One of the best reasons for travelling the world is to sample lots of different kinds of food. You’ll find a tempting array of restaurants scattered across the Maldives, but here’s a taste of some of the best spots for challenging even the most well-travelled of palates:
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Location: Rangali Island
Why you’ll love it: Based in the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel, this strikingly beautiful restaurant is situated five metres below the ocean’s surface. Immerse yourself in a magical underwater world as you sample everything from quails eggs and champagne risotto to caviar and fruit sorbet.
Reethi Restaurant and Tapasake
Why you’ll love it: This restaurant in the One&Only Reethi Rah is known for paying close attention to detail. Modern sushi dishes come in tapas-sized portions and are served alongside unique sake cocktails. The resort has its own Chef’s Garden, along with regular deliveries from around the world – a reassuring guarantee that the ingredients are fresh and expertly-selected.
Why you’ll love it: Situated within the secluded Constance Halaveli Resort, Jing perches perfectly above the azure Maldivian waters. Take a tour of the wine cellar before enjoying a glass or two on the terrace as the sun goes down. Then, enjoy Asian-inspired dishes laced with European influences from a menu created by executive chef Jordi Vilas, who has done stints in some of Europe’s leading Michelin-starred restaurants, including the legendary El Bulli in Spain.
Why you’ll love it: This overwater Thai restaurant is located in the serene Dusit Thani Maldives resort. Enjoy the great service and transfixing vistas while sampling a heavenly selection of dishes. Benjarong serves up everything from specialist lobster dishes and spicy stir-fries to fragrant salads and aromatic soups.
Why you’ll love it: You’ll be welcomed by a very laid-back ambience at the Ilaafathi Restaurant, based in the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort. You can while away hours at this idyllic beach restaurant, where the food is exotic and the service is dedicated.