Fairmont Maldives Unwraps Star Chef Line-up and EuropeanMichelin-Cuisine this Festive Season

Offering a tantalising tropical escape this festive season, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi will play host to three celebrated and Michelin-awarded chefs – Alexandre Demand, Mickael Viljanen and Alfredo Russo – each creating a bespoke degustation menu to be enjoyed exclusively by island guests throughout December and January.

Chef Alexandra Demard

Alexandre Demard
Dates: 23rd – 28th December (Azure) / 31st December (Kata)

One of France’s most sought-after chefs, Alexandre Demand is best known for spearheading menus at various Michelin-starred restaurants across the country. A graduate of the Paul Augier Hotel School in Nice, most recently Alexandre has been quietly pushing the boundaries of gastronomy atOxygen Dining Room in the Cross Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel in Thailand. Taking diners on a culinary journey with a twist, Demard creates a modern exploration of Thai food through a French perspective. For Demard, food is a “combination of creativity, respect for the produce, and a passion of flavours.”, a mantra that has won him numerous accolades, including a Michelin Plate.

Inviting guests to savour his Thai-inspired dishes, Demard will be serving up a six-course set menu at Fairmont’s Azure over Christmas and taking over Kata for a New Year’s Eve feast.

• £113 food supplement per person
• £75 wine pairing per person

Chef Mikael Viljanen

Mikael Viljanen
Dates: 29th December – 3rd January (Azure)

Joining Fairmont Maldives over New Year’s, Mickael Viljanen is one of only four chefs in Ireland to be awarded two Michelin stars. Celebrated for his sublime craft, technical precision, and masterful manipulation of flavours, Viljanen is the Chef-Patron of the multi-award-winning restaurant Chapter One in Dublin. Working in kitchens since he was 14, Mickael moved to Ireland in 2000 from Finland, where he grew up via France and the United Kingdom. Viljanen’s sophisticated cooking features stimulating flavour combinations and a nod to traditional Finnish dishes whilst placing seasonal Irish produce centre stage.

Guests of Fairmont Maldives can reign in the New Year and enjoy Mickael Viljanen’s elegant and complex creations with a six-course menu paired with fine wines from around the world, set in the Azure restaurant.

• £113 food supplement per person
• £75 wine pairing per person

Chef Alfredo Russo

Alfredo Russo
Dates: 10th – 15th January (Azure)

Bringing his culinary skillset to the Maldives in January, Alfredo Russo is one of Italy’s leading chefs. Utilising modern techniques, Russo’s cooking is strongly influenced by classic cuisine, local ingredients, and culinary trends, gaining him numerous accolades. Further to opening his first restaurant Dolce Stil Novo in 1990, he was recognised as the Best Young Italian Chef by the Espresso Guide in 2004 and has since earned a total of 27 Michelin Stars. His acclaimed kitchen and unique style have led to collaborations with celebrated restaurants, including Gran Hotel et de Milan, where he led the hotel in a new culinary direction and the publication of several cookery books. With five restaurants in his international portfolio, Russo has gained a global reputation, and his dishes are treasured by many.

Russo will take over the resort’s Azure restaurant in the New Year, creating a Michelin Star menu for guests to enjoy, alongside a selection of fine wines.

• £150 food supplement per person
• £113 wine pairing per person

Home to three epicurean restaurants, from ocean-fresh seafood at Azure and traditional Maldivian dishes at Raha to Japanese inspired cuisine at overwater dining destination Kata, Fairmont Maldives is a culinary destination in its own right. Set in the heart of the resort, laid-back cocktail bar Onu Onu is the perfect destination to sip on colourful concoctions as the sun sets over the azure water and, for a truly intimate experience, guests can enjoy a private dinner on the beach at starlight, accompanied by a soundtrack of lapping waves.


A Picture Perfect Christmas at Hotel Crillon Le Brave, Provence

Open for the First Time Over Christmas

Image: Hotel Crillon Le Brave © Mr. Tripper

Maisons Pariente has announced that it will be welcoming guests to Crillon Le Brave  this season, the property will open for Christmas and New Year for the first time providing a cosy Provencal getaway.

Located in the heart of Provence, Crillon Le Brave is the splendid 5-star hideaway reserved for guests who are disconnecting from city lights and fast paced life. The hotel is open to guests over Christmas and New Year to celebrate in pure luxury with loved ones without having a worry in the world.

