The Best Underwater Restaurants in the World

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Ithaa, Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

If you've stayed in one of these underwater hotels, you'll have experienced some of the magic of what it's like to dine at one of these underwater restaurants. It's not everyday you get to experience the beauty of the deep blue with such clarity at your leisure. We've chosen our favourites from restaurants in the Maldives to Spain and even cities such as Berlin.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Located five metres below the surface of pristine turquoise waters in the Indian Ocean, just off Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, is the Ithaa undersea restaurant.

Surrounded by vibrant coral gardens, diners can enjoy a panoramic ceiling of marine life while they enjoy a four-course lunch menu or a seven-course dinner menu. Look out for incredible dishes such as saffron champagne risotto, Maldivian lobster carpaccio and salty caramel sable.

Ithaa can be booked for a private breakfast, weddings or other special occasions and is also open for mid-morning cocktails.

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Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai

The centrepiece of the intimate Al Mahara restaurant is a floor-to-ceiling aquarium containing more than 30 different species of fish, which acts as a key feature in all the dining areas.

In September this year, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel (which is also home to one of the best luxury Dubai spas) welcomed Nathan Outlaw, a British chef specialising in seafood cuisine who has been awarded two Michelin stars in England. He has created sumptuous tasting, lunch and dinner menus, with alternative options for vegetarian and vegan diners.

The restaurant features a number of private dining spots, all with a carefully designed underwater theme. Gold shell-inspired seating, wall detail with fish scale accents and striking coral-like lighting highlight the blue windows looking into the aquarium.

Picture courtesy of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel

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5.8 Undersea

Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives

The Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives will be the ideal spot for those looking to dine among extraordinary marine life, as it's exclusive eatery 5.8 Undersea looks to be one of the best underwater hotel restaurants in the world.

This incredible dining spot accommodates only 16 guests at a time for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menus include rich seafood dishes and indulgent alternatives such as Kobe beef and veal carpaccio alongside meticulous wine pairings.

Placed by a heavy-lift ship 5.8 metres below the surface of the sea, vast panoramic windows and acrylic arches allow visitors to view the incredible Maldivian coral reefs teeming with wildlife, such as manta and eagle rays, tuna fish, sharks, parrotfish, groupers, eels, turtles and snappers.

Picture courtesy of Hurawalhi Island Resort

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Anantara Kihavah Resort, Maldives

The Anantara Kihavah Resort in the Maldives is home to one of the first underwater wine cellars as well as a sommelier who will carefully create the perfect pairing to go with your meal.

The SEA restaurant sits on the ocean floor and offers guests 360° views of local marine life from the edge of the reef, which is also on of the best scuba diving spots in the area. Various corals and sea fans cover the reef and sharks, turtles, triggerfish and trumpetfish can be seen from the window tables.

The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus feature a varied spread of dishes from around the world with a focus on seafood dishes at lunch. Highlights include a Wagyu Beef Wellington, poached lobster medallion and red mullet filet wrapped in a lobster carpaccio.

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L'Oceanogràfic Submarino Restaurant

Valencia, Spain

At the heart of the Oceanogràfic Park of Valencia lies the Submarino restaurant, which is set into the centre of a vast aquarium.

The Mediterranean menu features an even balance of seafood dishes and Spanish delicacies, including Valencian paella, ox fillet with truffle dauphinoise potatoes and turbot with seaweed and nuts. Guests can also choose beverages from an extensive wine list and dine at leisure while surrounded by more than 10,000 fish.

Tables are located beneath jellyfish-themed lighting with floor-to-ceiling windows in the circular outer walls and ocean-inspired interior design pieces. Visitors can hope to see starfish, clownfish, rays and sharks.

Picture courtesy of Oceanogràfic

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Subsix

Per Aquum Niyama Resort, Maldives

Six metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean lies Subsix — an elegant restaurant 500 metres off shore from the Per Aquum Niyama Resort in the Maldives.

Accessible only by a speedboat transfer, guests of the hotel will be able to enjoy a champagne breakfast, a ‘subaquatic lunch’ of light seafood dishes or evening cocktails, making it a must-see for those exploring the Maldives on a luxury yacht.

The themed interior accentuates the submarine atmosphere, featuring a clam-inspired bar, soft ‘anemone’ seating, a canopy of capiz shells and floor to ceiling glass windows with incredible underwater views.

The surrounding reef is home to more than 90 species of coral and guests can hope to see hawksbill turtles, parrotfish, moray eels, groupers and butterflyfish among others.

Formerly a nightclub, the space can now be booked for private own events, including weddings, wine tastings, marine biology tours and parties.

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Ozen by Atmosphere

South Male Atoll, Maldives

Hidden six meters below the surface of the crystal blue Indian Ocean sits Ozen by Atmosphere, situated just a 45-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. A fine dining, sustainable restaurant open for lunch and dinner, you can enjoy the finest sea food plates you might not come across everyday.

You can expect to see guests including sharks, sting rays, sea turtles and fish as you're enjoying the tranquil, underwater atmosphere. As for the interiors, they've taken inspiration for their surroundings, to tastefully settle into the underwater aesthetic.

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