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A friend of ours just sent us some pictures of this amazing restaurant in the Maldives. It’s completely underwater so you can eat dinner surrounded by coral, fish, rays and all kinds of sea creatures. Ithaa, at the Conrad Maldives Resort & Spa on Rangali Island, is a tube made almost entirely of glass and secured five metres below sea level.

It was designed by New Zealand-based design consultancy M.J. Murphy Ltd, built in Singapore, transported by sea (a journey which took 16 days), then sunk into the harbor two years ago. You enter the restaurant through a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty, then descend a spiral staircase.

‘Our guests always comment on being blown away by the color, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives,’ says general manager Carsten Schieck, ‘so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views – without ever getting their feet wet.’

Even though it weighs 175 tonnes plus 85 tonnes of sand ballast, it’s small (5m x 9m) and seats only 14 people, so advanced reservations are strongly recommended. RM

Image: copyright Mike Murphy, Conrad Maldives Resort & Spa

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  • ass

    May 15, 2010

    bet the food is crap

  • Justin Wright

    December 7, 2008

    This restaurant looks amazing. I wonder how much the meals are!

  • tajo

    December 4, 2008

    That is amazing, I’d also like to know there the kitchen is and how people get down into the dining area.

  • Hotel Guide

    August 20, 2008

    wowwwwwwww wowwwwwwwwwww… absolutely perfect…

  • Travel Planner

    July 20, 2008

    Wow what a place to dine at. Nothing could be more memorable and romantic than a dinner at this place with your beau.

  • Letsgomaldives

    June 5, 2008

    Hey guys wanna have dinner with your love one in this restaurant, we do have special offers log in to http://www.letsgomaldives.com

    if you wanna take a SPA treatment in underwater we can provide.

    cheers

  • Antiques

    May 14, 2008

    that is one of the most beautiful restaurants I can imagine. Absolutely Amazing.

  • holiday thailand

    May 9, 2008

    Very good post. Many thanks !!!

  • Patt

    April 19, 2008

    Hey Pat. Nice comment.

  • Pat

    April 5, 2008

    nice view

  • cris

    December 25, 2007

    i love it i think hawaii should do something like this it would be super.

  • Antique Furniture

    November 7, 2007

    I was there once, what a great place to eat.

  • sagar trapasia

    September 28, 2007

    Wow!i would love to be there once.I liked the pics and content of your site. Keep it up. Seems i would have to add you to stumble upon-I like it!

  • jeremy

    August 2, 2007

    Absolutely beautiful, but how is the food?

  • Damber Bahadur

    July 24, 2007

    this is very effective..thank you very much

  • Debby Banning

    July 2, 2007

    OMG!! These pics are awesome. I have always wanted to go to the Maldives. I think I might feel claustrophobic (sp?) in this restaurant though. 🙁

  • Saleh Nada

    July 1, 2007

    Wonderful restaurant.

  • Check out this website for ways on how to get there inexpensively. http://www.firstclasstraveltips.com

  • Mark Felix

    June 2, 2007

    Simply beautiful, what else can be said about these images? WOW maybe or fantastic.

    I would like to visit if it ever becomes possible.

    Mark

  • miky

    May 28, 2007

    W O W ! it’s amazing!!! if i was there i would just gawk around, who cares about the meal ;))

  • Kewl

    May 23, 2007

    now that’s my country!!
    i live here
    :DDD

  • CF

    May 23, 2007

    V nice… although the Dinner Pricing under the sea is not cheap… Mind you, if you can afford to spend a week there… you can afford to drop $1000 for 4 people (and that’s BEFORE Drinks )

    US$ 250 For Guests on Bed & Breakfast meal plan
    US$ 220 For Guests on Full Board and Half Board meal plan
    All prices are subject to 10% service charge

  • Debra

    May 20, 2007

    A fabulous restaurant. I would like to learn more about this restaurant,How they cook the meals? What do they cook? I have many questions.Please share more about this Wonderful restaurant. 🙂

  • Julie

    May 19, 2007

    This looks totally awesome! What a great idea for something – well, different. I am definitely gonna go here.
    Thanks for the idea!

  • Michael Cottam

    May 11, 2007

    This is a pretty cool resort–we sell it (and other Maldives resorts too) for honeymoons. It’s got over-water bungalows (as do most Maldivian resorts), and is part of the Hilton chain. You can get a fabulous overview of it in Google Earth–there’s a Google Earth location link on our listing for this resort at TheBigDay’s website:

    http://www.thebigday.com/TravelShop/Package.asp?pid=442&dest=17

    There’s another resort that will be completely underwater…not just the restaurant…in Fiji, coming in the next few years. It’s being constructed in Portland, Oregon (where I’m from) and will be taken by barge to the site in Fiji where they’re planning on attaching it about 60 feet down. It’s going to be called Poseidon Resort…here’s Poseidon’s website:

    http://www.poseidonresorts.com/

    Cheers,

    Michael

  • Roshan

    May 8, 2007

    I’m pretty sure the kitchen isn’t down there – it’s far too small – so I imagine they just carry food down from the main restaurant. But seared fillet of reef fish is on the menu – which I agree is a little disconcerting! Luckily they have mushroom soup too…

  • Bob

    May 8, 2007

    So, do you eat fish dishes right in front of them?

  • Kevin McDougall

    May 5, 2007

    Do the customers have to catch their own supper??

  • Paul Slick

    May 2, 2007

    What about the kitchen? Is it down there too? Would like to know more about how this all works.
    Paul

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