The underwater restaurant at Conrad Maldives hotel on Rangali Island
Adam Bruzzone

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Rangali Island, Maldives

This resort takes hospitality to a whole new level—below sea. Following its opening of the first transparent-walled, under­water restaurant in 2005, the Conrad is now on track to unveil an under­water residence in November. Known as Muraka (“Coral” in the local language), the $15 million, two-story hotel villa will be partially submerged more than 16 ft. below the surface of the Indian Ocean. “[Maldivians] grow up respecting the moods of the sea,” says Ahmed Saleem, the resort architect. “This combined with global warming makes designers think ‘outside of the box’ in designing structures above and below the sea.” Guests who don’t want to wake up encircled by a menagerie of marine life can choose to sleep in one of two above-water bedrooms. The residence will also come with a gym, a bar, an infinity pool and an ocean-facing bathtub, all for a reported $50,000 per night. —Casey Quackenbush

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