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7 days, 7 ways: Westin Hotels’ global signature sips at Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort



The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, located in Baa Atoll, the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, has joined hands with seven sister Westin Hotels & Resorts from around the world to launch a pop-up beverage menu featuring each hotel’s signature cocktail.

“Seven Days, Seven Ways” will be available at Sunset Bar, the ideal location to enjoy stunning views of the glistening Indian Ocean while catching up with family and friends, until October 2022.

Based on the idea of having a recommended daily cocktail coming from different exotic destinations, guests will be able to choose between signature cocktails from Brisbane, Tokyo, Dubai to Malta, Madrid, Panama and New York, while also having a taste of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort’s own signature Miri-Miri.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is an immersive destination for travelers to feel rejuvenated and refreshed, bringing to life the Westin brand’s Six Pillars of Well-Being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Feel Well, Work Well, Move Well, and Play Well. With a choice of four unique dining venues, The Pearl, Island Kitchen, Hawker and Sunset Bar, guests can experience a delightful range of cuisines during their stay to resonate the brand’s Eat Well passion point. Crafted at Westin is the brand’s newest beverage concept, also aligned with Eat Well, inviting guests to revive with an artisanal elixir. Each expertly mixed cocktail from signature Crafted at Westin menus around the world are infused with natural ingredients and fresh local flavors.A sneak-peek at the signature cocktails included in the pop-up menu: 

MIRI-MIRI by The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Miri means Young Coconut in Dhivehi (Maldives’ local language) and Miri-Miri brings to life the flavour of Maldives with a twist to one of the most known tropical drinks, Pina Colada.Inspired by its name, Miri-Miri is served in a coconut and is based on infused coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice, enhanced with hibiscus. The sweetness is balanced with diluted ginger in order to make this cocktail the best ally for sunny days in the Maldives or to make the most of a dreamy sunset.

RANGO DAIQUIRI by The Westin Brisbane

When it is hot outside – it’s second nature to seek a vibrant and refreshing libation, and Rango Daiquiri is The Westin Brisbane’s answer to the hunt for refreshing cocktails.With a base of aged dark rum and Campari along with Mango puree and a dash of rhubarb bitters, the Rango Daiquiri is a classic daiquiri with a bitterly sweet twist, envisioned as the perfect vacation delight to be enjoyed perched at The Westin Brisbane’s swim-up pool bar or beachside in the Maldives.

MONKEY MAGIC by The Westin Tokyo

Monkey Magic is one of the signature cocktails at The Bar at The Westin Tokyo, which features more than 350 varieties of whiskies from around the world.This fun and playful cocktail uses Monkey Shoulder Scotch whisky as its base, sweetened with banana syrup and maple syrup and topped with egg whites for a fluffy texture. It is designed to delight guests so that they can let loose and relax in the bar with this funky cocktail.

THE MIST by The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

The Mist, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi’s signature cocktail, takes guests back in time to the Prohibition Era in the USA. The presentation of the cocktail with its clandestine look, surrounded by smoke, represents the need to hide alcohol consumption and depicts how cocktails were consumed in a mysterious way during the Dry Law. This dry cocktail takes elements such as Bourbon and Cointreau, and counteracts them with sweet vermouth and lavender syrup, adding a final touch of gold an ode to the land where it comes from – Dubai.

MEDITERRANEAN SUMMER by The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta

Mediterranean Summer is inspired from the sunny, vibrant and historic island of Malta. Based on Vodka, Passoa, strawberry syrup, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice, this signature cocktail combines citrus and fruity notes bringing a breath of freshness during the sunny days of summer in Malta, and is also ideal to enjoy the tropical weather of the Maldives.

LA VIOLETERA by The Westin Palace, Madrid

La Violetera” is a very indigenous Madrilenian cocktail inspired by the famous candies sold since 1915 in a shop named La Violetera. This violet-flavoured candy became very famous years ago, as King Alfonso XIII would buy them for his wife, Queen Victoria Eugenia.With a base of Belvedere vodka mixed with violet syrup, grapefruit juice, homemade blueberry syrup and mint leaves, this cocktail is a refreshing accompaniment to a stunning sunset

PEARL ISLAND by The Westin Playa Bonita Panama

Pearl Island is named after an exclusive tropical location in the Pacific coast in the Gulf of Panama, composed of more than 200 islands surrounded by nature. Pearl Islands is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches, scuba diving, and whale watching, as well as well-preserved nature and marine life.A sip of this signature cocktail from The Westin Playa Bonita Panama will transport you to Pearl Islands, with the flavors of coconut, mango, and pineapple – all exotic fruits that are found there in plenty.

