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The best private dining rooms in the Maldives

  • Food & Wine
  • By Harry Jenner
  • Published 22 June 2022
  • Revised 14 February 2023

Exquisite food cooked up by world-class chefs isn’t hard to come by in the Maldives. In fact, a luxury stay in the Maldives wouldn’t feel complete without at least one out-of-this-world dining experience. Luckily, the Maldives has some of the best restaurants in the world.

But the truth is, in addition to delicious food and outstanding service, a dinner-out is made even better when it’s a private experience. There’s something special about dining on a tailored three-course meal in an intimate setting, carefully crafted by a personal chef.

Maldives resorts are masters in private dining too, if you’re looking for the stripped-back, barefoot, kind of dining in a gorgeous beachfront spot, that is.

Sounds lovely right? Well, listen up. 

We’ve sourced some of the best private dining rooms Maldives has to offer, from an exclusive table in a teppanyaki grill to a humble-but-beautiful beach dinner. There’s bound to be something to get your belly rumbling...

Start the day with a Floating Breakfast at COMO Maalifushi

Who needs one of the Maldives’ best private restaurants when you have your own villa? At COMO Maalifushi, you can order breakfast and have it delivered right to your door – or even to your private pool. 

That’s right, you can start the day right by indulging in a delicious breakfast on a floating water basket. Choose from a gourmet menu of pastries, cooked meats, and even caviar. Mimosas are an absolute must too – well, when in the Maldives.

Think of it as the world’s best room service. Served every day from 6.30am to 9.00am.

Villa at COMO Maalifushi

Villa at COMO Maalifushi

A private Tapasake Pavillion at One&Only Reethi Rah

Although it’s not an exclusive dining room, there’s the option of having your own private pavilion at Tapasake, One&Only Reethi Rah. Here you'll be treated to a personal teppanyaki chef who’ll whip up all sorts of Asian-inspired dishes right in front of you on the table’s sizzling hot plate.

For its fun and interactive experience alone, Tapasake is one of the best private restaurants in the Maldives. But the best part? The restaurant’s breath-taking ocean views. They’re most enjoyed at sunset during the golden hours.

Private pavilion at Tapasake, One&Only Reethi Rah

Private pavilion at Tapasake, One&Only Reethi Rah
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Dine on the sands of Gulhifushi at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Your island fantasy dining experience awaits at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. You’ll board a luxury pontoon and sail to the small private island of Gulhifushi where you’ll dine on its sandy shores. 

Start the candle-lit meal with a tropical cocktail of your choice and then tuck into Maldivian specialities slowly roasting on the barbecue – including freshly caught seafood and meats. Each course is also accompanied with a perfect wine pairing.

Gorgeous beach dining setting

Gorgeous beach dining setting

Private Sunset Cruise at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

One of the best private dining rooms in the Maldives is on board the Princess yacht belonging to Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. As you sail the local seas and watch the sunset, a private chef will cook you an incredible five-course custom meal designed around your personal tastes and preferences.

This experience is a minimum of two persons, making it perfect for a romantic evening with the one you love the most.  

Golden sunset views from Princess Yacht

Golden sunset views from Princess Yacht

Around a Dhoni at Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Handcrafted Dhonis are a big part of Maldivian heritage. At Lily Beach Resort & Spa, you can dine at a unique Dhoni table set on the island’s private stretch of beach. You’ll be sheltered by Dhoni-inspired sails and carefully looked after by the resort's executive chef, so expect big things. You won’t be disappointed.

With candles flickering in the moonlight and waves calmly lapping at your feet, this is a dinner ambience you’ve certainly never experienced before.

Private Dhoni dining experience

Private Dhoni dining experience

Beach date night at Niyama Private Islands

At Niyama Private Islands, you can spend date night on the beach dining on an exquisite three-course meal.

So, this one’s not so much a private dining room – more just a secluded spot on a soft golden beach. After all, the very best private dining rooms in the Maldives are those making the most of their paradise settings. A candlelit table on the sands and a glass of champagne will do just nicely. Sometimes simple is best. 

Relaxed beach dining at Niyama Private Islands

Relaxed beach dining at Niyama Private Islands

Your own Treetop Table at Fresh in the Garden, Soneva Fushi

Last but not least, we have Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi. Who would have thought that one of the best private dining rooms in the Maldives is located up high amongst banana trees

Here you’ll be led to a private table above the treeline overlooking the resort’s herb and vegetable gardens below. The delicious Mediterranean dishes you’re served are all freshly made from the organic produce you see below. 

Treetop Table at Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi

Treetop Table at Fresh in the Garden at Soneva Fushi

The best private dining rooms in Maldives FAQs

Do all Maldives restaurants offer private dining?

Unfortunately, not all Maldives restaurants offer private dining, but a lot still do. In fact, there are hundreds of private dining rooms in the Maldives to choose from – you just need to look in the right places. 

If it's only private dining experiences you’re after, speak directly with the restaurant you’re planning to visit. They might be able to accommodate your specific requests. 

Is private dining for VIP guests only?

No, the best private dining rooms in the Maldives are for everybody! Just beware that private dining experiences come with a considerable price tag and are normally only available outside of all-inclusive food and drink. 

Why are private dining rooms so special?

The best private dining rooms in the Maldives are one-of-a-kind experiences. You’ll be given the VIP treatment from start to finish and served an exciting fine dining menu of international cuisine. 

We think private dining experiences are best saved for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or even a proposal. Plans to pop the question over dinner are made even more magical if it's asked when just you two are around. Restaurant staff will be waiting to bring a bottle of champagne over.

Fancy booking yourself a table at one of the best private restaurants in the Maldives? You’re in for a treat. There’s nothing quite like the unique experience of private dining – and Maldives resorts do it oh so well.

Privately dining on a paradise beach or in a world-class restaurant is something we think everyone should experience at least once in their lives, so check out our luxury Maldives holiday offers

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