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The modern Maldivian restaurant reinvents fine-dining by encouraging its guests to go casual and barefoot

Luxury resort Milaidhoo Island Maldives takes a serious approach in the food and beverage department, and this time we want to emphasise the signature dining outlet at Milaidhoo, called Ba’theli (pronounced ‘bah-telly’). The first modern Maldivian restaurant in the island country of Maldives, Ba’theli is a fine-dining restaurant with a unique casual rule: it encourages its diners to come barefoot. Architecture-wise, the Ba’theli is named so from the local term which means traditional wooden sailing boat, and the restaurant itself, which stands on stilts over the lagoon, is creatively designed in the shape of three boats, which are divided into three parts: restaurant, bar-slash-lounge, and kitchen.

The restaurant has an outdoor al fresco area with an open air deck where you can dine under the stars and the indoor part inside the boat which is equipped with air conditioner and glass floors so you can watch the swirling fish while savouring your dish. With strategic direction facing the west, guests can enjoy perfect sunset views. On top of it’s à la carte menu, Ba’theli offers a special six-course Maldivian heritage tasting menu. The restaurant is open for dinner from 7pm daily, and guests can reach the restaurant on foot by an overwater wooden jetty.

The first modern Maldivian restaurant in the island country of Maldives, Ba’theli is a fine-dining restaurant with a unique casual rule: it encourages its diners to come barefoot

We can trace back the history of ba’theli boats for over 5,000 years ago, when the Maldives became a key port of call for traders sailing from Indonesia and India to Arabia with cargoes of spices.  Inspired by the history, Ba’theli talented culinary team, led by Maldivian chef Ahmed “Seabass” Sivath, creates exceptional dishes inspired by local recipe with formula taken from the old maritime spice routes, blending local herbs and spices to enhance the natural flavours.

The food options in Ba’theli is no less charming compared to its unorthodox setting. The menu carries classic Maldivian dishes such as Garudhiya (a clear soup with tuna), mashuni (a tuna salad with coconut, pumpkin and lime) as well as a selection of regional specialties from around the different atolls such as a beef curry from the north and chicken curry from the far south of the Maldives. Many of the dishes originate in the Maldives, but also takes on cooking techniques and flavours from around the Indian Ocean, as does traditional Maldivian cooking. As such, the menu is not limited to local ingredients, but also fresh ingredients from India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia which subtly influence the locally-inspired dishes.

Experience the real sense of Maldivian island dining life only at Ba’theli Restaurant at Milaidhoo Island Maldives. For enquiries and reservations, please email to or visit

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