An evening spent at 135° East on Maafushivaru

135° East – They do sound like GPS or compass coordinates. But not in Maafushivaru, a magical island set in the southern tip of Ari Atoll in the Maldives as the coordinates refer to the name of its famous ‘Hibachi restaurant that opened in 2012. Sounds interesting enough?

Dining at 135° East, MaafushivaruDining at 135° East, Maafushivaru
Dining at 135° East, Maafushivaru

The art of teppanyaki hails from ancient Japan and has been around since centuries where using the Teppan (iron grill) was key to cook meats and vegetables. Soon it developed into a huge success and gained a remarkable popularity for its eclectic showcase of talents while producing delicious treats. The combination of sushi and teppanyaki was born and has then grown into one of the most popular cuisines enjoyed by many around the globe.

Food, Maafushivaru

To find that in the Maldives is even better, and Maafushivaru took the opportunity to serve the finest and freshest ingredients delicately created as you spectate. A talented chef skillfully captivates the audience as he flutters kitchen knives and forks, carving meats and vegetables combined with an elegant showmanship of the secret arts of Teppanyaki cookery. Minutes later
you’re served sizzling hot food served with condiments and the right amount of zest infused.

135° East, Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant, Maafushivaru
135° East, Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant, Maafushivaru

The restaurant is set on an overwater pavilion connected to a private jetty. Auburn flamed sunsets are frequent backdrops to complement your dining experience paying tribute to its unique name; 135° East.

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives

For an ultimate holiday experience, the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa, rated among the best hotels in Maldives is your perfect destination. With a new look and better facilities, Hakuraa Huraa promises to offer you the wonders of sun, sand and sea in a backdrop of ultimate comfort.

Hakuraa Huraa means ‘Reef above water’. What makes this reef even more special is the spectacular island resort that has been designed to complement the splendour of the island. It’s called Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa.

Located 145 km from the capital, Malé, it takes 45 minutes by seaplane to get to this idyllic 6-acre island paradise. Once you arrive be prepared for memorable times. Surrounded by an azure ocean lagoon replete with the wonders of the underwater world, this is a paradise for diving and snorkelling. Some of the water sports activities offered include windsurfing, sailing and canoeing.

Blissful days blend into balmy evenings. Memorable nights lull you into an idyllic state of mind. After sunset the entertainment begins with disco music and the famed Maldivian cultural show. These are memories to cherish. Accommodation at this spectacular beach hideaway includes 70 over water bungalows and 10 beach bungalows. Apart from these luxuries is the world-class Sanctuary Spa. Blissful and relaxing. This is just the way it should be.

Once you sample the heady mixture of secluded serenity, thrilling water sports activities, soothing spas, relaxing beaches all wrapped in the luxurious comfort of modern amenities – you are bound to want the experience again.