Hukuru Ufaa, which means Friday Happiness in Dhivehi, is an inspiring art and craft extravaganza that unfolds under starry twilight skies — inviting guests to discover passionate stories of local craftsmen, soak in enchanting music performances, and immerse in an elegant cultural experience that is distinctly Maldivian.
OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI stays true to its brand promise of curating a melange of exceptional experiences rooted in indigenous culture with the soulful ‘Hukuru Ufaa’ – launched in March 2022.
Hukuru Ufaa offers an authentic glimpse into the Maldivian way of life. Every week on Friday evening, three different craftsmen are invited to the resort to participate in the elegant island bazaar, set to the backdrop of majestic sunset hues.
Peaceful poolside settings, charming displays of intricate jewellery, handloom, and handicraft, and free flowing conversations with local artists evoke an indulgent bohemian vibe. Traditional motifs are highlighted throughout the experience. Dhoni-shaped display platforms and food stations mirroring Badhiges (traditional kitchens in the Maldives) transform the OZAR poolside deck and beach.
Guests can savour authentic Maldivian, Indian and Sri Lankan aperitifs as they walk around and appreciate the enchanting art displays. At the heart of this culinary experience is a Maldivian dish, a new one curated, executed and served by a local chef each week.
Craft comes alive at a live station, be it a potter at the wheel, a jewellery designer at work or a painter capturing the timeless lagoon views on canvas – guests have a lot to discover here. Live musical acts bring the local flavours of culture alive. Hukuru Ufaa is also conceived as a platform to support established and emerging Maldivian artists. It is their space to showcase traditional artisanal skills, sell their creations directly to travellers, and to find the freedom to continually renew and innovate their craft.
Luisa Lalli, General Manager of OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, says “It is with the spirit of preserving Maldivian culture, that we launched our first Hukuru Ufaa event. Bolifushi Island offers an enriching island lifestyle. We seek to facilitate moments of connection with nature, people and culture that spark conversations and create deeper, more meaningful immersions into the destination. For a truly rewarding travel experience.”
Soulful white sandy beaches surround OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, which can be reached via private luxury catamaran service in 20 minutes from Malé Airport. 90 stand-alone villas and RESERVE make up OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI’s accommodation options.