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Tasting notes from Argentina at Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives



As part of the monthly culinary immersion series at Grand Park Kodhipparu this month’s experience is presented in partnership with Catena Zapata Winery – Argentina.

Founded in 1902, Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata is known for its pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and in discovering extreme highaltitude terroirs in the Andean foothills of Mendoza. The family’s Adrianna Vineyard at almost 5,000 feet elevation has been called the Grand Cru of South America. The story of Catena is the story of Argentine wine. In saying so, the story of Catena becomes the story of Argentine wine.

The best recollections of vineyards and wine come in two vintages. One is scented with the wilderness and rolling hills, the charm of the cloud-play over vineyards and scented vivid sprigs of the spring, golden amber of autumn, and the soft chill of the winter frost– a peaceful beauty all of its own. The other resonates aged finesse, aroma of the grapes, mood lighting in dark cellars, corks popped and sabered, the raucous lifting of flutes and merry spillages on laden tables.

“We want our guests to every day be filled with joie de vivre. If that means bringing the tasting notes from Argentina to the Maldives…so, be it. This June we partner with Bodega Catena Zapata and Grape Expectations to present to our guests this exquisite gourmet experience. Catena’s Asia Pacific ambassador Tamara Amaya will breakdown the enology of pairing to individual dishes of a delightful six course menu our Executive Chef has curated with the tastemakers of Catena,” says General Manager Raffaele Solferino.

Every year Grand Park Kodhipparu’s team of sommeliers, mixologists & cigar aficionados undergo the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education program with Sommelier & Wine Educators at Grape Expectations. 

Besides the curated gourmet journeys of Grand Park Kodhipparu also offers a series of thoughtfully designed private dining experiences. Private floating sunrise breakfast or sunset rendezvous has caught the attention of travellers from different corners of the world as a unique way to start or end a day in paradise. From dining under the stars to dining at the award winning Firedoor set eloquently overwater, Grand Park Kodhipparu guarantees a sensational culinary affair on this secluded island. Whether you are seeking a sophisticated gastronomic experience or simple farm-to-fork fare find out everything you can expect and more at Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives.

Designed by world-renowned hospitality firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, the resort is an oasis of luxury and tranquility, featuring thoughtfully designed spaces across the island alongside modern interiors inspired by the elements unique to the Maldives. The resort’s generous range of leisure facilities includes an overwater spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully equipped marine sports centre, a recreation beach club, Little Explorers kids’ club, three outstanding destination-dining offerings and an infinity pool.


The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort presents exclusive wine dinner featuring Vollereaux Winery



The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort invites guests to experience an exceptional dining event on May 28, 2023. This exclusive dinner will showcase a six-course menu thoughtfully paired with an exceptional selection of wines from the renowned Vollereaux winery, recognized for over 200 years of winemaking heritage among six generations. The event will be held at the resort’s picturesque beach, providing a stunning backdrop for an unforgettable evening.

Julien Breuzon, the Export Director of Vollereaux, will host the evening for guests at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Breuzon will expertly guide guests through each wine selection, providing insights into the vineyard’s history, production methods, and unique flavor profiles. To mark the beginning of this exciting partnership, the resort will showcase a personalized Vollereaux Champagne bottle at Sunset Bar, followed by a tasting, open to all guests, to celebrate the resort’s commitment to providing the ultimate indulgent experience.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Jorge Colazo, the menu will offer six courses that blend local flavors with a fine dining twist, expertly paired with a variety of Vollereaux wines. From Fines de Claires oyster with Vollereaux Champagne, Maldivian tuna tartar matched with La petit Balthazar Vioginer-Sauvignon Blanc 2021, to Smoked Angus beef paired with Quintessence Ventoux Chateau pesquie Rouge 2020, each dish will offer a unique culinary experience. The elevated menu is crafted with Westin’s Eat Well pillar in mind, prioritizing nutritious and wholesome ingredients that nourish both the body and mind.

“We are excited to bring this unique dining experience to our guests,” said Deepak Kumar, Director of Food & Beverage of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. “This exclusive event is the perfect opportunity for guests to connect and savor world-class cuisine and wines in an unforgettable setting.”

The intimate atmosphere of the dinner will accommodate a limited number of guests, in line with the winery’s philosophy that wine is a gathering point. The event will commence at 7:30 pm and is priced at USD 245++ per person. Don’t miss out on this remarkable opportunity to relish an exquisite dining experience in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

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Vakkaru Maldives to host ‘Sip and Savour Tuscany’



Vakkaru Maldives is excited to bring a slice of Tuscany to the island paradise this January with an ultra -exclusive wine dinner on 22 January 2023, in collaboration with the famed Banfi winery, one Michelin star Chef Domenico Francone, and Di-vine Cellars Maldives.

