The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands Welcomes the Year of the Dragon with Week-Long Celebration

PUBLISHED January 25, 2024

Join The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands and celebrate Lunar New Year with a week of curated experiences designed to honour traditions and prepare you for a prosperous year ahead. This year celebrates the Year of the Dragon, said to bring new beginnings and opportunities by enabling creativity, courage, confidence, and passion.

From February 9 to 15, the celebration with an array of dining, wellness, arts, and adventure experiences that highlight the global significance of the holiday with a local touch. Each day, festivities are inspired by specific themes with related activities including:

February 9, Reunion Day

Experience the warmth of togetherness at Summer Pavilion with the Reunion Dinner, where exquisite flavours and cherished moments come together in perfect harmony.

February 10, Lunar New Year

Experience the mesmerising energy and cultural vibrancy of the captivating Lion Dance Performance, adding an auspicious touch to your celebration.

February 11, Day of Home Return

Reflect inward with pampering, educational ladies’ skincare workshop in the morning followed by a calming full moon yoga session in the Mystique Garden at night.

February 12, Stay Still & Indulge

Join in the private dining room of Summer Pavilion for the chef’s table wine dinner, pairing fine Chinese cuisine and exceptional wines.

February 13, Lighting of Stove

Welcome the evening with a speciality cocktail and captivating fire pit lighting ceremony followed by an extravagant Maldivian-themed dinner.

February 14, Welcome Wealth

Enrich your palate and expand your culinary repertoire with a hands-on dumpling cooking class.

February 15, Send Poverty Away

Begin the new year on a positive note by participating in coral regeneration workshop, where you’ll learn hands-on techniques to contribute to the restoration of coral reefs and safeguard our marine ecosystems.

The festivities continue throughout the week with additional activities including:

• Gua sha masterclass sharing the art and techniques for radiant skin using the ancient Chinese beauty ritual

• Lunar New Year-inspired cocktail masterclass led by the expert mixologist

• Dragon egg painting encouraging young guests to bring mythical creatures to life through art

• Chinese pottery workshops using ancient techniques to create timeless pieces

• Lunar kite festival bringing magic and colour to the open sky

• Sandbank snorkelling to explore the colourful world beneath the water’s surface

In addition to the Ladies and Gentlemen, who will guide guests through the creative workshops, wine tastings, reef explorations and cooking classes, visiting practitioner Lei Ming will help guests cultivate a stronger connection between mind and body through the art of Tai Chi. From February 1 to 15, he will offer private and group Tai Chi sessions and Tai Chi Internal Kungfu Massage.

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