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The Beach Bar at Kurumba Maldives gets refreshed

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Maldives Promotion House – Kurumba Maldives is embarking on a revitalization of its cocktail lounge and entertainment venue, the Beach Bar. The Beach Bar has evolved into a fusion of contemporary and classic Maldives.

The refreshed Beach Bar maintains traditional high wooden ceilings, wooden floors and external wooden decks combined with contemporary indoor  and  outdoor lounges, ottomans, pods and day beds. The external glass walls and doors have been removed and replaced with clear rolling blinds  to  allow more  airflow  and improve the views of the Indian Ocean and the adjacent beach.

By popular requests, the outdoor area of the Beach Bar has been redeveloped, allowing for an all new outdoor  lounge areas and day beds  surrounded by well-lit trees, offering  a  cozy and romantic feel. Guests can enjoy the beautiful starry skies of the Maldives;  take  in  the  cool  breeze  of  the  Indian Ocean while enjoying a mix  of modern and classic cocktails, served by their attentive and friendly staff.

The Beach Bar is most popular with guests due to its diversity of nightly entertainment. Three different Bands play at Kurumba with their own range  and  style  of music. One  night per week is  theMaldivian Bodu Beru dance and drums which encourages guest participation. Other nights, there is an open air DJ party, weekly guest cocktails, wine tastings and a jazz evening.

The Bar Manager,  Upul Hettiarachchi  has  specially  developed  a delicious cocktail list suiting the tropics with themed  bellini’s, martinis, mojitos, caprihinas, long drinks, classics and alcohol free versions. A  perfect  way to refresh after  relaxing days  under the sun  or taking part in one of the many recreational activities that Kurumba has to offer.

The Beach Bar is one of three bars and nine restaurants on Kurumba Maldives.  The other bars are the Sand Bar on the sunset end of the Island, Rendezvous for Karaoke, dance nights and live sports. The other restaurants include La Cucina  serving Italian, Al Qasr a Middle Eastern Restaurant, Ming Court offering Chinese Cuisine,  Kurumba  Mahal  serving  Southern  Indian, Hamakaze serving Japanese Tapan-yaki, Ocean Grill services Asian and Maldivian fusion, Kurumba Café services  worldwide classics, Vihamana serving an international buffet and Room Service offering 24 hour in Villa dining. This makes Kurumba the ideal Maldivian Island for guest who likes to have a large choice of dining, beverages and entertainment experiences.

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It takes 2 (Chefs and Hearts!): Season 2 at Baraabaru at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

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A tantalising culinary sequel unfolds from April 2, 2024 in the dramatic lagoon-top setting of Baraabaru at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.

The partnership between Indian-born, New York-based Chef Hari Nayak and Baraabaru’s Head Chef Kishan Singh continues with a second menu, marking the next chapter in a collaborative journey that began in October 2023. This new menu not only showcases the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the Indian subcontinent and the Maldives but also ventures into new territories and passions.

The Nayak-Singh Baraabaru partnership is more than a marriage of ingredients and creativity; it’s an alignment of philosophies and passions. Visionary Chef Hari Nayak’s journey from the coastal city of Udipi, India, to the world’s most prestigious restaurants is reflected in his modern yet authentic interpretation of Indian gastronomy. Chef Kishan Singh is celebrated for his dedication to natural flavours and meticulous focus on fresh, authentic dishes, complementing Chef Nayak’s global perspective with deep-rooted local wisdom.

The new season Baraabaru menu expands its gaze beyond the Southern coastal recipes that defined Chef Hari’s India’s childhood and the first menu, embracing a pan-Indian approach with a modern twist. “We’re thrilled by the overwhelming reception from our guests who have recently dined at Baraabaru,” comments Didier Jardin, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. “We’re excited to elevate the dining experience even further with this new menu selection that features popular favourites as well as a selection of new dishes.”

Signature starters include the Kokum Cured Tuna, which marries the tangy essence of Bhel Puri with creamy avocado in a refreshing cold salad. The Tandoori Grilled King Oyster Mushroom is a subtly spiced delicacy; its meaty texture the perfect canvas for the smokiness of the tandoor. The Kosha Mangsho, a Bengali-style slow-cooked mutton, is prepared with black masala, offering nuanced layers of intense yet comforting flavour. The Burrata Butter Chicken combines the charred smokiness of tandoor-baked chicken tikka with the velvet texture of melted burrata and a richly roasted tomato makhini sauce. The Lamb Shank Biryani is a majestic assembly of slow-cooked lamb with aromatic saffron-infused Keralan rice, sweet caramelised onions and the buttery crunch of toasted cashews.

Chef Hari Nayak’s favourite dish, the Ghee Roasted Baby Eggplant, pairs the creaminess of ghee-enriched eggplant with the warmth of red chilli and the tang of tamarind. Served with a feather-light Neer Dosa, this dish expresses the revered chef’s hallmark blend of classic flavours with modern flair. Chef Kishan Singh’s chosen dish is the Goan Peri Peri Prawn served with garlic pachadi and curry leaf oil.

