The Barefoot Eco Hotel: The archetype of a truly natural experience

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was an early morning flight from Velana International Airport to Hanimaadhoo Airport, in the northern Haa Dhaalu Atoll; the perfect time for picturesque scenery, with the sun’s bright rays leaving the ocean below glistening in a golden aura. Hanimaadhoo, home of The Barefoot Eco Hotel—a four-star escape tucked away around lush vegetation, long stretch […]

Mohamed Shameem, Housekeeping Supervisor, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dedication, hard work and perseverance are essential in order to advance on the corporate ladder, and Mohamed Shameem has it all. Born in 1989 in Nadella Island of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Shameem always had an interest to work in the hotel industry. Since his time undergoing secondary education, Shameem had a dream, to one day […]

Marriott’s Area Director for Global Safety & Security to give keynote at GM Forum 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Safety and security are one of the key challenges facing the hospitality industry in the Maldives, and for the upcoming fourth edition of the Hotelier Maldives GM Forum, we are putting a spotlight on the issue and discussing solutions. The fourth edition of the annual event, scheduled to be held April 3, 2019, will feature […]

Tourist arrivals up 8.3% by September 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tourist arrivals to the Maldives recorded monthly averages of a little over 103,000 from 2012 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 144,000 in February of 2018. At the end of September 2018, the Maldives has seen an 8.3 per cent increase in tourist arrivals, comparative to the same period in 2017. A total of […]

MECS, BBM close yet another successful edition of Hotel Asia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yet another successful edition of the Hotel Asia Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge has come to a close. The annual event, organised by Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services Pvt Ltd (MECS) and main sponsor Bestbuy Maldives (BBM), was held from October 9 to 12 at the Dharubaaruge Exhibition Hall. The event stands as one of the […]

DaVinci Gourmet: The latest premium addition to BBM’s portfolio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bestbuy Maldives (BBM) has unveiled another premium brand, DaVinci Gourmet, to its portfolio of high-quality products. DaVinci Gourmet, a brand owned by Ireland based Kerry Group, supplies premium range of beverage solutions for the hospitality industry across the world. DaVinci Gourmet beverage solutions were introduced to the Maldivian market during the recently held Hotel Asia […]

Aquila Yachts: Luxury power catamarans

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Aquila Catamarans are now leaders of the power multihull segment in the USA and Australian market, and Aquila is expanding their international distribution through a network of trusted dealerships across Asia and Europe. The Aquila 36 Excursion was designed and developed specifically with the Maldivian needs in mind and with the collaboration of a Maldivian […]

Oevaali Art Shop: a truly Maldivian fine arts studio

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Oevaali Art Shop, a fine arts studio owned and managed by four Maldivian artists, has opened its first outlet in Malé. Oevaali Art Shop was first launched in December 2015 as a small art project between sisters Raniya and Raya Ahmed Mansoor, and later joined by artistic brothers Ajuwad ‘Imma’ Rasheed and Ali Ajeel ‘Ajikko’ […]

Women in Hospitality: Khumar Askerova, Group Director of Sales & Marketing, Lily Hotels & Resorts

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Born in Azerbaijan, a country situated in the South Caucasian region of Eurasia, Khumar Askerova’s father was an honoured artist and her mother, a doctor. Now the Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Lily Hotels & Resorts, Khumar was raised in an artistic family, which had an impact and made her follow the traditions […]

Veliche™ Gourmet: The newest addition to BBMs portfolio of world-class products

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bestbuy Maldives (BBM) has made another exciting addition to its portfolio of world-class products, with the introduction of globally-renowned Belgian chocolate brand Veliche™ Gourmet in the Maldives. The premium brand was launched at an event held at Hulhulé Island Hotel (HIH), followed by a Veliche™ Roadshow hosted by Michelin Star Chef Bruno Menard. “We are […]

Marco Den Ouden appointed new general manager at Soneva Jani

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Marco Den Ouden has been appointed as the new general manager of Soneva Jani. A passionate hotelier with over 23 years of experience as a general manager, Marco completed his executive MBA at the Rotterdam Business School and throughout his career had worked in Rotterdam, London, Geneva, Chengdu, Singapore, the Maldives, Bali and Zhejiang. “It is […]

The spas of the future

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Spas started becoming a vital part of hotel offerings in the mid-90s, and some 20 years ago, there were only a few spas. Over the years, the travel market has seen immense development, but the spa industry has been a bit stagnant when it comes to change. Similar to elsewhere, the market in the Maldives […]