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The guest comes first: Ali Ismail’s recipe for hospitality success

Baa Kamadhoo native, Ali Ismail, has carved a remarkable path in the Maldives’ hospitality industry, excelling in both luxury resorts and community service. With over two decades of experience, Ali’s expertise lies in food and beverage operations. He honed his skills at renowned resorts like Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons, and Finolhu, consistently exceeding expectations in […]

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Marriott International’s Oriol Montal: Shaping luxury hospitality in Maldives

Marriott International enjoys a significant presence in the Maldives with seven resorts across various atolls, catering to a range of preferences – from the established W Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa to the ultra-luxurious The St. Regis Vommuli Resort. The company has actively expanded its portfolio in recent years, with the […]

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From Baa Atoll to International Heights: Ahmed Asim’s Journey as a Leading Maldivian Hotelier

Ahmed Asim stands as an inspiration within the hospitality industry, representing a rare cohort of Maldivian hoteliers who have ventured beyond the island’s shores to carve out illustrious careers abroad. With a fervent passion for hospitality instilled from his upbringing in Baa Maalhos, Maldives, Ahmed embarked on a remarkable journey that led him to the […]

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Ahmed Rokka: Master of the Waves and Beyond

The turquoise waters of the Maldives have always held a certain allure, beckoning tourists and locals alike. But for Ahmed Rokka, his connection to the aquatic paradise took an unexpected turn, leading him on a remarkable journey from a hesitant receptionist to a celebrated watersports manager and trainer. Rokka’s initial foray into the Maldivian tourism […]

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Oriana Migliaccio: The Marine Guardian Transforming Conservation in the Maldives

At the heart of Anantara’s commitment to tailored luxury and authentic experiences lies the passionate work of Oriana Migliaccio, a marine biologist whose devotion to oceanic preservation resonates deeply in the sky-blue waters of the Maldives. Oriana, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with a PhD in Life and Biomolecular Sciences, embodies the spirit of […]

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Sustainability, efficiency, guest satisfaction: Engineering vision of Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island’s Mohamed Adam

We recently sat down with Mohamed Adam, the Chief Engineer at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island resort. In this exclusive interview, he shares his insights into the engineering operations of the resort, the challenges and opportunities of working in a remote island setting, and the innovative solutions he and his team have implemented to ensure sustainability, […]

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Marriott International’s Oriol Montal: Shaping luxury hospitality in Maldives

Marriott International enjoys a significant presence in the Maldives with seven resorts across various atolls, catering to a range of preferences – from the established W Maldives and Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa to the ultra-luxurious The St. Regis Vommuli Resort. The company has actively expanded its portfolio in recent years, with the […]

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From Baa Atoll to International Heights: Ahmed Asim’s Journey as a Leading Maldivian Hotelier

Ahmed Asim stands as an inspiration within the hospitality industry, representing a rare cohort of Maldivian hoteliers who have ventured beyond the island’s shores to carve out illustrious careers abroad. With a fervent passion for hospitality instilled from his upbringing in Baa Maalhos, Maldives, Ahmed embarked on a remarkable journey that led him to the […]

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Ahmed Rokka: Master of the Waves and Beyond

The turquoise waters of the Maldives have always held a certain allure, beckoning tourists and locals alike. But for Ahmed Rokka, his connection to the aquatic paradise took an unexpected turn, leading him on a remarkable journey from a hesitant receptionist to a celebrated watersports manager and trainer. Rokka’s initial foray into the Maldivian tourism […]

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Sustainability, efficiency, guest satisfaction: Engineering vision of Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island’s Mohamed Adam

We recently sat down with Mohamed Adam, the Chief Engineer at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island resort. In this exclusive interview, he shares his insights into the engineering operations of the resort, the challenges and opportunities of working in a remote island setting, and the innovative solutions he and his team have implemented to ensure sustainability, […]

GM’s view: OZEN LIFE MAADHOO’s Elisabeth Alleyne on excellence in luxury hospitality

