Male’, Maldives, 21st December 2023 – The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has revealed its festive plans, anticipating a season brimming with joyous and heartening experiences. This year’s celebrations revolve around honoring the sun’s splendor and the gifts it offers throughout its solar cycles. For those desiring holiday warmth, the Indian Ocean sanctuary nestled in the sought-after Fari Islands guarantees guests an array of sensory delights, encompassing delightful culinary adventures, heavenly spa experiences, and captivating sunset shows.
The theater program kicks off on December 22nd with a dazzling evening of light, transforming the Eau Bar into an evolving dreamscape for the season. As the Christmas tree is illuminated, guests will usher in the celebrations with signature Sangu cocktails in hand, anticipating a radiant lineup of events running until January 9th, 2024.
For food enthusiasts, a culinary journey awaits across the destination’s breathtaking dining venues curated by the resort’s exceptional talent. Celebratory gastronomy will mark holiday days, commencing with a Christmas Eve cocktail reception at sundown, leading to an epicurean feast at La Locanda. On Christmas Day, a Dim Sum brunch at Summer Pavilion introduces an Asian flavor to the festivities, followed by a Chef’s Table and sake pairing menu at the resort’s IWAU Japanese restaurant. New Year’s Day will be celebrated with a delightful barbecue brunch at the Beach Shack.
Throughout the season, a series of decadent dining experiences will include lobster feasts under the stars, Champagne dinners featuring Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, and Taittinger, as well as pop-up dining events with the popular Arabesque restaurant. Exclusive masterclasses will encompass Panettone and ‘Bean to Bar’ chocolate culinary labs, gingerbread workshops, and mixology experiences inspired by some of the world’s best bartenders from the ‘Behind the Bar’ series.
For those seeking activities, the festive programming offers a wide array. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, led by the resort’s marine naturalists, will guide exploration into the ocean depths, including experiences like ‘Cities under the Sea’ and turtle snorkeling. Guests can also enjoy luxury sunset cruises, fishing by Maldivian Dhoni boat, and engaging in activities such as a sunset painting and champagne soiree at the Beach Shack or sunrise cardio tennis sessions on the resort’s high-spec tennis courts.
To unwind, the spa, a design masterpiece overlooking the sparkling lagoon, offers wellness with Bamford. Besides a menu of holistic treatments, spa-goers can partake in workshops to master gua sha self-massage. Moreover, sunrise yoga at the Mystique Garden, aerial yoga sessions, and other activities cater to those seeking rejuvenation.
For younger guests, Santa Claus will make a festive appearance on Christmas Day, followed by a magical parade through the Mystique Garden. Santa’s Workshop at Ritz Kids will keep children aged four to twelve entertained, boasting a futuristic indoor-outdoor space with playgrounds, napping pods, gaming areas, and a pool. Daily festive workshops will include gingerbread house decorating, Christmas wreath making, and learning experiences from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program. For teens, beach water polo, tennis and football camps will keep inspire a healthy dose of competition.
Dazzling performances and headline events will grace the season at Eau Bar’s iconic spherical pool, with highlights such as a floating string quartet and dance performance on Christmas Eve. The ‘Twilight Gateways’ show on December 29th will open a series of floating doors to captivating acts and a mesmerizing soundtrack at sundown. Other unforgettable evenings include a surreal moonlit concerto. As 2023 draws to a close, the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner will offer a spectacular culmination of culinary excellence and entertainment.
Moving to Fari Marina Village, The Fari Marina Carnival amid James Turrell’s luminous Skyspace Amarta installation will showcase the best of the Fari Islands’ unique offerings. Gourmet delicacies, local crafts, live DJ performances, and a vibrant atmosphere will define this celebration.
The festivities at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands will continue until January 9th before welcoming the lunar new year. An Orthodox Christmas celebration on January 6th will include a cocktail event at Eau Bar followed by a sumptuous gala dinner at La Locanda, alongside themed workshops for kids at Ritz Kids.
For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, and reservation inquiries, please visit ritzcarlton.com/Maldives.