15 Best Resorts in the Maldives For F&B
01 Kurumba Maldives
This resort in the North Malé Atoll is a multiple award-winning resort gaining many accolades every year for service, luxury amenities and overall excellence. It’s also a foodie destination with a whopping 11 restaurants, cafés and bars on the island. The overwater sushi restaurant Ham- akaze is a particular favourite, as is the palace-like Al Qasr restaurant serving Middle Eastern cuisine, and Thila with its stunning Indian Ocean views and succulent seafood. In the evenings, live bands and cocktails go down a treat at Kandu, while vintage spirits are a favourite at Kalhu.
Photo: Kurumba Maldives.
02 Gili Lankanfushi
Not far from Malé is the luxury resort of Gili Lankanfushi, loved among other things for its top notch culinary offerings. The resort’s main restaurant has new and innovative menu items every day, from grill nights to à la carte menus. By the Sea, a Japanese restaurant, offers a grotto-like, over-water alternative, while the resort will also put on intimate bespoke meals in locations such as One Palm Island or the Jungle Cinema. For drinks, the underground wine cellar is the spot that most delights guests, and there’s also a chocolate cave for those with a sweet tooth.
Photo: Gili Lankanfushi.
3 Taj Exotica
This serene resort rates highly for food due to the sumptuous and consistent world cuisine on offer. The 24 Degrees restaurant has an open kitchen and a laid- back feeling, with some seating located romantically on the beach. Deep End’s Mediterranean cuisine, à la carte menu and specialist wine from the cellar is great for special occasions, while the Teppanyaki live kitch- en is great for culinary theatre. The soulful Equator Bar is ideal for a cocktail at sundown or for a nightcap.
Photo: Taj Exotica
This popular island resort has a range of restaurants and bars helping guests enjoy a true island culinary journey during their stay. The Far East restaurant offers Japanese avours and a lively chef station in the centre of the restaurant, while the cosy Franco’s offers Mediterranean fare using herbs from the resort’s herb garden and greenhouse. Buffet restaurants also offer a more casual backdrop and plenty of choice. For drinks, there are a number of bars to choose from, including the romantic hideaway of Akiri Bar and the beachy ‘O’ Bar.
Photo: Kuredu Island Resort & Spa.
05 LUX*South Ari Atoll
This upscale resort tantalises the taste buds of the most discerning food-lovers. The Island Kitchen is found on the beach under a thatched roof and offers casual buffet breakfasts and dinners with live chef stations. The classy Senses offers cuisine inspired by North African, Lebanese and Indian Ocean avours in a pristine setting, while the lively Allegria offers top notch Italian cuisine. Bars and cafés are found peppered across the island: The Island Bar is perfect for a sunset cocktail, and Senses Bar is ideal for a Sri Lankan afternoon tea.
Photo: LUX*South Ari Atoll
06 Meeru Island Resort & Spa
This romantic palm-fringed island has a ca- cophony of buffet and à la carte restaurants ideal for nding culinary variety on a Maldiv- ian holiday. The island’s most original res- taurant is Hot Rock Restaurant & Bar, where seafood, steak and game are cooked on hot rocks at diners’ tables. The Asian Wok over-water restaurant offers a romantic set- ting, while bespoke dinners on the beach provide a real treat for honeymooning cou- ples. For drinks, Uthuru Bar is the most pop- ular for sundowners, and Kakuni sports bar is great for more active visitors, with table tennis, darts and board games available to play.
Photo: Meeru Island Resort & Spa.
07 Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
This classy resort has seven restaurants and bars for visitors to choose from. The most popular ne dining restaurant is Sea Salt, found in a cool location next to the lagoon. Baan Thai is a traditional indoor Thai restaurant offering authentic avours, and Sand Coast is an al fresco restaurant for those who love to dine on the beach. For drinks, Anchorage Bar offers inventive cocktails and awesome ocean views. Those who like a more traditional drinking experience of ales will enjoy the Drifters English pub.
Photo: Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.
