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. Hello Roger,
    We are a family of four with kids aged 8 and 5.
    We are planning our trip in the last week of August.
    How’s the climate during this period and how many days it is advisable stay?
    I would like to know about some good kid friendly and all inclusive resorts with good deals.
    TIA

    1. Madhu,

      The weather in the Maldives is almost the same all year round, although there are actual variations from island to island because these resorts stretch several thousand kilometers from north to south. My advice is to choose a resort that you might like and then check the reviews from that same month last year and the year before to see what previous guests said about the weather. In most cases guests don’t mention the weather because it’s warm every day and the rain storms tend to last only 20 minutes or less. From late May through early July the rain can last for hours in certain parts of the Maldives, but in August the storms will be over quickly and sometimes they happen overnight.

      Here are our favorite Maldives resorts for families with great activities for kids (and adults).

      Our favorite all-inclusive resorts for great rates is Meeru Island, and it’s pretty good for families, though not the best.

      Aside from that one it’s hard to know which is the best deal because most resorts tend to offer great deals when they are a bit slow, and keep prices high when they are booked up more. It’s best to just go into Agoda.com and put in your travel dates to see which resorts are offering the best all-inclusive deals for that period. Have a great trip. -Roger