Known for its many atolls, white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons the Maldives have been a dream holiday destination for many. Over the last few years’ luxury resorts have focussed on developing their food and beverage offerings for guests and the Maldives is quickly becoming an area that is setting the bar for unique culinary experiences.
Known for its stylish branding, spacious accommodation and excellent service LUX* Maldives also has another trick up its funky, foodie sleeves… Ice cream pop up bars appearing anywhere on the island at any time serving the freshest, homemade ice cream and waffles that are crafted in front of you, who could resist? And better still it’s not just for kids…. Our tip: Go wild on the toppings… It’s completely acceptable to have more topping than ice cream. You are on holiday after all.
Take the pop up ice cream carts and throw in surprise cocktail bars, organic herb gardens and delicious cuisine served in their many restaurants and you have a small island of foodie heaven. Also keep an eye out for the hidden messages in a bottle- Find one and you’ll enjoy a treat on the house.
Rated as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world by the New York Daily News in 2014, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island have created a foodie experience submerged five meters under the glistening ocean. With no need for elaborate art work the underwater scenery creates a serene sub aquatic atmosphere where you can enjoy treats such as the finest Caviar, Lobster carpaccio or fish served with saffron champagne risotto.
Ithaa serves a four course lunch menu or a six course evening menu- for something really unique you can book Ithaa for private breakfasts or even a wedding reception. This is a dining experience that is sure to not be forgotten…
Edgy and contemporary in design, Subsix is Niyama’s underwater playground. Days can be spent enjoying Wagu Beef or Lobster Medallions as you sip something bubbly while evenings come alive with themed culinary and cocktail experiences to lively club nights with the house DJ . Available for private hire you can treat that someone special to a unique champagne breakfast or an elegant evening of wine tasting.
Back on dry land Niyama has all the luxuries expected and possibly some incredible dining experiences that aren’t. Think restaurants reached only by boat to Teppanyaki served in dining pods suspended amongst the tree canopy. One thing’s for sure – Niyama is a playground for adults… And we love it.
Explore this Willy Wonka style fantasy chocolate room on the ultimate no news, no shoes retreat in the Maldives. As a guest of the luxurious yet eco-friendly resort of Soneva Fushi you can sample sixty flavours of ice cream (literally name your flavour..) and pop into the extravagant chocolate room open from noon to late daily. Try a homemade praline, a passion fruit truffle or the latest culinary creation.
Sample an intimate dinner on the beach, a lunch over the water or a vegetarian culinary experience at Fresh In the Garden where Mediterranean dishes are influenced by the local produce growing around you. The wine cave is the perfect start to your evening and the resident sommelier will be happy to talk you through 7,000 bottle collection. With a commitment to high quality produce you are in for a culinary treat from dawn to dusk!
Emily Whittington is Marketing Manager at Tropic Breeze.