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Water, water everywhere: 9 underwater-themed restaurants in the world

Dining nowadays is much more than just eating, it's an experience and adventure of its own. Here are 10 underwater-themed restaurants that should make it to your food list if you love experiencing new things.

Experiential tourism has been pushing the boundaries of the typical tourist experience. And underwater dining has emerged as a popular trend in the hospitality industry, with luxurious offerings aplenty in the world — restaurants, hotels, resorts and more. Savouring a meal and sipping wine in the company of marine life is an experience in itself. Here are a few prominent ones you should consider including in your next vacation.

Al Mahara, Dubai: Al Mahara stands for 'the oyster shell' — and it looks the part. There is a floor-to-ceiling length aquarium in the restaurant, which is known for its luxurious offerings. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Aquarium Restaurant, Nashville, US: In the Aquarium Restaurant a 2,00,000-gallon tank — inhabited by a wide variety of fish, sharks, stingrays and more — is the setting where the diners gorge on sumptuous food. It is also located in Houston and Kemah in Texas, and Denver in Colorado. (Source: Aquariumrestaurants.com)

Atrium Bar, Berlin, Germany: Located in the lobby of Radisson Blu hotel in Berlin, Atrium is situated directly underneath world's largest cylindrical aquarium — called the Aquadom. It contains 264,172 gallons of water and more than 1,500 fish. (Source: Radissonblu.com)

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives: Ithaa — or 'mother of pearl' — is the world's first all-glass undersea restaurant, situated 16 ft below sea level. It offers European cuisine and was named the most beautiful restaurant in the world by New York Daily News in 2014. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Jules' Undersea Lodge, Florida, US: The world's first underwater hotel has much more serious origins — it was a research lab made to explore the continental shelf off the coast of Puerto Rico, and named after Jules Verne, the author of 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea'. (Source: Jul.com)

Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji: This is one hospitality project with a difference. Located on a private island in Fiji, the resort — which is situated 40ft below sea level and is the world's first sea-floor resort — was constructed with utmost care to ensure no damage to the fragile marine ecosystem was done. The Poseidon coral reef Sanctuary Project, conceived as an NGO, will not only cater to scientists and conservationists, but also conducts guided tours for the guests — especially children and students. (Source: Poseidonresorts.com)

Sea Restaurant, Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives: Sea in Maldives contains the world's first underwater wine cellar — famed for wine spanning nine decades — and was featured in Fine Wine's world's best wines list two years in a row in 2014 and 2015. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas also run a coral adoption programme in the Baa Atoll biosphere reserve. (Source: Kihavah-maldives.anantara.com)

Utter Inn, Sweden: Utter Inn — a floating BnB hotel — is the brainchild of Mikael Genberg, who is a local artist and sculptor, and a marriage of hospitality and art. It consists of a single room 3m deep under water in Lake Mälaren in Västerås, Sweden, and contains only twin beds and a table in furnishings. Utter Inn is especially popular with those into experiential tourism. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Red Sea Star, Israel: Red Sea Star — called so because of its floor plan which is star-shaped — has actually been weighted to the seabed to stop it from floating. It's theme is apparent, with everything from furnishings to lighting fixtures inspired by marine wildlife like jellyfish, sea anemone, etc. (Source: Redseastar.com)