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Healthy is no longer boring: JOALI BEING takes wellbeing focused F&B experiences to next level



Ahmed Shaheen, the esteemed Food and Beverage Manager at JOALI BEING, has transformed his humble beginnings as a room attendant at Paradise Island Resort into a remarkable career spanning over 20 years in the hospitality industry. Today, he leads the Food and Beverage team at JOALI BEING, the first luxury wellbeing island of its kind in the world, where he masterfully incorporates the island’s philosophy into every aspect of the dining experience.

Having worked with prestigious resorts such as Four Seasons Resort Maldives, W Maldives, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, and Vakkaru Maldives, Shaheen’s dedication to excellence and passion for hospitality have earned him a reputation as an industry leader.

“I’ve always believed in the power of hard work and perseverance,” Shaheen says. “My journey has taught me that with dedication and a willingness to learn, anything is possible.”

At JOALI BEING, Shaheen’s primary focus is guiding his team to create exceptional dining experiences that align with the island’s wellbeing concept.

“Our goal is to provide our guests with a holistic approach to wellbeing, and that includes the food and beverages we serve,” he explains. “Our kitchens are laid out in such a way that there’s no room for cross-contamination. We carefully curate our menus to ensure that they are not only delicious but also nourishing and in harmony with our guests’ wellbeing journey.”

JOALI BEING’s culinary journey embraces an Earth-to-Table initiative, ensuring ingredient traceability and providing fresh, locally harvested, and sustainably sourced foods that support small farms. The island’s culinary philosophy is centred around engaging with unique ingredients in a timeless and respectful manner, allowing for a deeper understanding and appreciation of their origins. Its food offerings create a harmonious path for profound discovery by immersing guests in an environment that encourages personal transformation through unforgettable and thoughtfully curated experiences.

The island’s nutritionists have skilfully crafted all food and beverage options based on its four pillars – Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy – presenting a variety of flavours and cuisines that balance health and indulgence. For guests seeking a more personalised experience, JOALI BEING offers tailored nutrition sessions and collaborative menu recommendations.

“Working closely with wellbeing experts, we develop menus that are both nutritious and indulgent. We believe that wellbeing should be enjoyable, and our culinary offerings reflect that philosophy,” Shaheen says. “Our guests can expect to find dishes that are rich in flavour, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and designed to support their overall wellbeing.”

What sets JOALI BEING’s Food and Beverage service apart from other islands is the attention to detail and the personalised approach to dining.

“We understand that each guest has unique preferences and dietary needs, so we strive to create bespoke dining experiences that cater to their individual tastes while staying true to our philosophy and pillars,” Shaheen shares. “Our team is trained to anticipate our guests’ needs and to go above and beyond to ensure that their dining experience is nothing short of exceptional.”

As a Maldivian himself, Shaheen is passionate about inspiring the next generation of hospitality professionals in his home country. His message to young Maldivians who wish to pursue a career in tourism and hospitality is one of encouragement and determination.

“The hospitality industry offers incredible opportunities for growth and personal development,” he says. “My advice to young Maldivians is to be open to learning, embrace challenges, and never give up on your dreams.”

Shaheen’s own career is a testament to the power of perseverance and the opportunities that the hospitality industry can provide. From his early days as a room attendant to his current role as Food and Beverage Manager at JOALI BEING, Shaheen has consistently demonstrated his commitment to excellence and his passion for creating unforgettable experiences for guests.

As JOALI BEING continues to redefine luxury wellbeing in the Maldives, Ahmed Shaheen’s leadership and vision for the island’s Food and Beverage department will undoubtedly play a crucial role in its success. With his wealth of experience and unwavering dedication to his craft, Shaheen is poised to make a lasting impact on the Maldivian hospitality industry and beyond, all the while making JOALI BEING an ideal destination for your next holiday or vacation.


Sun Siyam Iru Fushi celebrates World Baking Day with collection of Chief Baker Mohamed Abdulla’s Croissanterie



Sun Siyam Iru Fushi celebrated World Baking Day on May 17, 2024, in style. Guests were treated to a delectable selection of freshly baked croissants, expertly crafted by the esteemed Chief Baker of the resort, Chef Mohamed Abdulla.

World Baking Day is cherished by baking enthusiasts all over the world, and Sun Siyam Iru Fushi went above and beyond to make this year’s celebration unforgettable. Guests at the resort were invited to enjoy a variety of meticulously prepared croissants, created by Chef Mohamed Abdulla and his team. Against the backdrop of the Maldives’ pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, the event not only honoured the art of baking but also showcased the vibrant culinary scene at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi.

Chef Mohamed Abdulla, a local from Shaviyani Atoll who is known for his passion for perfection and innovative culinary creations, left no stone unturned in ensuring that each croissant was a masterpiece of flavour and texture. From classic butter croissants to unique savoury and sweet variations, every bite was a delightful symphony of taste sensations, leaving guests craving for more.

“We are delighted to have celebrated World Baking Day with such enthusiasm and creativity by our homegrown talent,” said Mr. Abdulla Atham, Resort Manager of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “Once again, Chef Mohamed Abdulla and his team have showcased their dedication in delivering exceptional Maldivian culinary experiences to our guests.”

The celebration of World Baking Day at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi was a testament to the resort’s commitment to culinary excellence and guest satisfaction. As a leading luxury resort in the Maldives, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi continues to captivate visitors with its unmatched hospitality, breathtaking surroundings, and world-class dining experiences.