08 Cocoa Island by COMO
This lavish resort in the South Malé Atoll is especially revered for the South Indian in uence in its cuisine, as well as COCO’s so-called Shambala cui- sine, which incorporates organic ingredients rich in enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals. Ufaa restaurant offers Southeast Asian and Mediterranean avours, and has set Indian, Thai and seafood barbecue dinners three times a week. Faru Bar is a popular place for drinks overlooking the ocean, with wine and cocktail menus and cigars available too.
Photo: Cocoa Island by COMO.
09 Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
This 16-acre island paradise scattered with beach bungalows overlooking a lagoon offers a variety of eclectic buffet food offerings. Rehendhi restaurant is popular for its vast over-water terrace, where the international buffet and drinks can be enjoyed surrounded by the ocean. Koimala has tables on the beach and Maakana has another picturesque decking area, while Raalhu bar is a popular surfer’s hangout for snacks and cocktails. Raiyvilaa is ideal for sunset cocktails, while the healthier juice bar offers fresh concoctions throughout the day.
Photo:Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives.
10 Kuramathi Island Resort
This fun-loving resort has 14 restaurants, cafés and bars scat- tered across the island, meaning every food or drink whim is catered for. Siam Garden Thai restaurant serves fragrant cui- sine amidst lush gardens, while The Reef seafood restaurant is in an intimate spot by the water. Island Barbecue on the beach serves fresh grilled food and organic accompaniments grown on the island, and Duniye offers international food in a secluded spot in the middle of the island. Fung Bar is loved for cocktails and its open-air disco, Laguna Bar at the end of the island is popular for a quiet drink, and the Havana Club wine and cigar bar is for those who like the ner things in life.
Photo: Kuramathi Island Resort.
11 Baros Maldives
This small luxury resort just a short speedboat journey from Malé is most loved for its intimate dining experienc- es. The Lighthouse Restaurant is the most sought-after, found inside an over-water pavilion topped with a white sail, serving an à la carte menu. Lime Restaurant next to the lagoon serves Asian-inspired meals, while casual dining can be found at Cayenne Grill. The Lighthouse Lounge is ideal for champagne and cocktails sipped to the backdrop of live jazz music, while Sails Bar is ideal for those who want a drink surrounded by lush gardens in daybeds and hammocks.
Photo: Baros Maldives.
12 Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
This beloved ve star family resort is especially popular due to the crowd-pleasing and healthy cui- sines suitable for the whole family, as well as ne dining avours ideal for the adults. There are six restaurants and bars available, with the Reef buffet restaurant perfect for a mixture of international a- vours, and Azzuri Mare for romantic Italian meals by the water. Aqua is a laidback bar for snacks and a range of refreshments, while those who like a lit- tle more life enjoy the Coral Bar & Lounge, com- plete with pool and other games on the mezzanine.
Photo: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa.
13. Adaaran Select Meedhupparu
This resort in the Raa Atoll offers easy-going all-inclusive holidays in postcard-perfect sur- roundings. The food at the main buffet restau- rant consistently comes highly rated for variety, quality and avour. The tables on the beach at the north beach restaurant are popular for inti- mate yet laid-back meals, while the Sunrise Bar and Sunset Bar provide even cosier surround- ings for food and drinks. Café Mass also has a popular à la carte menu for splash-out occasions.
Photo: Adaaran Select Meedhupparu.
14 Bandos Maldives
This lush island close to Malé is well-known for its top notch facil- ities, idyllic setting and range of cuisine. While the Gallery restau- rant offers eclectic local and in- ternational food buffets, the Koon Thai restaurant overlooking the lagoon and Sea Breeze Café of- fer specialist cuisines with great views. Widely considered to be the most special restaurant at the resort is Huvan at the end of a picturesque pier over the water, offering a fresh menu with stun- ning views. The Sand Bar is a live- ly place to spend an evening, with live music and disco nights.
Photo: Bandos Maldives.
This luxury resort is all about the outdoors and being as close to nature as possible. With ve restaurants and two bars, there is enough choice to enjoy intimate and innovative dining e x p e r i e n c es. The restaurants offer Mediterranean, pan-Asian and Japanese fare in a range of settings, from lagoon-side seating to bespoke meals on the beach for couples. The bars also offer a fantastic selection of drinks and snacks.
The article was written by the Editoral team of MVHOTELS and was originally published in Maldivian Holidays Magazine Issue 02.
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