From high in the sky to under the sea, these 9 restaurants with unique surroundings are a feast for the eyes. Whether you’re stepping into the past or gazing as far as the eye can see, these restaurants are sure to provide a memorable dining experience for your next meal. Have a look.
1. Under the Sea – Ithaa Restaurant, Maldives
Located 16 feet below sea level, Ithaa restaurant offers unparalleled 180° views of sea life while you dine. The restaurant is part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort and is truly one of the most interesting dining experiences in the world. Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, is a mostly acrylic structure with a 14-person capacity. The space is approximately 5m x 9m (16ft x 30ft) and was designed and constructed by M.J. Murphy. The restaurant officially opened on April 15, 2005.
2. Inside a Cave Overlooking the Water – Grotta Palazzese – Polignano a Mare, Italy
In the town of Polignano a Mare in southern Italy lies a most intriguing dining experience at the Grotta Palazzese. Open only during the summer months, a restaurant is created inside a vaulted limestone cave, looking outwards toward the sea. The restaurant is part of the Grotta Palazzese hotel located above.
3. Surrounded by Snow – SnowRestaurant – Kemi, Finland
Snow Restaurant is located at the LumiLinna Snowcastle in Kemi, Finland. The restaurant is rebuilt annually and typically opens around the end of January for lunch and dinner (daily). The temperature in the restaurant is always around -5 degrees Celsius.
4. Dinner in the Sky – Locations Around the World
Dinner in the Sky is hosted at a table suspended at a height of 50 metres by a team of professionals and can be installed anywhere in the world as long as there is a surface of approximately 500 m² that can be secured. It is available for a session of 8 hours and can accommodate up to 22 people around the table at every session with three staff in the middle (chef, waiter, entertainer).
5. Surrounded by Mountains – Berggasthaus Aescher – Wasserauen, Switzerland.
Berggasthaus Aescher is located 1454 meters (4,770 ft) above sea level and is open from 1 May – 31 October annually. The cliffside restaurant rewards hikers with remarkable views of the surrounding Alpstein area in Wasserauen, Switzerland. The vertical cliff face it hangs to is over 100 meters high. There is also a cable car that can take you back down to the valley.
6. Open Air Rooftop Dining – Sirocco @ Lebua Hotel – Bangkok, Thailand
Located on the 63rd floor of Lebua Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand; is the award-winning, open air rooftop restaurant, Sirocco. Patrons are graced with incredible views of the bustling city below as they dine on authentic Mediterranean fare.
7. Tree-Top Dining with Zip-Line Service – Treepod @ Soneva Kiri – Koh Kood, Bangkok
Guests at the Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, Bangkok are invited to experience Treepod dining. Guests are seated in a bamboo pod after being hoisted up into the tropical foliage of Koh Kood’s ancient rainforest. You can gaze out across the boulder-covered shoreline while your food and drink is delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter.
8. Wet Feet and Waterfalls – Labassin Waterfall Restaurant – Philippines
Located at the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in the Philippines is the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant. The restaurant is only open for lunch and guests dine from a buffet-style menu and eat at bamboo dining tables. It’s not a natural waterfall but a spillway from the Labasin Dam. The dam’s reservoir has been turned into a lake where visitors can go rafting in traditional bamboo rafts and explore the Filipino culture at shows, facilities and additional restaurants on the sprawling property.
9. Restaurant on a Rock – The Rock – Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Rock is located on the south-east of Zanzibar island on the Michamwi Pingwe peninsula (about 45 minutes from Stone Town). The restaurant is situated on a rock not far from shore. Patrons can reach the restaurant by foot during low tide and by boat at high tide.
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