André Kretschmann Appointed General Manager at Kuda Villingili Resort

Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives, the luxury retreat that opened in June, has appointed André Kretschmann as its general manager to oversee daily operations and manage all aspects of the guest experience. Kretschmann has been involved since 2019, managing the team ahead of the official opening.

Prior to joining Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives, Kretschmann served as director for LVMH’s Hotel Management division, as well as general manager at The Legian Bali and director at Temple Tree International. He brings a wealth of experience in launching luxury hotels – like The Chedi Muscat (Oman) and the Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa (Philippines) – having played a pivotal role in the portfolio expansion of GHM, where he worked as General Manager across different iconic properties in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for a decade.

“I am thrilled to be part of the team in charge of launching Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives, an independent, unique, experience-led property in the Indian Ocean. We want to redefine the Maldivian holiday concept with a product that would give guests the perfect mix of seclusion and privacy with that much craved togetherness and the opportunity to socialise at the same time,” said Kretschmann.

A German national, Kretschmann received his diploma in hotel management in Heidelberg in 1981 and spent his first years in the hospitality industry at hotels in Germany and the UK, as well as a two-year term at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. In 2019, he was elected to membership in London’s Institute of Hospitality as a fellow.

This five-star property located in the North Malé Atoll, is just a quick boat trip away from Malé. Home to an impressive line-up of gourmet dining options, an idyllic beachfront spa, and an azure 150m pool, encircled by stylish sunbeds, cabanas and bars, it provides prime access to one of the world’s top ten surfing spots – ‘Chickens’. Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives offers guests the opportunity to reconnect after a year of isolation