The 5 MostRomantic Restaurants in the Maldives
The Maldives has reopened its borders and is eagerly waiting to welcome you and your partner (back) to paradise. The archipelago has long been celebrated for being the epitome of romance. Islets shaded by lush green palms, blinding white sandy beaches that hug the turquoise ocean and each home to a luxury resort– what’s not to love? After several months of staying at home or having Zoom date nights, it’s time to treat yourselves to a holiday and special date night in the Maldives. Here are 5 of the most romantic restaurants that have the perfect ambience for lovers.
1. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Ithaa which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi is truly a gem to behold. This restaurant at Conrad Rangali exudes romance and takes the gastronomic world to new depths. Ithaa is the world’s first underwater restaurant- although there are now a handful of underwater restaurants in the Maldives. Set five metres below the sparkling surface, surrounded by vibrant coral gardens, enter a world that was once only known to the marine life below. Have a gourmet five or seven-course meal while watching exotic fish swim by. This is both an excellent place for both lunch or dinner, however, for couples we recommend the dinner sitting as it is for adults only.
2. Manta Ray Treehouse, Joali Maldives
Just the name of this restaurant sounds intriguing enough, but when you visit Manta Ray Treehouse you will see how its name is not the most interesting part of the restaurant! Nestled amidst the canopy of the island’s tropical gardens, this restaurant will let your inner child run wild. Fashioned into the shape of a manta ray gliding through the ocean, this restaurant was made using natural materials and seamlessly blends into the surrounding shrubbery. At a high elevation, admire views of treetops and the glistening ocean in the horizon – we suggest watching the sunset from here before enjoying a private candlelit meal.
3. SKY, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
The resort has six restaurants as well as tailor-made romantic dining experiences for you and your love. Anantara Kihavah has a signature four-in-one dining experience where you will be able to discover a world of flavour at SEA, FIRE, SPICE, and SKY. SEA generally overshadows the other restaurants on the island as it is the resort’s underwater restaurant, however, for a more intimate affair you should dine at SKY. In reality, SKY is a two-storey bar that branches out to the Indian Ocean and gives you a stunning view of the Baa Atoll, and is an excellent location for a romantic meal. Dine on the rooftop deck beneath a star-studded sky. You can book the Honeymoon Stargazing package and name a star after the two of you!
4. Piano Deck, Baros Maldives
It doesn’t get more private and more romantic than having dinner on the Piano Deck at Baros Maldives. An elevated wooden deck on stilts rising from the resort’s blue lagoon is the most wonderful setting for your night of romance. Watch as the sunset paints the sky in vibrant golden hues, while the draped white curtains surrounding your table billow in the gentle ocean breeze. This magnificent setting is paired with food to match; indulge in fresh seafood and other mouthwatering delicacies. If you are early risers, try Baros’ Champagne breakfast on the Piano Deck while watching the sunrise.
5. Fresh in the Garden, Soneva Fushi
Above the rustling leaves of the surrounding palm trees, Soneva Fushi has created the ultimate treehouse dining experience. Dine high above the resort’s organic garden where the aromas of the herbs gently waft up with the warm balmy winds. To get to this exclusive open-air table, you must walk over a rope bridge, which is also how you can access the resort’s observatory – home to the Maldives’ largest telescope! Soneva takes barefoot luxury to new heights and this secluded table which is set away from the main restaurant allows you and your partner to have a private romantic meal. After dinner, enjoy some stargazing either at your table, or at the observatory which is only a short walk away.
Other Dining Experiences in the Maldives
The restaurants mentioned above offer diners a truly unique experience that can only be found in that specific resort. Some romantic dining experiences which you can enjoy in other resorts include:
- A private dinner on a sandbank where the sky will be illuminated by shining stars
- A picnic lunch on an uninhabited island
- A private dinner on your sun deck in an overwater villa
- A floating breakfast, where your meal will be served on cane trays which float in your private plunge pool
- A borderless dinner on the beach where your table is sunk into the sands, so that you’re on eye level with the sea.
The Maldives is made for lovers, after a day of sun, sand, and sea, these restaurants are perfect for settling into a night of romance. Wherever you are with your partner is where the heart is, but after a meal in one of these restaurants, you will definitely leave a little piece of your heart in the Maldives.