On Saturday June 13th Children’s Day 2015 by welcoming 27 Maldivian children, aged between 2 and 15, from the orphanage “Kudakudhinge Hiyaa”, on Villingili Island, to enjoy an exciting afternoon of fun filled activities at the resort. This is the third year running that Kurumba has celebrated International Children’s Day along with the children of Kudakudhinge Hiyaa. After a thrilling speedboat ride from Villingili island to Kurumba, the children delighted in spotting fish and baby sharks along the jetty of the resort. Then at the Majaa Recreation Center the children enjoyed a delicious buffet and sweet treats laid on by Kurumba’s team of chefs. This was then followed by team games accompanied by Kurumba’s mascots and a piñata, culminating in the distribution of candy and a goody bag for every child. Mohamed Najmee, Operations Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated: “This year we unfortunately had to postpone the occasion due to the weather conditions, however the team was fully committed to carry out this event for the enjoyment of the children. We at Kurumba endeavor to support our local community through events and projects like this.” The Kudakudhinge Hiyaa orphanage, on Villingili Island houses children between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old. This self-supporting charity requires help from the local community and travel industry in order to continue to provide a homely, safe, caring and educational environment for these children. Kurumba Maldives has an ongoing commitment to Kudakudhinge Hiyaa and over the past 2 years has provided numerous improvements to the orphanage’s residential areas. These include upgrades to the kitchen, laundry, play areas, CCTV and installing new computers, along with providing ongoing consumables such as linen, cleaning equipment, toys and complimentary repairs and maintenance.
Anantara and Naladhu Maldives are welcomes back Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder to their kitchen for a two-night guest chef appearance in the first week of August 2015. Delighting epicurean travellers staying at Naladhu, Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli Resort & Spa in South Malé Atoll, Chef Heiko will create an exquisite nine-course tasting menu, served exclusively at The Living Room in Naladhu for two evenings.
The driving force since 2008 at The Restaurant in The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Chef Heiko is renowned for his fresh and innovative gourmet cuisine, and was awarded two Michelin stars in 2011. Further accolades include the Gault Millau since 2012 and for Chef Heiko personally in 2014 he was awarded the titles of “Best German Chef abroad” by Gault Millau Germany and “Le Grand Chef du Guide Bleu” by Guide Bleu 2014/15 for his culinary creations.
After training at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Hamburg ) Heiko Nieder went to Le Canard Josef Viehhauser in Hamburg in 1994, and in 1995 to the Zur Traube for Dieter L. Kaufmann, Grevenbroich. In 1997 he joined Vau in Berlin. In 2002, he came as a chef in the l’ Orquivit in Bonn, where he was awarded the Michelin Guide of 2005 with his first Michelin star.
“Having watched documentaries on Chef Heiko and after the distinct pleasure of his first guest dinner with us in March this year, I admire his dedication to perfection, being under pressure every day to deliver a two-star Michelin experience,” compliments Torsten Richter, Cluster General Manager of Naladhu and Anantara Resorts in South Malé Atoll. “Chef Heiko has a contemporary plating style, which is in keeping with the elegant surrounds of The Living Room and timeless nature of Naladhu. It is an honour for us that Chef Heiko will be returning for special appearance, cooking solely for just 16 guests each night. It will be truly a memorable event, and one which places the Maldives high on the international map for culinary excellence.”
Q&A with Two-Star Michelin Chef Heiko Nieder
When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
My grandmother was a cook and she cooked wonderfully. As a child I would try to imitate her dishes, but I never actually wanted to become a cook myself. There was a risk of becoming thick…then while still at school I did the usual practical placement, working in the office for an import-export company. I quickly realized that I never wanted to work in an office, but the company was trading tea and vanilla, and those were the things that fascinated me. Shortly afterwards I helped a neighbour, who was a trained chef, to create a buffet. The work with food was so much fun and tasted so delicious…that’s when my decision was clear to become a Chef.
Name some inspirational mentors in your career and why?
All my kitchen chefs have taught me so many things, and each of them has made an impression on me in one way or another. And from there, you find your own way…but every good cook who has his own style has inspired and motivated me!
How do you describe your signature cooking style?
Light, modern cuisine with an extraordinary combination of flavours!
With two Michelin stars and “Germany’s Best Expatriate Chef” to your name, where does your creative inspiration come from?
I never want to be bored in my place of work. And in that quest, I would like our guests to have some participation. The search and discovery of new creations and combinations using the best ingredients is always exciting, but it should never be experimental just for the sake of showing off. The result should always be as if the unusual finds a natural yet surprising harmony together.
