Maldives: Pass the Salt

December 17, 2008

Seated for dinner on the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa’s over-water deck above the transparent Indian Ocean in the Maldives, you’re about to meet a different kind of sommelier. Sure, the Fuddan Fusion Grill has plenty of great wine, but the affable man named Nasrulla Thoha wants to introduce you to a spicier selection. As the resort’s “salt somme- lier,” the Maldivian native with the 100-watt smile consults with you tableside, enhancing your dining experience with up to 11 salts and a sampling of chutneys and mustards. Order the tuna, and Thoha is quick to suggest Bali coconut-and-lime smoked sea salt. He also divines the resort’s homemade chutneys — from rum relish to sweet mango — and recommends the perfect mustard for every meal: red wine mustard to accompany meat; olive mustard to liven up chicken. Savor your newfound knowledge of culinary salt as you dine in refreshing salt air above the mesmerizing, salty sea.

Rate Information

  • Anantara Dhigu Resort’s room rates are available from about $530.

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