World’s Biggest Underwater Restaurant Seats 16

By | March 27, 2014

The Maldives, home to the world’s first underwater restaurant, is on track to get a second even larger one. It will be the new world’s biggest underwater restaurant…until the next one opens. The restaurant, which only seats 16, is part of a luxury, five-star, adults-only resort.

When the Hurawalhi Island Resort opens in November (as we reported previously), one of its star attractions will be the “5.8” undersea restaurant named after its watery location: the unusual dining destination is set 5.8 meters (18 feet) below the lagoon. Previous reports have this depth listed at 5.2 meters so it got a little deeper, apparently.

The restaurant, which seats up to 16 guests, will allow diners to take in their marine surroundings through a transparent, domed ceiling as they tuck into a multi-course tasting menu. This will be yet another attraction adding to the appeal of the Maldives, already one of the best beach destinations in the world.

If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because of the aforementioned undersea restaurant in the Maldives, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, a big sister property to Hurawalhi.

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Likewise, the Hurawalhi restaurant is being designed by the same architects MJ Murphy, who specialize in aquarium design.

Built in New Zealand over 10 months, the 410-tonne megastructure traveled to the Maldives by cargo ship and was carefully lowered into the sea earlier this spring. To enter the restaurant, guests enter a little hut on the jetty and climb down a spiral staircase.

Overseeing the resort’s cuisine is executive chef Shannon Batten, a New Zealander who has cooked for Bill Clinton, the British royals, Rod Stewart, Bob Geldof, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and foreign heads of state.

The resort features 90 villas that come with modern conveniences like king-size beds, air conditioning, internet access, private porches and flat screen TVs. Hurawalhi Island Resort and Spa is located in the Lhaviyani Atoll and opens in November.

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