Velaa Private Island presents a new gastronomic concept at Aragu, offering contemporary European cuisine with an Asian twist. Meaning ‘Essence’ in local Dhivehi, Aragu takes the dining experience to a new level by combining an innovative vision for culinary art with awareness and sustainability.
With daily arrivals of organic ingredients from around the world, carefully chosen by Gaushan de Silva, Executive Chef of Velaa Private Island, a sense of trust is built for diners looking for a refreshing experience.
To begin, guests may indulge in delectable Gillardeau Oysters or Gourmet House Caviars, before choosing from a diverse array of main courses from Queensland Spanner Crab, New Zealand Lamb, or Chicken from Bresse, to Manadhoo Butternut Squash or Organic Tofu and more.
Healthy and guilt-free dessert options also include Exotic Fruit, Citrus composition, Cherry Tarragon, Almond Fondant, and Peruvian Chocolate served with coffee crispy crackers.
“Cultivated over years of working together, our strong network of suppliers provide only the best products for our guests at Velaa as they select from a simple list of organic and high-quality ingredients sourced from over 20 countries worldwide,” said Gaushan, who holds over 18 years of experience in the industry.
To complement the refined cuisine of Aragu, Ibrahim Waheed, Food and Beverage Director of Velaa Private Island, has created the 800-bin wine list – one of the largest overall wine collections in Maldives.
“With my team’s expertise, we offer to guests at Velaa Private Island a knowledgeable and tailor-made service for an extensive and constantly evolving wine lists that you can truly appreciate and delve into,” said Ibrahim.
Aragu is located on the southeast corner of the island and is built as an over-water escape, complete with strikingly beautiful interior designs that symoblize elements of the surroundings including 400 hanging fishes suspended from the ceiling to present a sense of closeness with nature.
Overlooking the vast azure waters of the Indian Ocean mirroring to the ceiling, guests will find at Aragu a special atmosphere perfect for relaxing and experiencing this thrilling expression of culinary craft and epicurean discovery.
For more information, please visit: www.velaaprivateisland.com
About Velaa Private Island
Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”.
Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a “beyond luxury” exclusive boutiqe hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exlusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body.
The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.