Posted by on 01 Nov 2019 , in Islands
When someone says Maldives, the usual first image they think about is the white sand beaches of beautiful islands with crystal blue waters and overwater bungalows stretching out from the shore. They think about being able to open their door and jump right into the refreshing water for a swim. As much as staying above water is popular in Maldives though, going underwater is just as exciting if not more.
Underwater dining is an experience like no other. It indulges most, if not all the human senses with the atmosphere. Imagine watching beautiful marine life going about their business in their natural habitat while enjoying world-class cuisine.
With that, here are some of the best underwater dining experiences in Maldives.
SEA at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Found in Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, SEA is not just a restaurant below water, it is actually the first underwater wine cellar as well so guests can enjoy their food with perfectly paired wines. They serve homemade breads and pancakes for breakfast while Canadian scallops, lobsters, prawns, and assorted fish await guests for lunch, and they can have pan-seared miyazaki wagyu beef for dinner.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island
Under almost 5 metres underwater, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives in Rangali Island is the first all-glass underwater restaurant in the world. The design maximizes the experience for the guests since they have 180-degree panoramic view under the Indian Ocean and the coral garden along with its teeming marine life. For lunch they offer a four-course menu with the famous charcoaled reef lobster as main course. The six-course dinner can include prawn tartare, Oscietra caviar, and sous vide veal tenderloin.
5.8 Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi Island Resort
While the view is filled with beautiful fishes and other marine life, guests’ plates are also filled with delicious seafood such as red mullet, seared scallops, and poached Canadian lobster. This is the experience that the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant in Hurawalhi Island Resort offers their guests. This is the largest all-glass restaurant found in the world and it can accommodate up to 10 couples at a time. The design provides an intimate experience between a couple, the food, and the view.
Subsix at Niyama Private Islands Maldives
What makes Subsix quite unique is the fact that it takes the atmosphere of being underwater to a whole new level. While it features huge glass windows so guests can see marine life underwater, the design of the interior is actually clam inspired and it makes use of materials from the sea. Guests can witness different marine animals such as moray eels, Hawksbill turtles, and shoals of fish while sipping a drink from their wide selection of cocktails. They also serve wagyu beef, barramundi, lamb chops, and local lobster.