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Nishantha Para Vithanaga appointed As Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands


The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is proud to present Nishantha Parana Vithanaga as the Executive Chef of the 100-villa resort, poised to open on June 1, 2021. With over 30 years of experience in luxury brands such as the One & Only, Jumeirah and Hilton Group in the Middle East and Asia, the Sri-Lankan-born Chef brings an exclusive culinary experience at the seven restaurants of the resort.

Nishantha’s culinary passion began at a very young age when he started helping his mother with her banqueting business as an after-school hobby. He started his hospitality career as a trainee at the age of 19, taking new heights as he progressed globally in Hilton Colombo, Jumeirah Vittaveli – the Maldives, One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives. Over the years, trained under celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs, experimenting cuisines and managing multi-cultural teams, Nishantha’s culinary style balances on three principles: clean, simple and palatable.

His philosophy is reflected at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives’s culinary offerings; fresh and organic herbs and vegetables are cultivated daily from the organic garden, and fresh fish and lobsters caught sustainably from the Maldivian seas are part of the menus. While creating a long-lasting memory through unique flavours is what the chef is remembered for by his guests.

When his Chef hats are off, Nishantha is found at the heart of Sichuan province searching for the fieriest peppercorn, in the rainforests of Malaysia exploring exotic fruits or in the familiar routes of his home country, Sri Lanka, learning heirloom recipes from grandmothers. Guests can enjoy one of such discoveries at the Beach Shack, the Jaffna-style mud crab.

Nishantha and his team of chefs are looking forward to taking guests on a culinary journey with exquisite dishes crafted with rare and sustainably sourced ingredients and bespoke experiences.

About the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands 

The property is ideally located at Fari Islands, in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives, which is a 45- minute journey by speedboat or a 10-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport. The resort features white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs with marine life. Shaped by the Maldivian sun and shored by the Indian Ocean, guest villas at The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Island are expected to range in size from one to three bedrooms. The legendary service is refined by an Aris Meeha, island butler that define The Ritz-Carlton brand. The property is also expected to offer a choice of outstanding culinary venues serving an array of international and local cuisines, in addition to a full suite of fitness and recreational facilities including Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassador of the Environment program and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa featuring Bamford amenities. Spaces have been designed by the renowned Kerry Hill Architects, to bring about a delicate balance of serene and social.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is part of Fari Islands, an archipelago that features three world-class hospitality brands inclusive of The Ritz-Carlton. The guests are expected to have access to a picturesque Fari Marina – the archipelago’s communal beating heart. Built around a vibrant Beach Club, Fari Marina features charming boutiques and a handpicked selection of dining options.’

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