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Le Meridién Maldives Resort presents glamorous culinary calendar this November



Internationality and diversity characterise the culinary offerings of Le Meridién Maldives Resort & Spa with its six restaurants and bars since its opening in 2021. Also in November, guests can look forward to various culinary events in a class of their own in the paradisiacal hideaway.

On November 14, Asia-Pacific Brand Ambassador Kate de Fleuriot will take wine lovers on a journey through South Africa’s vineyards. If you are in the mood for some bubbly, you will get your money’s worth on 22 and 23 November, when Champagne Cattier owner Jean Jacques Cattier and his export director Pierre-Samuel Reyne spoil guests with fine sparkling wine at the Sunset Champagne Picnic on the private island of Bodu Finolhu and at the delicious Lobster & Champagne Fête. The culmination of the culinary month is a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on 24 November.

South Africa meets Maldives at South African Wine Dinner

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa’s culinary event calendar in November starts internationally – as does the F&B philosophy of the island hideaway in the Indian Ocean. Let Kate de Fleuriot, Asia-Pacific Brand Ambassador of South African Wines take you on an epicurean journey through a 5-course degustation menu paired with aromatic wines from her country. At the South African Wine Dinner on 14th November, aromatic South African wines meets a five-course tasting menu crafted by the Executive Sous Chef Siva and his team. Kate de Fleuriot, Asia Pacific Brand Ambassador for numerous South African wineries such as Mulderbosch, Springfield Estate, Mullineux, Testalonga and Southern Right Pinotage, will guide hotel guests through the evening at Velaa Bar + Grill. The curated wine selection is tastefully rounded off with food pairings such as grilled seafood, vegetables and meat. Relish a delectable and interactive wine dinner curated specially for all our guests.

Sparkling enjoyment with Cattier champagne on two unforgettable evenings

Champagne represents the very highest level of excellence in sparkling wine. Friends of luxurious sparkling wine will get their money’s worth on two evenings. On 22 and 23 November, Champagne Cattier owner Jean Jacques Cattier and Export Director Pierre-Samuel Reyne will host guests at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, as our culinary team will take guests on an gourmet journey paired with exquisite Cattier champagnes. At the Sunset Champagne Picnic on 22nd November on the resort’s exclusive private island Bodu Finolhu, champagne and canapés will be served during the famed Golden Hour of the Maldives. On the evening of 23rd November, the Lobster & Champagne Fête in Velaa Bar + Grill will combine a selection of the finest Cattier champagnes such as the Brut Nature 1er Cru, Brut Icône or Clos du Moulin Brut 2012 varieties with an enjoyable four-course menu. At both events, Champagne Cattier owner Jean Jacques Cattier and Export Director Pierre-Samuel Reyne will share their many years of experience in champagne with our curious and creative minded guests, while they savour the good life with exquisite culinary soirée’s.

Thanksgiving in Paradise

To round off the culinary event calendar, guests at Le Méridien Maldives can look forward to a festive Thanksgiving dinner on 24 November. After two eventful events with a focus on fine wines and champagne, soak up to the traditions of Thanksgiving by adding a delicious culinary element to your island getaway, making it much more memorable. Toast to the warm sense of gratitude over a traditional Thanksgiving American spread along with an array of multi cuisine dishes in eclectic designed restaurant Turquoise, where guests can graze from the dinner buffet with the ocean breezes and endless vistas of Maldives. Families and friends can celebrate this heartwarming holiday together in this heavenly idyllic island, and as tradition would have it, spend beautiful hours with their loved ones over comforting delicious food.

Encounter the unexpected while you sip, sway and savour under the Maldivian sun and make Thilamaafushi island home for this November.

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Muraka Restaurant at Mirihi Island Resort receives 2024 Wine Spectator Award



Muraka Restaurant at Mirihi Island Resort in Maldives has received the Wine Spectator award for 2024. This recognition is part of the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards, which highlight restaurants with notable wine lists that align well with their cuisine and attract a diverse range of wine enthusiasts.

Muraka Restaurant has consistently met these standards, earning the award each year since 2013. This continuous recognition underscores the restaurant’s commitment to offering a wine selection that complements its culinary offerings and appeals to a broad audience of wine lovers.

