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Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Hotel Rangali Island, Maldives

Set on a private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this resort offers a choice of 12 restaurants and bars to guests, including water villas on stilts and a fromage bar with 101 of the world’s best cheeses. But the resort is most famous for the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first and only undersea, all-glass restaurant. Ithaa sits five metres below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it. The restaurant, meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi, serves contemporary European cuisine. For lunch, enjoy light dishes such as fresh green pea soup, green mango and papaya salad and dark chocolate mousse. A six-course set dinner menu featuring caviar, lobster and champagne risotto is on offer in the evening. With over 20,000 bottles of wine to choose from in their cellar, you’ll won’t go thirsty either.

[Credits: conradhotels3.hilton.com - Picture: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Hotel]

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The Al Mahara, Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

The floor-to-ceiling aquarium at this restaurant gives the impression of being   underwater, even though you’re moments from the outside world. The Al Mahara - meaning ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic - is considered the best seafood restaurant in Dubai, with specialities including poached Tsarkaya oysters,   Wagyu Beef seared on the “plancha” and short rib in orange syrup and   angostura. Finish with shortbread and lemon curd, and take in the amazing   view.

[Credits: jumeirah.com - Picture: The Al Mahara, Jumeirah Burj Al Arab Hotel]

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Subsix, Niyama, Per Aquum, Maldives

Another gem in the Maldives, Subsix at the Per Aquum Resort is an underwater playground for party goers. The club and restaurant is 500 metres out in the ocean and six metres below the waterline. It offers everything from private champagne breakfasts to intimate subaquatic lunches, wedding blessings, wine tastings, themed evenings and club nights. The subaquatic lunch focuses on light, fresh dishes likes like crab, cous сous and pomelo garden, lobster medallion and Wagyu beef tenderloin, and all the free-flowing fresh juices your heart desires (£105 per person for three courses).

[Credits: niyama.peraquum.com - Picture: Copyright: www.aboutfoto.com]

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Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo Undersea Park, Florida

You’ll have to work for your lunch at Jules’ in Florida: the only way to access the hotel is by scuba diving. Located in the Key Largo Lagoon, this is world’s only underwater hotel. It’s somewhere between a hotel and a research lab - they’ve got a special overnight package (£512 for two people) which includes all scuba gear, snacks, breakfast and their (supposedly) world-famous pizza delivery service. If you want something finer, you can enjoy a meal cooked by a chef who dives down just to you. For those who don’t find the idea of sleeping in a research lab and watching the fishes enticing, you can choose to visit the underwater hotel for pizza lunch only (£96).

[Credits: jul.com - Picture: Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo Undersea Park, Florida]

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Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa

Okay, so the restaurant isn’t actually underwater, but you will be nestled in the stern of the South Africa’s legendary ghost ship ‘The Phantom’, with superb views of the ocean and a shark tank. Make sure you request a table close to the glass to get up close and personal with the sharks, as you dine on freshly shucked oysters (£1 each), white wine mussels (£3) and seared salmon served with a sticky teriyaki sauce and pesto mashed potato (£7). If you fancy, go all out and get a sharing platter of crayfish, prawns, mussels, calamari, line fish and langoustines (£33).

[Credits: ushakamarineworld.co.za - Picture: Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World]

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Utter Inn, Lake Mälaren, Västeras, Sweden

For something more low key (and less sharks), try this quaint, quirky underwater hotel in Sweden. Located on Lake Mälaren in Västeras, the Utter Inn was conceived as an art project by artist Mikael Genberg. The adventure starts with a boat ride from the port of Västera, then you enter through small, typical-looking Swedish house on the surface of the water and travel to a completely glass-walled bedroom below. This hotel is about simple pleasures - you can spend the days lazing in the sunshine, swimming and going for canoe rides. In the evening, for the ultimate privacy and seclusion, dinner is delivered by boat. Sounds pretty heavenly to us.

[Credits: mikaelgenberg.com - Picture: Utter Inn, Lake Mälaren]

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Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji Restaurant, Fiji

Still very much in construction, Poseidon plans to be the only fully underwater resort in the world. If (when) it opens, the island will comprise of 225 acres and is surrounded by a 5,000-acre lagoon for snorkelling, diving and exploring. The resort will include two fine dining options; one on land and one below the sea, offering gourmet fare. There are also plans to be an undersea chapel, so you can say your vows amongst the fishes. Register to be notified when the resort opens, and fingers crossed it’s in this lifetime.

[Credits: poseidonresorts.com - Picture: Poseidon Undersea Resort]

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SEA Restaurant, Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives

Experience the world’s first underwater wine cellar at this incredible resort in the Maldives. The adults-only restaurant has a choice of wines spanning nine decades, designed to match the gourmet cuisine. Three metres below the surface, with only glass walls for maximum spectacle, there will be an array of sea life swimming, darting and dancing before your eyes. Go for the Lobster Treasures lunch (£144), featuring four courses of lobster, wagyu beef and champagne.

[Credits: kihavah-maldives.anantara.com - Picture: Subsix, Niyama, Per Aquum, Maldives]


This selection was published by The Telegraph, under the title “The world’s most incredible underwater restaurants”

Posted 423 weeks ago
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