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Vakkaru Maldives Introduces New Executive Chef: Nishantha Vithanage

Chef Nishantha Vithaange
Vakkaru Maldives announces the appointment of Nishantha Vithanage as its new Executive Chef, bringing a wealth of culinary experience and expertise to this leadership role. Chef Nishantha promises to redefine gastronomic journeys throughout the resort.

In addition to overseeing the culinary operations across all six restaurants at Vakkaru Maldives, Chef Nishantha will also offer a gourmet à la carte experience to guests. Additionally, guests can expect to enjoy vibrant buffets and intimate private dining as well.

Chef Nishantha will also manage the resort’s organic farm, curate the wine cellar, and develop innovative culinary concepts across various guest touchpoints.

Chef Nishantha’s Career & Joining Vakkaru

Prior to joining Vakkaru Maldives, Chef’s career spanned several prestigious resorts in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, including the Hilton Colombo, Huvafen Fushi Maldives, Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives, One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives, and Ritz Carlton Maldives.

His profound knowledge of menu development, kitchen management, and culinary innovation seamlessly aligns with Vakkaru Maldives’ dedication to surpassing guest expectations. He plans to design exciting new dining experiences, emphasizing the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and integrating international flavours with a distinct Maldivian twist.

I am priviledged to join the dynamic team at Vakkaru Maldives and uphold the resort’s legacy of culinary experience. I am expecially excited about the opportunity to enhance the dining experiences at the resort’s six restaurants and explore the possibilities of crafting bespoke culinary experiences for our guests. I look forward to collaborating with the team to create unforgettable food moments for our guests, says Chef Nishantha.
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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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