Elisabeth Alleyne, General Manager at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, is a seasoned leader in the hospitality industry with a journey marked by dedication, diverse experiences, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. In this exclusive interview, she shares insights into her remarkable professional journey, the unique challenges and rewards of managing a luxury resort in the Maldives, […]

Women in Hospitality: Alila Kothaifaru Maldives’ Senior Sales Manager Naziya Hassan

If you are looking for a dream destination to escape the mundane, look no further than Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, the newest addition to the Hyatt family of luxury resorts. Nestled in the pristine Raa Atoll, this resort offers a blend of innovative design, crafted luxury, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you want to relax in […]

Varun Parashar: Weaving culinary magic at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives, OZEN LIFE MAADHOO stands as an epitome of luxury and indulgence. Leading the charge in crafting unforgettable culinary experiences is none other than Varun Parashar, the visionary Executive Chef whose culinary journey from childhood dreams to helming the kitchens of this prestigious resort is nothing short of […]

Breaking barriers: Ali Shiran Jabir’s career journey at Sheraton Maldives

In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Marriott International proudly highlights the extraordinary achievements of its associates who have overcome challenges to realize their career aspirations. Among these remarkable individuals is Ali Shiran Jabir, currently serving as the Assistant Storekeeper at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. Ali’s journey with Sheraton […]

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Beyond the lobby: Women crafting careers in hospitality at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

In the heart of paradise at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa, where each smile is a welcome and every detail contributes to a memorable experience, there exists a cadre of remarkable women who are crafting more than just careers – they are shaping the very fabric of the hospitality industry. The resort invites […]

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Breaking the Waves: Maldivian Women Leading the Charge in Tourism

The Maldivian tourism industry, consistently recognized as the world’s best, is experiencing a shift driven by women. While statistics reveal a historical gender gap, with women only making up 12% of the workforce, a new wave of female leaders is transforming the scene. These women are defying cultural expectations and the challenges of remote island […]

Women in Hospitality: Alila Kothaifaru Maldives’ Senior Sales Manager Naziya Hassan

If you are looking for a dream destination to escape the mundane, look no further than Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, the newest addition to the Hyatt family of luxury resorts. Nestled in the pristine Raa Atoll, this resort offers a blend of innovative design, crafted luxury, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you want to relax in […]

Women in Hospitality: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Director of Operations Dorothy Bahati

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Director of Operations Dorothy Bahati is a firebrand in the hospitality industry where she has developed her career for the last 19 years or so, having spent most of that time in the Maldives. Her journey has been that of resilience, persistence and utmost dedication coupled with passion for what she […]

Farahiah Ariffin: Shaping Maldives’ hospitality landscape

In the heart of the Maldives, a visionary architect has been quietly revolutionizing the luxury hospitality industry. Farahiah Ariffin, a Malaysian native, has made her mark on the tropical paradise for the past five years, spearheading development and construction projects that have left an indelible impression. Her journey has been one of determination, resilience, and […]

Women in Hospitality: Creative digital marketer Hunaina Ahmed Iqbal

Hunaina Ahmed Iqbal is a young Maldivian woman with a background in creative digital marketing and experience in media, audio, and video production. She is currently the Marketing Communications Manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, one of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives. Hunaina’s career journey began after she completed her Diploma in Sound and […]

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From Baa Atoll to International Heights: Ahmed Asim’s Journey as a Leading Maldivian Hotelier

Ahmed Asim stands as an inspiration within the hospitality industry, representing a rare cohort of Maldivian hoteliers who have ventured beyond the island’s shores to carve out illustrious careers abroad. With a fervent passion for hospitality instilled from his upbringing in Baa Maalhos, Maldives, Ahmed embarked on a remarkable journey that led him to the […]

GM’s view: OZEN LIFE MAADHOO’s Elisabeth Alleyne on excellence in luxury hospitality

