With four restaurants open for dinner and three for lunch, plus the RAW sushi bar and poolside pizzeria, guests are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to dining. Joie de Vivre’s skilled barmen serve top-quality drinks (champagne, wine, branded spirits, milkshakes etc) around the pool (open 9am-1am), as well as pizzas and snacks, such as calamari or club sandwiches.
IndoCeylon is your best bet for dinner, serving traditional South Asian cuisine which ties together Sri Lankan, Maldivian and Indian flavours. Wholesome curries such as Colva beef vindaloo, or 36-spiced marinated masala prawns are expertly seasoned but ask your waiter for their recommendation – they rarely get it wrong. Located in the other half of the same wooden overwater villa as IndoCeylon, Peking offers a diverse menu of traditional Chinese dishes. Look out for the sharks snaking around the stilts when the sun’s gone down. A sommelier would have been a nice addition to help with the extensive wine list.
All-day dining restaurant The Palms is a bit hit and miss as it is intended to cater to all tastes. Breakfast options include eggs cooked to order and a breakfast buffet of sausages, hash browns, as well as cold cuts, yoghurt, toast, porridge, fruit and stir frys, but with so much on offer the quality unfortunately suffers. Similarly, the lunch à la carte menu might include pasta or steak, as well as a huge array of buffet options. Dinner was an improvement on most occasions.
The hotel’s pièce de résistance is the underwater M6M restaurant. Tell the bar staff upstairs your favourite spirit and enjoy a surprise cocktail before descending the winding staircase to the blue-hued dining area. It’s open for lunch and dinner, though note that the visibility is better during the day when thousands of fish (and maybe an eel or baby shark) dart behind the windows.
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