What was most surprising about your first visit to Anantara in the Maldives in March this year?
The knowledge, the enjoyment at the workplace, the quality of food and the work ethic of the whole kitchen team, from the Chef to the youngest member of the team, I was quite honestly extremely positively surprised. It was so much fun!
Is there a Maldivian ingredient or dish that has since then provided inspiration for your dishes?
There is a dish with smoked fish, coconut and a few other ingredients. It was a joy to eat and it stimulated my own ideas for a few new creations too. Which destinations have surprised you most as foodie hotspots? I find that in every country, every region has something for me to get excited about. There are great dishes to discover everywhere, you just have to find them, and when I do, I am the happiest person in the world!
Do you prefer to pair wine with food, or food with wine?
I prefer to have the dish first and then seek a wine to pair it with. But that’s because we do it that way here on a daily basis. The guests choose first the food and then the wine. The other way around is also fun though, and I do that more at home or for special guests.
What can guests at Anantara in the Maldives expect from your forthcoming visit?
An evening that will make your holiday, in addition to the great location…the islands, the resort, the amazing personnel, the Maldives alone….even more special and memorable!
Only 16 seats are available for this special event, so hurry up and reserve at [email protected]
Slated to open on 1 November 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort Will Introduce a New Level of Bespoke Luxury in the Heart of the Maldives Archipelago
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the signing of an agreement with Residency Resorts Malé Private Limited, part of the Chennai-based leading property developer, Appaswamy Group, to debut the renowned St. Regis brand in the Maldives. Set to open in 2016, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury services to one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, ideally situated on the private Vommuli Island in the Dhaalu Atoll.
“We are pleased to partner with Starwood to bring this hotel to life: marrying the bespoke service of the St. Regis brand with the ‘barefoot luxury’ mentality of the Maldives,” said Ravi Appasamy Managing Director of Residency Resorts Male Private Limited. “The brand’s allure, coupled with Starwood’s powerful loyalty program, is sure to entice affluent travelers to visit this enchanting destination.”
“Celebrated as one of the world’s best addresses, the Maldives is a befitting destination to introduce the St. Regis brand to a discerning set of global guests,” said Jim Petrus, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “This incredible addition to the St. Regis portfolio has been conceived in perfect harmony with the island’s lush vegetation and pristine lagoon.”
A 40-minute seaplane ride southwest from the Republic’s capital city Malé, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will be located on a private atoll spanning more than 20 acres, surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a secluded lagoon with sparkling turquoise waters. The resort will feature 77 luxuriously appointed private villas, all with a distinct contemporary design scheme inspired by the island’s natural materials and color palette. Guests will have access to a tranquil spa with six private treatment rooms; an infinity swimming pool; state of the art fitness center and yoga space; as well as a dive and activity center. With an all-day dining restaurant, three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will also offer guests rich culinary experiences including the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail, which was first created at the flagship St. Regis New York hotel in the 1930s and is served at each of the brand’s 34 hotels and resorts around the world.
“This signing further fuels Starwood’s strong growth momentum in South Asia, where we continue to see strong demand for high-end hotel accommodations,” added Sudeep Jain, Vice President Acquisitions and Development, South Asia, Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “The upcoming arrival of the St. Regis brand in the Maldives underpins our commitment to Starwood’s luxury portfolio in this dynamic market.”
This announcement follows on the heels of the recent signing of The St. Regis Mumbai, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year. The St. Regis Vommuli Resort will further strengthen Starwood’s fast-growing portfolio in South Asia, where the company currently operates 48 hotels with an additional 48 hotels in the pipeline, including W Goa Retreat & Spa and Le Méridien Nagpur in India; Le Méridien Paro, in Bhutan; Le Méridien and Sheraton in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sheraton in Colombo, Sri Lanka, all due to open in the region within the next two years.
The St. Regis Vommuli Resort joins Starwood’s dynamic local portfolio that includes W Retreat & Spa – Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
J Resort Alidhoo offers a window into the Maldivian culture. Giving an enhance holiday experience not just in terms of facilities and luxury but also in terms of connecting guests to an important part of Maldivian culture and heritage.
Dawn rises and a stunning vista of sun-kissed lagoons and palm-fringed beaches slowly unfolds. Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili, welcomes you to where tranquility and flawless beauty is imbued with the legacy of Maldivian heritage. Located in the midst of the Maldives oldest historical Raa Atoll, the Resort weaves cultural heritage, natural wonders and an idyllic island lifestyle into a rich tapestry of unforgettable experiences.
