Featuring the only all glass underwater restaurant in the entire world, it comes as no surprise that the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort now also has an underwater room to showcase that's been titled the Muraka. An underwater stay in itself is impressive enough for most, but not for the owners of the resort. They feel that every guest that books a stay in the Muraka should also experience a private flight to their own seaplane jetty, 4 butlers, a private chef, and an on-call fitness trainer among other amenities. Before taxes are figured into the final rate amount, a night at this underwater villa will set you back US$50,000.

This room is set to open in November, 2018 and is currently causing quite a lot of anticipation within the overwater resort community.

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A stunning underwater room and more

As mentioned above, an underwater room will open at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort at the end of this year, which is very exciting for those who have the money to spend. The master bedroom itself is suspended 16.4 feet (5 meters) in a glass tunnel under the sea’s surface. With that said, you’ll also want to note that the rooms also feature a sunset facing deck that provides beautiful views each evening. As you can tell, there are 2 floors to this suite, one above the ocean, and one below.

 

The top floor is home to 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, the outdoor deck, and a nice sized infinity edge pool. The lower level is home to the master bedroom, a bathroom, and a living area, all of which are privy to endless views of the reef that lies just on the other side of curved acrylic dome. It’s also located a distance away from the resort’s overwater villas, which helps to create a very private and exclusive experience.

 

Each stay at the Muraka also includes a 90 minute spa treatment each day, a private chef, 4 different butlers, an on call personal fitness trainer, a private seaplane jetty, and a private speedboat. If you’d like, there is also a designated space for private security detail, which is an appealing add-on to many.

Current overwater rooms

As this resort is a rather large one, you’ll find 79 beach villas as well as 71 overwater suites. When looking further into the selection of overwater villas available, you’ll find that there are 6 different kinds to choose from, ranging in size from 74 m² to 250 m². Though the size does vary from one category to the next, all overwater rooms come with the same basic amenities. These amenities include a kingsize bed or two twins, Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, room service, a private sundeck that impresses with stairs that lead directly into the ocean below, and an ocean view bathtub.

Resort features and amenities

The rest of the resort also wows with 10 dining and drink options, including an underwater, all glass restaurant. Alongside the many dining options, the resort also plays host to a few wedding facilities, a dive centre (with PADI courses available), an infinity pool, windsurfing, snorkeling and a two-story gym.

 

Because this resort aims to please in all aspects, guests here will also find both an adult’s spa and a children’s spa. At the adult’s spa you’ll find 5-star treatments in an over the water setting on stilts 50 meters out over the ocean.

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  1. Without a travel agent you are on your own!!! a total misconception
    that agents are a lot more expensive than online. What happens if something goes wrong the computer wont help but an agent will –
    do a bit more research to the original writer and i only hope you
    never need assistance apart from a computer to get you out of a situation!!!!!

    1. Roz,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way. But the fact is that things don’t go wrong very often and even when they do it’s usually easy to fix as long as you deal with legit companies and resorts. For someone who has an extremely low risk tolerance travel agents are probably a great idea. For everyone else, it’s probably not worth it. -Roger

  2. There is so much more to a travel agent than just booking the trip. Yesterday I spend 1/2 my day changing a client’s flights and hotel reservations because her son suddenly got sick during the trip. Last weekend I had 2 sets of clients miss their flights so I spent my time accommodating and reassuring them, while they relaxed at the airport lounge. When a traveler is on vacation, unexpected things can happen. Emergencies can arise. A travel agent can handle all of this for them, so they can focus on their sick child, or whatever the case may be. "In all fairness", you are right. They may not NEED a travel agent for the booking process, but when the unexpected arises, they will need us then! And as the others have said, pricing is almost always the same whether you book online, or with an agent. We also have access to most all the same hotels as online…. plus the extra consortia perks, as Gabrielle mentioned.

  3. I have to agree with others that this article is just not true of what Travel Professionals truly offer a client. Most Travel Professionals don’t charge planning and booking fees. They often offer a low price guarantee and price match if they need to. Many Travel Professionals who do charge a planning or booking fee often apply it towards your balance and/or the tips and money they save you are far more than any planning or booking fee they may charge.

    Booking through a website (just a computer and not a true travel professional) is not a great option. Nobody is asking you the right questions to fit you to the best resorts/flights or council you on the merits of this and that because it’s a computer…..You can’t just go by the pretty pictures on the internet. We say "The Internet is for looking and not booking"

    Each resort has a different vibe, you need to be personally matched to the best accommodations out there that will fit you both because there are so many resort/flight/room choices out there and they’re not all the same or even good. There’s much to think about and consider when picking the right destination, travel dates-weather, resorts/flights/rooms.

    The question that you should ask yourself is, "Why would you take a chance on your Travel Investment and not call a Travel Professional" One whose actually been to the destination with hands on advice? A real reputable Travel Professional wants to talk to you or at least email you and not just put a website out there for you to self-book on while they try to make money on you while they sleep with website bookings that they’re making full commission on, that’s what they don’t want to tell you.

    Trying to talk potential clients out of booking with real Travel Professionals when you’re acting as an "absent" travel agent on a website and doing very little for the client in reality is ironic.
    I feel like this website/article attacks true Travel Professionals in an underhanded way so I will speak the real truth here.

    There are many Travel Professionals who highly specialize in Over Water Bungalows throughout the world, they’ve been to many of these resorts themselves so they have value in their knowledge and have professional relationships with resort owners, management and ground operators. Travel Professionals provide a wonderful service to you and that’s what its truly all about besides offering you some of the lowest prices with price drop guarantees and a host of many other perks!

    1. Heather,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way you do. The point of the article is that savvy travelers (not necessarily first-time travelers) CAN book a Maldives holiday online and still get the exact same VIP experience that other visitors get. Websites like Agoda also book far more resorts than any offline travel agent does, so consumers get more choice. And many resorts do in fact offer lower prices when you book online.

      Some travelers are fussy and require hand-holding and make mistakes and want to make changes. It’s great that you are there for those types of travelers. But there is also a misconception that you NEED to use an offline travel agent to book a Maldives holiday and that’s definitely not true. Thanks for your passion and for all the help you give to those who need you. -Roger

  4. Hi there,
    With respect, I find the information in this article to be largely untrue. Travel agents work with all resorts (and even some B & B’s). They also have buying power and can secure better rates than what is seen online in a lot of cases. I think there is a real misconception out there from people who have only really ever booked online but really, there is a missed value, both monetary and experiential that goes with booking online. Also, many agents are part of a consortium that for example, will provide complimentary meals, complimentary nights, etc, whereas booking online you don’t get these kinds of things. Just my 2 cents anyway!

  5. disagree most of it!, i’ve always secured better deals from travel agents in the UK. Some of them offer upgrades, lounge access which were helpful. And most importantly we need ATOL protection for our whole booking which is only provided by the UK tour operators. This protects our flights all transfers and the resort booking. In any emergency we have the ATOL protection to bail us out.
    If you are not a fussy customer who wouldn’t mind ending up in a room that don’t wish to be, then booking from any other source is fine.
    Anyways, these are my thoughts. Hope you will publish this.

    1. Ryan,

      You make some good points and I guess each person has their own risk tolerance level. These days it’s common for purchases on many Visas and Mastercards to automatically have this kind of coverage, and you can buy travel insurance to cover it as well. Still, many people prefer a traditional high-street travel agent. My main point is that you don’t NEED a travel agent to book an ideal Maldives holiday because the online booking process is now so well organized and you don’t need any hand-holding once you land. Thanks for the comments. -Roger