Without it serving any expensive dishes, being inside this room if it wasn’t a restaurant would still have been quite a wonderful experience worth the journey and the cost.
Sitting 16 feet below the water surface, this five-star luxury restaurant in the Maldives known as Ithaa is a holiday getaway for some and a fantasy for many more. The restaurant’s name is a word in the Maldivian language Dhivehi which means “mother of pearl”: the whitish cover of pearls which comes from the insides of oysters.
Ithaa Restaurant is the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant and used to be the only one of its kind in the world. There are a few others now but it’s still quite unrivalled. Anantara Kihava, another restaurant nearby also in the Maldives, comes close but it has a ceiling which is not transparent. Most other similar restaurants do not provide such a wide view as Ithaa.
The restaurant serves caviar, Maldivian lobster and other modern European dishes. It also takes private bookings for breakfast, weddings and other special events.
The restaurant’s glass structure provides a near-round view of the surrounding sea, creating the experience of taking a dive, without getting you wet and very afraid: if you’re the type who finds sharks scary.
Lunch time especially is spectacular, since the visibility of the surrounding water from inside the restaurant depends on sunlight.