Review – Conrad Maldives’ Iconic Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Conrad Maldives’ iconic ithaa undersea restaurant has always been on my bucket list. I’ve seen photos of it all across the Internet, I wanted a shot of my own.
I was lucky enough to be able to have the whole place to myself at this restaurant, which requires booking way in advance (the restaurant only seats 14). I took an identical photo, just like Conrad’s default one, and cheered to the friendly scuba-divers who were cleaning the glass.
Normally, Ithaa offers a preset four-course lunch menu at $195 serving a lighter fare, and a preset six-course dinner menu serving contemporary European cuisine, featuring high-quality ingredients such as Malossol imperial caviar, black truffle, and Maldivian lobster carpaccio.
For curious guests, the 11:00 am cocktail session is priced at $65 with a choice of a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne or mocktail, and comes with two pieces of tasty hors d’oeuvres.
Ithaa sits 5 metres below surface and has an 180-degree panoramic view of the undersea world. During dinner, the staff feeds the fish to ensure guests dine with the most beautiful sea creatures.
The restaurant was designed in New Zealand, built in Singapore, and transported to Conrad Maldives (Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa, at the time) in whole. It was a pleasure to sip on champagne while learning about the history of the restaurant and appreciating the colourful coral gardens.
(photos by Tanya)