Join Velaa Private Island for Exquisite Michelin Chef Dinners this Autumn

With the Maldives finally off the red list, head to the idyllic archipelagic state for a seriously gourmet escape with Velaa Private Island’s upcoming Michelin guest chef dinners this autumn

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island is the epitome of exotic luxury – designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar and a true dream escape.

To end the year with a bang, the five-star paradise will be hosting two renowned Michelin-star Chefs – Matthias Schmidberger and Paco Pérez – to curate exclusive four hand dining experiences available for two nights only at a time. Collaborating with Head Chef Gaushan De Silva, both chefs will be creating a bespoke one-time-only dining menu, available only to Velaa guests this November and December.

Home to the standout fine-dining restaurant Aragu, managed by trusted and award-winning Head Chef Gaushan De Silva, Velaa Private Island is the only island in the Maldives home to a restaurant voted in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants this year. A culinary destination in its own right, Velaa also operates two other upscale restaurants, Tavaru and Athiri, two bars and the most exclusive wine cellar in the Maldives designed for the most sophisticated traveller in mind.

Post-feast, rest your head in one of the resort’s 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by a scenic boat trip – allowing even more privacy and exclusivity for a dose of Maldivian decadence.

1 Matthias Schmidberger: 3rd November & 6th November

Swapping the mountains of Switzerland for the oceanic Maldives this November is talented two Michelin star Chef Matthias Schmidberger, who is the Executive Chef at two Michelin star restaurant Cà d’Oro at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz and an expert in European cuisine.

Having worked for some of the best restaurants in Germany, including Traube Tonbach, Baiersbronn, the Speisemeisterei, Stuttgart, the Restaurant Forest Sonnora, Dreis and last but not least in the Brenner’s Park Restaurant in Baden-Baden, guests are in for a treat.

For an evening of culinary splendour, Schmidberger will be at the helm alongside Chef Gaushan to create two unique four hand dining experiences, featuring flavours beyond a foodie’s wildest dreams.

When: 3 & 6 November 2021
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2 Paco Pérez: 1st December & 4th December

Ideal for a dose of winter sun, in December epicureans are invited to taste the magic of expert Spanish Chef Paco Pérez, renowned for his expertise in seafood, his avant-garde approach, and focus on both the quality and sustainability of the ingredients he uses.

Originally from Huelva in Spain, Pérez successfully holds an impressive 5 Michelin stars, two of which are in Miramar restaurant in LLança and two others in Enoteca restaurant in Hotel Arts Barcelona and Cinco restaurant in Das Stue Hotel, Berlin.

Join Paco Pérez as he works alongside esteemed Chef Gaushan to prepare two exquisite four hand dining experiences, taking place on the 1st and 4th of December. Full menu details to be revealed nearer to the occasion.

When: 1 & 4 December 2021
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