2020 – Veligandu Island

Global Wellness Day – How One Day Can Change Your Life

Global Wellness Day is celebrated annually every second Saturday of June. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.

In addition, if you incorporate just a few of the following practices practices into your daily routine on a regular basis, you’ll soon be living a well life. By helping others do the same, you will be spreading the wellness dream.

  • Drink more water
  • Walk for an hour
  • Eat organic foods
  • Stop using plastic bottles
  • Do a good deed
  • Eat a family dinner
  • Go to bed at 10pm

Experience Wellness at Veligandu

Duniye Spa at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa allows you to experience wellness in every way. Founded on a philosophy of nurturing the body, calming the mind and inspiring the soul, Duniye Spa has a holistic approach to well-being. They have put together treatments that honour our human need for relaxation, beauty, balance and connection. Visit Duniye Spa at Veligandu Island Island Resort & Spa once and you will set the course of your day with heart-centered treatments; seek pampering and inspiration regularly and enter the path of joyful, healthy living to last a lifetime.

Veligandu Oriental Drink

A favourite of many, Veligandu Oriental Drink is a drink of choice among wellness enthusiasts. Here is a DIY recipe to try it out.

Ingredients:
30 ml of Orange Juice, 30 ml Carrot Juice or Fresh carrot squeezed, 20 ml of coconut water, 5 ml of ginger syrup

Procedure:
Mix all ingredients and shake with ice cubes , served in a cocktail glass.

Health Benefits:
Boost immunity, refreshing, detoxifying, prevent cancer cells to develop and restrain growth. Reduces cholesterol, controls heart diseases, cleanses the liver, relieves abdominal gas, increases metabolism, provides instant energy and controls sugar levels.

Oriental drink can be served in a coconut or a glass.

Veligandu is yet again awarded HACCP Certification

For the seventh year, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa had achieved the highly regarded accreditation in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), principles and practice based on the World Health Organization Codex to ensure Food Safety, Hygiene and Cleanliness for the Resort. HACCP is a prevention-based recommended control system for the hygiene of food hygiene and safety with strict adherence and implementation of food safety procedures in hotels and food establishments.

As a property who complies with HACCP protocols, Veligandu offers the continuous wellbeing of the guests by;

  • Allowing guests to enjoy our services with full confidence in the quality of our food supplies and its preparation.
  • Maintaining the highest skills and knowledge of all food handlers, not only in the kitchen.
  • Practising proper and approved hygiene and cleanliness systems is adhered to within all levels of operations.
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  • Providing and sourcing the highest quality in food produced which are safe for resort guests and team members.

Ramadan Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa! – A Message From the General Manager

Dear all Muslims around the globe,

Ramadan Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa!

As the auspicious month of Ramadan starts, may the crescent-shaped moon brighten your path toward enlightenment and may Allah bless you and your family with peace and good health.

Ramadan is a month of worship, reflection and reconciliation; where the basic tenets of tolerance and forgiveness are integral to our fasting. This year, we enter the holy month of Ramadan during a time of health crisis, we pray that Allah ease all of us to keep fasts and grace us with the strength to do all the prayers while we battle against COVID-19 globally.

May the observance of Ramadan this year shall bring to us strength and the earnest will to work together to harness a speedy recovery from this pandemic of COVID-19 and enlighten all our darkness, wash away all our sorrows and heal the infected people rapidly providing strength to their families, bringing the globe to a normal state.

The best way to control this pandemic is to adhere to the recommendations and guidelines provided by the health authorities globally. Henceforth meekly stay indoors until it is felicitous to move around again and enjoy the holy month of showered blessings with your loved ones at home.

On behalf of Veligandu team, I would like to extend our best wishes to all Muslim communities around the globe during this holy month. May the spirit of this holy month inspire and give us the desire, strength, as well as the determination to achieve our common global goal, to recover from the worldwide health crisis.

RAMADAN KAREEM 1441 TO ALL MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD

With lots of Blessings and warm regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim

General Manager

Earth Day 2020 at Veligandu

At Veligandu, Earth Day is every day and we have been working towards sustainable tourism being conscious of climate action for a long time.

Do you know?
🌱 By adopting glass soft-drink bottles, we reduced 0.95 tons of plastic annually from the Resorts consumption.
🌱 Having a desalinization plant allows us to make our own drinking water, 164,980 litres daily for guest and staff consumption.
 We opt to recycle. Our flower garden beds are lines with old glass bottles.
🌱 Native and naturalized fauna is used to manicure our gardens and to provide ground cover to protect and nurture the island’s soil.
🌴Roots of the coconut trees are used to protect the beaches you love from eroding. You will find 10 coconut trees newly replanted when you visit Veligandu and we will soon share how we do this.

