Insider Tip: The Maldives thriving culinary scene

Dine in the world's first underwater restaurant - Ithaa.
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Dine in the world's first underwater restaurant - Ithaa.

Fancy dining on Maldivian lobster 5 metres below sea level? Or how about up high in the jungle with uninterrupted views of the Milky Way?

Better yet how does access to a 24-hour chocolate room sound? Visitors to the Maldives can expect a lot of things from their holiday ... mostly lazy days at the beach and margaritas by the pool, but many underestimate the thriving culinary scene.

Having recently returned myself my top picks include: Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi. Built above the jungle canopy, complete with rope bridges, you get to dine with uninterrupted views of the Milky Way.

Fun fact, Soneva also offers guests access to a 24-hour chocolate room - for free.

From above the canopy to below the ocean, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel is home to the world's first underwater restaurant – Ithaa.

The panoramic view allows visitors to dine while watching thousands of fish swim around them, all without getting their feet wet.

If down to earth is more your style then you can book a lunch experience where you'll enjoy a home-cooked meal in a family home. You'll learn how to make typical Maldivian dishes, being put to work in the kitchen before digging into a fresh lunch.

- Nadia Gouws, Flight Centre Kingsland 

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