Ithaa, which means mother-of-pearl in Dhivehi, is the very first undersea restaurant in the world. Set five metres below the surface with 180-degrees of panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it, Ithaa serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu matched by a wine concept dedicated to Champagne.
Ithaa’s entrance is a spiral staircase in a thatched pavilion at the end of a jetty. The tsunami which followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake topped at 0.31 metres (1 ft 0 in) below the staircase entrance, and caused no damage to the restaurant. [Link]
Dining in the water is perhaps the best way to relax and to clear your mind while you enjoy your meal. This experience is a part of an excursion of a local tour (Haumana Cruises), usually for half day adventure that includes snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing of the island and a full lunch on a lagoon. [Link]
Located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the Philippines, The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant offers a unique and memorable dining experience where guests get to enjoy lunch while the water flows under their feet.
One can enjoy the authentic local cuisine and feel the serenity of the almost untouched nature around the area which was once for farm and coconut plantations. [Link]
Located on Highway 58, in Onoyama Park in the South of Japan, recently named Gajumaru sits perfectly on the top of a massive reproduction of a Gajumaru tree (like a Banyan tree) made of concrete.
Gajumaru is 20 feet above the ground and using the spiral stairs or the lift inside the trunk, once you’re top and in the restaurant, you’ll have a beautiful view of the harbor between the branches of this huge tree.
Having a tranquil, elegant and romantic ambience, Gajumaru attracts more couples than families with kids, where you be served the best Japanese – Thai – Korean – Indian and Chinese cuisine in Okinawa. [Link]
An amazing pod-shaped structure built ten metres high in a Redwood tree near Warkworth, north of Auckland, the Redwoods Treehouse was commissioned as part of a marketing campaign in 2008.
Redwoods Treehouse is a versatile space as a corporate venue for private functions and events. The pod itself holds 30 guests either at seated tables or casual stand up. Their ‘Fork and Bowl’ menu is ideal for any stand-up function – a substantial finger food selection menu and a canapé with stand-up buffet menu.
However, the Redwoods Treehouse no longer operates as a restaurant and is not open to the general public. The venue currently operates for private functions for 30 people and is not available for individual bookings or for casual dining. [Link]