 

Mas Riha – Maldivian Fish Curry By Chef Didi – Taste Of Maldives By Veligandu

For our guests who had tried this before and for those who love to cook, Veligandus’ famed and talented Maldivian chef Didi will guide you on how to prepare an authentic Maldivian Mas Riha (Maldivian Curry).  You can easily prepare this entire delicious meal in less than 30 minutes and bring the tropical Maldivian flavours to your kitchen with this luscious Mas Riha.

Here’s everything you’re going to need:

  • 2 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 Dried Gamboge
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Sesamee seeds
  • 2 medium Onion, finely sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1  fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • Few Hikadhi Faiy (Curry Leaves)
  • 3 Raanba Faiy (Pandan Leaves), cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 Maldivian chilli
  • 1 tsp fish curry powder
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 500g Fresh Red Snapper or any other firm fresh fish cut into small cubes. (Authentic Maldivian Fish curry is usually cooked with fresh tuna, Kaṇḍumas (skipjack tuna), but also Kanneli (yellowfin tuna) or Laṭṭi (little tunny)
  • Salt to taste (about ½ tsp)

Veligandu's Chef Didi cooking Mas Riha - Maldivian Fish Curry

How to cook:

  • Heat the oil in a pot on medium heat.
  • Add the dried gamboge, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, sauté for few seconds.
  • Once they start to splutter, add onions, ginger and garlic and stir. Add tomato, curry leaves, pandan and Maldivian chilli into the mixture. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the onion softens, add Curry powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix well. Stir for 30 seconds until the mixture becomes fragrant.
  • Add coconut milk and cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Gently add fresh red snapper cubes and toss until all pieces of fish are well coated with the source, simmer without stirring until the fish is well-cooked, about 5-6 minutes. The fish is ready when it slightly resists flaking, to confirm, gently nudge the fish with a spoon.
  • Add salt to taste and stir gently. Simmer about 1 minute.
  • Plate up and serve hot with basmati rice or roshi (Maldivian traditional flatbread).

Mas riha is commonly eaten with steamed white rice or Basmati, but when eaten for breakfast it is served with roshi (flatbread) and eaten along with hot tea.

Tips: The real secret to a luscious curry is fresh spices. Blooming the spices is a crucial step to creating a delectable curry, as it releases the essential flavour to the curry.

Make your own Maldivian curry powder fresh at home: Roast coriander, cumin, funnel, chilli and cinnamon powder along with ground pepper and cinnamon seeds in equal quantity. Leave the mixture to cool down as you begin with your curry preparation.

Basically the fish is diced and cooked together over low fire with a mixture of sautéed onions and spices to which Coconut milk is added and left to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Once you nail the basic steps on how to make a curry, you can have your way and create your very own curry that suits your taste buds.

We will see you soon when the time is right, till then enjoy the taste of Maldives in the comfort of your home.

Mas Riha

3 Ways to Relax this Summer at Veligandu

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives provides its guests with a great opportunity to relax, unwind and switch off from day-to-day life. Tropical bliss of white sandy beaches, sparkling blue lagoons and plenty of sunshine combine with great food, carefree all-inclusive package, a sprinkling of romance and lots of relaxation opportunities. Here are three of our favourite ways to unwind at Veligandu this summer:

Be pampered at the spa – there’s no better way to relax than an indulgent treatment at Duniye Spa.  Make wellness a priority and let your mind, body and soul give in to the holistic treatments using carefully selected natural products.

Immerse yourself in nature snorkelling and scuba diving are claimed by many to be very relaxing pastime, with the marine life leaving you mesmerised by the colours of the tropical reef fish darting about and turtles gracefully gliding through the water. The professional team at Ocean Dive Centre is on hand for an experience of a lifetime.

Dine by the ocean – with stars overhead, the sound of the waves lapping the shore and your toes in the sand, nothing says ‘Maldives’ quite like a candlelight dinner on the beach! Choose from a variety of beach dining options including a Private BBQ, Veli Dinner where your table is dug from the sand, or an exquisite Bubbles and Lobster feast, all are perfect for relaxing with your loved one in the most romantic setting possible.

Turn your daydreams of long sunny days spent doing exactly as you wish, reconnecting with your loved one and just simply taking some time out to relax into reality and banish those winter blues too by booking your relaxing summer holiday at Veligandu.

Meet Chef Frianto – Creator of Fabulous Fusion Food at Veligandu

Madivaru Restaurant, our a la carte outlet, is a must-do dining experience for guests staying at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. The fabulous food, coupled with a choice of settings: indoor, alfresco or on the beach, make this an unforgettable way to spend an evening in the Maldives. Chef de Cuisine, Frianto, is the talent behind the culinary creations at Madivaru.

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Chef Frianto’s love for cooking came naturally and developed when he was a child; from the age of 12, he helped his mother in the kitchen to prepare dishes for the entire family. He used to wake up early in the morning before school, just to make sure he didn’t miss what his mother would prepare for the day ahead. Since then, cooking became part of Frianto’s daily routine, he was constantly learning, cooking and picking his own ingredients from the garden surrounding the local vineyard.

