Rodrigo Buanafina Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Appoints Rodrigo Buanafina as Resort Manager

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives announced the appointment of Rodrigo Buanafina as Resort Manager. It is an internal promotion from Buanafina’s previous position as Director of Food & Beverage. As Resort Manager, he will oversee day-to-day operations of the 45-villa resort, including this summer’s Overwater Bar renovation plans.

‘I am thrilled to be stepping up to the Resort Manager position at what is such an exciting time for Gili,’ commented Buanafina,  ‘It’s been a joy to be part of this incredible team and iconic property over the last five years and I couldn’t be more excited for this new chapter in my Gili journey. I look forward to seeing our beloved island go from strength-to-strength, offering our clients a Maldivian adventure like no other in 2023 and beyond’.

Buanafina brings 10 years of luxury hospitality experience to his new role. A Brazilian native, he joined the Gili Lankanfushi team as F&B Manager in 2018 and was quickly promoted to Director of F&B. During his five years in F&B leadership, he oversaw a team of nearly 100 and implemented a number of unique gourmet offerings and experiences. His innovations are credited with elevating the island’s dining offering to one of the most well-reputed in the Maldives.

Prior to his time at Gili, Buanafina held various F&B management roles across other Indian Ocean resorts. Previous experience includes two years as Assistant Director of F&B  Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort in Portugal and the largest in Europe – accommodating up to 3,100 guests.