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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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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Announces New Leadership Appointments

Meet the newest leadership appointments at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives introduces Steven D’Souza as Director of Food & Beverages, and Tammy Gan as Assistant Director of Branding & Marketing.

Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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