-a-kind residence that’s making waves in the Indian Ocean. The villa has cost $15 million to build. And we are not talking about the 16 feet deep glass rooms that you are already used to. This one will sit at the bottom of the ocean and will offer 180-degree views of the sea and its marine life.
The villa can host up to nine guests. It features two floors both connected with an elevator and a spiral staircase. The residence spans 5,921 square feet. There’s a master bedroom with a king-size bed and an executive bathtub that faces the ocean. A twin-size bedroom is included as well with a second bathroom and the butler’s quarters. A bar, a dining area, and a modern kitchen complete the villa’s design.
The underwater villa is designed by Yuji Yamazaki, an award-winning Japanese architect. Despite all the luxury, the residence has quite a minimalistic interior. The walls and ceilings are covered with reflective glass and elegant, plush leather finishing. There are a few marble and granite accents too. The designer says that the natural hues on the walls and other materials used were purposely chosen to adapt to the undersea environment.
The building is also high tech. It features a modern acrylic dome built by one of the leading aquarium makers in Japan. The building walls feature two layers of both steel and concrete. Ten legs that are strongly anchored with steel piles provide the mechanism required to keep the villa in place. All materials used for the residence are pressure-tested. This means that they can withstand the high pressure of the ocean.
The undersea residence will primarily target international tourists to the Maldives. The project’s chief architect says that the undersea villa will give international guests the chance to explore the Maldives from a completely new perspective. Guests staying at the luxurious villa will get customized excursions as well as other amenities including 24 hours butler service.
The resort where the residence is located has been making headlines as far as underwater construction goes. Ithaa, the first ever underwater restaurant in the world, is located there too. The restaurant has already started taking reservations from people who want to enjoy its heavenly treat.
There’s lot of curiosity regarding the sea. Many people want to explore the underwater world and underwater residences will allow them to do just that, but in a luxurious way. The new underwater villa is called Muraka, the local term for coral. There will definitely be many people standing in line to enjoy what this residence has to offer when it opens in November.