Frianto’s passion to keep learning and discovering took him to Indonesia, Maldives, Dubai, Brunei Darussalam, Seychelles, Dubai again and back to the Maldives, where he joined us at Veligandu as Chef de Cuisine for Madivaru Restaurant.

A significant point in Chef Frianto’s career was when he joined Burj Al Arab Dubai in 2004 as Senior Chef de Partie, working in Almahara fine dining restaurant together with Michelin star chefs from around the world. During this period, he learned a lot about different cooking techniques and styles, modern presentation, matching different ingredients and collaborating dishes. It was here that his love of creating new fusion dishes blossomed and has continued to shine through in his dishes.

Madivaru Restaurant

We managed to steal a few moments with Chef Frianto…

What type of fusion food do you create and what is your inspiration?  

My love of Asian ingredients combined with Western cooking techniques gives me the freedom to experiment and fuse it into a single dish, or I switch things around to use Western ingredients with Asian cooking techniques. I am happy to share a few dishes which I have created along my journey as a chef:

  • Wok Fried Noodle with Seafood, Capers and Italian Basil
  • Asian infused Lobster Bisque, Lobster Tempura and Asparagus Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Salad on Crispy Indonesian Crackers
  • Rare cooked Angus Beef with Massaman Risotto

What is your signature and ‘must-try’ dish and the story behind it?

It has to be Wok Fried Noodle with Seafood, Capers and Italian Basil. In Indonesia and most of Asia, noodles are eaten daily, either for breakfast, lunch or dinner, just like rice. They go well with capers, which will give you the taste of lemons, olives and salty flavours. Italian basil is very aromatic and has a pleasant spicy taste and smell. These all combine into a mouthwatering dish.

How do the restaurant views, al fresco dining and Veligandu’s general topography and ambience contribute to the fusion food?

I would say Veligandu is a unique tropical island resort and Madivaru occupies an amazing location, surrounded by lush vegetation and white sandy beaches, it has a relaxed atmosphere too. We express these qualities in our dishes with tropical produce, balanced, light dishes and unique tastes which most of our guests have never experienced before.

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Add Madivaru to your Veligandu holiday itinerary and sample some of Chef Frianto’s fusion creations. Reservations are essential and can be taken up to two hours before the restaurant opens each evening.

Endless Opportunities For Romance at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

With its romantic hotels and luxury resorts, the Maldives is world-renowned for romance and as a top honeymoon destination, it’s the definitive place to go for a romantic getaway. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a small but beautiful island where the white sand and sparkling ocean provide the perfect backdrop for romance in paradise.

The opportunities for romance at Veligandu are endless and include everything from intimate candlelight dinners on the beach to a cocktail with your loved one while watching the setting sun light up the evening sky. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to surprise your loved one here is a snapshot of how your romantic escape could look:

  • Start the day with a champagne breakfast in the comfort of your villa. Enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean while you feast on a scrumptious continental breakfast accompanied by a half bottle of perfectly chilled Moet & Chandon Champagne.
  • Wander hand in hand to the spa and indulge in a Him & Her Herbal Oil Balinese Body Massage in a candlelit room followed by champagne as the finishing luxurious touch to this treatment.
  • Book a special spot from where to appreciate the spectacular Maldivian sunset, Veligandu’s ‘Bubbly Sunset Love Bed on the Beach’ experience is guaranteed to melt your loved one’s heart. Sip champagne and enjoy the delicious homemade canapés while Mother Nature transforms day to night.
  • For the quintessential finale, a candlelight dinner on the beach is an absolute must. With your feet in the sand, exquisite food on the table and your eyes on each other, it’s an evening to remember. Choose from a Private BBQ, a Veli Dinner where your table and chairs are made from the soft white sand, a Bubbles and Lobster Beach Dinner or Madivaru Sunset Dinner – whichever choice you make, it will be a night to remember.
  • Want to take romance to the next level? What could be more romantic than renewing your wedding vows? There is no better place to reaffirm your love than at this island paradise.

It’s always romantic at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa so don’t worry if your escape is not in February, the romance never ends and the above experiences are available throughout the year!

Book Veligandu with Summer Special Offer

If you’ve been dreaming of a romantic escape to a secluded island in the sun, now is a great time to turn those dreams into reality by booking Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives. If booked by the end of February, you can take advantage of the Summer Special Offer – 20% discount on all villa packages with full-board or all-inclusive!

Veligandu offers one of the best value all-inclusive packages in the Maldives whether you’re looking for peace and tranquillity for quiet walks along the beach, a place to sip champagne and celebrate your love, or to indulge in an intimate meal under the stars.

This exclusive offer ends soon, book direct with Veligandu Island Resort & Spa.

Terms & Conditions

Book your stays on Full Board or All-Inclusive Plus package and receive an additional 20% discount on all villa categories­.

  • Booking Validity: From January 1, 2020, until February 28, 2020
  • Travel Validity: For stays between the night of April 16, 2020, thru and including the night of September 30, 2020.

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