Latest Profiles

Meet Ahmed Zahir, the New Hotel Manager of Banyan Tree Group’s Angsana Velavaru

Maldivian-born Ahmed Zahir was officially appointed as Banyan Tree Group’s Angsana Velavaru hotel manager in April 2021, promoted from acting general manager since March 2020. Prior to this he was the executive assistant manager for almost five years at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and rooms division manager for Angsana Velavaru from 2009 to 2016. Having joined […]

Meet Navin Singh, Executive Chef of Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives

Navin Singh is an experienced executive chef at the Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. The esteemed chef trained in Paris under the world-renowned three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux, where he learned the art of fine cuisine. He also worked with other culinary masters including Frederic Molini and Thomas Angerer. Navin’s first role was as executive chef […]

Meet Chef ‘Art’, Sushi Master at Kata Japanese Restaurant, Fairmont Maldives

Chef ‘Art’ Artyiasa is the Sushi Master and Chef at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi’s signature Japanese restaurant Kata, and has been perfecting the art of sushi making for over a decade. Due to his hard work and passion for the Japanese cuisine and culture, Art has travelled the world and worked for household names […]

Meet Isabelle Miaja the Maldives Hotel Design Guru

French interior designer Isabelle Miaja is the creative force behind many five-star resort projects in the Maldives. Beginning her career in the US working on homes in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles and Park Avenue New York, she later moved to Singapore and extended her savoir faire to hotel design. Blending east and west into her […]

Meet Anica Roch, the Newly Appointed Resident Manager of Mirihi Maldives

Mirihi Island Resort is a tiny island fringed by powdery beaches and palm trees in the Maldives. Leave your shoes behind and enjoy the ‘art of doing nothing’ on an island just 350 metres long and 50 metres wide.  This secluded paradise is surrounded by a spectacular house reef which serves as an underwater playground for sea […]

Women in Hospitality: Anuradha Abeywickramasinge

Anuradha Abeywickramasinge is the corporate purchasing manager for Cocoon Maldives and You and Me by Cocoon. Hailing from Sri Lanka, she has been in the industry for 20 years, bringing passion to her profession along with her significant international background working for the hospitality industry in Asia and Africa. She has held various positions in sales […]

Interviews

Meet Roberto Lafforgue, Wine Manager at Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Wine Manager at Crown & Champa Resort’s Meeru Island Resort Roberto Lafforgue, 31, has lived in Spain, Canada and Mexico. Prior to working in the Maldives, Lafforgue worked as head sommelier at Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, hired by the sommelier who worked with Gordon Ramsay. He speaks to Hotelier Maldives about what it is […]

JOALI’s New Resident Artist Nataliya Kuleshova Talks about the Innovative Immersive Art Resort

Amidst a world of tropical splendour JOALI Maldives offers a canvas for creativity as well as a haven for art afficionados. As the Maldives’ first luxurious art immersive art hotel and island retreat, JOALI is a destination brimming with experiential art pieces that extend across the island. Timeless artwork adorns the walls and spaces in […]

Meet Ahmed Zahir, the New Hotel Manager of Banyan Tree Group’s Angsana Velavaru

Maldivian-born Ahmed Zahir was officially appointed as Banyan Tree Group’s Angsana Velavaru hotel manager in April 2021, promoted from acting general manager since March 2020. Prior to this he was the executive assistant manager for almost five years at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and rooms division manager for Angsana Velavaru from 2009 to 2016. Having joined […]

Exclusive: Roshan Radhay, LUX* Maldives’ ‘Magician of Marketing’

Set in some of the most celebrated destinations in the world, including the Indian Ocean, the LUX* Resorts and Hotels inspire, surprise and delight guests, by offering imaginative experiences, delivered by passionate team members, to help you celebrate life. With two stunning resorts in the Maldives, LUX* Resorts and Hotels offer a variety of unique […]

Meet Navin Singh, Executive Chef of Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives

