Food & Drink

Celebrate Thanksgiving in a US$125,000 Underwater Villa in the Maldives

Turkey 5 meters below sea level!

thanksgiving in maldives; maldives underwater villa

Courtesy of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

By Meena Thiruvengadam

Nov 3, 2021

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 a villa in the Maldives for an underwater Thanksgiving celebration they’ll never forget.

While the Maldives may be best known for its gorgeous overwater bungalows, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has a far more unique offering: a 550-square-meter underwater villa. And now the idyllic luxury property is giving guests the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving there.

For US$125,000, Robb Report revealed that you and five friends can spend five nights at the Muraka, a gorgeous underwater villa in the Maldives. The luxurious villa features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living space, and 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 Ithaa’s dining room sits a whopping five meters under sea level. You may never get closer to feeling like you’re dining inside an aquarium.

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 US$50,000. 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 in the Maldives, email

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