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Embark on culinary adventure with Ifuru Island Maldives’ new Social House Theme Nights



Ifuru Island Maldives has unveiled its latest culinary offering: Social House theme nights, inviting guests to indulge in a gastronomic journey inspired by the world’s oceans. Each night of the week, guests can immerse themselves in a feast of flavours, expertly curated to showcase the diverse cuisines found along the shores of the Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, South China Sea, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Oceans, and beyond.

Monday: Indian Ocean Extravaganza

Kick-start the week with a celebration of Indian and African culinary traditions. Dive into a rich array of fragrant curries, from creamy butter chicken to spicy vindaloo, complemented by tantalising African delicacies such as peri peri chicken and bobotie.

Tuesday: Mediterranean Sea Delights

Transport your taste buds to the shores of the Mediterranean with an array of vibrant dishes bursting with freshness. Indulge in crisp Greek salads drizzled with olive oil, succulent grilled fish seasoned with aromatic herbs, and hearty Moroccan tangines brimming with tender meats and aromatic spices.

Wednesday: South China Sea Fusion

Experience the culinary melting pot of the South China Sea with an enticing fusion of flavors from Thailand, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Delight in the zesty tang of Thai green curry, the savoury satisfaction of Chinese dim sum, the fragrant aromas of Vietnamese pho, and the bold flavours of Filipino adobo.

Thursday: Pacific Ocean Fusion

Embark on a journey across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, where the culinary landscapes of Peru, Japan, Hawaii, and beyond converge. Sample the freshness of Peruvian ceviche, the artistry of Japanese sushi, the vibrancy of Hawaiian poke bowls, and the eclectic flavours of North American and Chilean cuisine.

Friday: Night of the Atlantic Oceans

Experience the best of the Atlantic Oceans with a sumptuous spread of hearty meats and traditional dishes from France, Argentina, Brazil, the UK, and Spain. Indulge in sizzling steaks from Argentina, tender coq au vin from France, feijoada from Brazil, comforting shepherd’s pie from the UK, and flavourful paella from Spain.

Saturday: International BBQ – White Party

Join us for a lively International BBQ featuring a white-themed party, where guests can indulge in a variety of grilled specialties from around the world, set against the backdrop of Ifuru Island’s breathtaking scenery. Indulge in an array of grilled delights from around the globe, from smoky American ribs and juicy Australian prawns to succulent South African braai and tender Argentine asado, all while dressed in your finest white attire.

Sunday: Maldivian & Seafood Extravaganza

Wind down the week with a leisurely afternoon by the pool, accompanied by a feast of Maldivian specialties and fresh seafood delights. Enjoy an array of freshly caught fish, grilled lobster, and savory tuna dishes, alongside traditional Maldivian favorites like mas huni and garudhiya.

“We are thrilled to introduce our Social House theme nights, offering guests a culinary voyage across the world’s oceans where guests can explore the vibrant tastes of the oceans without ever leaving the island,” said Rochelle Kilgariff, General Manager of Ifuru Island Maldives.

“Each evening promises a unique journey that celebrates the rich tapestry of flavors from around the world,” said the Executive Chef of Ifuru Island Maldives.

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives invites chocolate lovers to savour sweetness on World Chocolate Day



Sun Siyam Iru Fushi invites chocolate lovers to embark on the ultimate cocoa adventure during World Chocolate Day on July 7th, 2024 while turning up the sweetness with a line-up of exclusive events featuring the Luchie Suguitan, the genius chocolatier and co-founder of Co-Chocolat, a premium chocolate maker based in Dubai.

The day’s festivities will include:

  • Morning Event: Guests will kick start their day with a tantalizing Vegan Chocolate breakfast presentation at Iru restaurant, featuring a variety of delectable creations showcasing Co Chocolat’s artisanal expertise against the stunning Maldivian backdrop.
  • Afternoon Event: In the afternoon, guests can join a Vegan Chocolate Cooking Class Demo Presentation with Luchie. Participants will learn to craft two signature desserts, from rich truffles to elegant soufflés, amidst the island’s picturesque scenery.
  • Evening Event: As the sun sets, indulge in a Vegan Chocolate Dessert presentation during the dinner buffet at Iru restaurant. Luchie will showcase a selection of sumptuous chocolate delights, promising an unforgettable gastronomic experience under the stars.

Luchie Suguitan’s journey to co-founding Co-Chocolat with her sister Eman began with a quest for healthy chocolates. Disappointed by the lack of options during their travels, they ventured to the Philippines to study cacao farming. Their experience led to the establishment of OPM in 2016, supporting Filipino cacao farmers. Today, with the support of 42 impact investors from various countries, Luchie and Eman continue to champion fine cocoa and healthy chocolates through Co-Chocolat. Their dedication to sourcing premium ingredients and promoting sustainable farming practices has not only elevated the chocolate-making process but also created a community-driven brand focused on delivering exceptional taste and nutritional value. Co-Chocolat’s chocolates are crafted in micro-batches, ensuring each piece is a testament to quality and care. By sourcing beans from small-holding farmers who take pride in their produce, the brand not only supports local communities but also ensures the premium quality of its chocolates. With a commitment to transparency and traceability, Co-Chocolat invites consumers to not only indulge in delicious treats but also to support a sustainable and socially responsible chocolate-making process.

“We are thrilled to partner with Luchie Suguitan and Co Chocolat to celebrate World Chocolate Day in true Maldivian style,” said Abdulla Atham, Resort Manager at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. “This extraordinary event exemplifies our commitment to delivering exceptional culinary experiences that elevate the senses and create lasting memories for our guests.”

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to embark on a chocolate-filled journey of discovery at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. Book your stay now and immerse yourself in the ultimate chocolate lover’s paradise amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives. For more information about the World Chocolate Day celebration or to book your stay please click here.

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