Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has unveiled new plant-based dishes and mocktail menus at all the six of its exceptional restaurants and bars, available as part of the Deluxe All-Inclusive offering.
Veganism has hit an all-time high in 2020, and the five-star member of the Leading Hotels of The World has recognised this and adapted to create mouth-watering options within all of its dining establishments.
The award-winning Amazònico now offers both vegan and vegetarian options including the Jardin Quemado Salad and Chilean Salad.
At the Aqua Restaurant, there are several new options, including the vegan pumpkin soup which is made using fresh pumpkins from Emerald Maldives’ very own vegetable patch.
Le Asiatique now prepares a special vegan fried rice and maki sushi, and at the Beach Grill, guests can enjoy a cooling Tomato Gazpacho. For something sweet there are vegan blueberry and orange cakes and Emerald Maldives’ healthy twist on a Green Tea Crème Brûlée.
For the ultimate taste of plant-based luxury, Emerald Maldives is delighted to prepare guests a Vegan Floating Breakfast, delivered to their villa which can be enjoyed in the privacy of their own private pool overlooking the turquoise lagoon. Guests can expect an almond chia seed pudding, fresh bread, fruit salads, a special avocado salsa, herbal teas and exotic fresh juices.
“Since opening the resort in 2019, we have seen more of a demand from our guests for really healthy, plant-based food, so we have enjoyed adapting the menu to fit this trend,” General Manager Srikanth Devarapalli said.
“Travellers generally seem more health conscious than they used to be and going on holiday now doesn’t necessarily mean changing your diet – it is a lifestyle movement and we are moving with it too. We are continuously updating and evolving our menus and look forward to surprising our guests!”
In addition to the new plant-based menus, Emerald Maldives is set to introduce the ‘Green Corner’ at Aqua restaurant from January.
Guests will be spoilt for choice with the variety of ingredients they can choose from to prepare their own smoothies and juices. These healthy, refreshing drinks are also available at both the Sunrise and Sunset Pool Bars and new for 2021 – in the villa’s very own minibars.
With both sustainability and freshness in mind, the resort grows as many fruit and vegetables on site as possible including bananas, watermelon, papaya, pumpkin, Maldivian chilli, Kopy leaves, curry leaves, pandan leaves and cucumber.
Recognising that there is more of an appetite for alcohol-free beverages than ever before, Emerald Maldives is also launching a new mocktail menu for 2021. Guests can look forward to a refreshing Mango Mule or a Passionfruit Daiquiri – but without the hangover.
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa invites guests to experience the natural elegance and natural freedom philosophy of the resort where space, luxury, comfort and privacy are in the very nature of the guest experience.
The resort is set on 20 hectares of beautiful private island and surrounded by 100 hectares of wrap-around reef in walking distance of the 1.7km beach.
The endless azure blue sea, golden sand and green outdoor space ensures guests will truly feel like they’re on their own paradise island.
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is developed by the Emerald Collection, an Italian company renowned for its construction and management of luxury all-inclusive resorts across East Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.
The new five-star, deluxe all-inclusive Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa officially opened in December 2019.
Located in the Raa Atoll, the resort is surrounded by 1.5km of soft white sand and boasts 120 luxurious villas, both contemporary and tropical in design, divided into 60 beach villas and 60 overwater villas. There are 11 different villa categories available.
The resort offers guests a choice of four restaurants, in addition to a Sunset Pool Café and Sunrise Café.
The Emerald SPA offers Balinese and Thai treatments in 10 air-conditioned bungalows, and comprises a jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish baths.
The resort also features a Kids Club, Technogym, two tennis courts, two paddle courts, plus a water sports centre and five-star diving centre.
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has been the first hotel in the Maldives to achieve the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation for having implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention, in October.
