Luxury at Eight Feet Above Sea Level

How do you know you’re in a unique, luxury environment? Is it all of those white sandy beaches? Is it the hefty per day price tag of a hotel resort stay? Or is it the fact that you’re eating at a renowned restaurant with a 180-degree panoramic view of the ocean just above your head?

When it comes to the Maldives, it’s all of the above! This chain of 1,200 islands is a destination rivaling the most exclusive and luxurious on the planet, and it’s located roughly 300 miles from southernmost India and Sri Lanka.

There’s a unique, visually striking Maldives restaurant known as Ithaa Undersea restaurant that sits 16 feet (5 meters) below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Unlike most restaurants, this one has a spectacular overhead view of colorful coral gardens and diverse marine life. You can enjoy an unusually intimate ocean view while you dine there. In addition to its one-of-a kind atmosphere, Ithaa also features a six-course dinner of contemporary European cuisine with indulgences as opulent as caviar.

The Maldives also offer a wide range of experiences worth pursuing aside from dining, such as lounging on gorgeous white-sand beaches, snorkeling, swimming, and going on eco-tours. The warm seas of this region are famous for having high visibility, which means you can see fish from as far as 50 yards away. You can get started with diving after just a little training, and with so many islands and reefs, you’ll be able to hit up a new area every day with less than an hour of travel time by boat.

If you’re into watersports, you’ll find a lot to appreciate about the Maldives. Maldivians love to swim for fun, play water polo, and surf. In fact, the Maldives represent a true surfing mecca, as monsoon season brings huge swells that are practically made for surfing. You can also parasail, kayak, jet-ski, and more.

Regardless of what you choose to do in the Maldives, the one thing you won’t be able to get away from on the trip is fabulous luxury–and the sticker shock that comes with it! This destination is perfect for an elite vacation, corporate retreat, or romantic getaway.

If luxury is what you’re looking for and premier vacation spots like Hawaii are getting too blah, the Maldives are definitely a fantastic choice. Check out the Maldives for a getaway you’ll never forget.

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