Latest Profiles

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 […]

Ahmed Jihad, Butler, St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Ahmed Jihad’s 25-year long journey in the hospitality industry started as most journeys do – with a life changing spark of interest. As a young boy living in an island on the south, he was fascinated by the stories he heard from the resort workers from his neighbourhood. They would return to the island on […]

Chef of the Month: Mariyam Risma, Demi Chef de Partie, at W Maldives, North Ari Atoll

Growing up on AA Thoddoo, Risma loved the atmosphere created through food at large community gatherings and dreamt of being able to recreate the ambience when she was older. Leaving school at 16 she worked in local shops and restaurants but felt unfulfilled, so when her brother suggested she apply for the apprenticeship program at […]

Young Hotelier: Ibrahim Rasheed, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Kandima Maldives

Ibrahim Rasheed (Ebbi) is the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Kandima Maldives, located on the largest island in Dhaalu Atoll, boasting 264 studios and villas. Starting from humble beginnings, Ebbi paved his way to a managerial position before he turned 30. Hotelier Maldives interviewed him for an insightful look at his journey, the path […]

Chef of the Month: Abdulla Shareef, Senior Chef De Partie, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Abdulla Shareef grew up in a small island community, in the island of R. Meedhoo, known for its carpentry and boat building. These trades that required creativity and dexterity provided Shareef with genes that would serve him well. Now a seasoned chef with over 20 years in the industry, Hotelier Maldives spoke with Shareef to […]

Chef of the Month: Aminath Abdul Rasheed, Chef de Partie at JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa

Originally from Firibaidhoo, (now Funadhoo) in Shaviyani Atoll, Aminath moved to Nilandhoo in Gaafu Alif Atoll (Huvadhoo Atoll) when she was 7. On completing her education Aminath became a primary school teacher, before a recruitment day for a new opening resort nearby, gave her an opportunity in guest services. However, it was not until her […]

Interviews

Women in Hospitality: Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan

Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan is the Deputy Manager, Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Trans Maldivian Airways. Alaa is a proponent of leading women in the Maldivian aviation industry. Alaa joined the aviation industry 9 years ago as a Reservation & Ticketing Assistant and after observing the airline’s operations, she decided to pursue her career […]

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 […]

Ahmed Jihad, Butler, St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Ahmed Jihad’s 25-year long journey in the hospitality industry started as most journeys do – with a life changing spark of interest. As a young boy living in an island on the south, he was fascinated by the stories he heard from the resort workers from his neighbourhood. They would return to the island on […]

Chef of the Month: Mariyam Risma, Demi Chef de Partie, at W Maldives, North Ari Atoll

Growing up on AA Thoddoo, Risma loved the atmosphere created through food at large community gatherings and dreamt of being able to recreate the ambience when she was older. Leaving school at 16 she worked in local shops and restaurants but felt unfulfilled, so when her brother suggested she apply for the apprenticeship program at […]

Young Hotelier: Ibrahim Rasheed, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Kandima Maldives

Ibrahim Rasheed (Ebbi) is the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Kandima Maldives, located on the largest island in Dhaalu Atoll, boasting 264 studios and villas. Starting from humble beginnings, Ebbi paved his way to a managerial position before he turned 30. Hotelier Maldives interviewed him for an insightful look at his journey, the path […]

Chef of the Month: Abdulla Shareef, Senior Chef De Partie, Adaaran Select Meedhupparu

Abdulla Shareef grew up in a small island community, in the island of R. Meedhoo, known for its carpentry and boat building. These trades that required creativity and dexterity provided Shareef with genes that would serve him well. Now a seasoned chef with over 20 years in the industry, Hotelier Maldives spoke with Shareef to […]

Women in Hospitality: Aminath Sazra, Acting Front Office Manager, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Aminath Sazra ‘Shazu’ is the acting front office manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, where she leads the amazing team of Mr/s. Fridays (butlers). Shazu began her Gili journey in 2017 and was recently promoted to her current position. Hotelier Maldives interviewed her to learn more about her work at the resort and her experience as […]

Women in Hospitality

Women in Hospitality: Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan

Aishath Alaa Abdul Hannan is the Deputy Manager, Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Trans Maldivian Airways. Alaa is a proponent of leading women in the Maldivian aviation industry. Alaa joined the aviation industry 9 years ago as a Reservation & Ticketing Assistant and after observing the airline’s operations, she decided to pursue her career […]

Women in Hospitality: Aminath Sazra, Acting Front Office Manager, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Aminath Sazra ‘Shazu’ is the acting front office manager at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, where she leads the amazing team of Mr/s. Fridays (butlers). Shazu began her Gili journey in 2017 and was recently promoted to her current position. Hotelier Maldives interviewed her to learn more about her work at the resort and her experience as […]

