Travel BlogAugust 26, 2021

The Ritz- Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands Opens Arabesque Restaurant in Fari Marine Village

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is pleased to announce the opening of Arabesque, the latest culinary experience located on the Fari Islands, an archipelago on the northeastern tip of North Malé Atoll. The eye-catching tribute to a traditional Bedouin tent, Arabesque invites diners on a journey from Lebanon to North India at Fari Marina Village.

The addition of this restaurant is just one of seven distinct culinary venues available at The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands which strikes the perfect balance between high-end dining, beachfront luxury, and wellness-centered menus. A pleasant eight-minute journey in a dhoni, a traditional wooden boat, from the resort island to Fari Marina Village, brings guests to a sunken dining room, with hanging lanterns and colorful fabrics, sets the scene for shareable mezze platters, tandoor-grilled meats, and iconic street fare. Dishes are offered alongside flavorful hookahs, Turkish coffee, Moroccan tea, and creative cocktails.

“We are looking forward to the continued expansion of our culinary landscape at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands,” said Mark Hehir, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. “This one-of-a-kind island archipelago featuring three luxury private resorts and marina village offers guests an array of meaningful experiences as well as culinary options. The culinary journey continues with the opening of Arabesque and looks ahead to the opening of Tum Tum, a food truck serving light Asian delights; the perfect welcome stop in the middle of a day of shopping and exploration at the Fari Marina Village.”

Arabesque is led by Chef Mohammed Negm Eldin who is continuing to embrace island life having previously served at Landaa Giraavaru in addition to several other internationally acclaimed restaurants alongside Michelin star chefs. The menu is inspired by Lebanese and North Indian cuisine and includes signature dishes like Estacoza, a fresh grilled lobster, topped with a creamy tahini butter sauce and delicate saffron threads. Arabesque is also known for their hot mezzeh options like Qarids Kozbarya comprised of fresh prawns, sun-ripened cherry tomatoes, olives, and notes of coriander and Tandoor options like Chicken Tikka or Tandoori Bharwan Aloo.

Guest can end their meals with exquisite dessert options including Mahalabia, a delicate milk pudding topped with caramelized figs and served with a side of floral rose pastel ice cream.


“I am very proud to lead the talented team here at Arabesque and to be a part of expanding the culinary footprint here at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands,” said Chef Eldin. “We look forward to welcoming guests from the resort and the moment they arrive at Arabesque, we plan to take them on a culinary journey full of exciting flavors and textures that this type of cuisine is known for.”

For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, and reservations inquiries, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/Maldives.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands The property is ideally located at Fari Islands, in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, which is a 45- minute journey by speedboat or a 10-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport. The resort features white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs with marine life. Shaped by the Maldivian sun and shored by
the Indian Ocean, guest villas at The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Island range in size from one to three bedrooms.

The legendary service is refined by an Aris Meeha, island butler that defines The Ritz-Carlton brand. The property offers a choice of outstanding culinary venues serving an array of international and local cuisines, in addition to a full suite of fitness and recreational facilities including Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassador of the Environment programme and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring Bamford amenities. Spaces have been designed by the renowned Kerry Hill Architects, to bring about a delicate balance of serene and social.