Culinary Treats and Overwater Dining in Jumeirah Vittaveli

In the Indian Ocean, off the southern coast of Sri Lanka,  the archipelago nation of the Maldives is renowned for its crystalline waters and soft white beaches. Soak up the island way of life at one of Jumeirah Vittavelli Resort’s open-air, overwater restaurants, offering inspiring cuisine and warm Maldivian hospitality above the gently lapping waves. We’ve picked the spots that you must not miss.

Jumeirah Vittaveli meal over water

Ocean bounty
One thing all the best Maldivian overwater restaurants have in common is their dedication to delicious seafood. Fenesse serves a sophisticated menu of classic and contemporary French dishes, and fresh seafood. Order oysters plucked from the seabed that day, and choose from a selection of France’s most popular regional dishes.

Great vegetarian choices are available at the laidback MU beach bar and grill, alongside hot-stone-cooked seafood and meat grilled at the table. Sit with your toes in the sand, and enjoy dinner and a sundowner, while the waves break gently in the background, as they roll onto the shore.

Spice and saltwater
Prime fillet steak, fresh sashimi and spicy seafood curries are on the menu at Samsara – a popular spot for all-day beachside dining. Samsara specialises in generous spreads and buffets full of Maldivian delicacies and exciting international flavours.

Lovers of Indian cuisine can enliven their senses at Swarna, awarded ‘Best Indian Cuisine in Asia’ by the World Luxury Restaurant Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Set in a lush garden with open-air dining cabanas, this opulent restaurant’s name translates to 'gold' in Sanskrit. The menu is equally indulgent, featuring traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist. Look out for the signature Swarna Thali served on an oversized copper plate.

The ultimate experience though is the ‘Gold at Swarna’ menu, an exclusive dining experience where edible gold is added to each course, including luxuries such as Iranian caviar, black truffles and Khasi lamb from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The lavish meal ends in a golden dessert truffle, infused with dark chocolate.

Sunset over the sea
There is no better way to watch a scenic Indian Ocean sunset than from an overwater bar. At retro-chic B4R Bar, signature drinks are complemented by bar snacks, cheese and charcuterie served on wooden platters. Sink into a comfortable sofa for two, overlooking the calm seawater as the sun goes down, or lie back in an overwater hammock while the sounds of the resident band play deep into the balmy night.

To book your stay at Jumeirah Vittaveli, contact Capital Travel and Tours.

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