THE MALDIVES The world's first-ever all-glass undersea restaurant opened in the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa on April 15. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which was created by New Zealand-based MJ Murphy Ltd, is located five meters below the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a coral reef and encased in clear acrylic walls. Guests can enjoy a 270-degree panoramic underwater view while they dine.
"We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives", says Carsten Schieck, general manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. "Our guests always comment on being blown away by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views - without ever getting their feet wet."