Guests can enjoy a festive and New Year dinner at La Table du Ventoux, alongside a magic show for an evening of great surprises in the idyllic setting of Crillon le Brave. Surrounded by vineyards and breath-taking views, Hotel Crillon Le Brave offers a luxury, slow paced setting for a stay with the scents of Provence.

Nightly rates at Crillon Le Brave start from 350 Euros on a bed & breakfast basis.


Experience the ‘SPECTACULAR’ this festive season with Emaar Hospitality Group

  • Explore a world of scintillating celebrations at www.myfestivedubai.com
  • Over 100 exceptional experiences tailored in three categories – Stays, Festive Season, New Year’s Eve, Corporate Events and Festive Treats
  • Experiences available at Emaar Hospitality Group’s three hotel brands – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts and Rove Hotels as well as its restaurants and leisure attractions

Emaar Hospitality Group is all set to mark the festive season and welcome the New Year with an unparalleled array of extraordinary festive experiences and sensational year-end events in the heart of Dubai.

Embodying the true festive spirit, the incredible host of celebrations showcased at http://www.myfestivedubai.com include over 100 offerings at more than 15 destinations across the city, to offer residents and visitors a truly delightful holiday season.

For visitors looking for a memorable winter break or residents wanting to indulge in the celebratory spirit with friends and family or corporates planning to leave a great impression on colleagues and business associates, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, in the lead up to the magnificent fireworks at Burj Khalifa that will welcome in 2019. Offering the best of Dubai, visitors and residents can explore diverse offers under the five easy-to-navigate categories – Festive Season, New Year’s Eve, Corporate Events, Festive Treats and Stays at http://www.myfestivedubai.com.

Olivier Harnisch, CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “With the festive season set to welcome visitors from across the world in Dubai, and UAE residents exploring staycations and lifestyle experiences to make the most of the season’s spirit, Emaar Hospitality Group is offering truly exceptional offers for all. Our hotels, restaurants and leisure attractions will serve as the first choice for visitors, with their central location and superb service standards.”

The remarkable range of glamorous festivities, culinary experiences, and staycations spans Emaar Hospitality Group’s three brands – Address Hotels + Resorts, the premium luxury hotel and serviced residences; Vida Hotels and Resorts, the upscale lifestyle hotel and serviced residences, and Rove Hotels, the contemporary midscale hotel brand. The choices also extend to leisure attractions such as Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.

Moreover, guests can choose to indulge in world-class culinary delights and magnificent New Year soirées at two of Dubai’s most sought-after venues – At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa and Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera for a truly unforgettable evening of celebrations.

There are more than 70 offers to celebrate the ‘Festive Season’ with a selection of award-winning dining and entertainment options across various restaurants in Address Downtown, Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Marina, Address Montgomerie, Address Dubai Mall, Palace Downtown, Vida Downtown, Manzil Downtown, Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Rove Trade Centre and Rove Dubai Marina – all the operational hotels under Emaar Hospitality Group in Dubai.

A collection of more than 40 immersive dining experiences are on offer to make ‘New Year’s Eve’ an utterly magnificent evening for the guests as they usher in 2019 with the iconic fireworks and spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala.

Guests can stay at Dubai’s most popular lifestyle destinations and in the heart of the action all through the season with rewarding ‘Stays’ at luxurious Address Hotels + Resorts or urban and sophisticated surroundings of Vida Hotels and Resorts.

Promising an elevated and glamourous experience, there are more than 25 ‘Corporate Event’ packages to host festive celebrations and corporate end of the year events. From luxurious ballrooms and picturesque outdoor venues to exquisite food and tailor-made menus, the possibilities to make these events memorable are endless with Emaar Hospitality Group.

Fantastic ‘Festive Treats’ including traditional turkey with all the delicious trimmings can be booked from different restaurants across Dubai to enjoy the merriment of the season in the comfort of their home with loved ones.

Further complementing these experiences, U By Emaar, the rewards programme by Emaar, enables guests to gain additional value when they sign up for it. U By Emaar is open for individuals over 18 years from anywhere in the world. Users earn Upoints, the currency of U By Emaar, with 1 Upoint for every AED 2 spent. Members are rewarded with Upoints when they stay, dine or enjoy any entertainment experience offered by Emaar’s diverse participating portfolio of choices.

For more information or reservations on festive experiences, please visit www.myfestivedubai.com or call +9714 888 3444.