NewsJuly 16, 2022

Immersive Culinary Journeys at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Whether enjoying a meal with ocean views or engaging in crafted culinary experiences infused with Maldivian culture, there’s much to savour during your island escape at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.

The resort’s all-day dining beachside main restaurant, Seasalt, serves coastal Mediterranean cuisine with Middle Eastern influences. Not to be missed are the restaurant’s signature salt-baked fish dishes featuring homemade sea salt produced by the culinary team. The sea salt is produced from the pristine sea water that surrounds the island of Kothaifaru, which is collected, filtered and reduced to a brine and then air-dried to create crystallised flakes.


Combining two essential ingredients in Maldivian cooking, salt and spice, the culinary team produces two handcrafted salts: original sea salt, a core ingredient at Seasalt Restaurant; and Mirus sea salt, the foundation of cocktails and cuisine at Mirus Bar, which can be sipped in eight island-inspired signature cocktails, including the must-try Chili Margarita.

Craving a taste of Japanese food? Enjoy a mouthwatering Japanese-inspired menu at Umami restaurant prepared in a teppanyaki theatre with a premium selection of organically grown vegetables, Wagyu beef and sustainably sourced fish and seafood. The adjoining Yakitori Bar is the place to be to indulge in sundowners, from Asian-inspired craft cocktails and mocktails to fine Japanese sakes and spirits, amidst delicious aromas from a robata grill.

Beyond dining and imbibing, guests also have the opportunity to learn about new cuisines and cultures under the guidance of the resort’s resident chefs and mixologists in two interactive Alila Experiences.

In the Secrets of Maldivian Cuisine cooking class, you can try your hand at making traditional Maldivian dishes like fish curry and Kopee Fai Mashuni, learning about the ingredients and preparation methods. Once finished, your sumptuous meal awaits to be enjoyed overlooking the gentle waves. Over at Mirus Bar, you can also have a go at concocting world-class cocktails the Maldivian way in the Mix It at Mirus mixology class, mastering a few simple tips that can elevate your cocktail-making skills.

Spicing Up Afternoon Tea

Pibati Café provides light bites and comfort food that are convenient to grab and go en route to an excursion.

It’s also the place to enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea paired with traditional sweet and savoury Maldivian snacks. For a healthy twist, you are invited to blend your tea with a choice of Asian herbs and spices. Take your pick from 20 herbs and spices such as ginger, galangal, goji berry and pink peppercorn as your table host introduces you to traditional mixing principles to produce potent blends that will soothe your palate while protecting your health.

For coffee lovers, Pibati’s signature Plant-Based Latte offers a healthier yet equally delicious option that can be made with your choice of soy, coconut, almond, rice or oat milk.

The healthy options don’t end there. With people all around the world becoming more conscious of clean and healthy living, our executive chef and his culinary team have created a Wellness Menu that embraces a holistic and healthy approach to living by offering real, clean and whole foods that are as close to their natural states as possible.

This is just a taste of the culinary experiences that await at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives – the starting point for spending quality moments with your loved ones and creating special memories in the Maldives.

Romance Under the Stars

Love birds can enhance their romantic getaway with a unique curated culinary escape accompanied by the gentle sway of palms, the glimmer of stars above and the sound of calm waves lapping the shore. Cherish an evening to remember with your loved one, indulging in a candlelit dinner anywhere you wish, with an island-inspired table set-up and decorations, and your choice of set menu ranging from authentic Maldivian cuisine to Mediterranean and BBQ options.

Stay Longer, Third Night Free

A romantic escape for two. A tranquil retreat to recharge the body and mind. An unforgettable diving adventure. Plan your dream getaway and indulge yourself for longer on us. Enjoy a third night free for every two consecutive qualifying nights. Use Offer Code RESORT at time of booking by July 28, 2022 for stays from July 18, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Terms and conditions apply.

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