Dine in luxury and beauty at the Conrad Maldives Ithaa underwater restaurant

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The Maldives is one of the most beautiful and stunning parts of the world, so there is no better place for the world’s first underwater restaruant at one of the most luxurious of hotels, the Conrad Maldives Hotel. The Ithaa underwater restaurant allows diners to eat in luxury and beauty, five metres below the Indian Ocean.

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The restaurant was designed to give an unparalleled view of the ocean and everything in it while you enjoy your meal. This is courtesy of the all glass windows that rise from the floor and encase diners in a tunnel of sorts. The restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Hotel features stunning views out in the ocean of turtles, stingrays and sharks. Diners get to see a true under water experience without them even having to get their toes wet.


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As the restaurant is set under the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, it is bright, so bright in fact that you need to wear sunglasses while dining on five star cuisine.


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The Ithaa underwater restaurant, with the name meaning “Mother of Pearl” in Dhivehi, is situated at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the Dhall Atoll of the Republic of Maldives. It is 16 feet wide by 30 feet in length with the majority of the structure being designed in tough acrylic. The restaurant can seat a total of 14 diners at any one time and offers beautiful 180 degree panoramic views out into the ocean and everything in it. The Ithaa restaurant was designed by a company from New Zealand, M.J. Murphy and opened its doors to its first guests on 15 April 2005.

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Entrance to the underwater hotel is by a spiral staircase, housed under a thatched pavilion, situated at the very end of the jetty that winds down 16 feet to the ocean bottom. In April of 2010 in order to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the restaurant, residents at the hotel could choose to sleep in Ithaa for the night, providing that there were no bookings for dinner.

The underwater restaurant has been voted by the New York Daily News as being “the most beautiful restaurant in the world” and a dining experience in it comes in with a price tag of $190.

A spokesperson said on behalf of the luxury resort, “Using aquarium-inspired architecture, Ithaa was built to allow guests to enjoy the colour, clarity and beauty of the Indian Ocean without getting their feet wet.”

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