Recipe for Romance: Dinner Under the Sea

From candlelit dining on the beach to delicacies at the over-water Aqua Restaurant that guests can savour under the starlit sky, it comes as no surprise that Komandoo is considered one of the most romantic resorts in the Maldives and in Asia.

Komandoo Island Resort
Komandoo Island Resort

The resort’s thriving culinary scene – and since the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, also opportunities to woo your loved one – has expanded with the opening of the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant at the neighbouring Hurawalhi Island Resort.

Dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant has by now become almost a must for guests at Komandoo; while some decide to hop across to Hurawalhi for lunch, it is the dinner seating that has become increasingly popular. Thanks to the fact that Hurawalhi is Komandoo’s sister resort, we have pulled some strings and have been granted a limited number of tables during what we believe is the day’s best seating. Dinner at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant for Komandoo guests starts at 18:15, just in time for you to see the restaurant in all its bright and vivid glory, and to witness the change of scenery when the sun sets on the island.

5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort
5.8 Undersea Restaurant, Hurawalhi Island Resort

If you haven’t devised a plan yet on how to mark your special occasion, give dining 5.8 meters below the sea a try, we promise it will take romance to new heights – or depths!

About Komandoo Island Resort

Komandoo is an idyllic private island retreat, a haven of charm and elegance, only 100 meters wide and 500 meters long, with attractive sugar white sand banks on both ends.

A beautiful turquoise lagoon all around the island and a magnificent house reef with superb snorkeling.

The vegetation is tropical with a beautiful 40-year old coconut plantation as the highlight. Komandoo is perfectly situated in a channel opening, which makes it very interesting for divers and snorkelers.

You never know what to expect when entering the waters, Turtles, Mantas, Sharks or Rays. Sitting on the “Kandu Bar” terrace, You often see a school of dolphins playing as they pass by.

The Public areas, like Bar, Restaurant and Spa are all built in picturesque Maldivian style, with thatched roofs and exquisite furniture’s In the romantic open-air restaurant on the water, the sophisticated gourmet cuisine will provide lasting memories.

For perhaps the most romantic evening in your life, do not miss out on our once in a lifetime Candle light dinner by yourself, on the beach, as the sun sets with a glass of champagne or your favourite wine. Together with our Executive Chef, you will compose your own menu, for that special occasion.

The well-stocked souvenir shop offers a wide variety of handicrafts, clothes and everyday necessities. There is also a small internet café with internet access.

Hurawalhi hosts Martin Stelfox’s Olive Ridley Project

Hurawalhi Maldives hosted Martin Stelfox, founder and CEO of the Olive Ridley Project, for a 4-day visit, during which the resort’s guests and team members received a lot of interesting information about sea turtles and about threats these magnificent animals are exposed to.

Martin joined our guests on two Turtle Tour snorkelling excursions; combined, we visited three different snorkel sites that are known to have resident populations of sea turtles – Kuredu Caves (a.k.a. Turtle Airport), Kuredu Lagoon and Komandoo House Reef – which allowed our guests to not only see these sleepyheads up close and personal, but also to get plenty of fascinating insights from Martin and Lisa, the resort’s resident marine biologist.

Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort
Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort

The Turtle Tours were charity events and it was with great pleasure to be able to make a generous donation to the Olive Ridley Project that will surely be beneficial to the organisation’s conservations and protection projects across the Indian Ocean.

To show our guest what lurks deeper down beneath the ocean surface, Martin happily accepted Prodivers’ invitation to dive at two of Lhaviyani Atoll’s famous dive sites, Kuredu Express and Kuredu Caves; in total, the divers spotted a whopping 16 green sea turtles! At Caves, the group even met two familiar turtles, Clio and Sapphire.

Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort
Founder of Olive Ridley Project Martin Stelfox, Hurawalhi Island Resort

On Tuesday evening, at the weekly Prodivers’ Divers Night in Coco Bar, Martin gave a talk on sea turtle biology and the mission of the Olive Ridley Project.

To wrap up the visit, Martin joined the excursion to the Turtle Sanctuary at Naifaru to visit the 4 Olive ridley sea turtles that had to be transferred to Naifaru for rehabilitation after being rescued by Hurawalhi and Prodivers. Zoe Cox, the marine biologist of the sea turtle rehabilitation centre, was a great host.

On behalf of everyone at Hurawalhi, including guests who clearly appreciated the knowledge and passion he shared with us, we would like to thank Martin Stelfox for visiting the resort – we look forward to many more common turtle-related projects in the future!

Last but certainly not least, a big ‘well done’ to Paige, Lisa and Martin for having removed a ghost net from the nearby Latheef dive site and thereby prevented the reef from being further damaged and marine life being entrapped. 

Turtle, Hurawalhi hosts Martin Stelfox’s Olive Ridley Project
Turtle, House reef, Hurawalhi Island Resort

 

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