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Leisure # Hospitality concept

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Not new but still impressive Ithaa, the unique Resort & Spa undersea restaurant on the Rangali Island. Ithaa — a word meaning “pearl” in the local Dhivehi language — is a tiny restaurant ,seats only 12 people, but it offers diners a “spectacular underwater view of colorful fish, sharks and other sea life in the surrounding coral reefs through curved, transparent acrylic walls.” Guests begin their visits with drinks on a deck overhanging the Indian Ocean, then descend to the restaurant (16 feet underwater) via a spiral staircase, where they indulge in meals of contemporary Maldivian fusion cuisine served in four courses.

The five-metre by nine-metre transparent arch, which spans the entire room, provides a feeling of being completely at one with the underwater world while submerged beneath the surface of the ocean. Set with the resort’s renowned house reef one side, and a clear lagoon on the other, diners enjoy their meal within Ithaa’s translucent shell as the underwater drama unfolds on all sides.