Easter is just around the corner and many of the resorts in the Maldives have unveiled their festive packages. Holidaymakers visiting the Maldives during this time will be treated to an ‘eggciting’ array of activities. Hotelier Maldives has put together a guide to some of the events on offer across the archipelago.
Dusit Thani Maldives
Easter culinary pursuits will take over Dusit Thani from 12 to 17 April 2022 with a special visit from Michelin-starred Chef Vreni Giger of Hotel Rigiblick in Zurich. The Swiss chef’s Easter residency kicks off with a cooking class on April 13. Take a seat at Sea Grill on Tuesday 12 April or Saturday 16 April for a spectacular oceanside dinner, paired with artfully selected wines. On Easter Sunday she presents a Jazz Breakfast at The Market and dinner at Sea Grill. Furthermore, the award-winning Thai restaurant Benjarong will celebrate Thai New Year on Wednesday 13 April with a water ceremony, street food and family fun. The Mysterious Maldivian Magician will take to the stage at Sand Bar on Easter Sunday for a spectacular show, and Moonlit Movies will hit the silver screen on Monday 18 April. Baan Sanook has planned an egg hunt, bubble parties and pizza making.
Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are preparing for Easter with a range of events tailored for families. Over at Coco Bodu Hithi, talented chefs will cook up a fabulous Easter brunch, followed by a traditional egg hunt and an appearance from the Easter bunny. Special cocktails, a DJ, and a photo booth are also planned for the day. Over at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu little ones can paint eggs and play fun beach games. Kids can also join pastry chefs to decorate delicious cookies and join an Easter egg hunt as well as try to crack a giant egg to reveal the surprises inside.
Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives
Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives’ Easter program kicks off from 15-24 April. Choose from zumba, yoga, face painting, water gun fights, under-the-stars cinema, cooking classes, sand sculpture competition and egg hunting. Families can escape to a castaway island, enjoy kayaking, a barbeque picnic, snorkelling or a jetski experience. Magical Sundays from 17 to 24 April involve sunrise yoga on the spa jetty. There is also an Easter Gala Breakfast at ONU Marché, the beachfront market-style restaurant with a bamboo roof. Specialties on the buffet menu include barbeque glazed lamb ribs, smoked salmon with pancake roll, summer vegetable ratatouille, roasted chicken roll or oven gratin butterfish. Over at the Easter bakery section, diners can enjoy delicious pastries such as raisins tress bread, traditional hot cross buns, cherry tomatoes focaccia, brioche roll and more. A host of delectable desserts including rabbit cookies on vanilla sable, Easter eggs and chocolate rabbits, warm chocolate fudge pudding, banana almond tart and fudge walnut brownies will be available at the dessert station.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa
As part of their Easter jovialities, the resort has included an Easter buffet in its Full Board Promo and they have a line-up of activities for the children to indulge in from Easter face painting to Easter crafts and a bubble and magic show. The resort features seven restaurants and bars, two freshwater pools, Shine Spa located on a private island for maximum indulgence, a tennis court, a 24-hour gym and ample of on-island activities. Their Full Board Promo includes breakfast at Feast. Lunch buffet at Feast or a two-course Asian menu at ChopstiX, Mediterranean at Anchorage, Caribbean at Kakuni Hut, or Indian at Masala Hut and a dinner buffet at Feast or three-course menu at ChopstiX, Anchorage Bar, or Masala Hut. Guests can even add a USD 45 supplement for dinner in Baan Thai, or seafood at Sea Salt.
The Westin Maldives Mirandhoo Resort
The Westin has daily themed dinners through the Easter week and a special dinner buffet, wine tasting sessions, cooking and mixology classes – even a sandbank party at a nearby island with a DJ and live barbeque. The resort is an idyllic setting for romance, gastronomy and wellbeing. Enjoy Japanese with a seafood focus at The Pearl or healthy, international dishes and all-day dining at Island Kitchen. The colorful bar and restaurant Hawker offers authentic Asian street food in a vibrant marketplace setting, and tapas and ocean views at Sunset Bar. This Easter, book a Fly & Dine package which includes daily breakfast at Island Kitchen, daily two-course lunch and three-course dinner at Island Kitchen or a meal credit at The Pearl complimentary return shared seaplane transfers, a daily wellness session, the use of snorkelling equipment and ocean kayaks for up to two hours as well as access to the Westin Kids Club and the fitness studio.
