Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi partners with renowned Chef Dave Pynt to elevate Maldives culinary experience

Hilton’s iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand has announced the launch of its exclusive barbecue grill restaurant, The Ledge by Dave Pynt at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

Chef Dave Pynt is the culinary mastermind behind Singapore’s Burnt Ends restaurant, which has been awarded one Michelin star and most recently ranked No. 10 on the San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2019.

“In line with Waldorf Astoria’s pioneering legacy of culinary excellence and innovation, Dave Pynt’s unrivalled style of cooking is set to deliver an unparalleled dining experience for our guests at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. An expert in his field, Dave brings an innovative spin to food preparation, a unique flavour and a distinct ambience,” Daniel Welk, Vice President of Luxury and Lifestyle for Asia Pacific at Hilton, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

King Crab and Garlic Brown Butter. PHOTO/ WALDORF ASTORIA
(R-L) Hokey Pokey Sundae, Guyana Swizzle, and Umeshu. PHOTO/ WALDORF ASTORIA

The Ledge will feature Dave Pynt’s signature custom-built four-ton dual cavity oven and elevation grills fired by sustainable Jarrah wood – enabling the use of various techniques including smoking, slow roasting, hot roasting, baking and grilling. It will be a perfect spot for a leisurely lunch of poolside favorites during the day and the place to go for the finest cut of succulent, wood-fired meats and fine wine in the evening.

“We are excited to launch this restaurant with Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives. Our style of food and service is the perfect fit for dining by the pool and beach, against a stunning Maldivian backdrop,” Dave Pynt said.

Steak Frities, Fish and Chips. PHOTO/ WALDORF ASTORIA
Grissini and Ikura. PHOTO/ WALDORF ASTORIA

Highlights at The Ledge by Dave Pynt include:

  • Dry Aged OP Rib: a 45-day, dry-aged beef rib
  • Lobster Roll, a brioche bun stuffed with freshly grilled lobster and lobster aioli
  • Local Grouper, a grilled whole grouper served with a fresh cucumber and yuzu salad and a green sauce

“We are delighted to bring Waldorf Astoria’s illustrious heritage of personal service and culinary expertise to the Maldives. Through exceptional dining concepts like The Ledge by Dave Pynt, we look forward to transforming the Maldives experience for our guests and ensure they leave with memories that last a lifetime,” Etienne Dalançon, General Manager at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, said.


Set to open on July 1, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, a 122 all-villa resort, is a short 30-minute yacht journey away from Velana International Airport and will offer the ultimate in space and exclusivity. Spanning three islands in South Male Atoll, the resort marks the return of Hilton’s iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ brand to the Maldives.

The resort will boast a total of 11 exceptional, specialty dining venues — the variety of which is a first in the Maldives. From elevated treetop-dining concept at Terra and exquisite food and wine pairings nestled amongst boulders at The Rock to authentic Middle Eastern cuisine at Yasmeen and impeccably prepared crispy Peking duck fresh out of the first wood-fired oven in the Maldives, guests will enjoy a plethora of world-class dining options at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.waldorfastoriamaldives.com or call +960-4-000300.

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