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Overwater Restaurant, Maldives

Overview of Sunset Bar Maldives by Nomadic Resorts

Introduction to Resort Design Excellence

Nomadic Resorts, a leading resort architecture firm, has once again set a high standard with the design of the Sunset Bar in Maldives. This luxurious establishment is part of their commitment to blending aesthetic elegance with sustainability, underlining their status as pioneers in eco-friendly resort architecture.

Architectural Innovations

The architecture of the Sunset Bar is inspired by marine life, specifically the Pink Whiprays. This design choice by Nomadic Resorts showcases their ability to integrate natural inspirations into modern, sustainable structures. Employing bamboo extensively, the design promotes environmental sustainability and resilience, featuring a unique, ventilated structure that mimics the natural cooling processes.

Interior Design and Sustainability

Inside, the resort interior design focuses on harmony with the environment, utilizing materials like black bamboo and pale timber. These choices reflect the firm’s dedication to sustainability and their skill in creating interiors that are both luxurious and eco-friendly. The layout is designed to maximize natural light and views of the ocean, enhancing the guest experience through thoughtful resort hotel design.

Sustainable Practices in Construction

The construction of the Sunset Bar emphasizes sustainability at every turn. From the sourcing of materials to the methods of construction, every step was taken with an eye towards reducing environmental impact. This project stands as a testament to sustainable resort design, employing renewable resources like bamboo, which has minimal impact on the environment compared to traditional construction materials.

Unique Features and Guest Experience

The Sunset Bar is not just a marvel of design but also of guest experience. Features like an infinity saltwater pool and over-water catamaran nets allow guests to interact with the natural beauty of the Maldives in a unique and relaxing way. These features, coupled with the stunning sunset views, make the Sunset Bar a quintessential example of luxury resort design that is both innovative and sensitive to its surroundings.


Nomadic Resorts’ Sunset Bar project in Maldives exemplifies the pinnacle of sustainable luxury in resort architecture. Through innovative design, commitment to eco-friendly practices, and a focus on enhancing guest experiences, this project sets a new benchmark for future developments in the field of resort architecture design. For those interested in the detailed nuances of this architectural masterpiece, further information can be found on the Nomadic Resorts project page.


Overwater Restaurant, Maldives

The overwater Yakitori Restaurant and Bar is the latest addition to the Banyan Tree Vabinafaru resort in the Maldives. This stunning example of biomimicry takes its inspiration from the sleek silhouette of the Pink Whiprays (Pateobatis fai) that graze in the surrounding lagoon.

The naturally ventilated, bio-climatic structure features an incredible sea saltwater infinity pool, and an array of overwater catamaran nets where guests can relax with breathtaking sunset panoramas, caressed by the gentle sea breeze.

Crafted meticulously with bamboo by Asali Bali, this architectural wonder is amplified by the dramatic Maldivian landscape and reflected in the mirror like lagoon. The dramatic shingled, tail winds back down the jetty and provides a unique arrival experience that links the building and its inhabitants with the mainland.

Inspired by the Dhivehi language, where Madi symbolises “ray,” and Hiyaa signifies “shelter,” the restaurants name Madi Hiyaa pays tribute to the graceful rays that migrate across the Indian Ocean.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, Maldives
Banyan Tree
Restaurant & Bar
Atelier Nomadic
Olav Bruin, Louis Thompson, Habiba Mukhtar.

Asali Bali

Interior Design

The sleek interior features a back lit, black bamboo bar and services blocks that subtly contrasts with the pale bamboo columns and timber decking. The rhythmic, pattern of the bamboo internodes refers back to the movement of the waves.