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The perfectly positioned property is completely isolated from the rest of the existing idyllic Maldivian resort and with round-the-clock butler service, from the moment guests arrive there’s no reason to leave the property at any point during a stay. The two-storey villa is in-keeping with the traditional yet modern design of the island’s existing resort. There's a gym, a bar, an over-the-sea infinity pool, an ocean-facing bathtub and that’s just referring to the floor above sea level. A spiral staircase leads down to the lower level where the lively Indian Ocean views are set to steal the breath of anyone who wanders down. The Muraka may be the first of its kind in the Maldives but for Rangali Island, it isn’t Conrad’s first rodeo when it comes to constructing below sea level. The resort is also home to the world’s first undersea restaurant, the now award-winning Ithaa, and the lower level of The Muraka is similar in design to the structure with a curved dome-like acrylic ceiling, offering guests 180-degree views of the surrounding underwater world. The word "Muraka" translates to "coral" in the Maldives' local language Dhivehi, which is very fitting for the space as spending an evening sleeping in the ocean gazing up and around at the passing marine life, you really get the sense of belonging to the underwater world. Here we chat with Kimberley Roberts, who is the marketing and communications director, giving us an insight into how hands-on she was with the project and how she goes about achieving that highly sought-after work-life balance.