The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards programme is designed to celebrate establishments that excel in the realm of wine service, providing patrons with a thoughtfully curated wine experience. Muraka’s achievement reflects its dedication to maintaining high standards in this aspect of dining.

Muraka Restaurant’s ongoing success in securing this award showcases its role as a significant player in the Maldives’ dining scene, particularly in the niche of wine-centric cuisine. The restaurant’s wine list is recognised for its variety and relevance, making it a notable destination for guests seeking an exceptional wine and dining experience at Mirihi Island Resort.

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Dive into fun with popsicles at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort’s pool bar



Get ready to chill out and dive into a burst of flavour with the exciting new popsicle experience at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort! The Pool Bar will transform into the ultimate spot for fun, flavor, and unforgettable memories.

Picture this: the sun is shining, the pool is glistening, and suddenly, the delightful sound of a bell rings out. Bartenders will be roaming the pool bar area, offering a tantalising selection of popsicles in three mouth-watering flavours: Lemon Margarita, Passion Fruit Margarita, and a refreshing Strawberry Non-Alcoholic Margarita. Each popsicle is crafted to perfection, providing the perfect blend of cool refreshment and delicious taste.

When guests hear the bell, it’s time to get excited! One of the friendly bartenders will be on the move, bringing popsicles directly to guests around and in the pool. It’s a spontaneous and delightful way to cool down while soaking up the sun. The visually stunning presentation and the refreshing flavours are sure to catch attention and add a splash of fun to the day.

The popsicle experience is all about creating joy and sparking connections. The bartenders are trained to engage with guests, ensuring everyone feels part of the fun. The resort encourages guests to capture and share our popsicle moments on social media, spreading the joy with friends and fellow travellers.

The resort believes that every moment at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort should be memorable. The daily popsicle event is designed to add a unique and playful touch to the stay of guests.

Mercure Kooddoo Resort offers a unique Maldivian holiday for discerning guests. Combining style and substance with beautiful beachfront views and lush accommodations, the resort provides everything needed for the perfect getaway.

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Gourmet bliss: Escapade gourmande by Constance Hotels in Maldives



Luxury, enjoyment and culinary delights: from August 11 to 18 2024, the Escapade Gourmande – translated as “Gourmet Getaway” – will take place at Constance Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives. During this exclusive gastronomic experience, the two Constance hotels on the islands of Halaveli and Moofushi in the Ari Atoll will present exquisite, multi-course dinners.

The event will be hosted by the partner winemaker, Domaine Albert Mann from Alsace, ensuring a rich selection of fine wines throughout the event. Renowned for their commitment to biodynamic farming and excellent wine quality, Domaine Albert Mann produces wines that beautifully express the terroir of their vineyards. Their involvement ensures guests will enjoy a curated selection of fine wines, perfectly paired with each dish to enhance the overall culinary experience.

Joining them are renowned Bocuse d’Argent 2019 winner, Swedish Chef Sebastian Gibrand; 2019 Asia’s Best Pastry Chef, Fabrizio Fiorani from Italy; and French Pastry Chef and influencer, Thomas Alphonsine. All three played significant roles at the annual Constance Festival Culinaire in March 2024 at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius: Chef Gibrand served as a jury member, Chef Fiorani participated as a contestant, and Thomas Alphonsine attended as an influencer to cover the event.

Constance Moofushi Maldives:

  • Monday 12th August: Sandbank Wine Evening orchestrated by Chef Sebastian Gibrand, paired with Albert Mann wines
  • Tuesday 13th August: Breakfast Pastry corner by Thomas Alphonsine and Wine Tasting in the lagoon with Chef Sebastian Gibrand & Chef Fabrizio Fiorani, paired with Albert Mann wines

Constance Halaveli Maldives:

  • Wednesday 14th August: Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Gibrand & Chef Fabrizio Fiorani paired with Albert Mann wines
  • Friday 16th August: Breakfast Pastry corner by Thomas Alphonsine

Jerome Faure, Corporate Sommelier at Constance Hotels & Resorts, expresses the importance of pairing that elevates each meal during the event: “The concept is to put the main characters, the winemaker & chefs, together for them to create the perfect harmony.”

A highlight of the event also includes a masterclass by Domaine Albert Mann, which provides a unique opportunity for Constance’s sommeliers to participate in valuable, educational training sessions. Guests and participants look forward to an unforgettable week.

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