The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands
Grab your golden ticket and enter an island of pure imagination with a family beach challenge, bunny parade, and an evening inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Parents and children of all ages can join family relay races and volleyball on the beach, egg coloring workshop, easter egg beach hunt and bunny headbands. There is a grand slam tennis tournament for sporting guests, a bubble pool party, pom pom accessory making class and a Maldivian palm origami and country flag making. Ritz Kids can grab their golden tickets for a family Easter movie night involving games and endless fun and a magical dinner under the stars. They can also make chocolate truffles before enjoying tales of the ocean when they meet a Mermaid then join Easter turtle snorkeling and ocean discovery experiences through the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment programme. Available from 11 to 17 April, this includes a one-bedroom villa, full board and return transfers and Easter activities.
From April 1 to April 30, escape to the Baa atoll for an array of Easter happenings and star appearances. Scour the island for colorful Easter eggs and swap them for tasty treats. Join the Easter fun at The Den, with seasonal crafts and an unforgettable program for Young Sonevians.. The fun kicks off with an island easter egg hunt where guests collect as many wooden eggs as possible and exchange them for tasty treats and a special prize. Youngsters can also enjoy Easter crafts and one-of-a-kind experiences. Enjoy an intimate dinner with some of the world’s finest chefs or meet the sporting legends and visiting experts as part of the Soneva Stars programme. Singapore’s famous three Michelin-starred restaurant Odette is hosting an exclusive 10-week residency at Flying Sauces, while Jancis Robinson, voted the world’s most influential wine critic, will host exclusive wine tasting sessions and dinners. Tennis star Jonas Björkman’ Andy Murray’s former coach and now Eurosport as a tennis commentator, will be offering one-to-one private tennis coaching on the island court, while Mikaël Silvestre international for France between 2001 and 2006, will host LYFE football camp while Lars Lindberg Christensen, an award-winning astronomer will be hosting exclusive star-gazing sessions at the island’s observatory.
Explore an exciting calendar of creative workshops, culinary journeys and marine excursions at Joali. Partake in Mixology Magic on 14 April with a cocktail-making class by the waves at sunset hour. Craft three personalized cocktails, then savour them with gourmet canapé at Saoke. Get arty this Easter with resident artist Nataliya joining her Art of Ceramics Spin the pottery wheel, hand-build ceramics or join an Easter glazing session from 14 April and 17 April as well as finding your inner potter on 15 and 18 April. There will also be an Easter Cocktail Party with Live Music Entertainment 15 April and an Easter Sunday Feast on 17 April. Take an Easter Sunset Flight on 17 April soaring above the sparkling waves with uninterrupted views of bejewelled skies. Enjoy a Starry Starry Night on 18 and 24 April as Michelin-starred Chef Karim Khouani prepares a six-course feast full of seafood and fine sakes at Saoke, then swim into a glowing marine world and discover the night time beauty of the coral reef, lit by underwater flashlights and moonbeams and Tennis Coach Cassandra for an exhilarating session on the courts or join in a Maldives Easter Cup Football Tournament. Finally, live La Dolce Vita on 20 April with European-inspired dishes paired with fine wines over a six-course menu designed to delight your palate at the chic Italian restaurant.
Bandos has an eggcellent Easter adventure in store on 16 April for kids at the Kokko club. The activities kick off with hopping down the bunny trail at the Kokko club, guests are also invited to have a hoppin’ good time taking part in a hand and feet print keepsake crafts event where they can get their hands on dough, egg molding on 17 April there will be a funny bunny toss in Kokko Club garden, a paint zone for getting all crafty and a chance to decorate the Easter egg tree. Finally, families can get ‘hoppy’ at an Easter party on Huyan Beach.
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