For a Fee, Dine or Sleep Under the Sea at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
(Dive Travel Business News - June 25, 2012) -- Snorkeling and scuba diving were once the only way to see wild reefs and tropical fish up close, and then came a handful of sea-adjacent aquariums. But at the 5-star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, travelers can see the wonders of the water world without getting wet, while dining, or sleeping.
Set in a picturesque corner of the Maldive Islands, Ithaa underwater restaurant claims to be the world's first all-glass underwater dining establishment. The all-glass, 12-seat Ithaa (meaning pearl in Dhivehi) restaurant is reached by descending a spiral staircase. The restaurant sits 16 feet below sea level, and offers breathtaking 180-degree views of the stingrays, sharks and snapper fish that swim by. The restaurant also offers the most luxurious underwater guest room option. With 14 days notice, the restaurant can be transformed into a private suite ($11,710 per night), including a private champagne dinner and breakfast in bed.
This luxury restaurant, which has welcomed thousands of diners since 2005, sits 16 feet deep in the Indian Ocean and is surrounded by sea life and a coral reef. The six-course dinner menu often features Maldivian fusion dishes and is priced at $320 a person. A lighter three-course lunch menu is available for $195 a person. Both meals include one glass of bubbly champagne.
If you're dining at lunch, don't forget to bring your sunglasses. The sun's rays illuminate the water and make the restaurant so bright inside that diners and the wait staff need eye protection. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is set on two private islands offering beach and water villas among miles of idyllic white-sand beach and unspoilt reef.
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