Michelin-Star Magic: Soenil Bahadoer at Le Méridien Maldives

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa stands ready to enhance the dining experiences of its guests to an unprecedented degree of excellence.

This forthcoming October, the luxurious resort, nestled gracefully in the picturesque Lhaviyani Atoll on the captivating Thilamaafushi Island, shall be honoured by the presence of the culinary virtuoso, two-Michelin-star chef Soenil Bahadoer. The culinary spectacle that awaits assures to become a standout feature of Le Méridien Maldives’ seasonal gastronomic offerings.

Michelin-Star Magic: Soenil Bahadoer at Le Méridien Maldives

Guests at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa have the unique opportunity to participate in bespoke Masterclasses conducted by the acclaimed Chef Soenil. These classes are not merely culinary lessons but a journey into the heart of gastronomy. During the Masterclass, participants get to create a delectable 3-course lunch and a sumptuous 5-course dinner at the resort’s exquisite Velaa Bar + Grill. This hands-on experience allows guests to explore their culinary talents under the guidance of a master chef.

Sunset Soirée at Riviera Beach

As the day transitions to evening, the resort comes alive with the Rosé and Petit Plates Sunset Soirée at Riviera Beach. Curated by Chef Soenil, this soirée promises a fusion of flavours that dance on the palate. Accompanied by the tunes of a talented DJ, guests can savour the magic of a Maldivian sunset while relishing gourmet delights.

Michelin-Star Magic: Soenil Bahadoer at Le Méridien Maldives

For those who appreciate live cooking experiences, the Au Soleil BBQ at Le Méridien Hub Garden is a must-try. With Chef Soenil at the helm, this BBQ event offers a dynamic culinary performance where guests can witness their dishes being prepared right before their eyes. It’s an opportunity to interact with the chef and gain insights into the art of barbecue.

Unlocking Memories with Marriott Bonvoy Moments

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa goes beyond culinary excellence by offering guests the chance to create unforgettable memories through Marriott Bonvoy Moments. The winning bidder can embark on an exclusive Private Brunch Picnic on the resort’s private island, Bodu Finolhu. Crafted by Chef Soenil, this picnic is a symphony of Rosé wines, bubbles, and gourmet delights set against the backdrop of a tropical paradise.

Another remarkable moment awaits those who seek adventure and cultural immersion. Guests can join a private fishing trip to a local Maldivian island, experiencing the vibrant life of the ocean. Following the expedition, a visit to the resort’s Greenhouse offers a glimpse into sustainable farming practices. The day culminates in a private Champagne dinner crafted by the resort’s culinary team, offering a true taste of Maldivian hospitality.

Michelin-Star Magic: Soenil Bahadoer at Le Méridien Maldives

A Fusion of Culinary Cultures

During the pop-up event at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Chef Bahadoer presents a menu that embraces his rich heritage—a fusion of French and Surinamese cuisine. Diners can expect an array of tantalizing dishes, including Rendang with cabbage, ginger beer ice cream, and white soya, as well as European lobster with apple, curry, and mango chutney. It’s a gastronomic journey that transcends borders and tantalizes taste buds.

Guests who book this gourmet pop-up experience can take advantage of an exclusive package that includes a complimentary daily buffet breakfast at Turquoise. In the evenings, they have the choice of enjoying a complimentary daily buffet dinner at Turquoise or indulging in a three-course set menu at Velaa Bar + Grill, both offering diverse culinary experiences.

The highlight of the package is a complimentary 5-course set menu crafted by the Two Michelin-star chef Soenil Bahadoer. To capture the memories of this gastronomic adventure, guests are also treated to a complimentary 30-minute photoshoot with one printout. For those seeking some aquatic excitement, daily water sports are also included, ensuring a holistic luxury experience.

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa invites you to embark on a culinary journey like no other. With world-class chefs, exclusive dining experiences, and picturesque surroundings, it’s a paradise for food enthusiasts and connoisseurs of luxury. Indulge your senses and create lasting memories at this exceptional resort in the heart of the Maldives.

Michelin-Star Magic: Soenil Bahadoer at Le Méridien Maldives

Chef Soenil Bahadoer, renowned for his culinary expertise at Restaurant de Lindehof in Amsterdam, brings a fusion of French and Surinamese cuisine to the Maldives. Expect an enticing menu featuring dishes like Rendang with cabbage, ginger beer ice cream, white soya, and European lobster with apple, curry, and mango chutney. Each dish is a harmonious blend of flavours that will tantalize your taste buds.

Reflecting on the upcoming pop-up, Chef Bahadoer shared his wisdom: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. You never learn by being told; you should find out by yourself.”

General Manager Thomas Schult expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Dining on the island is exemplary, and guests can enjoy a range of fresh cuisine, from local delicacies to Mediterranean-inspired dishes and Japanese fine dining. To celebrate our culinary offering, we are proud to welcome acclaimed Chef Soenil Bahadoer.”

Michelin-Star Magic: Soenil Bahadoer at Le Méridien Maldives


Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa’s collaboration with two Michelin-star Chef Soenil Bahadoer promises an unparalleled culinary journey in the heart of paradise. With a spectrum of exclusive experiences, a fusion of French and Surinamese cuisine, and a commitment to providing guests with the ultimate gourmet package, this event is set to redefine luxury dining in the Maldives. As you plan your getaway to this eco-conscious haven, you’re not only embarking on a gastronomic adventure but also immersing yourself in the natural beauty and vibrant marine life of the Lhaviyani Atoll.

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