Exclusive: Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy

In this exclusive, Hotelier Maldives sits down with Thoriq Ibrahim, the Minister of Environment and Energy, to go over key issues surrounding environmental protection and sustainable tourism. Thoriq shares his thoughts on renewable energy, safeguarding biodiversity and efficient waste management. Our cover story, Sustainable technologies: where science can help, features on a wide range of […]

Exclusive: Moosa Zameer, Minister of Tourism

Hotelier Maldives sits down with the Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer, to have a chat about sustainable tourism and its different facets. Zameer believes the Maldivian tourism industry has set a global benchmark in terms of sustainable practices. The key to its success, Zameer notes, is that it has always operated within the bounds of […]

Sustainable technologies: where science can help

Whether you regard science as a force for good or the means to our destruction, one thing is clear: the world as we know it depends on science for its workings. While the problems of modernity, such as carbon emissions, waste and pollution need to be addressed, the modern consumer, though eco-and-community-conscious, will not want […]

Hotel Review: Cocoon Maldives

In a sense, all Maldivian resorts are cocoons. Cloistered on their separate islands, each with its own rules and norms, a gulf exists, not only economic and cultural but also aesthetic, between these realms of visitors and those of the local populace. It’s almost like parallel universes. And here at Cocoon, accentuated by a 30-minute […]

Careers: Hussain Waheed, Airport Manager at One&Only Reethi Rah

Hussain Waheed, a tall, broad-shouldered man in his early forties, is in an immaculate white shirt with his resort’s silver logo buttoned above the breast pocket. He greets me enthusiastically and we enter Shell Beans where he walks up to the counter and starts talking to the waiter, Moustafa. It’s as though Moustafa is a […]

Exclusive: Mevan Gunatilleke, Executive Director of Sanken Overseas Pvt Ltd

Hotelier Maldives sits down with Mevan Gunatilleke, executive director of Sanken Overseas Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka’s largest construction firm. We talk a bit about the company, the construction of Amari Havodda, which was completed in a record 14 months, the interplay between construction and tourism industries, and the future of construction in the Maldives.   […]

Amari Havodda Maldives – An Asian-inspired Maldivian take on a resort

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’m at the Thari Bar at Amari Havodda Maldives, Gaafu Dhaalu’s newest tourist offering. Around me, the bar’s high ceiling slopes down like the wings of some great avian creature. It’s hot; not surprising for an atoll that lies on the equator, and contrary to the weather forecast, the day is clear, the sky, cerulean. […]

The building wave: observations on the number two industry and its umbilical link with tourism

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The construction industry is the country’s second largest industrial contributor to the GDP after tourism. Over the past decade, it has witnessed several booms and slumps. Hard hit by the effects of the financial crisis that ravaged the global economy in the late 2000s, the sector recovered in 2010, registering positive growth. The trend continued […]

Careers: Abdulla Sobah, Sous Chef at Soneva Fushi

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Abdulla Sobah is a well-known name in the Maldivian culinary world, having been in the field for over two decades. He’s forty but has accomplished a lot, garnering awards and praise from competitions, international and local. Sobah’s foray into the culinary realm began after a stint as a dishwasher and steward at Kuredu Resort in […]

Hotelier Maldives hosts Maldives’ first Wellness Summit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hotelier Maldives has hosted the first ever Wellness Summit in the country at Kurumba Maldives on September 6, 2017. The Summit brought together leaders in the spa and wellness industry, both in the country and from around the region, and featured discussions and debate on opportunities as well as key challenges faced by both wellness […]

Chef Willment Leong hosts Masterclass ahead of Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge

A masterclass featuring star Singaporean chef Willment Leong was held at the Hulhulé Island Hotel’s Ras Maalam ballroom on Saturday, 26 August. The class, now in its fifth edition, was hosted by Bestbuy Maldives (BBM) and Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services (MECS) and saw close to a hundred participants, most of whom will be taking […]

Exclusive: Ibthishama Ahmed Saeed, General Manager of Addu International Airport

How would you describe your role at Addu International Airport? I joined Addu International Airport in May 2014, at a time when the company had undertaken an immense project for restoration and expansion of Gan International Airport runway. My priority was to ensure that we were able to put together the financing arrangement required for […]