The Maldives is one of the world’s top diving destinations, but you don’t have to be a diver to experience the beautiful underwater world of the Maldives! We dined adventurously at Anantara Kihavah Sea Restaurant, part of the the quartet of Anantara’s signtaure Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky dining complex. Located on the ocean floor, Sea is a magical experience with 360 views of passing fish, turtles, and even sharks.
Sea is open for both lunch and dinner. We were invited for lunch, which is a 3-course lobster lunch of lobster spring rolls, lobster bisque with lobster fritters on asparagus sticks, and grilled lobster. A molten chocolate brownie is a sweet finish to the incredible meal. While the food is absolutely delicious, the real magic of Sea is being beneath the sea while fish swim all around.
Anantara Kihavah Sea Restaurant feels incredibly exclusive and luxe with just eight tables. Our 1pm reservation afforded us a lot of privacy, with just one our table dining at the same time. For part of our magical underwater meal, we even had the restaurant completely to ourselves. A baby sea turtle decided to join us, munching on the coral as we sipped wine and watched in amazement just a few feet away.
Each table has a book of Maldivian reef fish and we had fun pointing out all the various fish swimming around and quickly flipping through the book to name them. “Oh look! There goes a trumpetfish,” I’d point out. “Hey, I saw that guy snorkeling yesterday. He’s called a Titan Triggerfish,” Tim countered back.
I was almost to distracted by all the colorful reef fish to eat! As we sat there enjoying a crazy-cool lunch under the sea, I started thinking that we should snorkel right around the restaurant. “I don’t think they want us swimming around the restaurant while people are trying to eat,” Tim said. Just then a couple went snorkeling by! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to prove that snorkeling around the restaurant was a brilliant idea. (And so we did the next morning!)
Once we finally pulled ourselves away from all the magical fish, we spent a bit of time exploring the more than 250 labels in the underwater wine cellar. Classic vintages from 14 different countries fill the underwater wine cellar’s coolers and shelves. I even spotted bottles of my favorite red, Malbec.
We did peek into the restaurant at nighttime out of curiosity. Spotlights illuminate the water and some sharks were swimming by just as we had poked our heads in. But if we had to recommend lunch or dinner for the best viewing, we definitely recommend lunch.
Know Before You Go
- Reservations are required for Sea. Dinner costs US$240 per person with wine pairing, lunch is US$185 per person.
- Don’t forget your camera!
Thank you to Anantara Kihavah Villas for hosting us during our stay and inviting us to such a magical lunch. As always, all rave reviews and opinions are entirely our own.
Would you like to dine at Anantara Kihavah Sea Restaurant?