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Aragu – Fine Dining Perfection at Velaa Private Island

Chef creating a dish at aragu restaurant in velaa private island
Luxury Lifestyle Awards has recognized Aragu at Velaa Private Island among the Top 12 Best Luxury Restaurants in the Maldives.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards has recognized Aragu at Velaa Private Island among the Top 12 Best Luxury Restaurants in the Maldives. Aragu, a jewel in the Indian Ocean serves cuisine that unites the East and the West with wines imported from the very best.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards is a global award selecting, recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the best luxury goods and services all over the world. The awards connect people with the best of luxury. The awarding body evaluated more than 10,000 goods and services in 400 categories. The results give readers a top list of the best of the best in the world.

What to expect at Aragu

With a twist on Modern European Cuisine, Aragu takes its gourmet experience to a new level. The restaurant combines a passion for culinary art with awareness and sustainability. Chef Gaushan de Silva created an innovative twist on the evergreens of the Old Continent with carefully chosen favors alongside organic produce from around the world to underline authenticity.

Other Dining Options at Velaa Private Island

Tavaru — Teppanyaki and Wine Cellar: Indulge while you enjoy breathtaking views over Velaa and the beautiful azure waters. Furthermore, the amazing landscape is further intensified by Tavaru’s brand-new menu. Likewise, Tavaru’s brand-new 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. In addition to that, guests can enjoy a feast of creative cuisine served fresh to their tables.

Avi — Pool Bar and Lounge Space: Avi is the poolside chillout and evening hangout. With its own mixologist and also live DJ, Avi is a casual pool bar by day and a vibrant cocktail bar by night. Sip on cocktails meanwhile relax as the evening gives way to a blanket of stars, twinkling in harmony with the rhythmic beat.

Velaa Private Island is nestled 200 kilo-meters north of Velana International Airport. The resort boasts 48 villas, of which 18 are built overwater. Additionally, one of the villas is only accessible by boat for pure complete isolation.

Feature image by Velaa Private Island
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Explore a Multitude of Football Camps at Siyam World This Year!

As part of its ongoing line-up of five-star experiences, Siyam World Maldives kicked off a series of unforgettable spring football camps. The resort will be featuring star players Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.

Siyam World Maldives encouraged guests to let their football skills blossom over a series of football camps. These camps will utilise the resort’s state-of-the-art sports complex and FIFA-sized soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. Participants enjoyed world-class coaching and immersive experiences designed to enhance their football techniques and passion for the sport.

Spanish Goal-keeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo

The action-packed schedule began with Spanish goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel Castillo. He graced the sandy shores from the 19th to the 23rd of March. Adrian is a key player for Liverpool FC and the Andalusia National team. During his time at the resort, he helped younger guests understand how to deal with pressure and develop key life skills. This also included developing a performance mindset.

Football Camp Experiences with Wayne Bridge

Next on the roster was Wayne Bridge who came to Siyam World from from 22nd to 31st March. He is a renowned English left-back, who returned to Siyam World for a second time already. With his infectious energy and wealth of experience from clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, Wayne inspired guests to “tackle” challenges head-on and score big on and off the field.

Francesco Totti Lights up Siyam World Football Camp

Following Wayne’s lead was the legendary Francesco Totti, lighting up Siyam World for a second time as well. He visited from 28th March to 4th April. Totti is known for his flair and loyalty to AS Roma. He brought a touch of Italian passion to the Maldives, teaching participants the art of precision and creativity in football. 

Once described by Maradona as “the best player he has ever seen”, the gifted World Cup winner and legendarily loyal one-club player (AS Roma) will be on hand to help holidaymakers hone their football skills and play to their full potential.

Michael Owen Graces the Shores of Siyam World

Closing out the star-studded lineup was Michael Owen. He is the youngest-ever Ballon d’Or winner, who graced Siyam World from the 1st to the 5th of April. Michael Owen is joining as part of the recently announced partnership with Football Escapes. Michael’s lightning-fast moves and goal-scoring prowess electrified the pitch, inspiring a new generation of football stars. Throughout the action-packed week, participants savoured daily football sessions led by Owen, a team of UEFA-licensed coaches, and internet sensation Eman – popularly known as SV2 from his viral YouTube skills videos.

Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 15 seized the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game, from tactics to technical skills. To add to the holiday experience, families enjoyed a memorable parents’ match, providing moms and dads with a chance to showcase their skills on the pitch.

Collaboration with Football Escapes – Rip Ferdinand

Later this year, and in collaboration with Football Escapes, Rio Ferdinand will also be hosting a football camp from 28 October to 1 November. He is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time. Ferdinand is famous for being one of the world’s best defenders. He will be bringing the skills he learned whilst playing for West Ham, Manchester United and Leeds United plus the England national team. 

At Siyam World, we are undoubtedly a paradise for sports enthusiasts, offering exceptional facilities for both water and land sports. My passion for football, which began in childhood collection jerseys of football legends, is embodied in our FIFTA- regulation football field. We host many football aficionados, including owners of prized jerseys and past champions who still share a deep love for the game. Siyam World is where sportsmanship thrives, providing an unparalleled destination for active trave;ers, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

The incredible resort has had the pleasure of hosting several other esteemed football legends. Italian champion Nicola Ventola graced the resort in January. Additionally, Bobo Vieri and Marco Materazzi also showcased their skills on the pitch. Joining them were players like Juan Sebastián Verón, Esteban Cambiasso, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Carlos Puyol, and Jay Jay Okocha.

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