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Hilton Maldives Resort: World's First Undersea Restaurant

— February 12, 2006 — Art & Design
Looking for a romantic getaway and a once in a lifetime experience for dinner? How about an underwater restaurant? The Hilton Maldives Resort has opened the first undersee restaurant, which essentially means that you're the one in the glass tank, and the fish get to watch YOU. It's also great if you want to experience a coral reef without swimming amongst sharks.

From HospitalityNet:
The Maldives | 15 April marks the day that the first ever all-glass undersea restaurant in the world opens its doors for business at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. Ithaa* will sit five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views.

“We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives”, says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. “Our guests always comment on being blown away by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views – without ever getting their feet wet.” (Hospitality Net)
Trend Themes
1. Undersea Restaurants - The opening of the world's first all-glass undersea restaurant at Hilton Maldives Resort presents an opportunity for the development of more undersea dining experiences.
2. Aquarium Technology - The use of aquarium technology to create a unique dining experience at Hilton Maldives Resort showcases the potential for applying similar technology in other industries such as entertainment and tourism.
3. Panoramic Underwater Views - The panoramic underwater views offered by Ithaa restaurant demonstrate the potential for incorporating immersive experiences into various industries including hospitality and luxury travel.
Industry Implications
1. Hospitality - The opening of the world's first undersea restaurant at Hilton Maldives Resort presents a disruptive innovation opportunity for the hospitality industry to create unique dining experiences.
2. Entertainment - The use of aquarium technology in undersea dining offers disruptive innovation opportunities in the entertainment industry, such as creating immersive underwater attractions and experiences.
3. Travel and Tourism - The incorporation of panoramic underwater views in dining experiences showcases a disruptive innovation opportunity for the travel and tourism industry to offer immersive and unforgettable experiences to travelers.
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