The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort has opened the first-ever underwater hotel residence, Muraka, in Maldives.

The $15m villa, sitting 16ft below the Indian Ocean, consists of two decks. The lower deck and the top deck are connected by a spiral staircase.

Its lower deck consists of living space, bedroom and bathroom and swathes of glass to enable guests to see the moving sea life.

The top deck of  Muraka, which means coral in local language, also features a twin-size bedroom, an ocean-facing bathroom, a fitness centre, butler’s quarters, an integrated living room, kitchen and bar.

The relaxation deck provides sunlight and has a swimming pool.

It provides a four-night package of $200,000. This package includes a personal chef and the use of a private boat.

Additionally, guests who book this package also automatically get Hilton Diamond status.

Designed by Crown Company, the hotel is built by New Zealand-based M.J. Murphy built it.

Muraka can accommodate a total of nine guests in all.

Besides Muraka, the resort offers an underwater five star restaurant called Ithaa. Muraka is connected to the restaurant and the rest of the resort by jetty.

Muraka was constructed on land in Singapore and then transported to Maldives.

The hotel residence was nailed with concrete pylons to withstand rough waves or high tide.