I had the privilege of attending the exclusive launch of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort’s carbon-free menu at the renowned Sea Salt Restaurant, and it was truly an extraordinary experience. With my passion for sustainable practices, I was delighted to witness the resort’s commitment to environmental conservation, particularly on World Environment Day.
Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed to explore the resort’s organic herb garden, where the Executive Chef, Riccardo Pinna, and the resident gardener, Ali Thakan, shared their insights on the recent introduction of this innovative concept. By cultivating organic herbs and vegetables within the resort, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort has significantly reduced carbon emissions associated with the transportation of such items from external sources. Given that the Maldives heavily relies on international imports for vegetables, this initiative demonstrates a commendable effort to mitigate the carbon toll.
Following the enlightening garden tour, we were invited to indulge in the resort’s new carbon-free menu, aptly named “From Garden to the Table,” with the esteemed presence of the General Manager, Mohamed El Aghoury. Every ingredient in the menu was organically grown and responsibly sourced, ensuring a harmonious blend of eco-friendliness and delectable cuisine—a true celebration of World Environment Day.
The culinary journey began with a delightful starter of organic watermelon and tomato jam, accompanied by the subtle flavors of local coconut and basil. The freshness of the ingredients was evident, and each bite was a testament to the resort’s commitment to quality and sustainability.
For the main course, we were treated to Wahoo cooked with coconut water and spinach. The Wahoo, a prized fish in the Maldives, was impeccably prepared, allowing its natural flavors to shine through. The infusion of coconut water and spinach added a unique touch, enhancing both the taste and the eco-consciousness of the dish.
To conclude this exceptional dining experience, we were presented with a sweet finale—a mini banana mousse served with a refreshing aloe vera and mint sauce. The combination of flavors was delightful, and the use of locally grown ingredients further underscored the resort’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort’s carbon-free menu launch was a true testament to the power of sustainable dining. From the enlightening garden tour to the thoughtfully crafted dishes, the resort has demonstrated Marriott International’s commitment to environmental responsibility and providing guests with an unforgettable culinary experience. Chef Riccardo Pinna and his talented culinary team have succeeded in nourishing both the body and soul, showcasing the beauty of eco-friendly cuisine.
I commend Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort for its dedication to sustainable practices and urge travelers to support such initiatives. By choosing to dine at Sea Salt Restaurant and experience the carbon-free menu, guests can indulge in exceptional gastronomy while contributing to a more sustainable future for the Maldives and beyond.
Introducing ‘Madi Hiyaa’: Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru’s overwater Yakitori oasis
A culinary masterpiece merging nature and innovation
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru proudly presents its latest architectural gem, Madi Hiyaa, an exceptional standalone overwater Yakitori Restaurant and Bar, featuring an incredible sea saltwater infinity pool, breathtaking sunset panoramas, caressed by the gentle sea breeze, and offering an authentic Japanese culinary experience with a Maldivian influence, all crafted from locally-sourced ingredients. Crafted meticulously with bamboo, this architectural wonder seamlessly blends nature’s elegance with contemporary design to provide the utmost comfort and relaxation. Guests can unwind in style, lounging on oversized hammocks adorned with luxurious throw pillows, indulging in the plush comfort of spacious daybeds, and finding solace in the inviting ambiance of a cozy sitting area. Anticipated to open its doors in November 2023, Madi Hiyaa is set to redefine destination dining at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru.
Innovative and Eco-conscious Design
Inspired by the Dhivehi language, where Madi symbolises “ray,” and Hiyaa signifies “shelter,” the name Madi Hiyaa pays heartfelt tribute to the graceful rays of the ocean. The newest addition to the resort’s elevated epicurean journey not only acknowledges the ocean’s majestic rays, but also provides a tranquil retreat, much like the rays of the ocean find refuge.
The naming of this exceptional architectural creation was an extraordinary celebration of teamwork and creativity. Associates from across the resort enthusiastically participated in a naming competition, exemplifying Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru’s commitment to fostering a sense of community and collaboration among its dedicated team members.
The award-winning Nomadic Resorts, headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and renowned for sustainable architectural projects, plays a pivotal role in bringing the Madi Hiyaa project to life. Their expertise in innovative and environmentally responsible design ensured that the architectural vision seamlessly blended with the natural beauty of the Maldives.
Japanese Cuisine with Maldivian Essence
Madi Hiyaa offers a symphony of flavours that will tantalise the guests’ taste buds. Drawing inspiration from the finesse of Japanese gastronomy while deeply rooted in the essence of the Maldives, a team of expert chefs has artfully curated a menu that harmoniously blends local ingredients with Japanese culinary expertise – allowing the guests to embark on a gastronomic voyage that embodies richness in every delectable bite. Furthermore, a dedicated mixologist is crafting innovative and alluring concoctions that complement the exquisite dining experience.
Guests can satisfy their palates not only with diverse selections of sushi rolls, sashimi, and Madi Hiyaa’s signature yakitori creations but also with authentic Japanese classics. They can also revel in the delectable Omakase set menu, using local fishers’ catches and freshly harvested herbs from the resort’s garden. Highlighting our passionate chefs’ creativity, each meal will be concluded with mouthwatering desserts like Anmitsu, Japanese cheesecake, or Shinsen’na Kattofurūtsu featuring locally grown organic fruits. To enhance the dining experience, wine pairings will also be available.
