JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa unveils RIHA: an Eight-Course Journey of Flavors

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RIHA concept in maldives

31 March, 2023

JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa has announced the opening of RIHA, a new destination dining concept promising a unique and private experience around a sunken outdoor Tandoor & Tawa. Guests can embark on a flavorful journey at this hidden oasis, the new jewel in the crown of the multi-generational resort, where they’ll make their way to an enchanting sunken table, and be delighted by picturesque surroundings with the horizon and sunset at eye level.

RIHA, meaning "curry" in Dhivehi, showcases the diversity of Indian cuisine. Here a personal Chef will prepare and present an 8-course dinner, taking the guests’ taste buds on a culinary adventure, from Kashmir to Madurai, Goa, Rajasthan and Bengal, combining superior quality western produce with Indian flavors, resulting in a distinct and exceptional culinary experience.

Curated by Chef Rohit Agarwal, Chef de Partie at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, who has extensive experience in Indian cuisine, the menu is a blend of exquisite ingredients, with gourmet products such as foie gras, scallops, lobster and wagyu beef, built around known and popular home-cooked dishes from various parts of India. The tableware reflects Indian traditions, with copper glasses, brass, porcelain, including a local touch of coconut shell and leaves used in the plating and presentation while traditional cooking techniques of Tandoor & Tawa are used across dishes, enhancing the experience.

Chef Rohit's passion and love for regional Indian cuisines, particularly curries, is evident in each dish, with his mother's and grandmother's recipes being an essential part of the menu. He breaks stereotypes by presenting western produce embracing Indian flavors, making the experience even more authentic.

"We are delighted to introduce RIHA, a culinary journey across regions and flavors of India, through dishes you know, with a unique and elevated twist. RIHA is a hidden oasis that promises a unique private dining experience and offers guests a chance to indulge their senses and fall in love with Indian cuisine all over again," said Marc Gussing, General Manager, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa.

RIHA is now available for bookings and guests staying at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa can indulge in the 8-course sunken-in-sand dinner experience under the stars, surrounded by nature and tiki torches. The venue can be booked as a shared experience with the food menu priced at USD 265++ per adult and can also be booked as a private experience for a couple or family at USD 450++ per adult; beverages would be available on an a la carte basis.

Located on Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa presents everything one needs for a luxurious stress-free family vacation and inspires guests to be fully present in the spirit of togetherness with loved ones. The multi-generational resort features 60 beach and overwater villas, all with private pools, spacious wooden decks and a wide array of amenities. Eclectic dining experiences are offered throughout the resort’s five dining venues, three full service bars, a wine room and beach dinners.

For more information, please visit www.jwmarriottmaldives.com

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About resort: JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is set on the stunning island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll. Just an hour from Malé airport by seaplane the crescent-shaped Island offers an unrivaled luxury in the stunning environment, a bright, modern villas are some of the largest in the archipelago, each one featuring a private pool and a gourmet cuisine stretches from classic Asian gastronomy – Thai, Japanese, Indian – to wood-fired Italian across seven restaurants. The resort also features a Spa by JW, which house six double treatments rooms, one deluxe treatment suite with a private ‘wet room’, a unisex hair salon, manicure and pedicure stations, a wellness boutique, an overwater gym, and an open-air yoga pavilion.

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