This Ithaa Undersea restaurant is very exclusive unique place to dine in the world. It was rated by the New York Daily News as “the most beautiful restaurant in the world”. However, it is one of the most difficult restaurants to have the opportunity to dine at due to the many seaplane transfers and the fact that you must stay in the hotel to have access to it.
This restaurant is located at the Conrad Rangali Island 1190 islands located southwest of Sri Lanks and India. Ithaa sits almost 17 feet below the surface with magnificant panoramic view of the most beautiful vibrant coral gardens.
Ithaa (meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) costed less than $5 million to build. It was a part of a project to rebuilt the Island and generate a boom in tourism. It has a capacity of only 14 people and was designed and built by M.J. Murphy Ltd. construction company.
It took several years to build and transport over from Singapore. Ithaa was sunk into the sea with the help of 85 tons of sand loaded into the heart of the building. It was precisely maneuvered onto four steel piles deep into the seabed and then secured with concrete. The acrylic arches are made of an R-cast transparent roof offering close to a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding sea.
This is what you will see when you first arrive.
The menu consists of a six-course European cuisine dinner. The lighter four-course set menu is offered at lunch time. But this entire experience will cost you, so be prepared. The dinner menu is priced at $320 per person and that does not include the wine which can run into the thousands.
You can imagine how every chef and wine maker flock to this restaurant every year. Several of these renowned infamous people include Hubert de Billy from Pol Roger, Damien Motte from Louis Roederer, and Chef Mathieu Pacau of acclaimed Paris restaurant L’Ambroisie. Definitely a must-see experience for your lifetime.