Maldives is like a fairytale land for most people who visit, after all, there’s a reason it’s called Paradise on Earth. Here, luxury meets nature in such a sublime way, there is almost nothing else like it. With such a diverse marine life and colorful reefs, the natural step would be to never leave the ocean. Luckily, resorts in Maldives have made it possible to eat meals surrounded by marine life and the ocean in underwater restaurants.
Here are some of the best underwater restaurants in Maldives
Ithaa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Located on Rangali Island, CONRAD has 150 villas, seven world class dining establishments, all sprawled out on two different islands connected by a bridge. With 150 rooms to choose from, the options can seem mind boggling, but worry not! Whether you opt for the beach villa where the never-ending horizon will make you feel the true scale of nature, or the ever-so-private water villas where you will be nestled away from reality with just you, your thoughts, a jacuzzi and treatment room, you just can’t go wrong with the accommodation at CONRAD Maldives.
The glory of CONRAD Maldives, however, lies 16 feet below the sea in the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa. With a 180-degree view of the corals and fish surrounding it, the restaurant offers a dining experience that will never fail to enthrall the senses. Of course, it goes without saying, that the food is beyond sublime with menus that fuse together Maldivian and Western cooking. The restaurant can also be reserved for private events such as dining, weddings, or birthdays.
5.8 Undersea, Hurawalhi Maldives
Located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi is a spectacular resort in Maldives that will have divers and water enthusiasts gawking uncontrollably. With no less than 50 dive sites, divers won’t ever run out of things to do.
Naturally, after all that swimming, one is bound to get famished and that is your chance to visit Maldives’ biggest underwater restaurant. 5.8 Undersea. Adhering to a minimalist design, the restaurant only has 8 tables surrounded by the always magnificent Indian ocean. The menu focuses on innovation, giving way to creatively delicious food.
One of the most instagramable resorts not just in Maldives but in the world, Anantara Kihavah is situated in the majestic Baa Atoll – a UNESCO World Biosphere reserve. Named Maldives’ Best Wellness Retreat at the World Spa Awards in 2017, the Anantara Kihavah is a resort that is focused on rejuvenation.
Its underwater restaurant, The Sea, also rejuvenates the mind, body and specifically the stomach thanks to its menu. This ultra-sleek restaurant will have you chomping down fish while admiring their beauty at the same time with a wine selection that offers 6500 different bottles.
Subsix Underwater Restaurant, Niyama
Spread across two isles, Niyama is one of the most unique resorts in Maldives due to the fact that both isles are catered to different visitors; one, focused on couples is called isle of Chill, while the other, Isle of Play is for families. With over 134 beach and water villas, each with a secluded deck, privacy comes in spades.
The underwater restaurant in Niyama is almost 20 feet below the ocean, and only accessible by boat. With floor to ceiling windows and perfectly crafted menus, the dining experience becomes unforgettable. Niyama takes the underwater dining experience one step further by adding dancing into the equation. Here, you have a chance to dance underwater in the world’s first underwater nightclub.
M6m – Minus Six Meter, OZEN By Atmosphere
Located in Maadhoo Island in the Maldives, just 45 minutes by speedboat from Male’ International Airport, OZEN is the third resort by Atmosphere in Maldives, after Kanifushi and OBLU.
By incorporating contemporary designs into traditional ones, OZEN manages to look like its in a class of its own. It is also the only resort throughout Maldives where prices are inclusive of diving, giving that ever so exorbitant budget a much-needed break.
The underwater restaurant located at OZEN, Minus Six Meter, is as the name suggests, 6 meters underwater in a lagoon. You get to dine with turtles and other sea life, while enjoying food cooked by some of the best chefs in the world.