Latest Profiles

Lucie Mohelnikova, Founder, Other Way Holiday Travel Company

Lucie Mohelnikova founded the Other Way Holiday over ten years ago in Czech Republic. The travel agency and tour operator offers travel to local islands, resorts, combined packages as well as guided sightseeing tours in the Maldives. Lucie is a talented multi-tasker who is involved in every aspect of her business, from being the manager […]

Chef of the Month: Chef Mahmoud Adel, OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI

Nalin Praboda, Assistant Bar and Pool Operations Manager, The Standard Huruvalhi

On the occasion of World Cocktail Day on 13th May, Hotelier Maldives interviewed some of the most creative mixologists in Maldives resorts. Nalin Praboda hails from a small village called Polgahawela, a three-hour train journey from the capital city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. He is a beverage specialist at The Standard Huruvalhi in Raa […]

Chef of the Month: Mariyam Lahufa, Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

GAGE Embarks on a New Era in Maldives’ Security and Safety Industry

A Day in the Life of Ninnia Pabalan Franco

Ninnia Pabalan Franco, director of spa at Dhigali Maldives of Universal Resorts boasts eighteen years of experience in the spa industry and fifteen years in the Maldives. Ninnia started her career in the beauty and wellness industry as a facial therapist after completing her training from Medical Swiss Facial Clinic.  Prior to joining Dhigali Maldives […]

Interviews

Lucie Mohelnikova, Founder, Other Way Holiday Travel Company

Lucie Mohelnikova founded the Other Way Holiday over ten years ago in Czech Republic. The travel agency and tour operator offers travel to local islands, resorts, combined packages as well as guided sightseeing tours in the Maldives. Lucie is a talented multi-tasker who is involved in every aspect of her business, from being the manager […]

Chef of the Month: Chef Mahmoud Adel, OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI

Nifraz Mohamed Naheem, Mixologist, W Maldives

Nifraz Mohamed Naheem is a mixologist at W Maldives. Born and raised in Kandy, Sri Lanka, he has worked in W Maldives as a mixologist since 2009. In 2019 he was promoted to head mixologist (liquid specialist). However, he never set out to become a mixologist, he dreamt of being an accountant before he started […]

Akshay Prakash, Bartender, JOALI Maldives

Akshay Prakash Ingole is a bartender at JOALI. Originally from central India, he graduated with a degree in Hotel Management and Catering Technology. His older brother, who is in the same industry, inspired and guided him to choose a career in beverages. Once he decided to train as a bartender, Prakash was able to explore […]

Nalin Praboda, Assistant Bar and Pool Operations Manager, The Standard Huruvalhi

On the occasion of World Cocktail Day on 13th May, Hotelier Maldives interviewed some of the most creative mixologists in Maldives resorts. Nalin Praboda hails from a small village called Polgahawela, a three-hour train journey from the capital city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. He is a beverage specialist at The Standard Huruvalhi in Raa […]

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 […]

Chef of the Month: Mariyam Lahufa, Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

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

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. […]

Women in Hospitality: Farsa Saeed, Sales Manager, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Farsa Saeed is a sales manager and driving force at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Saeed joined the finest address in the Maldives in 2017 as a sales coordinator and quickly worked her way up to a sales executive and sales manager position. Highly skilled in her role, Saeed expertly manages the Asia Pacific accounts of […]

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 […]

GM's Views

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 […]

GM’s View: Emilio Fortini, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Emilio Fortini is the general manager of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. As a seasoned hotelier with over 35 years of hospitality experience in the Asia Pacific region, Emilio joined Rydges hotels and resorts in 1995 after 12 years with independents. He has held several management positions specialising in food & beverage. Sheraton […]

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 […]

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