Navin Singh is an experienced executive chef at the Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives. The esteemed chef trained in Paris under the world-renowned three-star Michelin chef Michel Roux, where he learned the art of fine cuisine. He also worked with other culinary masters including Frederic Molini and Thomas Angerer. Navin’s first role was as executive chef […]

Making Tipping Abroad Easy

Tips Abroad is a company specialising in Cashless Tips for the Digital Economy making it easy to collect tips from international customers. A completely unique and new concept, which is one of a kind in the Maldives, it is hoped that this will revolutionise the tipping industry helping to provide a safe way to provide […]

Meet Chef ‘Art’, Sushi Master at Kata Japanese Restaurant, Fairmont Maldives

Chef ‘Art’ Artyiasa is the Sushi Master and Chef at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi’s signature Japanese restaurant Kata, and has been perfecting the art of sushi making for over a decade. Due to his hard work and passion for the Japanese cuisine and culture, Art has travelled the world and worked for household names […]

Meet Isabelle Miaja the Maldives Hotel Design Guru

French interior designer Isabelle Miaja is the creative force behind many five-star resort projects in the Maldives. Beginning her career in the US working on homes in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles and Park Avenue New York, she later moved to Singapore and extended her savoir faire to hotel design. Blending east and west into her […]

Women in Hospitality

Women in Hospitality: Anuradha Abeywickramasinge

Anuradha Abeywickramasinge is the corporate purchasing manager for Cocoon Maldives and You and Me by Cocoon. Hailing from Sri Lanka, she has been in the industry for 20 years, bringing passion to her profession along with her significant international background working for the hospitality industry in Asia and Africa. She has held various positions in sales […]

Women in Hospitality: Zainab Hussain Shihab

Zainab Hussain Shihab is the Marketing Communications Manager at Patina Maldives, Fari Islands. Patina Maldives Fari Islands, opened on 18th May 2021, is the first property for Patina Hotels and Resorts in the world. Located in North Male, three world-class hotels straddle a trio of islands that include the Ritz Carlton, Capella Maldives and Patina. […]

Women in Hospitality: Aminath Maeysha, Sales Manager at Mirihi Island resort

As the recently appointed Sales Manager at Mirihi, Aminath Maeysha is a great example of how hotels can achieve great things when they invest in their staff. Having worked with Crown & Champa Resorts for eight years across four different properties in the Maldives, the former Front Office Manager has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry […]

Shidha Hussain, Reservations Manager at W Maldives

Hotelier Maldives: Can you tell us more about your first role in the luxury hospitality industry? Shidha Hussain: I was first introduced to the world of hospitality when I joined the COCO Collection part of Sunland Hotels Pvt LTd in 2010 as a Cluster Reservation Agent. It was there that I learnt how to assist […]

Aishath Shimani, the Planning Director of Sun Siyam Resorts and an award winning, innovative Interior Designer

Ms. Shimani started her exciting career journey from humble beginnings – as a freshly graduated highschool student. Confused and with little idea of what she wanted to do as a future career, she sought advice from her parents who encouraged her to pursue a field that would utilize her strengths, and most importantly a profession […]

Luh ‘Luhadi’ Ramiadi, Director of Spa and Wellness at Furaveri Maldives

Wellness Village at Furaveri Maldives is built around a unique local village concept. The traditional Asian holistic health care offered stimulates to create a balance for the body, mind and spirit; resulting in achieving one’s highest potential of health and well-being. The wellness village is set amidst gentle white shores, tropical life and nature. Surrounded […]

GM's Views

GM’s View: Brad Calder of Hurawalhi and Kudadoo

As the cluster general manager of Hurawalhi Island Resort and Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, two of the most exclusive resorts in the Maldives, Brad Calder is counted as one of the most experienced men in his business here in the archipelago. Before his arrival in the Maldives, Calder worked at one of London’s most exclusive […]

