The Maldives with its azure blue waters, clear skies and pristine white sands is paradise on earth. Between swimming in the ocean and lying on the beach soaking in the sun, you’re bound to get a little hungry. Head to any of these fabulous restaurants for a treat you’ll never forget.



Ithaa

This breath-taking restaurant is the first underwater restaurant in the world. It is located 16 feet under the sea and has glass walls on all sides which makes the dining experience unlike anything you’ve experienced before. In addition to this, the restaurant is also known for having the largest wine cellar in the Maldives. Talk about an enjoyable evening.

Aioli

This restaurant, which is located off Ameer Ahmed Magu Street, is known for its inventive fusion cuisine. Think along the lines of South Asian meets Mediterranean. The restaurant is stylish, and the perfect choice for a high-end dinner for two. Although the dining rooms, with dark wood furnishings are striking, opt instead to dine in the balcony, under the stars. Try the traditional Maldivian chicken curry or the fried cuttlefish.

Palace Sichuan

This Chinese restaurant is known for its elegant food that is inspired by the Sichuan region of China. The flavours from the region – spicy and sweet – are at the forefront of many of the dishes in this restaurant. Palace Sichuan has made a name for itself by hiring Chinese staff and using ingredients directly imported from China.

The Lighthouse

For an elegant dinner, head to the uber-chic Lighthouse, considered to be one of the trendiest restaurants in the Maldives. As the name suggests, the restaurant overlooks the water, and has a boardwalk that leads to the glistening ocean.

Maruka

Maruka sits on a jetty that protrudes into the ocean. To add the surreal feel of the restaurant is a glass-bottomed floor, which provides a view into the wonderful water below. Needless to say, the views at this restaurant are spectacular, but it is worth noting that the food at Maruka is also exceptional. Special attention is paid to plating the food, and each dish is a well-executed work of art. The philosophy is that pleasing the eye is as important as pleasing the taste buds. Be sure to try the Maldivian Experience menu, which is a decadent four-course meal, sure to leave you in a blissful food coma.

Sala Thai

This restaurant is on the pricey side, but the food is completely worth it. Sala Thai serves authentic Thai food that would make even the most hard-to-please foodie sit up and take notice. While you can’t go wrong with any of the dishes mentioned in the menu, the noodles are definitely worth trying. You can choose to dine indoors in the plush, luxurious dining room, or enjoy your meal in the open, against the blue Maldivian sky.

Fund your trip with a travel loan

If you’ve always wanted to soak in the stunning beauty of the Maldives, consider planning a trip this December. When you have planned out your itinerary, and decided on a budget, consider taking a travel loan to finance the trip. Travel loans are a type of personal loans and require no collateral or guarantor. The interest rates range from 12.6% to 15.6. Financial institutions and banks like Bajaj Finserv let you apply for loans online. All you have to do is fill out a simple form.

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