The Touchless Revolution

Contactless tech pre-dates the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the crisis accelerated the adoption of new technologies in the hospitality and travel industry. In our cover story for Issue 53, contributing editor Naufal Naeem ‘re-imagines’ the old ways by looking at the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated in how we interact with each other. For […]

Maldivian Sushi Chefs, Yes They Do Exist!

The Maldives is a natural paradise, its azure waters home to vibrant sea life interwoven with enticing white strips of sand, which have spawned a flourishing tourism industry that even the pandemic couldn’t dampen. New resorts are opening on a seemingly continuous basis. Each with the aim of wowing their discerning audience. Japanese cuisine is […]

FIRST LOOK: Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives

The latest resort to open in the Maldives, Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives, in North Malé Atoll,  is just a 30-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. The luxury property, which opened doors on 6 June 2021 offers an idyllic haven that perfectly balances togetherness and inclusivity with privacy and independence. Guests have the option of […]

Luxury is in the Eye of the Beholder

Few years back whilst browsing through Facebook, I saw a picture of a hotel in Santorini that for me, felt like pure luxury. I haven’t found time to learn more about this hotel, but the view from that room is something I always thought of when anyone mentioned luxury – the mountains, sea and the […]

Sensational Sushi by the Sea in the Maldives

Each year on June 18, is a special day for lovers of Japanese cuisine. It is a day to celebrate the international day of sushi and the Maldives surrounded by the Indian Ocean has some excellent Japanese restaurants that specialise in sushi. Clarity, lightness, simplicity and order are the words used to describe the hallmarks of Japanese cooking and many […]

Removing Barriers Between Hotel Technology, Marketing and Operations

The perfect storm of economic decline, technological advancement, and consumer liberation may have created considerable challenges for the hospitality industry. However, the situation also presents a unique opportunity for organizations to adapt and recalibrate their operations to reduce asset loads, improve information exchange, and leverage customer self-service. What forced us to remove these barriers between […]

Global Wellness Day in the Maldives

Over the pandemic, people have been drawn to the healing power of nature seeking the socially distanced great outdoors like never before. The coronavirus experience has pushed the nature-worshipping trend to a whole new level. Travellers will continue to seek wild nature in the next year, and the long-term nature tourism explosion is being fuelled […]

Importance of Fire Safety in the Maldives Tourism Industry

The Republic of Maldives (Maldives Islands) is geographically scattered in different atolls which means the resort hotels are located across 495 kilometers of 1200 islands. This has triggered the necessity for all islands, resort and local, to be self-sufficient in their administration and operation. Only the main inhabited islands had key services such as the […]

Meeting Raffles Maldives Marine Biologist on World Ocean Day

To celebrate World Ocean Day on 8 June, Hotelier Maldives spoke to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s resident marine biologist Giulia Pellizzato, 30, originally from Italy who has been based in the Maldives since January 2019. Her favourite marine animals are sea turtles, although she dreams about humpback whales. Working as a resident marine biologist at Raffles […]

Meet Ahmed ‘Handhu’ Rasheed: JW Marriott’s New Director of Guest Services

Ahmed Rasheed, known as Handhu, has recently been promoted to Director of Guest Services at JW Marriott Maldives. In these post-Covid times, he has been embracing the challenges that the pandemic has brought and dealing with managing staff and services offered by the resort. Hotelier Maldives caught up with him to find out his thoughts […]

World Environment and Ocean Day Activities in the Maldives

The theme for the 2021 World Environment Day, marked on 5 June, is ‘Restoration of Ecosystems’. It’s a special day established in 1972 as the people’s day of doing something to take care of the planet initiated by the United Nations. Meanwhile, following hot on its heels is World Oceans Day on 8 June 2021 […]

Hospitality Hires of the Week

Featured image: Sarocha Pakeenuya, sustainability manager and resident marine biologist, Grand Park Kodhipparu There have been some exciting movements in the hospitality industry in the Maldives this week. Read all about the latest appointments in this handy digest. Peter Lodovico D’Souza has been appointed resort manager at Cora Cora Maldives, opening on 1 October in […]