Maldives is already one of the most unusual and magical holiday destinations in the world, particularly as home to about two-thirds of the world's overwater bungalows.

But for those who want to take the sea-life observation one step further than watching through a glass panel in your bungalow floor, you can dine at the world's first undersea restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort.

Open since 2005, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is made of all glass and has 180-degree views of the magnificent tropical sea and plant life.

There are only 14 seats and 7 tables so it's wise to take advantage of the fact that you can make a reservation starting two weeks before you arrive, considering that the resort has 150 villas and rooms.

The cuisine is Maldivian-Western fusion with a seasonal menu, and it's open for lunch and dinner daily. Dress is “smart” and children under 12 aren't allowed to dine at the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at all.

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Conrad Maldives Resort is one of the finest in the Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Seeing that all Maldives resorts are on private islands that are usually quite far apart, this isn’t a restaurant you can visit if you are staying anywhere else. In fact, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is two islands connected by a unique walkway, with a special area on one island dedicated to adults only. For this reason it’s a great choice for those looking for Maldives resorts with no kids.


Those fortunate enough to be staying at the Conrad Maldives will be treated to 5-star luxury throughout, with 71 overwater villas and 79 island villas to choose from. There’s also the Sunset Grill, which is an overwater restaurant, allowing diners to observe things from yet another angle, as well as an overwater spa.

>More information about the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Attractive off-season online specials

Honestly, the Conrad Maldives is among the most expensive of all Maldives resorts, with high season (December through April) rates starting at around US$1,400 per night for the water villas. But during the summer months (June through September) you can get amazing online specials starting at only US$675 per night in a water villa if availability is high.


Even if you see a rate under US$1,000 per night at any time of the year, it’s good value considering the quality and popularity of this special private-island hotel. They also do wedding planning and services, plus it’s obviously very popular among honeymooners, so it’s an excellent choice for a romantic getaway.

Video showing the undersea restaurant from above and then entering below


Photo courtesy of memorypixel on flickr

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  1. Hi There

    My partner and I are looking for a water bungalow in the Maldives for 5 nights for a honey moon, can you recommend any that has surfing close by


  2. Hi Roger, my fiance and I are looking to book an water villa for our honeymoon in August. There is such a huge choice. We are tossing up between Baros and Huvafen Fushi. We would like something ultra romantic and luxurious as we will be only going for 5 nights. Can you give your recommendation on the two above or suggest another resort that we might enjoy honeymooning at? Thanks in advance.

    1. R&R,

      Unfortunately I’ve yet to make it to either of those resorts (there are about 90 Maldives resorts with water villas), but I do know from studying the market for all of these years that those are two of the best in general, and the best for honeymoons. Baros is one of the original water villa resorts and it’s a bit closer to the airport than Huvafen Fushi, but both have been updated fairly recently. I’m sure either one would be amazing, and I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. -Roger

  3. hello

    could you advise about a luxurious 5* resort that offers overwater or beach villas with pools villas with pools that are completely private/secluded (not seen by anyone from outside). if all inclusive would be better thanks!

  4. Hi, I can’t see the name of W Resort & Spa. How do you rate this hotel as this property shows overwater villas with private pool

  5. Hi Roger

    Could you please suggest an over water villa resort in the month of November with open bathrooms, private jaccuzzi for the perfect honeymoon and which is not very expensive.

  6. Hi Roger

    Could you please suggest an over water villa resort/ hotel in the month of April (last week) with standard size rooms, open bathrooms, private jaccuzzi etc which leads to a super romantic getaway and which is not very expensive.

    1. Neha,

      Sorry I saw this late. These were the best Maldives deals for April, including a couple of really nice ones at appealing rates. Hopefully you can still get in on one of those. -Roger

  7. halo. i am doing research for my annual holiday. May i know if there is a list of water-villa resorts with private pools which offer all-inclusive package? (inclusive of 3 meals and alcoholic drinks all day). I understand that lily beach resort offer that, may i know which are the ones offering too?

    1. Dan,

      I am not sure of the specific resorts with private pools that also do all inclusive, but I’m sure there are quite a few. You might check out the main article on Maldives all inclusive resorts and find ones you like. I’m sure at least a few of them have private pool villas as well. Good luck. -Roger