Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has been awarded the ‘Most Beautiful Restaurant In the World’ by the New York Daily News.
Ithaa was selected as the “most beautiful dining destination on the planet” for its “stunning, unparalleled views”.
Guests dine under a ceiling made of transparent acrylic that offers panoramic 180-degree views where schools of rainbow-coloured, tropical fish and sharks glide overhead as guests tuck into dishes such as caviar, duck agnolotti and Maldivian lobster carpaccio.
While compiling the list, editors looked at “restaurants that had won awards and accolades for their design, the clout of the designer, location, and the destination’s overall reputation, be it from reputed sources like the Michelin guide or press reviews”.
Chef Ayyoub Salameh, who created the outstanding menu at Ithaa, was delighted at the recognition his signature restaurant has received, saying, “I think of my food in musical terms: I want diners to be able to hear the music of the food. I hope it brings a smile to their face.
Ithaa is a very romantic place and I hope the food we’ve created create a talking point between the two diners at the table. Don’t be shy: although I may not be there at the table, I’m speaking to the diners through the food. If they can feel that, then I think the meal has been a success.”
Aerial View of Ithaa Underwater Restaurant
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Ithaa is the first undersea dining experience in Maldives and on the planet. It’s like a restaurant with an aquarium, only in reverse. Fishes, including sharks and rays, get to watch us, humans.
Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi). Expect indulgences such as caviar for dinner while the four-course lunch menu offers lighter fare.
Ithaa was the big Winner of three Global Awards at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, in 2017
1. Award for the best Global Restaurant of the Year
2. Award for Best Luxury Unique Experience
3. Award for Best Luxury Resort Restaurant
The intimate restaurant, whose name means “mother-of-pearl” in the local Dhivehi language, seats only 14 people and serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu, caviar, Maldivian lobster and local inspired meals by day or night for both lunch and dinner.
The dining room is sunk near a network of coral reefs and was built between the US and Singapore to be finally assembled by a team of divers on location
At midday, the Ithaa is so bright that diners and staff wear sunglasses; Conrad supplies shades if you forget yours—as well as a sunglass cleaning service.
The MURAKA Underwater Villa
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The undersea restaurant is so popular that you need to book your table at least 2 weeks in advance.
Ithaa is also open for mid-morning cocktails, Champagne afternoons and can be booked privately for breakfast, weddings or other special occasions.
Ithaa restaurant can be transformed into a single luxury Bedroom for app. 12 000 USD per night.
The experience includes a private champagne dinner and breakfast in bed.
You will need to book it as a suite 14 days advance
Ithaa Underwater Bedroom View at Day
Ithaa Underwater Bedroom View at Night
ITHAA underwater restaurant prices
ITHAA underwater restaurant Menu
4-course Lunch Menu
Butter poached lobster and white peach salad
Served with sliced Maldivian dried tuna and vinaigrette
Squid ink miso-dashi consommé
Served with crispy tofu and rice fish balls, fresh oyster,
shimichi mushrooms and edamame beans
Sous vide bresse chicken
Served with chanterelle mushroom risotto and blue stilton froth
Honey roasted pumpkin cheesecake,
Served with almond milk and thyme gel, financier and honeycomb foam
You can upgrade you main course to lobster for USD 40
– Charcoaled Reef Lobster – A whole Maldivian lobster gratinated with saffron and esplette chili hollandaise,