Alongside Madi Hiyaa’s opening, the resort’s new Food and Beverage Director, Karim Boulet, of French descent and a distinguished figure in the hospitality and fine dining industry, boasting nearly two decades of invaluable experience and exemplifying a commitment to outstanding stewardship in culinary experiences will oversee the entire food and beverage operations.
“I am thrilled to be part of this charming property with a dynamic team. With the upcoming launch of Madi Hiyaa in November, my team and I are preparing to introduce a captivating selection of Japanese Whisky and Sake options. We are also planning to offer enticing cooking classes and live training sessions under the impeccable stewardship of the Japanese-speciality chef, inviting guests to immerse themselves in this culinary experience,” expressed Karim.
Hery Kuswoyo, General Manager of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru enthused: “Madi Hiyaa doubles as an ideal space for intimate gatherings, such as weddings and renewal of vows. This remarkable addition assumes a prominent role in our continuous efforts to enhance the delivery of outstanding guest service, setting new standards for luxury and innovation, while showcasing our commitment to sustainability from every angle. This encapsulates the promise of Madi Hiyaa.” Top of Form
Experience the exquisite: ‘Stories of the Sea’ seafood culinary delight at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort this October
Take a culinary trip this October of the Maldivian sea, and experience an exclusive Asian-inspired Haute cuisine menu led by guest chef Shahfi Yusoff from Kayuputi at The St. Regis Langkawi
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has announced – Stories of the Sea – a unique seafood culinary experience, exclusive for guests visiting the resort this October.
For two nights only, guest chef Shahfi Yusoff from the award-winning Kayuputi restaurant at The St. Regis Langkawi will visit The St. Regis Maldives to serve guests with his special, curated signature menu that showcases an Asian-inspired haute cuisine with a local, exotic touch.
Under the theme ‘Stories of the Sea’, the menu encapsulates a mix of Malaysian and international flavors, combined with modern French cooking techniques in a seafood-oriented menu that boasts locally sourced ingredients from the Maldivian sea.
“My cooking philosophy is simple. I believe that the key to delivering the finest epicurean adventures is through the freshness of ingredients combined with modest cooking techniques to bring out their natural flavors,” says Chef Shahfi Yusoff.
Inspired by Kayuputi’s eccentric ocean dream design concept by world-renowned Bill Bensley, Chef Shahfi has designed this menu to delight diners with his culinary prowess. He is supported by a team of talented chefs at The St. Regis Maldives, each a master in their own individual culinary fields. Together, they bring you a remarkable culinary experience featuring signature dishes such as the red snapper asam pedas risotto, Alaskan crab umeboshi granita, truffle ice cream with Oscietra caviar, and Langkawi black bee honey.
“At the St. Regis Maldives, we make the everyday exquisite and welcome guests into our home to experience the extraordinary in an unparalleled setting,” says Vincent Pauchon, General Manager of The St. Regis Maldives. “We are thrilled to introduce the latest culinary concept from the Kayuputi restaurant at St. Regis Langkawi. The esteemed chef, Shahfi Yusoff, will be present to personally deliver this concept. It’s a pleasure to combine the very best of our bespoke programs from some of St. Regis’ finest destinations, in the Maldives, and continue to offer luxurious experiences to our guests.”
The ‘Stories of the Sea’ experience will be available for guests to book at underground wine cellar Decanter on October 12, 2023 (USD 395++ per person) and The Whale Bar on October 15 , 2023 (USD 195 ++ per person). Both events are by booking only. For more information, please visit http://stregismaldives.com.
Two Michelin star chef presents culinary theatre of dreams at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Always looking for new ways to create extraordinary guest experiences on its secluded island paradise, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is set to push the boat out and take its guests on an amazing culinary adventure this November as the luxury Maldivian resort welcomes a very special guest chef to its award-winning SEA Underwater Restaurant. On November 13 and 14, guests at the resort will be treated to two exceptional evenings of gastronomic delights served up by renowned two Michelin star chef, Mano Thevar.
Overseeing the gastronomic extravaganza, Chef Mano Thevar is the owner of Thevar, a two Michelin-starred Modern Indian restaurant in Singapore which specialises in a creative multi-course menu that is rooted in Indian traditions and crafted with European techniques and Japanese produce. Chef Mano is now set to take his Michelin star show on the road when he hosts the Culinary Theatre of Dreams at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas this November.
Born and raised in the diverse and vibrant surroundings of Penang, Malaysia, Chef Mano draws on his Indian heritage as he combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with modern European techniques to tantalise the palate with a delightful interplay of flavours. Having cut his teeth as a chef in Michelin-starred Guy Savoy and Waku Ghin restaurants, he opened Thevar in 2019. Chef Mano now holds the proud distinction of being the first Malaysian chef to have two Michelin stars to his name.
Taking his Michelin star show on the road, Chef Mano is set to delight diners at Anantara Kihavah this November when he hosts a Culinary Theatre of Dreams at SEA Underwater Restaurant. Situated six meters below the waves, the iconic SEA restaurant will immerse guests in a sensory journey like no other, allowing them to savour world-class cuisine while surrounded by the mesmerising aquatic world of the Maldives.
The gastronomic adventure begins on November 13, 2023 with the first of two consecutive nights of underwater dining at the resort’s iconic SEA Underwater Restaurant as part of the highly anticipated Culinary Theatre of Dreams. For USD 325++ per person, the eagerly anticipated event will showcase a unique six-course menu crafted by Chef Mano specifically for this occasion, with the option for guests to choose between wine pairing and non-wine pairing experiences.
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