As guests dine beneath Kuda Huraa’s endless skies, each bite explores the treasures of sea and land – and tells the tale of two chefs united in their passion for Indian flavours, fresh Maldivian ingredients, and the joy of creating together.

To book a table at Baraabaru,email: reservations.mal@fourseasons.com or call the central reservations department of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at tel: (960) 66 00 888.

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Intercontinental Maldives welcomes Chef Mauro Panebianco for exclusive residency

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InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort has announced a week-long residency with Mauro Panebianco, an excellent chef known for his exquisite take on Italian cuisine. Set to take place between April 27th and May 4th, guests can look forward to an incredible culinary spectacle as the chef will be preparing various dishes for 3 nights at Lighthouse, an oceanfront culinary gem renowned for its brilliant Mediterranean culinary creations and scenic views.

Passionate about food since his early years, Chef Mauro has over 3 decades of experience mastering Italian cuisine. Originally from Busto Arsizio, a city that serves as the gateway to Milan, Chef Mauro has worked with a series of renowned establishments around the world, including La Terrazza in Rome and the Giorgio Armani restaurant in Munich. He is currently the Executive Chef of Cantinetta Antinori in Moscow, where he has spent nearly 2 decades honing his skills in crafting the finest Italian dishes and pastries.

The talented chef will also help host a management cocktail event, presenting his signature canapes and offering guests a glimpse into the artistry behind his creations. Driven by his passion for culinary excellence and a desire to impart knowledge, Chef Mauro will organise a masterclass delving into the intricate techniques of preparing pasta and pesto from scratch. This enlightening masterclass will offer participants a hands-on experience and inspire them to develop their skills in creating the essential elements of Italian cuisine.

Chef Mauro believes in infusing every dish with emotion, offering guests a journey of exquisite simplicity and taste that leaves a lasting impression on their senses and memories. During the residency, he will be showcasing his culinary artistry for 3 unforgettable nights, crafting gastronomic masterpieces that embody his philosophy and embrace the timeless elegance of Italy, creating a truly exceptional dining experience.

The Lighthouse restaurant, where this incredible gastronomic journey will take place, celebrates the rich Mediterranean cuisine and sources the finest ingredients and seafood. Located at an enchanting lighthouse, the restaurant offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the property and the serene Indian Ocean. With its warm and inviting atmosphere and alfresco setting, complemented by the exquisite dishes prepared by Chef Mauro, the Lighthouse restaurant is the ideal choice for discerning diners seeking an elegant dining affair.

Tucked away in the secluded Maamunagau island, this astonishing resort offers a charming setting where guests can unwind and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of this tropical archipelago. With Chef Mauro coming soon to join the resort for his residency, diners are invited to embark on a culinary voyage to the heart of Italy, where every dish reflects the passion, expertise, and artistry of this authentic cuisine.

Rates for stays in April 2024 start from USD 1058 ++ per night in an Overwater Pool Villa, including daily breakfast for two and Club Intercontinental benefits including complimentary daily afternoon tea, aperitif hour and pool refreshments. For more information, please visit www.maldives.intercontinental.com or contact reservations.icmaldives@ihg.com.

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The Old Man’s exclusive pop-up event at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has announced an extraordinary collaboration with The Old Man, the celebrated Hemingway-inspired bar from Hong Kong, distinguished as one of The World’s 50 Best Bars. This distinct pop-up, available from the 6th to 13th April, invites guests to embark on a unique mixological adventure, led by the famed bartender, Ben Ayad.

In the picturesque setting of Rangali Bar, guests will be treated to bespoke cocktails, each narrating its own story. These creations are a tribute to Ernest Hemingway’s legacy and are infused with the rich palette of the island’s flavors. Ben’s mastery in mixology, combined with the vibrant local essence, ensures each drink is not just tasted but experienced.

Highlighting the week-long event is a special cocktail pairing dinner on 9th April at the world-renowned Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Guests will have the rare opportunity to dine beneath the ocean’s surface, enjoying a meticulously crafted menu paired with bespoke cocktails. Ben will utilize the island’s freshest ingredients to craft delicious cocktails, perfectly paired with each course.

“We are honored to present to our guests a first-of-its-kind exclusive pop-up event at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in collaboration with The Old Man. This event is a celebration of storytelling through taste, set in one of the world’s most stunning locations. Bringing together The Old Man’s mixology art with our unrivalled dining setting, reflects our commitment to offering our guests curated experiences infused with authentic Maldivian warmth,” Thomas Hoeborn, General Manager of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 world-class brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard WiFi. Members also have access to contactless technology exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using Digital Key.

For booking and further information, please visit www.conradmaldives.com or contact MLEHI.Experiences@conradhotels.com.

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