Vakkaru Maldives recently introduced its newest team member, Sampath Widana Hewawala, affectionately known as Sam, who assumes the role of Head Sommelier.
With Sam at the helm, Vakkaru promises an unparalleled wine experience that is set to outshine the competition. This article delves into Sam’s background, his impressive qualifications, and his vision for Vakkaru’s wine culture.
Crafting a Distinctive Wine Philosophy
With over a decade of experience as Head Sommelier at some of the most prestigious resorts, including One & Only Reethi Rah and Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, Sam is a true connoisseur in his field. His impressive qualifications include certifications such as WSET Advanced Level 3, Court of Master Sommelier Level 1, and B & G Château Wine Certification. This wealth of knowledge makes Sam a valuable addition to the Vakkaru team.
Sam’s appointment at Vakkaru Maldives is a testament to the resort’s commitment to excellence. He aims to create a top-tier wine philosophy that aligns seamlessly with Vakkaru’s distinctive brand identity. With the extensive wine portfolio offered by Vakkaru Reserve, Sam envisions innovative, immersive, and high-class wine experiences that will set Vakkaru apart in the competitive industry.
In Sam’s own words, “I am thrilled to join the team at Vakkaru Maldives. My mission is to create a top-tier wine philosophy that aligns with Vakkaru’s distinctive brand identity. With Vakkaru Reserve’s expansive wine portfolio, I believe our collection opens up opportunities for an innovative, immersive and high-class experience that will make Vakkaru stand out in this highly competitive industry.”
Unforgettable Wine Experiences
Sam’s expertise extends beyond overseeing the award-winning Vakkaru Reserve wine cellar. He also curates wine programmes across the resort’s six restaurants and bars. Among the exciting initiatives introduced by Sam is the “Sunset Sandbank Wine Tasting.” This unique event promises an unforgettable sensory experience in the idyllic setting of a natural sandbank located just a boat ride away from the resort.
At this picturesque location within Vakkaru’s lagoon, Sam will curate a selection of fine wines from both the Old and New Worlds. These wines will be accompanied by an array of delectable cheeses and charcuterie, guaranteeing an extraordinary journey of taste and luxury at Vakkaru Maldives. The Sunset Sandbank Wine Tasting is set to become a must-attend event for wine lovers, further solidifying Vakkaru’s reputation as a premier destination for wine connoisseurs.
In conclusion, Sam Hewawala’s appointment as Head Sommelier at Vakkaru Maldives signifies a new era of excellence in wine experiences at the resort. With his extensive knowledge, innovative approach, and passion for wine, Sam is poised to elevate Vakkaru’s standing in the competitive hospitality industry. Guests can look forward to exceptional wine tastings, immersive events, and a world-class wine culture that distinguishes Vakkaru Maldives as a top-tier destination for wine enthusiasts.