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Maldivian Delicacies And Insights Into Local Culture – The Whole Experience At Park Hyatt Maldives


Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is setting a trend for the new year by encouraging their guests to savor the taste of local cuisine with the introduction of its ‘Traditional Maldivian Family Feasts’. These culinary wonders open up the opportunity for guests to sample local dishes accompanied by Maldivian hosts who will enlighten them about the art of Maldivian cuisine and culture.

Directed by a Maldivian member of the Hadahaa team, this expedition into a menu of hand selected Maldivian dishes is expected to set a new trend and to encourage other restaurants to take up the local spread. A rather unexplored category of dishes globally, they are light and aromatic, with the use of lime paired with spices such as curry leaves (Hikandhi Faiy) and Maldivian chili (Githeyo Mirus).

The coconut is a Maldivian favorite and is one of the mainly used ingredients in both sweet and luscious courses. Locally caught fresh fish like tuna is also a key ingredient, often matched with an arrangement of salads and vegetable curries. Whilst guests can recognize some of ingredients, they will also be sampling other unfamiliar components such as ‘Kopee’ (Broccoleaf), a dark curly leaf similar to kale.

With such an abundant variety of flavors on offer, it could get confusing to choose dishes that go well with each other. Taking this into consideration, the host will recommend combinations according to the guests’ preference, in order to put together their ideal dish from the assortment of dishes and make their experience uniquely exquisite.

Knives and forks will be put aside for the more adventurous guests who are willing to embrace true Maldivian table etiquette which encourages handling food with hands instead of using cutlery.

In addition to assisting the guests with their choice of dish, each table host will spend time talking to guests about the culture in Maldives. From discussions of how food is collected and prepared to explaining the every-day family life of the average Maldivian, how special holidays are celebrated and the country’s diverse history. Guests will have a greater understanding of the fascinating culture in the small island nation.

Traditional Maldivian Family Feasts take place every Sunday and are open to all guests (welcoming up to eight at a time) costing USD 100/£81* per person. Alternatively, guests can reserve a private Traditional Maldivian Dining Experience for USD 120/£97 per person. Nightly starting rates at Park Hyatt Maldives starts at USD 830/£675* per villa, inclusive of Breakfast. Meal plans up to All Inclusive are available.

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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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