Baa Atoll Festival this Summer 2018 in the Maldives!

Baa Atoll Festival this Summer 2018 in the Maldives! | The Luxe Diary

This summer 6 RESORTS come TOGETHER AS one for an incredible FESTIVAL from 20 July – 3 August…

Summer is coming and what better way to enjoy it than at the Baa Atoll Summer Festival offering the best summer island destination experiences across 6 different luxury resorts.

Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Amilla Fushi, Vakkaru Maldives and Finolhu, all located in Baa Atoll have come together for this unmissable festival experience in Baa Atoll!

This first ever and one-of-its-kind festival will be held from 20 July – 3 August, bringing the best each resort has to offer in the dining scene.

Guests from each resort will have the opportunity to experience the varied cuisines Baa Atoll has to offer as a destination, on dedicated nights.As per MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators):

“The Baa Atoll Festival is a brilliant concept and opportunity, and hopefully becomes an annual event that resorts and guests look forward to. And I hope this festival will be marketed to tourists around the world through all these resorts PR channels” says MATATO President Abdulla Ghiyas.

The Baa Atoll Festival officially launches on Friday 20 July with a cocktail event in each of the resorts where the teams will celebrate with their guests the opening night.

From Saturday 21 July each resort will welcome the guests from other resorts with a special set menu for dinner in their featured dining restaurant, for two consecutive weeks on a designated night.

Baa Atoll Festival this Summer 2018 in the Maldives! | The Luxe Diary

The Resorts.

Soneva Fushi

The original Soneva. The No News, No Shoes blueprint for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways, located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives.

Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 61 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage.

Out of the Blue (participating restaurant): Once Upon a Table, which opened in May 2018, is one of the five new outlets in Soneva Fushi‘s ‘Out of the Blue’ dining complex; a two-storey over water structure with beautiful views of the sunset.

A culinary theatre showcasing some of the biggest names in fine dining, Once Upon a Table’s horseshoe shaped table seats just eight diners for an intimate dining experience.

In 2018, more than 30 of the world’s top chefs, most with one or two Michelin stars, will cook at the outlet.

Baa Atoll Festival this Summer 2018 in the Maldives! | The Luxe Diary

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Combining innovation, wellness and conservation, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is a 44-acre wonderland of pristine tropical beauty in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Exotic jungle greenery is flanked by immaculate white beaches and one of the Maldives’ largest natural lagoons.


Blu Overlooking a 1.2 mile lagoon, Blu embraces the essence of the Maldives as the place where the ocean meets the sky.

This contemporary Italian restaurant serves light Mediterranean fare during the day and offers a fine dining experience in the evening, serving up vibrant dishes with a Southern Italian accent.

Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani Maldives blends graceful Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of The Maldives, encircled by white sandy beaches and a stunning 360-degree house reef full of marine life.


 Benjarong, the signature overwater Thai restaurant, takes diners to the Land of Smiles with authentic delicacies bringing Royal Thai cuisine to Baa Atoll.

Amilla Fushi

The name itself translates to ‘island home’ – effortlessly welcoming in the most idyllic ways. A comfortably elegant retreat in the UNESCO Biosphere of Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi stands apart from the crowd with its minimalist white villas and its appreciation for the avant-garde.

Feeling Koi (participating restaurant): Crystal waters lap below Amilla Fushi’s signature restaurant. Japanese minimalism on an open deck, chefs performing in a theatre kitchen–culinary magic with exquisite presentation.

Izakaya-style dining comes to life with openhearted service and shared ‘tapas’ plates. Umami works of art in a spectacular setting. Downstairs, a lounge bar for post-dinner drinks. Smooth sounds from the DJ, moon reflecting off the seas.

Vakkaru Maldives

Within the UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE of Baa Atoll in the Republic of the Maldives lies a reef island composed entirely of sediment produced on the surrounding coral “faru” (or reefs), 85% it is thought, by parrotfish, the fish grinding up coral during feeding and, after digesting the edible content, excrete the rest as sand, creating the powder soft, brilliant white sands that encircle the island.

ONU (participating restaurant): ONU means Bamboo in Dhivehi. An elegant bamboo fashioned culinary theatre within a tropical plantation offering a dining experience inside and out, seasoned with a tropical ambiance, idolising the finest from our organic farm.

A designed space with showcase kitchen, counter dining, garden pavilions and lounge areas.

Finolhu (resort): Where do the cool cats go to catch some rays? Finolhu, of course. Let us clue you in on what’s shakin’ at the grooviest resort in the Maldives.


Kanusan’s deck dips you into a dazzling dining experience. Whet your whistle on classic favourites such as Mandarin roasted duck and larb gai – with a refreshing Kanusan twist. Kanusan features a totally fresh over water bar area and two dining areas. There’s a chilled indoor dining space, and an open lower deck which provides the archetypal Maldivian experience of being surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sea.

The Details

The Baa Atoll Festival closing ceremony will once again bring the teams together in celebration, on a Sandbank for a Catamaran Regatta competition on Sunday, 3 August

Schedule for the Baa Atoll Festival 2018

Saturday, 21 July & 28 July: Amilla Fushi | Sunday, 22 July & 29 July: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru | Monday, 23 July & 30 July: Finolhu

Tuesday, 24 July & 31 July: Dusit Thani | Wednesday, 25 July & 1 August: Soneva Fushi | Thursday, 26 July & 2 August: Vakkaru Maldives

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