Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me… We said it this morning and we’ll say it again. We’ve all seen The Little Mermaid, and if you were like my sister as a kid, then you were mesmerized by Ariel’s underwater kingdom, fully-loaded with  underwater princess-quarters and her own perfectly polished shell vanity. What if you could live like a Mermaid or Merman and eat, sleep and spa underwater?  Head on over to the luxurious Maldives in the Indian Ocean for your chance to sleep with the fishes.

The world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa opened 5 years ago this month at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and to celebrate the restaurant is offering guests the chance to not only eat under the sea but sleep under it too. The 12-seat restaurant will be converted to a private bedroom suite for two, complete with private champagne dinner and breakfast in bed. I wish I was getting married to Poseidon; this would be oh-so perfect!

Ithaa is the world’s only aquarium-style restaurant and sits five meters (over 16 feet) below the surface of the Indian Ocean, encased in plexiglass and reached by descending a spiral staircase. The restaurant offers breathtaking views of reef and marine life and offers guests Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine. According to the hotel, during lunch the restaurant gets so bright that guests and staff have to wear sunglasses (they even keep spares on hand and offer a sunglasses cleaning service). I wonder if you could get a tan underwater?

With two onsite spas and five different spa menus for revolving around one of the five elements, a magical spa experience awaits you at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. The Spa Retreat, offers holistic therapies in a stunning lagoon setting and the Over-Water Spa provides guests with the ultimate sanctuary to celebrate the art of love – our luxury.  Both spas offer innovative treatments that work to heal both body and mind, like the 7-day Life Balancing Program at  The Spa Retreat that includes, a Naturopathic Consultation, personal fitness classes, heat and holistic therapy massage sessions, Terraké facials, hair therapy and much more.

Also available at the resort is a 2-story gymnasium pavilion offering inspiring views of the ocean and coco palms through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Fitness Centre offers an impressive range of professional equipment and a variety of classes. If yoga at sunset as the waves lap at the shore appeals, or a vigorous Cardio class with views of the Indian Ocean that go on forever, then you have come to the right place.