You could head to a big family dinner for Thanksgiving. You could cook and play host. Or you could whisk your family and friends away to the Maldives for an underwater Thanksgiving celebration they’ll never forget. By Meena Thiruvengadam
While the Maldives may be best known for its gorgeous overwater bungalows, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has a far more unique offering: a 6,000-square-foot underwater villa. And now the idyllic luxury property is giving guests the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving there.
For USD 125,000 (INR 93,30,062), Robb Report revealed that you and five friends can spend five nights at the Muraka, a gorgeous underwater villa in the Indian Ocean. The luxurious villa features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living space, and a gym. Above the water, there’s a deck and infinity pool.
And while the Muraka is equipped with a kitchen, there’s no need to spend your time perfecting a menu or cooking a turkey. The package includes daily breakfast prepared by a private chef as well as an epic Thanksgiving lunch at the resort’s Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the only underwater restaurant in the world.
The Ithaa’s dining room sits a whopping 16 feet under sea level. You may never get closer to feeling like you’re dining inside an aquarium.
The package includes a roundtrip seaplane flight from the airport to the property, as well as a 60-minute spa treatment, a cruise on a luxury yacht, and a snorkelling safari to get up close and personal with the creatures you see swimming by your windows.
Guests also will have the opportunity to collaborate with the property’s resident marine biologist on coral preservation projects.
And while the price may seem steep, it’s kind of a bargain. Pre-pandemic, a single night at the Muraka could set you back USD 50,000 (INR 37,32,025). And isn’t the experience of brushing your teeth underwater or falling asleep while fish swim by priceless anyway?
For more information or to book this truly epic Thanksgiving escape, email [email protected].