HEAVENLY RYE by The Westin New York at Times Square

Manhattan is a go-to cocktail for the rich and famous in New York. The classic Manhattan cocktail has the richness of whiskey, the subtle sweetness of vermouth, and the bitters to balance it all out making it a perfect starting point for many variations that still retain the classic flare. The Westin New York’s signature Manhattan includes Benedictine for a note of honey and a blend of Angostura and Orange Bitters to bring balance with a hint of bitterness.


Nova Maldives to hold three-day event with visit of highly acclaimed Champagne house Nicolas Maillart



Mark your calendars for the 6th to 8th of November when the bright new star among resorts in the Maldives, Nova, will be hosting the vintner, Nicolas Maillart, for an exclusive three-day event, delving into all facets of wine and oenology. With a legacy dating back to 1753, the Nicolas Maillart family has a rich history of vine cultivation and the crafting of exceptional sparkling wines. Their business ethos is grounded in viticulture and precise winemaking techniques. Now, led by the ninth generation, the legacy endures with the esteemed business continuing to thrive in the industry.

The commitment displayed by Champagne Nicolas Maillart, the champagne house bearing his name, extends beyond the art of winemaking. The family’s dedication to environmental sustainability is boldly materialised in the installation of 130 square meters of photovoltaic panels in 2009, generating 90% of their power needs and significantly reducing their carbon footprint. This commitment allows their customers to enjoy their delightful wines without compromising the welfare of their environment.

Collaborating now with the soulful island Nova, the event will feature a showcase of Nicolas Maillart’s incredible new products, along with a presentation delving into the winery’s rich history and background. These remarkable three days will also encompass an exclusive dinner hosted at Flames, the fine grill house restaurant, where fire-kissed dishes are grilled to perfection. The restaurant will offer an exclusive menu, including mouthwatering Fine de Clair oysters, succulently gratinated with champagne sabayon and tarragon. Visitors can also indulge in the Mud Crab Ravioli, a sumptuous culinary delight served in the most delectable sauce, or a Kurobuta Pork Chop which is chargrilled with garlic puree, purple potatoes and the aromatic pommery mustard.

With a degustation of 10 different exclusive Nicolas Maillart champagnes to choose from, guests can enjoy the sweetest taste of France and embark on a journey, witnessing the creation of the world’s most beloved drink from start to finish. Spotlighted products include six bottles of signature Nicholas Maillart, Chaillot’s Gillis which is 100% Chardonnay, and six bottles of Mont Martin which is 100% Pinot Meunier delight.

Enveloped by dreamy pristine lagoons teeming with vibrant marine life, Nova is a paradise on earth where luxury greets natural beauty in the heart of the Indian Ocean. Together with esteemed winemaker Nicolas Maillart this November, the natural laidback island presents an extraordinary opportunity to explore the world of champagne that is sure to tantalise taste buds and pique the interest of every gastronome.

“This partnership marks a significant milestone in Nova’s journey as we continuously seek ways to elevate our guest experience. We have joined forces with Nicolas Maillart as their commitment to quality mirrors our own, and we are excited to learn from their centuries-old expertise. Nova believes in responsible tourism and sustainability, and working with a like-minded partner such as Nicolas Maillart, inspires us. Their dedication to environmental sustainability, investment in solar energy and carbon footprint reduction is a testament to their responsibility towards our planet. Through this partnership, we will introduce our guests to exclusive culinary delights that perfectly complement the champagne experience. Flames, our fine grill house restaurant, will host exclusive dinners that promise to be a feast for the senses. This memorable event will not only tantalise our guests’ taste buds but also deepen their appreciation for the artistry of winemaking and the immense craftsmanship that goes into each bottle,” says Abdulla Aboobakuru, General Manager of Nova Maldives.

A 5-night stay from 6th to 11th November at Nova is now available with a limited-time flash sale discount of 52% on all room types and meal plans for 2 adults. Book at the island resort’s website:

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Marriott’s Clash of Mixologists Finale 2023 to take place at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives



Marriott International has announced the much-anticipated grand finale of the Clash of Mixologists competition, a prestigious individual cocktail competition that aims to promote the rich Beverage Culture and unearth hidden talents among the associates of Marriott International managed hotels in Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives.

