Fodor's Expert Review Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Dining at Ithaa ("mother-of-pearl" in Dhivehi) is the experience of a lifetime. The simple thatch-roof entrance appears to suggest just another water villa on stilts, but when you go in, you descend 16 feet (5 m) under the Indian Ocean to an extraordinary all-glass venue with 180-degree panoramic views, where you can watch thousands of brightly colored fish and other creatures of the deep dart, float, mooch, glide or swim above and around you. The décor has been kept deliberately understated so as not to compete with nature itself —simple wooden tables and chairs, plain white crockery, wooden floors. There's a 4-course lunch menu every day and a 6-course set dinner menu in the evening. Think caviar, truffles, lobster, duck, chocolate pralines (a superb contemporary European menu), plus a wine menu of over 20,000 bottles. If your pocket isn't deep enough for the lunch and dinner prices, settle for a mid-morning cocktail.
Alif Dhaal Atoll 20077, Maldives