Spanning across three interconnected islands in the South Malé Atoll and a short 45-minute yacht journey away from Malé International Airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an iconic resort paradise surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maldivian landscape and the crystal-clear Indian Ocean.
The resort boasts 119 spacious villas as well as world-class restaurants and bars, the Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park, a luxurious spa, and Ithaafushi - The Private Island, the largest private island in the Maldives.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has unveiled Shimizu, the much-anticipated modern Japanese restaurant and the latest of the resort’s 11 speciality dining venues. Head Chef Andrei Palm, formerly of Nobu in South Africa, has brought his artistry and creativity to this one-of-a-kind Japanese restaurant. On an island where culinary innovation meets excellence, Shimizu is the latest in the widest variety of culinary experiences offered in the Maldives.
The striking structure, built of bamboo, was designed to mimic an ocean wave, connecting guests with the sea life surrounding it. Shimizu, which means clear water in Japanese, is a nod to the gentle crystal waves below. Upon entering Shimizu’s long wooden pathway, reminiscent of a traditional Japanese sanctuary entryway, guests are momentarily transported to Japan. The impossibly high ceiling, set against a marvellous backdrop of the deep blue, delivers guests back to the Maldives and to the heart of the restaurant, where the sushi bar and Teppanyaki grill sit.
Guests are served a refreshing welcome drink of matcha tea with mint and rosemary honey, traditional Japanese notes balanced with global flavours, setting the stage for the journey they will begin to embark on at Shimizu.
The menu was created with global influences, designed by Chef Andrei and his team of chefs with a combined 55 years of experience in high-end Japanese restaurants. Hailing from South Africa, Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, each chef has incorporated flavours from their native countries into the artistry of dishes served, creating a true fusion.
In addition to Shimizu, guests can expect an unforgettable culinary journey at the resort’s 11 restaurants. Created by Dave Pynt, the culinary mastermind behind Singapore’s Michelin-starred Burnt Ends restaurant, The Ledge features an elevated Australian barbecue experience that can be savoured against the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Guests can also enjoy the only private hand-crafted bamboo dining pods in the Maldives at Terra, located on the island’s highest point for a unique gastronomic escapade.