Spread over 100 hectares of pristine coral reef, this teardrop paradise island features 105 elegantly appointed beachfront and over-water guest rooms including 5 luxurious suites, each one commanding spectacular views of the shimmering Indian Ocean.
The 6 gastronomic venues at Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili offer a smorgasbord of flavours from around the world, whilst Loama Spa provides the ultimate pampering experience for a complete rejuvenation of the senses. The Resort’s Business Centre & Library coupled with the state-of-the-art Fitness Centre; Pilates, meditation and yoga classes; and 30-metre beachfront infinity pool will revitalize mind and body in a paradise setting.
Whether it is relaxation, adventure or cultural appreciation, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili has a plethora of leisure activities to suit the young and young at heart. Wander along a picturesque walking trail to ancient bath and wells at the heart of the Resort. Experience Maldivian culture through cooking classes, local village trips by traditional Dhoni and at Loama Museum and Loama Art Gallery. Sample fresh harvest from the organic vegetable farm and go sunset fishing the Maldivian way.
From scuba diving amongst rare coral and manta rays, fun at the Dhondhooni Kids Club to bespoke dining on a private island, every exquisite moment is touched with the impeccable hospitality and authenticity that is unique to the Resort.
Thulhagiri Island Resort & Spa is situated in North Malé Atoll approximately 13km from the airport and takes 25 minutes by speed boat from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Thulhagiri offers the perfect balance of an unspoiled tropical island with all the comforts.
Thulhagiri island, is the smallest island nearby to Airport where you would get the feeling of true paradise.
Vivanta By Taj Coral Reef Maldives has all the exotic ocean views and dramatic sunsets that are de rigueur for any tropical holiday. The twist comes when you step into your villa and instead of the usual beach decor, find a streamlined, sophisticated take on resort accommodations. Vivanta by Taj has revamped the resort experience from stem to stern and offers the ideal escape at a stunning value proposition.
Divers, beach bunnies, and honeymooners – are all invited. After you descend into Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, a luxury speedboat spirits you and your luggage away to Hembadhoo Island, where you arrive at Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef. The resort is a diver’s dream destination with numerous diving sites and it’s very own reef and shipwreck to explore. For those that prefer to stay on land, the view of the lagoon dotted with water villas is hypnotic. No matter where you travelled from, your world is about to become filled with white sand and magnificent coconut palms. Let Vivanta by Taj introduce you to bliss.
Come experience the Maldives you’ve always dreamt of at Royal Island Resort & Spa. Amidst the sparkling jewels of the Indian Ocean, the exquisite Maldives luxury hotel shines and dazzles above all. Indulge and immerse yourself in a colourful journey of discovery, where shores lined with luxuriant banyans and lush palms yield to a majestic underwater world that will render you speechless.
Enjoy the superb services and facilities, including the lavish Araamu Spa and a fabulous selection of restaurants and bars . Relax and unwind with a vast selection of resort activities, including a fully equipped gymnasium, tennis, and squash to scuba diving and water skiing . All of this awaits you at this Maldives luxury resort – just let us show you the way.
Imagine an island right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with bright white beaches, a lagoon awash in deep blues and aquamarines, and soaring coconut palms swaying in the breeze. Paradise Island Resort & Spa to be precise, an uncompromising destination of luxury and comfort. A network of paved pathways winds through the lush grounds, connecting the oceanfront accommodation, gourmet dining spots, sports facilities, and an inspiring spa – each serving to make your Maldives island resort holiday whatever you’d like it to be. Treat yourself to true tropical-inspired luxury at this alluring Maldives island hotel, where unforgettable experiences await.
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is set amongst the perfect islands and blue ocean of South Ari Atoll, a five-star resort that offers complete barefoot luxury along with a range of exciting activities that will appeal to singles, couples and families.
Whitewashed timber villas with thatched roofs are perched in the lagoon and linked to the island by wooden walkways, evoking the image of a tropical island community, while the suites are tucked into the fragrant gardens. A white-sand beach rings the island, and the reef with its own dedicated shipwreck forms a world of exploration for snorkellers and scuba divers.
Under the resort’s Ultimate All-Inclusive plan, this is the island where cash is not required. Guests enjoy champagne breakfasts, a choice of superb cuisines for lunch and dinner, an open bar all day up to midnight, minibar replenished daily, a sundowner cocktail party every evening, generous daily spa credits at Spa Cenvaree, snorkelling equipment, non-motorised water sports and off-island excursions.