Eight Michelin stars to light up Soneva’s kitchens in August

Soneva has announced that its resorts in Maldives will welcome three Michelin-starred chefs this August, as part of its year-long Festival of Colour.

Soneva Fushi

Japan’s youngest three-starred chef Kenji Gyoten returns to Soneva Fushi this August to once again offer guests the chance to skip the six-month long waiting list at his restaurant Sushi Gyoten in Fukuoka. He will be crafting his bite-sized sushi using the hontegaeshi (hand flip), a technique rarely seen these days, at So Hands On.

The three-starred Chef Christian Le Squer from France defines himself as a creator of flavours and composer of tastes, shaping and assembling ingredients in order to enhance them and obtain the most exacting flavours with perfect coherence.

Chef Kiko Moya is a Spanish two-starred chef who offers gourmet explorers dishes full of delicacy, skill and traditional flavours. His dishes comprise aromas and textures of game, handmade sausages, mushrooms, and fish such as sea bass, cod or tuna.

Chef Christian and Chef Moya will be cooking at Out of the Blue’s Once Upon a Table. Christian will be at Soneva Fushi from August 11-25, Kenji from August 18-29, and Kiko from August 25 to September 1

Soneva Jani

At Soneva Jani, Chef Joe Barza, the renowned Lebanese Masterchef and co-host of the TV programme Top Chef, will be preparing traditional Lebanese cuisine from August 22-28.

Chef Zuhair, Soneva’s Maldivian chef who specialises in local cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, will be hosting a Maldivian pop-up dining experience.

Meanwhile, at The Director’s Cut by Gaston, Soneva Jani’s new overwater dining experience at Cinema Paradiso, Peruvian set menu and á la carte options will be available to choose from. Guests will be able to experience Peruvian cuisine by Chef Gaston at the only Peruvian restaurant in the Maldives.

In February, Soneva launched its first ever year-long campaign known as the Festival of Colour, to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 to February 2019.

Soneva, a world-leading luxury resort operator, runs two resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani.

Established in 1995, Soneva Fushi is the original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways is located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 65 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden amongst dense foliage.

The iconic resort has bagged several international awards for eco-friendly tourism and green initiatives, including the 2017 Green Hotelier Award for the Asia Pacific region and the Sustainable Hotel Award by the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) as well as a spot in the Gold List compiled by Condé Nast Traveler China as the Best Hotel in the Maldives and amongst the best resorts in the world in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2017.

Opened in December 2016, Soneva Jani is Soneva’s newest property and its second resort in the Maldives.

Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of 24 overwater villas and one island villa set in a 5.6 kilometre private lagoon located in the northern Noonu atoll. The resort spans five islands surrounded by pure white beaches, covered in rich tropical vegetation, offering the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

Each of the resort’s multilevel water villas has its own private pool and a retractable roof that allows guests to sleep beneath the stars. Many villas also have slides that transport guests directly from the top level into the lagoon below. Other hotel highlights include a spa, an observatory — home to the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean — and an outdoor cinema.

Since its opening, Soneva Jani has created a lot of buzz amongst luxury travellers with its exciting features such as the retractable roofs and the water slides. It has been named the Best Over-the-Top Luxury hotel of the year by Jetsetter.com, the best new resort in the world by CNN, and the Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort in South Asia and Leading Luxury Hotel/Resort in Maldives.

Cover photo: (R-L) Chef Kiko Moya, Chef Christian Le Squer and Chef Kenji Gyoten.

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