GM’s View: Srikanth Devarapalli of Emerald Maldives

(with additional contributions by Ruby Amir) Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is a natural lush island in the beautiful Raa Atoll, offering all-inclusive service that exceeds expectations without limitations. Within this newest addition to the prestigious Italian-owned Emerald Collection portfolio, unique design elements have been carefully chosen, resulting in a contemporary concept of accentuating the […]

GM’s View: Andrea Saderi of Baglioni Maldives

Baglioni Maldives is now open; welcoming the first visitors to the island on the same week it won a prestigious international award.  The resort has won the 2020 World Luxury Hotel Award for ‘the best luxury ocean view in the Maldives’ and ‘top beauty product’ for its superb spa. From the moment the seaplane touches down in […]

GM’s View: Kurumba’s General Manager Andrew Jansson on the reopening of the Maldives first resort.

Kurumba was the very first resort to be established in the Maldives opening in 1972, welcoming the first tourists who started to travel to the archipelago for holidays. Yet like many resorts in the Indian Ocean, it had to close at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March. But now, after an eight-month break, […]

GM’s View: Tangi Le Grand, General Manager of Constance Halaveli

French-born Tangi Le Grand is the current General Manager of Constance Halaveli Maldives. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Administration and Management from the Institut Vatel Bordeaux, France, he ventured into exploring the Asian hospitality industry. With over a decade’s experience working in several Asian countries, Tangi is finally pursuing the dream of working in […]

Ahmed Saeed, General Manager, Maagiri Hotel

A PROUD VETERAN of the hospitality industry of Maldives of over 30 years, Ahmed Saeed, the General Manager of Maagiri Hotel shares his varied experiences with us. From managing resorts to hotels, he is a well-established hotelier who has been recognized by the Ministry of Tourism with an award for his distinguished service towards sustainable […]

GM’s View: Etienne Dalancon, General Manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Hotelier Maldives: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is the first property that you are managing in the Maldives. How would you describe your experience so far working in the Maldives?  Etienne Dalancon: In one word, excellent. Having the right team and brand partners make the challenge of opening such an anticipated luxury resort a lot smoother. […]

GM’s View: Frederic Perrin, General Manager, Café Del Mar Maldives

With his remarkable contributions in the successful development, opening and management of five-star hotels, Frederic Perrin is an exceptional leader in the Hotel Industry; pulling-off effective business success strategies. Along with a rich background and intensive knowledge of the industry, Frederic has comprehensive experience in driving hotel administration projects. Stretching his service closer to four […]

GM’s View: Jean-Marc Michel, GM at Faarufushi Maldives

With over thirty years of global experience in the Luxury Hotels and Resorts, in more than 7 countries and 3 different continents; Jean-Marc Michel joined Faarufushi Maldives as a pre-opening General Manager on 1 July 2018. Faarufushi Maldives is a small coral island, with a big-time beauty positioned in the 5-star deluxe category. With striking […]

GM’s View: Olivier Larcher, General Manager, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

A French national, Olivier Larcher, with his inventive, influential and multicultural working background, brings his passion to lead Accor Hotels’ newest, prestigious venture, Raffles Meradhoo Maldives with its intuitive gold-framed brand that’s been well-recognised for more than a 100 years. His hands-on and strategic approach in the pre-opening of the resort towards the actual opening […]

GM’s View: Reinhold Johann, General Manager, Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit International, with its vision of delivering warm Thai hospitality globally, is a leader in hotel management and hospitality education and embodies a unique international portfolio of idiosyncratic hotels and resorts in which Dusit Thani Maldives is particularly well-known. Occupying its own lush island of Mudhdhoo in Baa Atoll, which is the Maldives’ first and […]

Vlad Reyes, General Manager, JA Manafaru

Inspired by the possibilities and excitement that the hospitality industry offered, Vlad Reyes changed his university major after the first semester, from engineering to hotel and restaurant administration. And he never looked back. Presently the general manager at JA Manafaru, Vlad was called in to reposition the upscale property to attract a diverse range of […]