Indulge in gastronomic extravaganza with Celebrity Chef Mirko Zago at Sun Siyam Iru Veli
Sun Siyam Iru Veli, Maldives welcomes renowned culinary master, Mirko Zago, Executive Chef of Onest, Aist, Bro&N, and La Fabbrica restaurants in Russia, from 29th of October until 6th of November 2023, as part of the resorts’ ongoing exclusive celebrity chef residencies.
Throughout his tenure at Sun Siyam Iru Veli, visitors can anticipate an unmatched gastronomic voyage, enriched by the following creations brought to you by Chef Mirko Zago:
- Exclusive Dinners: Indulge in two exquisite dinners crafted by the maestro himself. One will be hosted at our elegant Roma restaurant, showcasing the chef’s signature dishes in an intimate setting. The other will be an extraordinary beachside affair, where the Chef will curate a unique set-up under the stars, making it an unforgettable culinary experience.
- Apéritif Set-Up: Elevate your experience during the Management Cocktail with an enticing aperitif set-up featuring Chef Mirko Zago’s specially crafted canapés. Savor the delectable flavors while mingling with like-minded food enthusiasts.
- Master-Class and Show cooking: Engage in an interactive and informative master-class with the Chef himself. Witness his culinary finesse and learn the secrets behind his mouth-watering creations. Whether you are a seasoned food enthusiast or a curious beginner, this experience promises to be enlightening and entertaining.
Hailing from the picturesque town of Aosta, Italy, Mirko Zago’s journey into the world of gastronomy began in 1988 when he honed his skills in local restaurants. Over the years, he embarked on a culinary adventure, working in esteemed establishments across Gstaad, Geneva, and Mallorca.
However, it was his return to Italy that marked the turning point in his career. Mirko Zago’s culinary prowess was showcased in prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, including the Petit Restaurant Hostellerie du Cheval Blanc and the Grand Hotel Royal and Golf in Courmayeur. Later, he further elevated his craft at the acclaimed restaurant The Terrazza in Rome’s Hotel Eden. However, it was his two-decade-long tenure in Moscow, leading the Syr restaurant and gaining fame as a discerning judge on MasterChef Russia, that truly solidified his reputation as a culinary virtuoso.
At present, Mirko Zago oversees the gastronomic delights at Aist, Onest, and Bro&N restaurants in Moscow, along with La Fabbrica in Rostov-on-Don for the esteemed Novikov Group. His culinary philosophy revolves around utilising fresh, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, resulting in dishes that mesmerise guests with their delightful simplicity—a result of his relentless pursuit of the finest ingredients and innovative cooking techniques.
Located in Dhaalu Atoll, a 40-minute seaplane flight from Velana (Male) International Airport, five-star Sun Siyam Iru Veli offers the ultimate tropical retreat with its sleek and spacious combination of 125 beach and overwater suites, that all feature a private freshwater pool. A haven for honeymooners and couples alike, looking for a laid-back vibe and a chic Maldivian experience to live the barefoot idyll. A huge draw of the resort is the extensive Premium All-Inclusive Signature Plan which includes endless dining opportunities within the six restaurants and bars, spa or diving and exciting motorised water sports credit, as well as guided snorkelling and sunset cruises. The main restaurant has a daily-changing menu to mix up seasonal flavours, whilst Mediterranean fare is served at Roma, Grouper Grill dishes up plenty of the ocean’s bounty with some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste. The overwater Spa, weekly pool parties, a world-class wine cellar, the romantic castaway sandbank getaway or a beach dining and cinema experience under the star-studded sky, are just some of the other unforgettable experiences available at Sun Siyam Iru Veli.
Book your stay now and secure your spot for this exceptional residency program. Get ready to indulge in the culinary creations of a true master amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. To find out more about the chef’s residencies and news at Sun Siyam Iru Veli or to book your stay, please visit www.sunsiyam.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELE | NA Spa and OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI team up to launch wellness plant-based menus
Elena Spa Company has recently announced its partnership with Executive Chef Chaitanya Sharma at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI to launch wellness plant-based menus. The collaboration is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and offering guests a unique and delicious culinary experience as part of the Wellness Your Way retreats.
