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‘Aragu’ at Velaa Private Island Among the Best Restaurants in Asia

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‘Aragu’ made it to the Best Restaurants in Asia – Becoming the first and only restaurant in the Maldives to make it to the list.

A jewel in the Indian Ocean, ‘Aragu’ made it to the Best Restaurants in Asia – Becoming the first and only restaurant in the Maldives to make it to the list. With this achievement, the signature restaurant of Velaa Private Island once again proved its standing as one of the most distinguished fine-dining venues in the Maldives.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants unveiled the restaurants in Asia that were voted between 51st and 100th in the latest edition. According to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the 51-100 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 aims to shine a light on a wider array of establishments across the region that will inspire food lovers as they consider their future dining and travel plans.

It’s a great honor to share that Aragu signature restaurant has made it into Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Making it the first and only restaurant in The Maldives to make the list!

A statement by Velaa Private Island.

In 2020, Luxury Lifestyle Awards recognized the restaurant among the Top 12 Best Luxury Restaurants in the Maldives as well.

The signature restaurant of Velaa Private Island serves cuisine that unites the East and the West with wines imported from the very best. With a twist on Modern European Cuisine and as one of the best restaurant’s in Asia, Aragu takes its gourmet experience to a new level.

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The restaurant combines a passion for culinary art with awareness and sustainability. Furthermore, chef Gaushan de Silva creates an innovative twist on the evergreens of the old continent with carefully chosen flavours alongside organic produce from around the world to underline authenticity.

Other dining venues at Velaa Private Island include:

  • Tavaru, Teppanyaki and Wine Cellar: Tavaru’s menu celebrates Teppanyaki grill cuisine and creative sharing dishes in a modern light.
  • Athiri, Main Restaurant: Athiri consists of a team of chefs from 14 nations. Using the finest imported and local ingredients, Athiri serves a global menu of authentic and homestyle food
  • Avi, Pool Bar and Lounge Space: With its own mixologist and also live DJ, Avi is a casual pool bar by day and a vibrant cocktail bar by night.

The Velaa Private Island is located 200 kilometres north of Velana International Airport. The resort features 48 villas, of which 18 are built overwater. Moreover, one of the villas at the resort is only accessible by boat for pure complete isolation.

Feature image by Velaa Private Island
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Earth Week at Oaga Art Resort: Connect with the Beauty of Nature

Oaga Art Resort is getting ready to celebrate Earth Week with Nature's Embrace!

Oaga Art Resort is dedicating a week to connecting with the beauty and wonder of the planet! In celebration of Earth Week, the resort is curating a programme with meaningful experiences and deep appreciation for the Earth from March 21st to 27th, 2024.

Earth Week Specials at Oaga Art Resort

On March 21st, the resort will celebrate Poetry Day to unwind with Earth-inspired creativity. Start your day with a poetic breakfast, followed by a lunchtime fusion of traditional Maldivian Boduberu beats and poetry called ‘Farihi’. As the sun goes down, guests are invited to enjoy poetry reading and a captivating performance by local duo ‘Something Lovely’.

On March 22nd, guests can enjoy a Boduberu jam session at lunch. As the nighttime falls, witness the artistry of a sand artist as they create their magic on the Raa Baa deck.

On March 23rd, Connect with Nature in a mindful way. As part of the Earth Hour, a candlelit Earth meditation and Sound healing session will be hosted. Guests can also savour a delicious Earth-conscious buffet and enjoy unplugged music around a bonfire! Additionally, a special coral planting cocktail will take place at sunset. At this event, guests can also help plant 60+ coral frames in Oaga’s reef nursery. The project is carried out in partnership with Coralive, aiming to completely resort to the house reef by 2028.

Celebrate Holi with an Eco Twist on March 25th. Create stunning sand mandalas and participate in the traditional Full Moon ritual. Oaga Art Resort will also be hosting a glow-in-the-dark Holi Full moon party with minimal lighting!

Reflect and reminisce under the stars on March 26th. Cuddle up for a captivating movie night! The Grand Finale, with World Theatre Day will be hosted on March 27th. The resort will be hosting a puppet show in addition to live performances by the Sky Rock band. End the night with a special Earth-themed solo performance at the Kaa Kada dinner in celebration of World Theatre Day.

Earth Week and so Much More!

Guests are welcome to enjoy these activities and so much more at Oaga. The resort is all about fun, creative and new experiences. The Earth Week celebrations are weaved into the activities throughout Oaga Art Resort during this period. Oaga Art Resort is the perfect spot for an all-inclusive getaway. The Greatest All-inclusive plan redefines your resort experience!

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