Volume 40,   Issue 5                                 May  2005

Industry Ironies

Editor’s Note: Industry Ironies is a new section in USGlass that takes a look at some not-so-serious glass-related news items of a questionable hard news value. Have you heard an interesting or humorous glass story? If so e-mail it to us at echilcoat@glass.com

Swimming, or Rather, Dining with the Fishes
The Hiltons have found a way to give the term “seafood” a whole new meaning. In fact, the hotel chain has made it possible for diners to enjoy a meal surrounded by sea life.

Located nearly 20 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean is Ithaa (pronounced eet-ha and meaning pearl), a new restaurant at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa.

The restaurant, which seats only 14 diners at a time, is an approximately 17- by 30-foot clear acrylic arch. It provides a 360-degree panoramic view of the underwater environment.

To reach Ithaa, diners begin on a wooden walkway from a nearby over-water restaurant. The meal begins with drinks on a specially constructed deck over the ocean. 

They descend to the restaurant via a spiral staircase. 

A meal at the restaurant starts at $170 per person for half and full board guests, and $200 per person for bed and breakfast guests. n

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