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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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SO/ Maldives is set to host its grand opening on March 23, 2024. This much-anticipated event of the season is titled ‘An Invite to the Front Row’. The event promises a soirée of collaborative elegance for an unforgettable glamorous experience for its guests.

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The grand opening party is set to be a feast for your senses. The resort is bringing culinary delights, fashion-forward statements, avant-garde designs and artistic flair. With this, SO/ Maldives invites guests to take a seat in the front row and witness the convergence of global talent and Maldivian charm.

An invite to the Front Row encapsulates the essence of SO/Maldives- a convergence of global excellence set against the unparalleled beauty of our island. We extend an exclusive invitation to our guests to us on this extraordinary journey with incredible collaborations providing them a truly glamorous stay while embracing our DNA, says Jesper Soerensen – General Manager of SO/Maldives.

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SO/ Maldives will unveil its inaugural fashion show, considered to be one of the first international fashion shows in the Maldives. As the island turns into an oceanfront runway, guests can witness the harmonious blend of haute couture and paradisical setting. The fashion show will showcase the swimwear collection debuted by the esteemed Thai fashion house, Milin.

Partnership with Riffath

SO/ Maldives is partnering with local talent Riffath. Riffath is a distinguished Maldivian High Fashion Brand, launching its exclusive SO/Maldives’ Flying Dress Edits. The resort is also teaming up with Timeless Maldives Photo Studio. The resort’s guests are empowered to unleash their inner models for a bespoke once-in-a-lifetime photo and drone shoot, adorned in a gown with an extended hem that gratefully dances in the wind.

Beach Takeover with Veuve Clicquot Champagne House

Veuve Cliquot Champagne House is taking over the beach at SO/ Maldives to bring an exquisite evening. The beach glam-up is done with the Lazuli Beach Club Bar for a memorable night that redefined elegance and indulgence!

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To add to this, Jenna Hemsworth, Australia’s most influential and award-winning female bartender also showcases her creativity. Jenna will be taking over the bar to craft expertly curated cocktails.

Musical Bliss with world-class DJs

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