Centara Ras Fushi resort appoints Mikael O’Brien as Executive Chef

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Mikael O’Brien

25 July, 2022

An adults only resort near Male Centara Ras Fushi Maldives has appointed Mikael O’Brien as its new executive chef to oversee their seven dining venues.

With over thirty years international experience and a “hands on” approach, Chef Mikael is tasked with taking the resorts all-inclusive culinary experience to a new level with modern, contemporary and European twists.

Originally from London, UK, Chef Mikael started his career at Maxim’s de Paris, London adding other notable restaurants to his belt before moving to further afield to Jersey, East Africa, the Middle East and Asia, working in first class hotels, resorts and fine dining restaurants, gathering experience and expertise in French, British, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine along the way.

Chef Mikael has worked for U.S Embassy, Corporate Banks and Universal Studios, and with brands such as Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons, Sheraton, Dusit Princess and Coral International Hotels and Resorts, opening four properties for them within the UAE. His last appointment prior to Centara, was executive chef and F&B in charge at The Baron, a 414-luxury resort property in Kabul.

Throughout his career working in the Maldives had been a long-held goal, so joining Centara Ras Fushi is a dream come true. A lover of fishing, the abundance of sea life is one of the things that excites Chef Mikael, who has already explored the delights of Male’s Fish Market, and he is keen to use locally sourced produce as much as possible.

The resort already has a strong sustainability ethos which includes a hydroponics nursery where fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown organically; ingredients the Chef fully intends to utilise to the full, especially when developing menus to complement the global wellness initiatives that the Resort has encompassed.

Excited by his role in a new country, with an expanding and forward-thinking company, Mikael is looking forward to having the opportunity to experience the delights of his Maldivian tropical paradise, plus explore and understand the countries culinary influences and origins to incorporate them into his dishes.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort, aerial near male

About resort: An idyllic Adults-Only experiences for couples, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa is an exquisite adults-only island retreat in the North Malé Atoll. This heavenly hideaway houses a collection of beautiful beachfront and overwater accommodation, including the Deluxe Spa Overwater Villa, which is accessed via a wooden boardwalk and offers 42 square metres of living space with an outdoor spa bathtub and direct steps down to the reef – ideal for swimming or snorkelling around the lagoon. Alternatively, the Premium Deluxe Spa Water Villa features an elegant ocean-facing deck with an outdoor spa bathtub and direct access to the sparkling lagoon.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa is an outstanding adults-only island retreat in the North Malé Atoll.

With a choice of seven sensational restaurants and bars, exhilarating water sports, scuba diving, ocean excursions and soothing therapies at SPA Cenvaree, this intimate resort promises many romantic moments during the day and under the stars. Every couple can immerse themselves in the tranquil turquoise seas with complimentary non-motorised water sports and snorkelling equipment hire throughout their stay, along with beach sports and activities, access to the fitness centre, E-Zone and Chill Lounge, and free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with home or post the most spectacular social media updates.

Like its sister resort, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa offers a complete collection of meal plans: Bed & Breakfast, Half Board, Full Board, All Inclusive and Gold All-Inclusive. Guests who choose the All-Inclusive option will be treated to bountiful daily breakfasts, delectable lunches and dinners with generous daily credits at a choice of restaurants, including Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern and international options, along with afternoon tea, daily replenished minibar, all-day beverages, and evening canapés as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

The Gold All-Inclusive package promises all the benefits of All-Inclusive, plus unlimited lunch and dinner privileges at every dining destination on the island, plus premium beverages, laundry services, daily credits for Thai-inspired treatments at SPA Cenvaree, and even daily snorkelling excursions by boat.

After the unprecedented upheaval of the last 12 months, a Maldivian vacation is a magical and memorable way to relax your body, revive your spirit and reconnect with your loved ones. Let Centara create your ultimate island escape.


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