Elisabeth Alleyne, General Manager at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, is a seasoned leader in the hospitality industry with a journey marked by dedication, diverse experiences, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. In this exclusive interview, she shares insights into her remarkable professional journey, the unique challenges and rewards of managing a luxury resort in the Maldives, […]

From intern to resort manager: Sun Siyam Iru Fushi’s Atham shares recipe for success

As the seaplane glides over turquoise waters dotted with picture-perfect islands, passengers catch their first glimpse of Sun Siyam Iru Fushi – a true island playground for families, groups of friends, couples and honeymooners alike and a luxurious Maldivian resort known for over a decade of excellent service, stunning villas, and world-class amenities. Leading the […]

Unveiling soul of hospitality with NOKU Maldives’ GM Manoharan Mannarlingam

Manoharan Mannarlingam, Area General Manager at NOKU Maldives resort, did not originally set out for a career in hospitality. But a part-time job as a waiter sparked what has become a lifelong passion. Now with over 20 years of experience under his belt, Manoharan oversees operations at both NOKU Maldives and NOKU Phuket. His career […]

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GM’s View: Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives’ Sanjeeva Perera

For our GM’s View segment, we sit down with Sanjeeva Perera, an experienced General Manager with an impressive track record in the leisure, travel, and tourism industry. Perera holds an MBA with a focus on Business Administration, Management, and Operations from the University of Wolverhampton. He has been recognized for his exceptional achievements in the […]

From reluctant student to passionate hotelier: Inspiring journey of Nova Maldives’ GM Abdulla Aboobakuru

As a child growing up in the Maldives, Abdulla Aboobakuru dreamed of flying high in the skies as a pilot, instead he planted his feet firmly in the world of hospitality. Now the General Manager of Nova Maldives, Aboobakuru reflects on the experiences that shaped his long career over 24 years working in resorts. “Two […]

Nika Island Resort’s Jacopo Doria: Championing eco hotel management

Jacopo Doria is no stranger to the Maldives. A native of Milan, Italy, he set foot on Male’s sandy roads in 1990 and was amazed by the country’s beauty upon arrival. He witnessed the Republic’s development into one of the most iconic destinations on Earth. Jacopo’s background in economic studies aligned with his passion for […]

GM Mohamed Ashraf on developing next generation of Maldivian hoteliers

Mohamed Ashraf is the General Manager of Jumeriah Maldives Olhahali Island. With over 20 years of experience in the Maldives tourism industry, Ashraf has witnessed firsthand the evolution of the Maldives leisure travel sector. Hoteliers Maldives sat down with Ashraf to discuss how the next generation of hoteliers can prepare themselves to support the rapidly […]

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GM’s View: Iain McCormack, Vakkaru Maldives

Iain McCormack is the General Manager of Vakkaru Maldives. With an international career, starting in the kitchens to managing palace operations to resort management, Iain has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Hotelier Maldives speaks to Iain about his career, achievements, day-to-day experience as a Resort General Manager and the changes he […]

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GM’s View: Giorgio Pini, Gangehi Island Resort

Giorgio Pini is the general manager at Gangehi Island Resort. He brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Hotelier Maldives speaks to Giorgio about his career, experience managing a resort in the Maldives, and his advice to aspiring hoteliers. HM: Tell us a bit about yourself and career  My experience in the […]

GM’s View: Noel Cameron, Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Noel Cameron joined Huvafen Fushi back to the position of General Manager, nine years after his first appointment. With an impressive track record in the hospitality industry, including leadership roles with some of the world’s most exclusive luxury hotels and hospitality brands, Noel brings exceptional creativity and expertise to the role under the management of […]

GM’s View: Antonio Saponara, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Antonio Saponara was appointed general manager at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, following the luxury resort’s first anniversary. Antonio brings in over fifteen years of experience overseeing hotels around the world, working for companies such as AMAN Resorts, Marriott, and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. Hotelier Maldives speaks to him about his career, experience managing a hotel […]

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