ELE | NA Spa and Wellness and OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI have worked together to develop a series of plant-based menus that feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients and focus on promoting wellness and sustainability. Guests can expect a variety of dishes, from light and refreshing salads to hearty and satisfying main courses, all prepared with an emphasis on conscious nutrition.
The menus were designed to perfectly complement the wellness therapies on offer. ELE|NA Spa and Wellness is inspired by the elemental forces of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The spa and wellness sanctuaries provide guests with exclusive wellness rituals and local healing traditions crafted by international experts.
OZEN COLLECTION, an ultra-luxurious hospitality brand, provides guests with the ultimate in privacy and refined elegance for immersive holidays in beautiful locations along the Indian Ocean. Guests can enjoy blissful getaways surrounded by pristine waters and indulge in every amenity and luxury imaginable.
The wellness plant-based menus are now available at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that promotes wellness and sustainability. The collaboration between ELE | NA Spa and Wellness and OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI is a step towards healthier eating habits and sustainable living, and it is sure to be a hit among guests seeking a complete wellness experience.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives presents Chef Tom Sellers of two Michelin-starred restaurant Story
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands presents two Michelin-starred Chef, Tom Sellers of London’s Restaurant Story this February 13th – 18th for an exquisite 6-course literary-inspired menu at Beach Shack and share an intimate evening with guests sharing stories at EAU Bar as he reads from his best-selling book, ‘A Kind of Love Story’ – a behind-the-scenes peek about life in a world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurant.
Sellers honed his craft alongside the world’s greatest and most influential Chefs, including Tom Aikens in London, Thomas Keller of three Michelin-starred Per Se in New York and René Redzepi of the iconic Noma in Copenhagen – all before the age of 21. A luminary of the British culinary scene, Sellers opened Restaurant Story in 2013, winning a Michelin Star that same year. Developing an ever-changing seasonal tasting menu by incorporating characterful, playful and ingredient-led philosophy that breaks convention and merges fine dining with forward-thinking, casual restaurant culture, Tom Sellers’ ‘a-personal-journey-through-food’ concept, has won him huge critical and public acclaim.
At The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, Chef Sellers and his team will takeover Beach Shack for five days to present a menu inspired by stories and ingredients from London to the Maldives. On the menu, guests will dine on a Tuna Tart inspired by Sellers’ time when he lived and worked in New Yok and his favourite snack was an Oreo cookie! He wanted to create his version, but as a savoury snack. Other courses include a Maldivian Reef Fish with Plum Ponzu and Kaluga Caviar, a crudo inspired by Head Chef, Daniel Khoury who was born and raised in Peru. The Maldivian Lobster Ragout with Corn, Mushroom and Lobster Cream inspired by his signature pop-up experience, ‘Story by the Sea’ in Cornwall. The Red Snapper with Saffron Mayonnaise, Soffritto, Red Pepper Fish Sauce and Sauce Vierge inspired by Thomas Keller’s ratatouille dish which reminds Sellers of his younger days as an 18 year old apprentice and the craftmanship that goes into this dish. The piece de resistance will be the Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Potato Cake, Fudge, Baked Potato Ice Cream and Manni Oil of Life to end – a dish in celebration of Restaurant Story and one of the world’s finest olive oil producers.
Embarking on an exquisite culinary journey, guests at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will celebrate the visionary mind of one of the most original chefs of our time.
Throughout 2023, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ exhilarating line-up of bespoke guest experiences through personalised encounters with masters of crafts and craftmanship will create deeply meaningful and memorable experiences. From curated gastronomic adventures with Michelin-starred Chefs and artisanal culinary mavens, to exhilarating Behind the Bar experiences with award-winning bartenders from around the world. From discovering the essence of balance at The Ritz-Carlton Spa through wellness retreats and to enriching each stay with impactful conservation programmes.
For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and reservation enquiries, please visit ritzcarlton.com/Maldives
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