Latest Profiles

Interview with DJ Akram from Kandima Maldives

DJing is a way of life for DJ Akram who grew up in the Maldives. He is renowned at Kandima for spinning the decks. Hotelier Maldives caught up with him to find out more about what it is like to be a DJ. HM: Tell me about your background. Where did you grow up? DJA: […]

Meet Oreste Traetto, Resident Manager, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort

Oreste Traetto joins the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa as resident manager with almost three decades experience in senior management at hotels across the globe. He began his career in 1993 with Club Med and evolved within the ACCOR Group. Originally from Livorno Italy, he specialises in hotel opening, preopening and operation budget as well as aspects […]

Purchasing Power: Waraporn Dakhuntot, Purchasing Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

In this interview with Hotelier Maldives, Waraporn Dakhuntot, purchasing manager for the recently-opened The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, speaks about the ideal supplier and her most successful deals. HM: How long have you been in Purchasing? WD: I have been working for more than fourteen years in the procurement sector in the hospitality industry, spanning […]

Meet Ali Waheed, the Highly Experienced Boat Captain at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Ali Waheed, 55, is the boat captain at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in Noonu Atoll. With 22 years of experience in Sun Siyam Resorts, Ali is one of the oldest employees on the island. We interviewed him to learn more about his long journey. Tell me about yourself and your job My name is Ali […]

Feel the Beat of the Maldives with Jennifer Dons, Music Curator at W Maldives

Escape to W Maldives where the sound of the waves drumming against the infinity pool provides the perfect soundtrack to life as you luxuriate in a wonderland of white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs. From the moment you step onto this heart shaped island playground, get ready to welcome infinite days amplified by the […]

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 […]

Interviews

Interview with DJ Akram from Kandima Maldives

DJing is a way of life for DJ Akram who grew up in the Maldives. He is renowned at Kandima for spinning the decks. Hotelier Maldives caught up with him to find out more about what it is like to be a DJ. HM: Tell me about your background. Where did you grow up? DJA: […]

Meet Oreste Traetto, Resident Manager, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort

Oreste Traetto joins the Pullman Maldives Maamutaa as resident manager with almost three decades experience in senior management at hotels across the globe. He began his career in 1993 with Club Med and evolved within the ACCOR Group. Originally from Livorno Italy, he specialises in hotel opening, preopening and operation budget as well as aspects […]

Purchasing Power: Waraporn Dakhuntot, Purchasing Manager, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

In this interview with Hotelier Maldives, Waraporn Dakhuntot, purchasing manager for the recently-opened The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, speaks about the ideal supplier and her most successful deals. HM: How long have you been in Purchasing? WD: I have been working for more than fourteen years in the procurement sector in the hospitality industry, spanning […]

Meet Ali Waheed, the Highly Experienced Boat Captain at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Ali Waheed, 55, is the boat captain at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in Noonu Atoll. With 22 years of experience in Sun Siyam Resorts, Ali is one of the oldest employees on the island. We interviewed him to learn more about his long journey. Tell me about yourself and your job My name is Ali […]

Haanif Abdullah, Training, Health & Safety Manager at Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Haanif Abdullah, 30, is the recently appointed training, health & safety manager at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives. We interviewed the AHLEI Certified Hospitality Trainer to learn more about his inspiring journey, his role at The Sun Siyam Irufushi and his advice to aspiring hoteliers. Hotelier Maldives: Could you tell me about your role […]

Suppliers You Should Know: Deli United

Deli United is a leading exporter of tropical first Grade fresh fruits, and vegetables, a wide array of foodstuff, bakery, flowers, and a large array of Hotel Equipment to Hotels and Resorts throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 2010, with its head office in Bangkok, Deli United offers an unsurpassed selection of seasonal and year-round […]

Meet Ahmed Adil, the New Front Office Manager at Constance Moofushi

A perfect combination of barefoot luxury and simplicity, Constance Moofushi is among the only two Constance properties in the Maldives set on its own secluded island. The resort is known as a diver’s paradise due to its location being at one of the best diving sites in the world. From ecological thatch roofing to crystal […]

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 […]

Women in Hospitality

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 […]

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 […]

GM's Views

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 […]

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 […]

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