With fresh seafood caught daily and local produce aplenty, the Maldives is home to a diverse culinary scene, with its many impressive resorts catering to all tastes.
Foodies adore the Maldives due to its rich culinary scene, which combines traditional dishes with exciting international flavours. Most of the luxury resorts across this stunning archipelago offer a range of diverse dining options onsite and, in many cases, this includes world-class restaurants that showcase the talents of some of the world’s top chefs.
Between meals, explore the local markets where you can sample traditional Maldivian snacks and street food and gain a unique insight into the vibrant food culture of this beautiful island nation.
One&Only Reethi Rah
The exceptional culinary experience offered by One&Only Reethi Rah combines exquisite flavours with stunning ocean views, making it a paradise for food lovers. With six restaurants and two bars to choose from, guests can indulge in a variety of international and local flavours, including fresh seafood and organic produce grown in the resort's own garden.
The resort's signature restaurant, Hoshi, offers a fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine, while the overwater Reethi restaurant offers Asian, French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The resort’s four other restaurants specialise in Italian, Middle Eastern and farm-to-fork fare, so there is something unique available for every night of your stay at One&Only Reethi Rah. The resort's chefs are happy to accommodate individual dietary needs and preferences to ensure every guest has a memorable stay.
The sublime Soneva Fushi boasts a variety of iconic dining options that showcase the finest in international and Maldivian cuisine. The resort's culinary philosophy is centred around sustainability, with a focus on mindful and conscious consumption and zero waste. Guests can enjoy a range of dining experiences, from eating in the treetops at the world’s first zipline restaurant, Flying Sauces, to indulging in gourmet cuisine at the resort's signature above-water restaurant, Out of the Blue.
There are thirteen restaurants, a bar and a wine cellar, as well as cheese and charcuterie, chocolate and ice cream parlours at Soneva, satisfying even the fussiest foodies. The resort also offers cooking classes and workshops, allowing you to learn about the local flavours and techniques that make Maldivian cuisine so unique.
At the serene Soneva Jani, the mouthwatering culinary offerings focus on sustainability and locally sourced, organic ingredients. Just like Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani boasts a huge variety of dining options, with twelve dining outlets including The Crab Shack, which was voted ‘World’s Most Romantic Restaurant’ on the CNN Travel website.
The resort often hosts visiting Michelin chefs who showcase the flavours of the Maldives with an emphasis on seafood and fresh, organic produce. Be delighted by the mystery menu at So Engaging or learn about the stars while you dine at So Starstruck, the Maldives’ first overwater observatory. Indulge in wine tastings, cooking classes and private dining experiences on the beach or in the privacy of your own villa. Foodies will love the opportunity to explore the diverse and flavourful cuisine of the Maldives at Soneva Jani.
The amazing Patina Maldives has twelve dining concepts that feature the freshest flavours of the Maldives and beyond. The resort's signature restaurant, Roots, presents a menu of modern plant-based cuisine with an emphasis on nutritious, locally sourced and organic ingredients. Kōen unites Japanese and Scandinavian culinary arts to create a ritualistic, mesmerising journey for all the senses.
You can also indulge in international cuisines at the resort's other venues, which include Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired restaurants as well as casual eateries serving burgers, gelato and other tasty snacks. Enjoy private island picnics and cooking classes, while being spellbound by the beautiful surroundings.
Six Senses Laamu
There are six culinary experiences on offer at the stunning Six Senses Laamu, all drawing on sustainable practices and organic, locally sourced ingredients. The resort's signature restaurant, Leaf, features a gourmet Mediterranean menu that changes daily based on the freshest ingredients available. The two overwater venues, Longitude and Chill Bar offer stunning views of the ocean along with a range of creative cocktails, meals and snacks.
Take your tastebuds to heaven with the variety of international fare at the resort's other options, including Japanese, Italian and Maldivian comfort foods, ice cream, chocolate and amazing cocktails at the swim-up bar. Try a cooking class or relax on a private sandbank as you enjoy a barbecue dining experience.
Wherever you dine in the Maldives, you’re sure to be spoilt by the rich flavours, fresh ingredients and friendly service these sparkling islands are known for.
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