Jumeirah Vittaveli inaugurated the first ice rink in the Maldives with a celebrity performance by Russian Olympic Gold medallist Evgeni Plushenko.
“I congratulate the entire team here at Jumeirah Vittaveli for having managed to introduce a world-first to the Maldives – an eco-friendly ice skating rink on a tropical island is a true expression of our aim to ‘Wow’ our guests, not just with genuine service from the heart but with innovative additions to our resort that provide extraordinary experiences to the adventurous traveller. An immense thank you also goes to the inimitable Evgeni Plushenko – we are honoured that such a world-class skater and enthralling performer as Evgeni was the first to leave his mark on our rink! I look forward to seeing the many happy faces of children and adults alike when they try out our beachside ice rink while looking out over the ocean.” comments the General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli Amit Majumder.
The ice rink was first introduced in a sneak preview event on March 20, 2018, to which local media and resort partners have been invited. Culinary treats included ice-themed snacks such as snow cones and a molecular food station, while entertainment was provided by a live band followed by a breathtaking ‘Art of Poi’ fire dance. Grand finale of the event was Mr Plushenko’s performance on the newly opened ice rink – Evgeni was later joined by his son Aleksandr Plushenko, an ice skating wunderkind of only 5 years old, and his wife Yana Rudkovskaya. The official opening was celebrated on Wednesday, March 21, with in-house guests at Jumeirah Vittaveli.