Delicious dishes of fresh fish cooked in many mouth-watering ways laced with creamy coconut cream and accompanied by other island delights is what visitors to the gorgeous Maldivian islands experience. Maldives luxury hotels are mainly centred on the sea and lagoons providing maximum enjoyment of sun surf and sand. Go one step further and experience this tropical location in amazing settings by booking the Huvafen Fushi Maldives hotel.

An ultra-chic 5 star resort this hotel places you right on the ocean with its ‘rooms at sea’ concept where private dhonis fitted with all modern comforts including air conditioning offer you the solitude of the ocean to relax on. Bungalows with glass floors and villas over the water with private decks opening onto the sea are some of the wonders here. Enjoy fusion cooking amidst gorgeous settings and look forward to relaxing in any one of the pavilions or bungalows on the sea, beach or lagoon. Dive programmes, dolphin spotting and sunset fishing are some of the delightful leisure activities to be enjoyed here.

Fish, fruits and loads of spicy delights make up Maldivian cuisine, visiting a traditional ‘Hedhikaa’ local café is your best bet for enjoying time honoured Maldivian food. Remember, Male is the main hub for savouring authentic Maldivian dishes.

Fish is the staple – Tuna, Octopus, Garoupa, Swordfish and Jobfish are favourites. Processed fish known as ‘Maldive Fish’ is a favourite addition to many dishes. Coconut cream is widely used to create spicy curries and delicious gravy while ‘Kavabuu’ deep fried bites made from lentils, coconut, rice, fish and spices is a must try and as an accompaniment to your meal treat your palate to a swig of ‘Raa’ toddy taped from the palm trees and well fermented for a slight alcoholic kick.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.