Amilla Fushi adds Mystique Garden to magical destination dining locations
The evolution of the island dining experience continues apace at maverick Maldivian home from home, Amilla Fushi, with the unveiling of its newest destination dining space: the magical Mystique Garden.
Wreathed in banyans and coconut palms in the lush heart of the island, this hidden, lantern-lit glade is a reflection of the fresh, creative approach of Amilla’s chefs, offering guests an enchanting new personalised private dining experience with a dash of Amilla’s signature sparkle.
Guests entering the Mystique Garden can let their imagination run wild with a bespoke menu tailored to their personal tastes by a dedicated private chef, or delve into Amilla’s carefully crafted, family-style destination dining set menus. Mouthwatering options include a succulent Seafood BBQ where oysters, prawns, squid and reef fish take centre stage; an Asian inspired feast featuring Peking duck, Hong Kong noodles and a Royal Tandoori selection; or an Arabian grill showcasing shrimp majboos, lahem meshwi, kofta, shish taouk, lamb ouzi and fish sharmola. The vibrant Vegetarian BBQ menu includes gnocchi, wild mushroom risotto, mixed tandoori with fruit chat, BBQ baked sweet potato and marinated vegetable skewers.
Providing a fairytale, festival-inspired sylvan counterpoint to the Robinson Crusoe vibes of destination dining on the island’s sandbank, the new Mystique Garden is the latest chapter in the story of culinary creativity currently unfolding at Amilla.
The resort also recently announced a year-long series of pop-up residencies by some of the hottest names in the business, kicking off with a four-stage partnership with Gordon Ramsay’s celebrated Bread Street Kitchen at Barolo Grill at Baazaar. The first Bread Street Kitchen pop-up is underway right now, with three more confirmed for October 16-27, December 19 to January 10 and March 23 to April 7, 2018.
The upcoming calendar of residencies further underlines Amilla’s deserved reputation for culinary excellence and creativity, complementing the sophisticated, gourmet Emperor General Store café-deli, the carefully curated fine wines and artisanal cheeses at the island’s The Wine Shop and Cellar Door. Amilla’s fabulous 60-cover, signature over-water restaurant Feeling Koi — brainchild of the resort’s curator and CEO of the Small Maldives Island Co., Mark Hehir — showcases a selection of artfully crafted sushi, nigiri and sashimi in Japanese-inspired minimalist surroundings, with a private open-air dining room and open deck seating by the water’s edge and an open kitchen.
Located in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi offers guests a choice of 71 rooms with the smallest measuring a generous 200 square metres, and the largest a palatial 3,000 square metres. The Javvu Spa, located in the silent, verdant garden of the Wild Grove, offers 15 treatment rooms as well as yoga and fitness pavilions.