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 […]

Luxury Surfing in the Maldives

Featured Image: Tony Hussein Hinde & Dara Ahmed A retrospective look into the humble beginnings of Maldives surf tourism in 1989 and the tale of a legendary Australian surfer, to the luxurious five-star settings, sustainable surf tourism and the world’s most prestigious surfing event of the modern day. History of Modern Surfing in Maldives The […]

Exclusive: Jude Perera, Sommelier, Huvafen Fushi

Jude Perera, 48, is the sommelier at five-star luxury resort Huvafen Fushi Maldives in the North Male Atoll. Hailing from Sri Lanka, Perera is at the helm of Vinum underground wine cellar. He moved to the Maldives in 2013 to fulfil his dream of building a career in the luxury resort industry as a specialist […]

Exclusive: Arunkumar Tamilselvan, Sommelier, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Continuing with our theme from International Wine Day on 25th May 2021, we are profiling some of the most experienced Sommeliers working in the Maldives over the next weeks. Arunkumar Tamilselvan is a senior Wine Guru at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. Hailing from India, Tamilselvan’s thirst for knowledge fuels his passion for wine and wine […]

3 Ways to Build Business Resilience for Hotels & Resorts

The uncertainties brought by COVID-19 were a deadly blow to both livelihoods and bottom lines, and it continues into 2021. Many hotel and resort operators, in a bid to grab as much revenue as possible, continue to take “every and any booking” they can, often in desperation, leaving money on the table due to unnecessary […]