In collaboration with renowned establishments 28 Hong Kong Street (Singapore), Junglebird (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and main event sponsor Malfy Gin, the competition garnered immense enthusiasm and participation from mixologists in the region. Out of a pool of 40 highly skilled participants from the various hotels and resorts in the three countries, six exceptional associates have emerged as finalists in the competition, each ready to showcase their unique mixology flairs at the grand finale to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. The finalists were chosen based on their crafted cocktails, each with its own unique story and recipe, through a combination of scores from judges evaluation and an internal social media contest. These are the talented mixologists representing some of the finest Marriott International hotels in the region:

  • Beril Elmas Özüerler – The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
  • Daniel Thomas Stanislas – The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
  • Carman Lee – The Westin Singapore
  • Karan Vanker – W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
  • Eliza Tan – Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown
  • Jeffri Sulaiman – The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur

The judging panel for the grand finale to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will include distinguished experts from the industry including Divyesh Chauhan, Owner of JungleBird, Kuala Lumpur – Ranked 35th in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 and Lukas Kaufmann – Operations Manager of 28 HongKong Street, Singapore – Ranked 24th in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2023. As well as a representative from MMI Maldives (Maritime and Mercantile International) – that exclusively supplies premium beverages to resorts and has achieved 100% distribution across Maldives, will also join the event as esteemed judges along with Anuj Sharma, Area Director of Operations, Marriott International, Singapore & Maldives.

The finalists’ cocktails will be judged based on various criteria, including background & authenticity, technique & execution, appearance, taste & aroma, and complexity & originality. The winners will receive exciting prizes, and all finalists will receive an artisanal Cocktail Kit and a Cocktail Journal. They will also receive a certificate of recognition for their outstanding achievement. Additionally, Marriott International aims to explore opportunities to include the champions in international competitions, enhancing their exposure on a global stage. All participating hotels will feature the creations of their bartenders at their bars for guests to experience, sip and savour.

“We are exhilarated to witness the culmination of the Clash of Mixologists competition, which has been a celebration of creativity and passion for mixology. This unique event has brought together associates from our Marriott International Managed Hotels in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Maldives, fostering a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition among our talented mixologists. The grand finale at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, promises to be a spectacle, highlighting the finest cocktails and the incredible talents behind them. We extend our gratitude to our esteemed partners, 28 Hong Kong Street, Junglebird, and Malfy Gin, whose unwavering support has made this journey truly remarkable. Clash of Mixologists exemplifies our commitment to nurturing talent within the beverage culture and reinforces Marriott’s dedication to delivering exceptional experiences to our guests worldwide,” said Anuj Sharma, Area Director of Operations, Marriott International, Singapore & Maldives.

Malfy Gin, as the main sponsor of the competition, continues its regional partnership with Marriott International through Clash of Mixologists, reaffirming its commitment to supporting emerging mixology talent. The collaboration seeks to promote creativity and innovation within the beverage industry.

The finale is confirmed to be held on September 8, 2023 at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands where the six finalists will showcase their skills. Clash of Mixologists stands as a testament to Marriott International’s dedication to fostering talent and promoting the art of mixology in the region. This inclusive competition has provided a precious platform for high-potential talents to shine on an international level.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s bartender team collaborates with world-renowned mixologist Giovanni Depergola



In a remarkable stride towards redefining luxury libations, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s bartender team embarks on an exhilarating week-long journey of intensive bartending training, from August 7th to 14th which is spearheaded by the illustrious Giovanni Depergola, the Co-Founder and Head of Education at Alembic Liquid Education System.

Renowned for its relaxing beauty and unparalleled hospitality, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has consistently striven to provide an unforgettable experience for its guests. The forthcoming bartending training aligns seamlessly with the resort’s commitment to excellence, as it seeks to further refine its beverage services. The team’s immersion into this intensive program led by Giovanni Depergola underscores the resort’s dedication to staying at the forefront of the industry’s evolving trends and customer expectations.

Giovanni Depergola’s presence as the lead mentor for this training adds an extra layer of prestige to the training. With a reputation for his expertise and innovation in the world of mixology, Depergola’s guidance is expected to ignite a creative spark within the bartender team. As the Co-Founder and Head of Education at Alembic Liquid Education System founded in 2016, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, promising to impart not only technical skills but also a deeper understanding of the artistry behind mixology.

As the week-long training commences, the bartender team anticipates an immersive experience that will broaden their horizons and refine their craft. As the resort continues to set new standards in luxury hospitality, this training marks a significant step toward ensuring that every guest’s visit is imbued with the magic of finely crafted cocktails and impeccable service.

Take advantage of the free transfer offer this August and immerse yourself in luxury, relaxation, and an unforgettable dining experience at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, visit the resort’s website or contact reservations at 00960 656 0125 |

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