Uduvilaa Restaurant at Hulhule Island Hotel awarded ‘Best Hotel Restaurant Staff’
Uduvilaa – the 4th storey picturesque restaurant can easily be termed as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives (HIH) and the restaurant has excelled at an international level by bagging the prestigious ‘Best Hotel Restaurant Staff Worldwide’ at the Hotel of the Year Awards 2015.
Uduvilaa, meaning ‘the sky amongst the clouds’ has a very superlative association with whatever it is associated to…be it the cuisine, the service, the location, the ambiance and décor and the attention to detail. It is no wonder that it is regarded as the poshest address in and around Male’ for the culinary experience suited for a special occasion or for just a dine-out.
HIH, which by itself is a short drive from the international airport has Uduvilaa nestled on the top-storey of the Deluxe Wing. As you step into the restaurant, you already start feeling the vibes that you are in for a wonderful experience. Charming hostesses lead you to your dining table and at first you are in a dilemma whether to appreciate the restaurant’s chic and modern ambience or the natural, panoramic and almost 360 degree views through the floor to ceiling windows! After a while you realise that the rich teak and warm purple interiors not only blend but complement the beautiful views on the other side of the glass.
After the ‘magic’ refreshing towels are blossom opened in front of you, your amusement and excitement has just begun, since the same are closely followed by smart, illuminated menus which make the menu reading experience so much comfortable and pleasurable. Talking about the contents of the menu, any food enthusiast can safely comment that it is arguably the most elaborate menu that he/she has gone through. Just to give you a feel, 28 main courses are in addition to the most recommended award winning dishes right on page one, followed by a plethora of soups and salads and with a completely different set of menu specifically for desserts.
The beverage selection again spoils you for choice. Uduvilaa boasts of its own signature beverages, produced in tandem with producers from as far away as Scotland to make a perfect blend, matching with the overall Uduvilaa culinary experience. Guests are encouraged to visit-by the large refrigerated storage of beverages from around the world and the drinks menu consists of a variety of refreshing choice for any time of the day. Best varieties of tea and coffee are on offer as well with the tea timer and squeeze option for tea bags to extract the real flavor. The adjoining Sunset Deck is a cozy setting for an aperitif while enjoying the views of the harbour, the near and distant islands and the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean. Well, even distant islands come near to you, thanks to the high powered binocular strategically fitted in here for guests’ convenience.
To be honest, by the experience so far, one’s expectations out of the food quality and taste would be sky high! And, the team of Chefs deliver spot-on, beautifully crafted pieces of art as the guests’ meal. Course by course, the taste buds just thank you upon every morsel consumed. The service is efficient yet unobtrusive, discreet and highly personalised! To give an instance, when the crew sense that a guest is feeling the air-conditioning to be a little too cold, in comes a warm pashmina stole on a beautiful wooden tray so that your experience is unperturbed.
If this were not enough and talking about the extent to which the restaurant displays attention to detail, a visit to its cloakroom not only takes one by a pleasant surprise but also raises the personal awareness about hygiene. The washroom doors, while you exit are fitted with an automated plastic film lining cartridge, which after every use refreshes itself in a manner that the plastic film lining, which has come in contact with visitor who has just exited, disposes itself and is flawlessly replaced by a fresh lining. An exceptionally worthwhile feature but seldom used at hotels.
Overall, if you are looking for a complete dining experience for yourself and for your guests and are looking for some extra wow touches and moments of truth, just place yourself into Uduvilaa and enjoy the superlative restaurant experience.
Hulhule Island Hotel has won numerous international awards in the past few years, the most prestigious being ‘World’s Leading Airport Resort’ over the last three years.
“The superlative team has played a major role in the overall success of hotel and winning the prestigious ‘Best Hotel Restaurant Staff Worldwide 2015’ is definitely well deserved,” said Utkarsh Faujdar, general manager.