The Ritz-Carlton branded property in the Maldives, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands has unveiled its Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations programme, bringing a suite of immersive experiences to the island home. From April 22nd to 26th, guests can delight in memorable moments filled with jampacked activities for kids, extravagant gastronomical adventures and interactive Maldivian-inspired events to elevate their Eid celebrations in the country.
On April 22nd, the resort will host its weekly cocktail party where guests can gather at Beach Shack during sunset to exchange stories with each other and catch the breathtaking transformation on the horizon. On the same day, Souk will be held at Beach Shack too, giving guests the opportunity to wander through a middle eastern inspired bazaar featuring a collection of Maldivian artisans and delicacies.
In the following two days, grand evenings will unfold at the Arabesque, complete with decorations of hanging lanterns and vibrant fabrics. Guests can enjoy an assortment of dishes here from shareable mezze platters to tandoor-grilled meats and of course, the iconic street fare. On 24th April, guests can also indulge in the Maldivian Night taking place at Beach Shack where spreads of Maldivian food brought by Maldivian women are highlighted. Foodies can dig into delectable bites and embark on a culinary & cultural discovery at the venue.
A Bedouin Barbecue is up on the calendar on 25th April, hosted at Mystique Garden. Setting the stage for an Arabic-influenced cuisine, guests can lavishly enjoy a sumptuous dinner while sitting under a canvas of stars. To end the Eid Celebrations with an extra flair, a Lobster beach dinner under the stars will be held on 26th April at the Beach Shack. Seafood lovers can take pleasure in digging their toes in the white-topped shores while heartily indulging in freshly caught Maldivian lobster.
Kids will not be bored this Eid Al-Fitr on the island with a fun glamour list of activities to keep them entertained. To start off, kids can join in making cut-outs of the moon & stars and decorate them with glitter, paint and more. They can also partake in a special belly dancing workshop where the traditional Egyptian form of dance is taught. Said to promote balance, coordination and confidence, belly dancing is deemed a fun and expressive dance form as well.
On 23rd April, kids can lend a hand in building the Eid Al-Fitr palace, constructed to suit the likes of royalty. Afterwards, they can spend a fun afternoon decorating Eid-themed cookies while channelling their inner culinary prowess. The following day, henna art will be spotlighted on the activities calendar - a form of natural non-toxic dye which is used to make beautiful patterns on the hands and feet. Putting henna is a celebratory gesture during Eid and kids can even jump on this revered tradition practised by many.
On the same day, an Eid-inspired ceramic workshop will also be curated for Ritz Kids, engaging them in a creative evening of moulding and baking unique ceramic pieces. On 25th April, kids can take the fun to the next level by participating in the Eid in Colour activity hosted at Recreation Beach. Using vibrant coloured powder kids can have an unforgettable time before unwinding later with a movie under the stars.
On the last day of the programme, kids can listen to the awe-inspiring Eid folklore & fairytale stories told by the Ladies and Gentlemen at the resort. Each story has been passed down from generation to generation and embodies the spirit of the celebration of Eid. To have one last adventure, kids can then hop on the Eid Dhoni Safari and have a memorable ocean adventure to seal off this year’s Eid Al-Fitr.
On this front, guests can find many intriguing experiences too. Batik Art Workshops will be held on 22nd & 23rd April, giving guests plenty of time to try their hand at this ancient Indonesian tradition. The workshop will guide guests through the process of creating wax-resist fabrics as done by Indonesians for ages.
On 24th April, a Kasabu Workshop will be hosted at the Games Room where the Maldivian art of ‘Kasabu Gethun’ will be brought forward. This practice has been prevalent among Maldivians for over 400 years and is a quintessential element of the traditional Maldivian dress ‘Libaas’. A meticulous work, Kasabu Gethun involves the use of ribbons which are hand-braided using bobbins and a cushion to form intricate weaves and patterns.
To top it all off, guests can partake in the Floral Arts session held on 25th April, where guests can have fun creating paper flower cut-outs and decorating them beautifully in their own way. This will definitely be an interesting experience for all!