Wednesday, May 12, 2010

unwind® top ten | unique dining venues for couples

We have picked out unique destination dining venues for couples to romance while holidaying in the Maldives. We encourage you to let us know which ones are your absolute favorites.

#1. Exclusive Beach Dinner at The Rania Experience

Our number ONE pick comes with the biggest price tag, starting at $10,000.00 a night, but it sure to sweep you off your feet! The Rania Experience is the only resort, where you don’t book a ‘room’, you book your own private island with private chef, butler, masseuses and a private yacht to cater to your every whim! Sip away the free-flowing Crystal, witness the divine sunset; a table for two dug on the beach await, a star-lit sky and a candle-lit beach!

Don’t despair yet, many Maldivian resorts do offer a similar dining experience on venues like sandbanks or exclusive patches of beach with selective menu, and a minimal budget!

#2. Underwater Ithaa Restaurant at Conrad Rangali Island Resort & Spa
Dip under water for our second pick, the world’s first all-glass underwater restaurant offers a completely unique journey, with fusion Maldivian cuisine paired up with ambrosial wines amidst the blue abyss and gracefully floating marine life. Meals range between $120 to $250 per person with advanced reservation, check out a sample menu here.

#3. Overwater Gazebo Dining at One&Only Reethi Rah

From underwater, we now take you to the ‘overwater’ gazebo at One&Only Reethi Rah. Comfortable reclining cushions, dreamy lighting, gourmet cuisine, under the thatched hut surrounded by the serene ocean breeze and stars above, with your sweetheart next to you, what more can you be asking for?

#4. Underground Wine
Cellar at Soneva Fushi
Over-water to underground, this is an absolute haven for wine-lovers! Dine amidst seven thousand wine-bottles in a climate controlled futuristic subterranean dorm. Want to learn a bit more about the wine you’ve selected? Why not ask your wine Sommelier for a private wine presentation?

#5. Jungle Dining at Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa – Maldives

Feel adventurous under the thick tropical vegetation at Shangri-La Villigilli, safari-like experience with a twist. Relish the extravagant gourmet delectable’s cooked by the island chefs.

Fanditha Restaurant at One&Only Reethi Rah
Feel like a Sultan and Sultana at Fanditha Restaurant, with its fantasy décor and ambiance taking you on a journey through the mystical Arabian nights. Laze on the Arabian divans and celebrate your enchanting kingdom with a puff of sheeha, mezzes, delicious Arabian breads and DJ music.

#7. FIRE at W Retreat & Spa - Maldives
Feel the heat at FIRE, the Mongolian style jungle restaurant at W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. Be prepared to be wowed by the trance of fire dancers and bodu beru performers as you are served from the spit-roasted lamb, salads and your favorite beers amidst the privacy of the lush tropical greens and twinkling fire fly lights, creating the mood for you!

#8. Dhoni Dining at Kanuhura
Sail away into the sunset on a dhoni (boat); toasting the golden sunset. Let the waves and cool breezes set the scene, as you relish and share a meal together.

If you are looking for something chic and stylish, W Retreat & Spa – Maldives, offers its “escape” yacht and Huvafen Fushi offers its sleek “Sensuelle” to cruise the seas in complete style and luxury with a sensational dinner on board!

#9. Organic Garden at Soneva Gili
Romance under the gazebo set within Soneva Gili’s bountiful natural splendor and harmony in the serene organic garden. Choose your favorite elements from the specially tailored organic menu prepared by the gourmet chefs on the island.

#10. Grand Beach Pavilion at Waldorf=Astoria, Beach House
Convert your Villa into a romantic rendezvous with twinkling candles, rose petals, champagne on ice and a dinner for two under the enchanting Maldivian skies.

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