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When you think that the fabulous Maldivian resorts have nothing more to impress you with, you need you to check private island hotels with their ton of opportunities. Most of them are given by nature itself, which can make the first point in the “for-list” to go to the Maldives. Coral reefs and blue lagoons create the conditions for the best diving, snorkelling and all kinds of water sports. People fly to the Maldives to enjoy the snow-white coast and tropical views. It is difficult to compare the amenities and infrastructure offered by private islands. Modern villas, Spa centres and restaurants are at the highest level. As for the highlights, several luxury hotels in the Maldives attract guests with their underwater establishments, which are worth a separate mention. Where to look for them? And what is so special about each of them? Let’s study it together. But first, note that no matter what exclusive restaurant in the Maldives you like, a table must be booked much in advance.

Ithaa Undersea, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Ithaa Undersea is the first underwater restaurant in the Maldives and around the world. It was opened in 2005 on the Rangali Island, a luxury resort of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the South Ari Atoll. In the language of the dhivehi, “Ithaa” means “pearl”, and it is hidden in the ocean at a depth of 5 metres. The restaurant’s dome is constructed of acrylic glass in the form of a huge transparent capsule, with tables for 14 guests inside. The restaurant hall is surrounded by a natural, unusual aquarium. Needless to say, that during the dinner, the inhabitants of the Indian Ocean will swim in front of you. At night, the underwater restaurant can transform into a luxurious romantic room. Ithaa Undersea has been awarded the Global Restaurant Of The Year 2017 and Luxury Unique Experience 2017.

Cuisine of Ithaa Undersea

The restaurant serves Maldivian and European dishes. It delights with a comprehensive lunch menu, fusion cuisine and a selection of fine wines. Try signature calf tenderloin and lavender-chocolate cake for dessert.

Working hours: open for lunch and dinner. Cocktails are served in the morning.
Note: for guests over 12 years old

Sea, Anantara Kihavah Villas

The five-star Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Baa Atoll has a chain of 4 restaurants with a unique concept - Sea.Fire.Spice.Sky. These are four thematic places not to be missed. In particular, the world’s first underwater wine cellar - Sea. Enjoy gourmet chef specialities and exclusive mature wines and, at the same time, observe the underwater inhabitants at a depth of 6 metres - sharks, turtles and tropical fish - in their natural environment.

Cuisine of Sea

Sea has a good selection of Maldivian and international dishes. Indulge in the pleasure of tasting lobster, Maldivian salad with lobster or other gourmet delicacies for lunch. For dessert, the menu offers exclusive home-made ice cream and other delights. A vegetarian menu is available.

Working hours:

  • Breakfast: from 08:30 to 10:30 (on request)
  • Lunch: from 12:00 to 14:00
  • Dinner: from 18:30 to 22:00

Subsix, Niyama

Another equally attractive underwater restaurant is available at the luxurious resort of Dhaalu Atoll - Niyama. A boat runs from the resort to the overwater terrace of the Subsix restaurant, and then you need to go three floors down into the deep sea. You will see an unusual themed interior with a bar in the shape of a shell, fancy chairs and garlands of shells under the ceiling. The restaurant is at a depth of 6 metres. You can see sea turtles, moray eels and Moorish idols through panoramic windows. The exclusive restaurant holds DJ parties, and a spectacular light show takes place on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Menu of Subsix

Gourmet seafood. You should try the spiny lobster medallion, fried scallops, crab ravioli and other offers from the chef. The restaurant also has a wide selection of fine wines and a variety of cocktails and beers.

Working hours: open for lunch from 12:00 to 14:30. Private champagne breakfasts and dinners are available on request.

5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Maldives Resort

The impressive underwater restaurant at the fashionable Hurawalhi Maldives Resort in the Lhaviani Atoll offers modern cuisine and views of the coral reef. According to its name, the hall of the panoramic restaurant is located at a depth of 5.8 metres. It’s the world’s most spacious undersea restaurant with an all-glass dome. Simultaneously, it can accommodate 10 pairs of visitors for lunch or dinner. 5.8 Undersea Restaurant has a pleasant romantic atmosphere and stunning underwater panoramas.

Cuisine of 5.8 Undersea Restaurant

Large selection of culinary delights. The menu varies depending on the season. For lunch, you can choose between 5 main courses, for dinner - 7. A menu for vegans is available.

Working hours: open for lunch at 12:00 or 14:00 and dinner at 18:00. Private champagne breakfast is on request.
Note: for adults only

M6m, OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

M6m is a restaurant to visit at OZEN by Atmosphere resort on Maadhoo Island, South Male Atoll. It offers an exclusive seafood menu and an oceanarium. Here, at a 6-metre depth, you will find a fantastic panorama of the Indian Ocean underwater world and the artful design of original dishes.

Cuisine of M6m

Modern cuisine with seafood dishes.

Working hours: open for lunch and dinner

H2O, You & Me by Cocoon

You & Me by Cocoon is a luxury hotel in the Raa Atoll, a paradise for couples, where there is a romantic underwater establishment with the symbolic name “H2O”. The unique restaurant offers a 360-degree view during dinner or lunch amidst an exciting underwater environment. A stunning panorama from the tables turned to the transparent walls allows you to enjoy the marine world to the most. It’s a real effect of the aquarium, which you immediately feel when you find yourself in a glass room of H2O.

Menu of H2O

Gourmet seafood dishes: fish tartare, fried plantains, Maldivian lobster tartare and others.

Working hours: open for lunch and dinner


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