The one-night-only dinner at Isoletta beach, will see Chef Domenico create a five-course dinner showcasing the best of Italian flavours paired with a curated selection of wines from the Banfi portfolio.

Banfi was founded in 1978 by Italian-American brothers John and Harry Mariani. Over the past 40 years, Banfi has built a successful and notable history through four key pillars – pioneering, research, innovation, and sustainability – that have helped shape the company’s story and contributed to its success. The Banfi is arguably the most famous of the brand’s Italian wineries. Located just outside the hilltop village of Montalcino, in one of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions, Tuscany, it produces world- class Brunello’s, Rosso’s and Super Tuscans. Banfi also operates other estates throughout Tuscany and Piedmont, producing various red, white, and rose wines.

The centrepiece of their extensive vineyards in Tuscany is the stunning, walled and turreted 13th-century castle, Castello Poggio Alle Mura. It houses a hotel, a glass museum, the Enoteca, and two restaurants, including the one Michelin star, La Sala dei Grappoli — Chef Domenico Francone’s domain.

Originally from Puglia, Chef Domenico Francone grew up in a family with a strong culinary tradition. After graduating from the IPSAR Antonio Turi in Matera, he gained experience in several prestigious Italian and international restaurants, including at German super chef Heinz Beck’s starred restaurant in London, Apsleys. On his return to Italy, he was offered the executive chef post of La Taverna, Castello Banfi’s other restaurant. He then headed the opening of La Sala dei Grappoli, serving a seasonal menu of traditional Tuscan dishes with a modern twist that won the restaurant its first Michelin Star in 2020.

Chef Domenico will bring his culinary expertise and authentic Tuscan flavours to Vakkaru and create an unforgettable dining experience for guests.

“I am amazed by the natural beauty of Vakkaru island and all the wonderful experiences it offers. I look forward to enjoying them when I am on the island. I am thrilled to bring the authentic flavours of Tuscany to Vakkaru and to share my passion for Italian cuisine with the guests,” he says.

“The combination of my signature dishes such as the ‘Tortelli like Eggplant Parmigiana’ and the ‘Tenderloin, artichoke, vegetables caponata and Brunello di Montalcino Jus’, and the exceptional wines from Banfi will create a truly unforgettable dining experience.”

Speaking about the upcoming dinner, Iain McCormack, General Manager, Vakkaru Maldives, says: “We are always looking for ways to enhance the guest experience at Vakkaru and give them elevated culinary offerings. Thanks to Di-vine Cellars, this collaboration with Chef Domenico and Banfi allows us to do just that. We can’t wait for our guests to experience the authentic Italian taste and exceptional wines at Isoletta.”

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THE OZEN COLLECTION hosts partners retreat in Champagne region of France



THE OZEN COLLECTION and Mr and Mrs Charbaut of the Guy Charbaut Champagne House hosted a one-of-a-kind retreat from 16 to 17 December for three senior partners in the Champagne region of France.

Quintessential Champagne lifestyle came alive through a stay at the family home of Mr and Mrs Charbaut. Cellar visits, masterclasses, tastings, gastronomy, and charming nights in the heart of a world heritage site added to the memorable experience.

Salil Panigrahi, the Managing Director of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, and Stephane Laguette, the Chief Commercial Officer, personally invited the partners. On the invitee list were Tom Chamber, the Managing Director of Hummingbird Travel, and James Robertson, the Regional Destination Manager of Scott Dunn. THE OZEN COLLECTION was also represented by the Director of Wine, Nicolas Laguette.

THE OZEN COLLECTION creates timeless sanctuaries that exude tranquillity and inspiration. An abundance of sophisticated experiences seamlessly blended with a grand sense of space and design, tailored wellness journeys and an enriching culture set apart the brand’s two resorts in the Maldives.

OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, the first resort under this brand, opened in July 2016. THE OZEN COLLECTION’s success story continues in the Maldives with the addition of OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, launched in December 2020.

THE OZEN COLLECTION recently announced plans to expand its portfolio with two new properties, OZEN MANSION KOLKATA in India and OZEN PRIVÉ ATHIRI GILI in Maldives. The new additions will bring distinctive, unique concepts to the portfolio – be it an elegantly lavish interlude amidst the old-world charms of Kolkata or a sustainable, secluded sojourn in the Maldives.

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