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Nika Island Resort experiments with wine, coral pairing

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Nika Island Resort and Spa has hosted an original experiment, pairing an array of native corals with wine.

Titled “Metafore” and held with the technical support of leading winer supplier Grape Expectations, the event witnessed white, red and black corals being paired with a special selection of wines according to their colour, pattern and biological peculiarities. The experiment allowed Nika not only to offer its guests a curious selection of wines, but also to bridge the art of wine making with coral, a typical Maldivian thing of beauty.

Edoardo Caccin, External Director at Nika explains: “a metaphor is a literary figure of speech used to describe a subject by comparing it to something else. The comparison gives the qualities of one thing to another that is usually unrelated. We asked ourselves: if coral could be wine, which wine would it be?”

Dora Dzurjak, Grape Expectations’ sommelier and wine educator, guided Nika’s guests through witty and ambitious associations.

The beautiful and sophisticated pattern of Brain Coral was paired with the white wine Weinhaus Ress Rheingau Riesling Trocken.

As far as red wine was involved, Dora made a match between Sileni estates The Plateau Pinot Noir and the Organ Pipe Coral. The sommelier’s inspiration came from its unique hard skeleton of calcium carbonate containing many organ pipe-like tubes.

The marvellous Black Coral closed the show.

Black Coral is among the oldest living organisms on the planet, around 4,265 years old. They show that the growth rates are as low as four to 35 micro-metres per year and that the longevity of this coral is on the order of thousands of years.

Emiliana ‘Novas’ Carmenére-Cabernet Sauvignon was the perfect match for this coral, complete with an entertaining story. The sommelier managed to create a bridge between two very dark-skinned and tannic varietals, which blended together beautifully to the distinctive dark brown colour of the skeleton of black coral.

“It’s clear that heritage, culture and creativity are the pillars underpinning all the projects that Nika Island is currently promoting,” Edoardo said.

Edoardo Caccin, External Director at Nika, with Dora Dzurjak, Grape Expectations’ sommelier and wine educator. PHOTO/ NIKA

The event was part of a recently launched series called “Nostalgia: the Maldives that used to be”, which aims to promote local culture and heritage.

Located in North Ari Atoll, Nika is a milestone of the Maldives hospitality industry.

The deserted island of Kudafolhudhu turned into a resort back in 1983. Since its inception, the philosophy and values that shaped this unique boutique resort are the same: privacy, natural sophistication and local heritage.

All of its 43 villas have been built according to the traditional Maldivian architectural style. Being one of the first resorts built in the country, everything on the island has been built using coral blocks, coconut palm trunks and palm leaves. A collection of antiques and unique Maldivian pieces of art decorate the interiors of all the villas.

Nika is a perfect example of a boutique hotel that breaks the dynamics of big international brands that are reshaping the Maldivian hospitality industry. Nika is a heady mix of Italian lifestyle and Maldivian traditions; a unique platform where heritage and natural beauty meet together.

Photos: Ahmed Razeen

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Fushifaru Maldives welcomes guests to unforgettable Eid al-Adha celebration

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Fushifaru Maldives is inviting guests to a vibrant and joyous celebration of Eid al-Adha, a festival that symbolises connection through a carnival of colours, music, and dance. From 15th June to 16th June, join us in creating an atmosphere of fun, perfect for commemorating this special occasion with family and friends.

On 15th June, festivities will begin with our Grand Coconut Show at our Eggamuge. This interactive event offers guests the opportunity to explore the diverse uses, benefits, and cultural significance of the coconut in Maldivian life. Following the show, guests are invited to Korakali for an exquisite culinary experience that blends Maldivian and Arabian flavours. This celebration of cultural fusion promises to tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting more!

The celebrations continue on 16th June, starting with a special Eid breakfast at Korakali. Begin your day with a delightful spread that sets the tone for the festivities ahead. At 7:30 AM, guests are welcome to join the Eid Prayer at the mosque, offering a serene and spiritual start to the day. In the afternoon, experience the vibrant energy of Dhafi Negun, this is a traditional Maldivian dance, characterised by rhythmic beats, expressive movements, and colourful costumes – it will transport you to the heart of Maldivian culture. Following the dance, the beach fun continues with traditional games like Tug of War and a Dhafi Negun match, accompanied by delightful Maldivian tea as the sun sets.

