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You could dine at these breath-taking underwater restaurants in the Maldives

There are only two all-glass underwater restaurants in the world

by Chloe Best

The Maldives are already home to the world's first Spa Island, and now there is another unique experience on offer – dining in the world's first all-glass underwater restaurants! The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and the new Hurawalhi resort each have their own underwater restaurants, and they are seriously impressive.

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Located 16 feet below sea level, the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at the Hurawalhi is truly exclusive, with only 14 tables. The dome shaped restaurant has a curved glass roof and glass sides, so diners have breath-taking panoramic views of the tropical fish and sea life swimming by.

The 5.8 Undersea restaurant offers a unique experience in the Maldives

Guests access the restaurant by making their way down the hotel's jetty, before walking down a spiral staircase into the reef below. The unique eatery was actually built in New Zealand before being transported to the Maldives and installed at the luxury adults-only hotel at the end of 2016. And as you would expect, a meal at 5.8 doesn't come cheap; a six-course "sprinkled with romance" dinner costs $280 (around £211) per person.

The restaurant has panoramic views from its glass walls and ceiling

Dishes on offer include scallops, yellow fin tuna, red mullet and Angus beef, with blueberry cheesecake, black forest macaroon or Bailey's coconut praline for dessert. Vegetarian options include a forest mushroom risotto or zucchini flower with tomato jam.

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The Hurawalhi resort opened at the end of 2016 and promises "serenity and excitement, comfort and adventure" for its guests. The hotel has its own spa, sports ground and water sports on offer, along with five on-site restaurants and bars.

Lucy Watson visited Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in April

Meanwhile Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to the world's first underwater restaurant, Ithaa, which counts Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson among its former visitors. Posting a photo from her visit in April, Lucy wrote: "Had the best time observing the ocean life and the creatures within it, whilst they enjoyed their freedom."

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