Six-resort dining experience, Baa Atoll Summer Festival 2018 wraps up

Six resorts, all located in the central Baa atoll, have successfully completed a joint promotional event to promote the atoll as a single destination.

Soneva FushiFour Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa GiraavaruDusit Thani MaldivesAmilla FushiFinolhu Maldives and Vakkaru Maldives joined hands to celebrate the summer holidays with a bang in Baa atoll, calling it the “Baa Atoll Summer Festival 2018”.

The first ever and one-of-its-kind festival was held from July 20 to August 3, bringing the best each resort had to offer in the dining scene. Guests from each resort had the opportunity to experience the varied cuisines Baa atoll had to offer as a destination, on dedicated nights. That gave them a taste of the creativity and service of their resort of choice, with a chance to explore other islands during their stay.

The Baa Atoll Summer Festival officially launched on July 20, with a cocktail event in each of the resorts where the teams celebrated with their guests the opening night. From the following day, each resort welcomed the guests from other resorts with a special set menu for dinner in their featured dining restaurant, for two consecutive weeks on a designated night.

That gave the resort the opportunity to showcase its dining scene to the guests of the resort itself and those visiting from the other islands for dinner. Transportation was organised by the respective resort to the featured resort on a daily basis.

If the guests wanted to repeat their experience in a specific resort, then special arrangements were made to accommodate the same. Each resort presented a set menu for USD 120++ per person on food, with a special menu for kids. The price of the menu in each featured restaurant remained the same. That was compiled with an aim to create an experience for the guests as the talented chefs unveiled their dishes.

The Baa Atoll Summer Festival closing ceremony brought the teams and guests together in celebration, on a sandbank for a Catamaran Regatta competition on August 3.

“This destination dining concept allowed us to tantalise the taste buds of our guests in all participating resorts and make Baa atoll location in Maldives a ‘must visit’ atoll during summer,” Mark Hehir, the CEO and Curator at The Small Maldives Island Co. (TSMIC) said, during the closing ceremony.

“With this first ever event, Baa atoll destination has created a benchmark for itself. We hope to recreate this success next year with more participants and at a grander scale.”

Baa atoll, the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, is currently home to a number of resorts, including those run by world-renowned brands.

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.

Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport, Amilla Fushi offers a choice of 59 Houses that sit gracefully over crystal clear waters, nestled amongst lush tree tops or hugging the shores of pristine white sand. Additionally, eight spectacular four to eight-bedroom Beach Residences ideally suited to large families, groups of friends and VVIPs seeking the ultimate in space and privacy are also available.

Just 30 minutes by speedboat from sister resort Amilla, Finolhu is a stylish and eclectic retreat with a buzzy bon-vivant vibe and a refreshing, retro-inspired burst of fun for the region. Bringing toes-in-the-sand relaxation to fun-loving beach-erati alongside the best DJs, live acts and most fabulously chic parties in the Maldives. Finolhu’s 125 villas come on the ocean, the lagoon or by the beach, with or without pool in either one or two bedroom options being the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends alike.

Combining innovation, wellness and conservation, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is a 44-acre wonderland of pristine tropical beauty. Exotic jungle greenery is flanked by immaculate white beaches and one of the Maldives’ largest natural lagoons.

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll — the Maldives’ first ever UNESCO biosphere reserve — Dusit Thani Maldives blends gracious Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. This luxury island resort comprises 95 villas encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360 degree house reef and a turquoise lagoon. With a unique combination of beach and lagoon accommodation, Dusit Thani Maldives provides an unmatched luxurious escape for all travellers.

A secluded tropical island resort blessed with timeless ocean views, white sandy beaches and nurtured by nature, Vakkaru offers guests a holistic approach to unassuming luxury and unforgettable experiences.  Whether travelling on a romantic break or with family and friends, the resort offers a superlative choice of accommodation types, including family rooms. Each of the 125 beach and overwater villas and suites have a natural aesthetic and sense of privacy.

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