SPEND THE EVENING OVER AND UNDER THE WATER
Eat with the sharks at a fine-dining experience set 16 feet below the ocean’s surfaceEnjoy panoramic views of marine inhabitants at the glass-ceiling eateryFor the ultimate social media bragging rights, it’s time to dine with the sharks…literally. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the first of its kind anywhere in the world: a fine-dining experience set 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. It offers 180-degree panoramic views of thriving coral gardens and electrifying marine inhabitants: Meyers butterfly fish, red lip parrot fish, spotted unicorn fish, and clown fish. Arrive at “cocktail hour,” between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.—feeding time for finned swimmers. You’ll descend Ithaa’s spiral staircase as Conrad’s marine biologists feed the manta rays and reef sharks who swim past the restaurant’s curved glass windows. At least a week’s worth of Facebook posts await. Stay for the modern Maldivian dinner—reservations are a must, as there are only 14 seats—and don’t take your eyes off the all-glass ceiling as Napoleon wrasses and titan triggerfish zip past. (If you can’t get in for dinner, book a table for lunch, when sunlight adds a glorious shimmer.) Next up, walk off that decadent meal with a jaunt to the center of the footbridge between the two islands. Nine o’clock is prime time for spotting catching a glimpse of reef mantas whose wingspan can grow to 11.5 feet. For this impromptu aquatic performance, they glide gracefully, occasionally slapping the surface and sending refreshing sprays in your direction.