Take a scenic 20-minutes Domestic flight from Male International Airport to the beautiful island of KIHAA Maldives. This heavenly coral island is nestled in the heart of Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Which is also home to the world famous Marine Protected Area of Hanifaru Bay.
Surrounded by a magnificent house reef, experience the magical underwater world like no other. Swim with the majestic whale sharks. Dance along with the manta rays. Revel in the wonders of the Maldivian waters. Your adventure begins here.
The island of KIHAA features 124 villas and suites – all offering picturesque views of the ocean. From Water Villas to Beach Suites, staying at KIHAA ensures privacy and comfort. A home away from home.
Sample the selection of wines by the glass or bottle from all over the world at the exclusive “Wine Lounge”. Try out exquisite cuisines from the buffet at “Malaafaiy” or the A-la-carte menu from “Sangu”. Enjoy the tropical vibes at “Undhoali” as you sip on a cocktail.
Take a break and delight yourself in a spa treatment at the overwater KIHAA Spa. Providing a range of exotic therapies and massages, you are ensured an award-winning relaxation treatment. The ideal choice for a romantic spa break and luxury.
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]
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