Latest Profiles

Careers: Mariyam Nazeeha, Airport Team Leader at Radisson Blu Maldives

Maziyam ‘Nazy’ Nazeeha is the airport team leader at Radisson Blu Maldives. Her high standards and regard for guests rest on working together as a team. As a woman hotelier in hospitality, she has gained confidence. She hopes her story will inspire other women in the Maldives to aspire for a career in this sector. […]

A Day in the Life of Yuki Matsutori

Yuki Matsutori began her hospitality career in 2009 at her home country Japan. She always had a strong passion to meet new people and experience the world outside Japan. In 2011, she moved to Maldives with an opportunity to work with Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. She started her international hospitality career with Taj Exotica […]

Maldives Fitness Trainer to the Stars Shares Her Secrets

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, read on the journey of an inspiring woman from the Maldives, a fitness trainer proving that dreams do come true- big or small, male or female. Kai is a fitness trainer from the Maldives who helps celebrities keep in shape and improve their fitness. Based in Male, […]

Young Hotelier: Aminath Hameed, Commis One Pastry Chef at Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Hotelier Maldives: What inspired you to become a pastry chef? What initially attracted you to work in hospitality? Aminath Hameed: Back in 2012, just out of interest I decided to take cake decorating classes, while I was working as a corporate sales officer in Ooredoo Maldives. Slowly it became an online cake shop and I […]

Ibrahim Rasheed Moosa, Engineering Manager, Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa

A proud native from B. Thulhaadhoo, the island famous for its lacquer work, with his own family involved in the craft, Ibrahim Rasheed Moosa started in the field of Engineering 10 years ago. Currently, he is the Engineering Manager of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. With extensive experience carrying out projects at the […]

Faiz Idrees, Executive Chef of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Faiz Idrees is a charming, fun loving man full of positive energy. He is the incredible talent behind the delightful food served at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu by Coco Collection. Before joining as the Executive Chef at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu by Coco Collection, Faiz worked for Club Med for 26 years. Within his long […]

Interviews

Husband and Wife Team Explain the Secrets of Running An Island Paradise During Lockdown

A husband-and-wife have navigated the tough waters of lockdown to invent new ways of operating their island resort. From making their land fertile enough to grow their own produce during the quarantine period to introducing a new chicken shed called ‘Cluckingham Palace,’ Amilla Maldives has become a sustainable paradise ‘full of surprises” in Baa atoll. […]

Aboobakuru Qasim, Manager – Human Resources, Sun Island Resort & Spa

Aboobakuru Qasim (Aboo) is the determined HR manager at Sun Island Resort and Spa. Hotelier Maldives is glad to feature an interview of Aboo in this edition. Although we are a small island nation, we have numerous industries where opportunities are abundant to youth and experienced professionals. Hotelier Maldives: What do you believe attracted you […]

Jason Lohman, Founder & Managing Director of Bespoke Marketing Global Pte Ltd

Bespoke Marketing Global Pte Ltd specialises in audio branding – also known as On Hold Messaging (OHM) – and was established in 2007 by Founder & Managing Director Jason Lohman. Based in Singapore, the company has offices in the U.K., Spain and the U.S.A. Globally, the company has over 12,000 clients, and it is currently […]

Hospitality Retail Systems (HRS): Market leader in IT for hospitality & retail industries

HRS (Hospitality and Retails Systems), is an international company with an unrivalled reputation for service and is a leading supplier of IT solutions for the HoReCa and retail industries. Established in 1990, HRS provides innovative management solutions for hotels, restaurants, retail chains, stadiums, spas and fitness clubs. We spoke to Mohamed Nasih, the Area Manager, […]

Abdul-Azeez Ali, GCL Director at Jumeirah Group/Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts

The Director of Government Liaisons and Local Affairs, Abdul-Azeez Ali, has been instrumental in carrying out all CSR efforts undertaken by Jumeirah Vittaveli – he is a founding member of BOLI (a colleague initiative dedicated to working with colleagues as well as surrounding communities) and currently serves as its president. Azeez was the General Manager […]

Exclusive: Iyaz Waheed, President, Universal Foundation

Iyaz Waheed, the President at Universal Foundation has been working in the hospitality industry for over 18 years. Experienced in the areas of hospitality finance, hotel management, human resources and compliance, Iyaz is a strong professional with an associate membership from Chartered Management Accountants of U.K. Iyaz has presently dedicated his career to CSR and […]

Adil Moosa, Managing Director, Maldives Airports Company Ltd

From humble beginnings, Adil Moosa’s education started in his native island of Eydhafushi Island in Baa Atoll, after which he completed his secondary education in Majeedhiyya School in Malé. Fortunate enough to land a scholarship, Adil completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance and moved on to his postgraduate in Commerce at the Macquarie […]

Purchasing Power: Muthuraja Dhanushkodi, Purchasing & Logistics Manager, COMO Hotels & Resorts, Maldives

In this interview with Hotelier Maldives, Muthuraja Dhanushkodi, the Purchasing & Logistics Manager for COMO Hotels & Resorts in the Maldives, speaks about the ideal supplier and his take on the industry. Hotelier Maldives: How long have you been in purchasing? Muthuraja Dhanushkodi: I’ve been working in the purchasing sector for over 13 years now. […]

Women in Hospitality

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 […]

Eka Yuniari, Spa Manager, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Ni Putu Eka ‘ Eka ‘ Yuniari – Spa Manager at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu comes from the world-renowned island for wellness and spa: Bali, Indonesia. Though Eka is an experienced Spa Manager, today; she did not begin her career as a spa specialist. Instead, her hospitality journey began in F&B. On pursuing a hospitality […]

Want to step up your expertise in hospitality sales and marketing? …Judy Ong shares it all!

In a friendly-interview with Hotelier Maldives; Judy Ong, The Director of Sales and Marketing – Maldives at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Singapore; expresses about her career and experiences in the hospitality industry for over 16 years. Judy is a strong professional, passionate about training her peers and working towards achieving their goal as a […]

GM's Views

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 […]

Raffaella Colleoni, General Manager, The Barefoot Eco Hotel

With a fascination for the world of travel and hospitality, the exuberant Raffaella Colleoni started out in the industry when she was very young. Her captivation with travel took her across the globe with her family, and after studies in language and tourism, she finally joined the hospitality bandwagon at the age of 21. A […]