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Origins: The pictures displayed above are photographs of Ithaa, the unique undersea restaurant that opened at the
While the restaurant was still under construction, Ithaa was described thusly in promotional material:
"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
Created by MJ Murphy Ltd, a design consultancy based in
"The fact that the entire restaurant except for the floor is made of plexi-glass makes this unique in the world," continues Schieck, "We are currently planting a coral garden on the reef to add to the spectacular view, and when the restaurant opens in early 2005, we will hold daily fish-feeding sessions to attract the rays, sharks and other fish to the reefs near the restaurant."
The five-metre by nine-metre transparent arch, which spans the entire room, provides a feeling of being completely at one with the underwater world while submerged beneath the surface of the ocean. Set with the resort's renowned house reef one side, and a clear lagoon on the other, diners enjoy their meal within Ithaa's translucent shell as the underwater drama unfolds on all sides.
While the cuisine is dedicated to the fine balance of western food items with a Maldivian flavour, the wine concept is equally exciting; offering diners the perfect opportunity to discover the wines of the prestigious Champagne house Louis Roederer.
Ithaa is reached by a wooden walkway from the nearby over-water Sunset Grill Restaurant. Diners begin their meal with drinks on a specially constructed deck over the ocean and then descend to the restaurant via a spiral staircase where the à la carte menu is served. Seating only
This innovative restaurant is the first of its kind in the world, and is part of a
Last updated: 8 April 2007
Dallas Morning News. "Dine Underwater with the Fish in Maldives." 4 November 2005. hospitality.net. "The World's First All-Glass Undersea Restaurant Arrives at the Hilton Maldives." 18 December 2004.