Aishath Layan Riyaz

Chef of the Month: Aishath Layan Riyaz

Aishath Layan Riyaz is a Commis Chef at Cora Cora Maldives, Raa Atoll.  Originally from the capital city of Malé, Layan grew up in a family that took every opportunity to travel, either to local islands during short holidays or internationally for longer holidays, which ignited a love of travel and making new friends. After […]

Development of Emboodoo Lagoon, AIMA Construction’s Landmark Project

For the 100% Maldivian owned and family operated business, AIMA Construction Pvt Ltd, winning the Crossroads Project at Emboodhoo Lagoon was a catalyst for change on an unprecedented scale. AIMA Construction moved mountains in completing the project that grew from one package to three packages, valued at USD 80 million, within a remarkable 16-month timeframe […]

Sushi-zu: New Japanese Restaurant Opens in Male’ City

“Sushi-Zu” teppanyaki and sushi restaurant is the latest edition to the dining scene in Male city and is already making its mark as one of “the” places to dine! Located within Salt Café and Restaurant in the Shinetree Building, Sushi-Zu occupies part of the 6th floor, cleverly hidden behind typical Japanese styled latticed sliding doors […]

Chef of the Month: Enes Malik Bahcivan

Enes Malik Bahcivan is the Sous Chef of The Velaa Bar & Grill restaurant at Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Lhaviyani Atoll  Growing up amongst the fertile cherry and apple orchards in Yahyali, southern Turkey, gave Enes a love of the outdoors and appreciation for the taste of fresh products. From a large family, […]

Chef of the Month: Christian Bagasol Mac, Commis I at The Westin Maldives Mirandhoo Resort, Baa Atoll

Growing up in the wet market area of Manila in the Philippines, Mac was surrounded by fresh food from an early age, however he initially wanted an adventurous career such as a pilot or fireman, before being drawn to the culinary profession. A reconnection with an old school friend opened the door to a kitchen […]

Laurent Sung DJI Reynieix, Director of Operations, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Hotelier Maldives: Tell us a bit about yourself and your career Laurent Reynieix: My name is Laurent Sung Dji Reynieix, with origins from France and Korea, I grew up between France, Africa and Singapore, and have worked in different countries from Ivory Coast, Singapore, New Caledonia, Indonesia to Spain, and many others destinations. My love […]

Chef of the Month: Ahmed Mazim, Chef de Partie at Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru

Hotel Asia International Culinary Competition Special Wining accolades in any profession takes practice, time and dedication – ask any top athlete, sportsman, musician, artist etc. Culinary competitions are no different, although the participants are usually practicing in addition to their full-time role. In a Hotel Asia International Culinary Chef of the Month Special, we feature […]

Wellness & Wellbeing at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

The global pandemic sparked an awareness of the importance of health and wellbeing which in turn provided a catalyst for tourism providers to look deeper into their wellness offerings and introduce elements that were more than “just” the traditional therapeutic Spa. A hotel brand that is already ahead of the pack is The Westin Hotels […]

Chef Ahmed Mazim Claims Two Prestigious Culinary Titles at Hotel Asia 2022

The 16th Edition of Hotel Asia and The International Culinary Competition concluded on Wednesday 12th October after a fervent four days which saw 450 participants from sixty establishments compete in twenty categories. Since 2002 the event has grown from 40 entries to 658 entries, attracting participants from resorts, guest houses, local businesses, and restaurants. Organized by the Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services (MECS), it is the longest […]

Hotel Asia Commences!

Dharubaaruge is a hive of activity filled with sawdust, paint, packaging and people as construction of exhibition stands reach completion ready for the opening ceremony, whilst the culinary competition is already in full swing! The 16th edition of Hotel Asia is back, after a two-year hiatus, to provide a much-anticipated arena for local and international […]

A Maldivian Culinary “First”

Culinary competitions are always hotly contested; however, the upcoming International Culinary Competition at Hotel Asia is going to provide a platform for two talented brothers to go head to head, something that is a unique first for the Maldivian Culinary Profession. Brothers Chef Mohamed Adhil, Head Chef at Salt Café & Restaurant Male City, and […]

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, a Mix of Tranquillity, Innovation and Wellbeing

Set in the UNESCO designated biosphere reserve of the Baa Atoll, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is a mere 35-minute seaplane journey away from the main Velana International Airport or a 20-minute speedboat ride from Dharavandhooh domestic airport. Part of the Marriot Bonvoy portfolio, Westin brings its signature six pillars of wellness of Sleep Well, […]