Women in Hospitality: Stellan Huang, Sales Executive, THE OZEN COLLECTION

Stellan Huang is the sales executive at THE OZEN COLLECTION, who was recently promoted from her position as sales coordinator. Initially working as a teacher in China, Stellan discovered her dream career in the hospitality industry after arriving to the Maldives and has worked with several luxury properties in the destination. Now, she plays a […]

Women in Hospitality: Mirella Veder, Director of Sales, LUX* South Ari Atoll

Mirella Veder joined the LUX* South Ari Atoll family in 2017 as director of sales, bringing in almost a decade of experience in the industry and LUX* Resorts & Hotels. Mirella worked her way up from a sales and marketing coordinator to being the director of sales at one of the top luxury resorts in […]

Women in Hospitality: Monika Angliker, Guest Services Manager, Kandolhu Maldives

Monika Angliker joined Kandolhu Maldives as guest services manager in October 2021. Since then, the Swiss national has been leading the Front Office team at the exquisite resort, lending her valuable skills in guest service management. Monika began her career as a flight attendant for Swissair. She then entered the hotel sector as guest service […]

Women in Hospitality: Laurean Sahilices

Laurean Sahilices is the Cluster Assistant Director of Marketing at Pullman and Mercure Maldives. As cluster assistant director of marketing at Accor Maldives for the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa and Mercure Maldives Kooddoo, Laurean Sahilices is an expert in hotel marketing, particularly digital, as well as a champion of women in marketing and women in hospitality. […]

GM's Views

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 […]

GM’s View: Renato De Oliveira, The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

Renato De Oliveira joined The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands family in March 2022 as the resort’s new General Manager. Bringing in over seventeen of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, De Oliveira has worked with six different properties across Europe, South America, and Asia between The Ritz- Carlton and St. Regis brands of Marriott International. […]

GM’s View: Christophe Adam, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa

GM’s View: Abdulla Fathhey, Sun Island Resort & Spa

Abdulla Fathhey is the General Manager at Sun Island Resort & Spa, a luxury family-friendly resort in South Ari Atoll. Fathhey has two decades of experience in the industry and has worked seventeen years at local company Villa Hotels & Resorts. Hotelier Maldives talks to Fathhey about his career in the hospitality industry, managing a […]

GM’s View: Karen Merrick, JA Manafaru

Karen Merrik is the general manager at JA Manafaru, multi award-winning barefoot luxury property in Haa Alifu atoll. During her thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry, Karen has operated properties in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Scotland and two properties in Maldives, including its first private island for one booking at a time, ahead of […]

GM’s View: Jorg Weytjens, Kagi Maldives Spa Island

Memories of working in the summers in holiday resorts in Europe made Jorg Weytjens reconsider his career while working for the British Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. Jorg began his journey in the hospitably industry in his early thirties. His first assignments were managing family holiday resorts in various parts of Europe. He moved on to […]

GM’s View: Idu Ribeiro, W Maldives

As 2021 draws to a close, Idu Ribeiro reflects on his one-year anniversary as general manager of W Maldives.  With twenty-four years of international experience in the hospitality industry prior to joining the island, Idu has held leadership positions in five countries. He began his career as a Valet Parker in Boston, USA for Marriott […]

GM’s View: Vincent Pauchon, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Vincent Pauchon is the general manager at The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Dhaalu Atoll. The French native has over sixteen years of experience overseeing five-star properties around the world and has been spearheading Vommuli’s operations since 2019. Hotelier Maldives interviewed the seasoned hotelier about his journey and leading one of the most luxurious resorts in […]

GM’s View: Gavin Sanders, Radisson Blu Resort Maldives

Gavin Sanders is the general manager of Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, the first and only of its kind in the archipelago. With over three decades of experience, Gavin has taken to his new role as GM of this splendid island with gusto. Before arriving in the Maldives, Sanders was general manager of Radisson Golf and […]

GM’s View: Henri Arnulphy, Constance Moofushi

Surrounded by crystal clear lagoon and impressive stretches of white sandy beaches, Constance Moofushi is a diving and snorkelling paradise, located in South Ari Atoll, close to some of the best diving sites in the Maldives and on the migration route of the manta rays. The resort offers a perfect combination of luxury and simplicity, […]

GM’s View: Ozgur Cengiz, Joali Being

JOALI BEING is first and only nature immersive wellbeing island retreat of its kind in the Maldives. With 68 villas, each with its own butler or “Jadugar”, the island aims to create wellbeing experiences tailored to individual lifestyles and goals and the man tasked to deliver this concept is general manager Ozgur Cengiz.  No stranger […]

Show