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16th Anniversary Celebrations for the 1st Underwater Restaurant

  • Sixteenth Anniversary Celebrations for the First Underwater Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

    Ithaa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island celebrated its 16th anniversary with a special lunch and dinner menu for guests on 15 April, 2021. Highlighting the occasion was a cake cutting ceremony attended by the guests and team members that witnessed the inauguration of the world’s first undersea restaurant 16 years ago.

    In 2005, Ithaa was spectacularly ‘sunk’ five metres beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean and has ever since been the mecca for lovers of food, culture and architecture all over the world. Sitting like a pearl beneath the waves, the curved acrylic walls that give 180-degree panoramic views set the trend for unique dining. Indeed Ithaa translates as ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dhivehi.

    It became the world’s first aquarium-style undersea restaurant – indulging diners with stunning views of the surrounding lagoon, reefs and tropical fish. Consistently recognised as  the most beautiful restaurant in the world, Ithaa is fast becoming a 21st Century travel icon. Travellers from all over the world has Ithaa on their bucket list, a must-visit when vacationing  in the Maldives.

    Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a 25-minute seaplane ride away from Male’s Velana International Airport. This beautiful twin-island resort is situated amid the Maldives’ best diving and snorkelling spots, made famous for its whale shark tours. Nestled in a unique atoll surrounded by azure blue water, powdery white sand and an incredible diversity  of marine life.

    The resort features 151 purposefully designed villas and suites, a true gourmet’s delight with  a choice of 12 award-winning restaurants and bars, two spas and a selection of culturally inspired experiences and a kids club – Majaa Explorer Hub featuring a splash park for little ones. The resort welcomes Indian travellers to this slice of paradise with an enhanced  promise of safety, wellbeing, and authentic experiences.

    A celebration of design and human spirit, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island expresses an accord of form, function and innovation in driving hospitality trends that has set the  benchmark in its style. Rejecting trends in design to create a space that invites and inspires with a distinctive design that sits in perfect harmony with the natural environment. The resort is an inspirational backdrop featuring intuitive service, infinite connections and a distinctive mix of once-in-a-lifetime experiences making it an extraordinary destination for couples and families to discover paradise.


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