Addu City, Maldives

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Underwater restaurant, surrounded by a coral reef

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Secured five meters below sea level at the Hilton Maldives Resort and Spa, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is a mostly acrylic building that only seats 14. Offering a 270-degree panoramic view to its customers, Ithaa was designed and constructed by M.J. Murphy Ltd., a design consultancy based in New Zealand.

Opened in 2005, Ithaa charges a premium for its meals, but they might cost less than one would expect for an underwater dinner. They start in price at about $120 US for lunch for hotel guests. The restaurant serves contemporary fusion Maldivian cuisine with Western and Asian influences. Advance reservations are necessary.

To enter the restaurant, visitors climb down a spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty. They enter the building, which has a curved roof like a tunnel, from above. Designed by the Kuala Lumpur National Science Center, the building qualifies as the world's largest aquarium tunnel.

After completion in 2004, Ithaa was taken to the Maldives on the back of an ocean-going barge. It took 16 days to arrive. It is estimated that the restaurant, which is placed in extreme conditions, will only last for 20 years.

  • Address
    Conrad Resort, Addu City, Maldives
  • Cost
    Daily: 12:30 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
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  1. "Five Highly Unusual Hotel Amenities" at LongLiveLuxury.com
  2. Wikipedia: Ithaa: Wikipedia: Ithaa: http://en.wikipedia...
  3. Hilton Worldwide Resorts: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island: Hilton Worldwide Resorts: Conrad Mald...++
  4. Conrad Hotels and Resorts: Conrad Hotels and Resorts: http://con...
  5. The Los Angeles Times: " Offbeat Traveler: Ithaa Undersea restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island:" The Los Angeles Times: " Offbeat Trav...
  6. Architectural Thinking: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: Architectural Thinking: Ithaa Underse...
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