Kandolhu Maldives appoints David Napier as Executive Chef

Kandolhu Maldives has appointed David Napier as its Executive Chef.

Hailing from the renowned wine country of Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, it comes as no surprise that Chef David is extremely passionate about both food and wine. His most recent ventures saw him as owner of a food and wine consultancy, with prior co-ownership of an acclaimed ‘Chef Hat’-awarded restaurant in Christchurch — all accomplished at a very young age.

Chef David’s recent stints also include the Mandarin Oriental and Berkeley Hotel in London, where he had the opportunity to hone his skills alongside the teams at Michelin-starred establishments like Heston Blumenthal’s ‘Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’ and ‘Marcus’ by Marcus Wareing.

“This pedigree, along with standout wine knowledge are sure to lend invaluable insights to the Kandolhu experience for future guests, allowing us to build on our already fabulous culinary offerings – and raise the bar even higher,” the resort said, in an announcement.

“Join us in congratulating David on his new appointment! And stay tuned for new menus, concepts, and other delicious updates!”

Ringed by an intricate yet stunning coral garden teeming with colourful reef fish, Kandolhu is a patch of paradise hidden in the North Ari Atoll and accessible by a 25-minute scenic seaplane flight. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels, Kandolhu is cleverly arranged to offer maximum privacy yet all within the space of only 200 square metres. The resort offers just 30 villas in five different styles — Jacuzzi Beach Villas, Pool Villas, Duplex Pool Villas, Ocean Villas and Ocean Pool Villas — that feature local architecture with modern interiors.

Kandolhu is home to five gourmet restaurants, boasting the highest restaurant-to-room ratio in the Maldives. The ambience and menu of each restaurant varies greatly: be entertained with a live show in Banzai, the Japanese teppanyaki, delight in an array of fresh seafood on offer in Sea Grill, sit back and gaze at the sparkling Indian Ocean from the Market or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in Olive with modern Mediterranean dishes on the card.

The intimate island resort has a spa, and offers a range of recreational activities, including diving, snorkelling, water sports and excursions.

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