The celebration culminates with an enchanting Eid Show at Fanihandhi Bar. Guests will be mesmerised by cultural performances including Dhandi Jehun, Bandiyaa Jehun, and Boduberu. These captivating performances invite you to sit back and enjoy, or even join in and dance along. Guests will be mesmerised by cultural performances including Dhandi Jehun, Bandiyaa Jehun, and Boduberu. These captivating performances invite you to sit back and enjoy, or even join in and dance along. Fushifaru Maldives offers an idyllic setting for this grand celebration, combining stunning natural beauty with exceptional hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to an Eid al-Adha celebration filled with joy, unity, and unforgettable moments.

For more information about Fushifaru Maldives and its family-friendly services and experiences, please visit www.fushifaru.com or contact reservations@fushifaru.com.

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Eid al-Adha 2024 celebration at Niyama Private Islands Maldives

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives is the perfect destination for Eid al-Adha getaways, with celebratory events lined up throughout the month of June, and special benefits for bookings of three nights or more.

With two islands, and so much room to play, Niyama invites guests to find their groove this Eid al-Adha, whether hiding away in their sprawling pool villa, hidden from prying eyes, or diving into all the excitement on offer at Chill and Play.

Throughout the month of June, there will be festive dining to celebrate Eid al-Adha, culminating with the Odyssey dinner on the 16th, when the beach comes alive with mezze stations and tanoura dancers specially flown in; the Fire Feast on the 17th, deep in the jungle, with the exotic flavours of South America and Africa; and on the 18th, a Moonlit Oasis dinner for only five tables, each with a personal chef to serve up an exquisite three-course creation.

Guests may of course enjoy any of Niyama’s nine dining outlets (all halal), afternoon tea served in the privacy of their villa which takes a distinctly Middle Eastern twist this month, or a specially created floating futoor with date champagne.

Designed for Families

Niyama offers a wealth of stylish beach and overwater villas to choose from. Most exclusive of all is The Cresent of five villas, located at the very tip of the island and reached by its own private boardwalk. Accommodating parties of up to 22, no luxury has been spared, and two Thakurus (villa host) ensure everything is taken care of, from breakfast in bed to private movie screenings.

Guests can jet into the VIP terminal at nearby Dhaalu Airport, with a speedboat waiting to whisk them to the resort in minutes. What follows is endless chilling or playing, with high-speed water sports, spa indulgence, and a world of fun for little ones at the Explorers Kids’ Club.

Special Eid al-Adha Offer

Niyama offers savings of 20% for bookings of three nights or more, as well as the following benefits: complimentary breakfast and dinner each day; one in-villa floating breakfast; a 30-minute spa treatment per person; 10% off water sports; and a magical dolphin cruise. In addition, guests staying on the 16th are invited to join the shisha party at Dune.

For more information or reservations, email reservations@niyama.com, call +960 676 2828, or visit www.niyama.com.

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Discover captivating Eid celebrations at Patina Maldives

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Nestled within the North Male’ atoll, Patina Maldives offers a haven of inspiration where guests can explore art, nature, community, and connection. In celebration of Eid Al-Adha, Patina invites guests to indulge in joyous festivities amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the island. As a sanctuary where every moment is crafted to perfection, Patina Maldives promises an unforgettable Eid celebration filled with culinary delights, cultural immersion, and family fun.

Savor Shisha Delights and Culinary Excellence

At Fari Beach Club, guests are invited to embark on a sensory journey, where the shisha oasis awaits with exotic flavours and soulful tunes. Indulge in the mesmerising beachfront setting on selective dates, including June 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20, as the shisha bliss unfolds.

For those enchanted by celestial wonders, a special evening of shisha awaits at the Stargazing Pier on June 17. Immerse yourself in an experience of delights amidst delectable canapé and live entertainment by the shore.

On June 18, guests are invited to partake in a grand Eid celebration dinner at Portico. Savour exquisite cuisine, accompanied by the enchanting melodies of a 5-piece band and oud player. It promises to be a culinary journey curated to create unforgettable memories of an island Eid celebration.

Family Fun and Creative Adventures

Explore an array of family-friendly activities against the breathtaking island backdrop of Patina Maldives. From the exhilarating island-wide challenge of the Amazing Race to the spirited competition of the Padel Tennis Tournament, there’s something for every member of the family.

Put your creativity to the test at The Clay Studio, where guests of all ages are invited to partake in pottery classes, hand-building experiences, and a variety of specialty workshops to craft their own artistic masterpieces.

This Eid, immerse yourself in a journey of belonging at Patina Maldives, where the resort resonates with the rhythms of its guests, adapting to their individual preferences and embracing evolving lifestyles. Enjoy the enchanting festivities of Eid amidst the unparalleled luxury and natural beauty of Patina Maldives, creating cherished memories with your loved ones.

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