For white-sand beaches and great diving, the Maldives are hard to beat
In the middle of nowhere on the Indian Ocean, a meal has never been so exotic and soothing. Conrad Maldives is home to what’s reported to be the world’s only all-glass underwater restaurant – Ithaa.
The aquarium-like dining space is situated five metres under the sea and serves contemporary European cuisine. In an enigmatic oceanic ambience, a 180-degree glass arch offers a panoramic view of the busy marine life underneath the peaceful ocean surface.
A meal here is as much a gastronomic enjoyment as a playful game. A manta ray might descend to check upon the black angus beef tenderloin you order; or a school of clown fish would cheer for your toast to your valentine.
Conrad Maldives occupies two small atolls connected by a 500-metre footbridge over nothing but azure water. The secluded resort is particularly popular among honeymooners. Its pristine location guarantees abundant water sports at different depths of the ocean. The resort curates unique romantic activities for couples, such as picnicking on an uninhabited island or fishing at sunset when the sky turns from blue to pink to orange.
Travellers with private aircraft can fly to Malé International Airport, aka Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (ICAO: VRMM). From there, the resort will arrange pick-up service by seaplane, yacht or speedboat. The resort is 35 minutes away from the airport by seaplane.
Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island, 20077, Maldives;
tel: +960 668 0629; www.conradmaldives.com