Latest Profiles

Sarocha, Sustainability Manager and Resident Marine Biologist at Grand Park Kodhipparu

Resting within the crystal waters of Northern Male’ Atoll, Grand Park Kodhipparu is strongly committed to achieving environmental and socio-cultural sustainability. They strive to practice internationally recognised best practices in sustainable hospitality and tourism in order to achieve gradual development in their environmental and socio- cultural performance. One of their quite notable as well as […]

Junaid Ahmed, Front Office Manager, Grand Park Kodhipparu

Located in North Male’ Atoll, a 20-minute launch ride from the Velana International Airport, Grand Park Kodhipparu is a place where time flows at a slow pace, where guests can soak in the hypnotic views, the white sand beaches, a magnificent crystal clear lagoon and astoundingly mesmerizing sunsets. Grand Park Kodhipparu is also known for […]

A Day in the Life of Yasith Keshan

Yasith Keshan Kokuhennadi is the learning and development manager at Cinnamon Velifushi. Yasith has worked with the management to create a great learning environment throughout all the departments. He is responsible of effectively and efficiently implementing the full learning cycle at Cinnamon Velifushi, starting from the development of TNA (training need analysis) to carrying out […]

Premgeeth P Nair, Chief Engineer, Grand Park Kodhipparu

At Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives, one of the most noted sustainable projects conducted is the solar power installation, whereby the chief engineer overseeing the project was Premgeeth Nair, more fondly known within the resort as Prem. Prem began his journey at Grand Park Kodhipparu in the year 2018, as the assistant chief engineer. He then […]

Making of a Hotelier

Hassan Shihab is the resident manager at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives. For Hassan Shihab, time has been a teacher, friend and foe that made his years at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives an adventure, an epic journey in the making. For the past twenty years, he has grown alongside the resort, collecting stories of a lifetime. Joining the […]

A Day in the Life of Rosalie Bailie

Rosalie Bailie is the marine educator at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, where she works closely with guests to help them make memorable experiences on the island. She can be found in the ocean guiding marine excursion trips, managing the coral restoration programme, conducting coral, turtle and manta surveys or holding reef clean-ups. On land, her […]

Interviews

Heidi Grimwood, Vice President, ELE I NA Spa

Heidi Grimwood, the Vice President of ELE I NA by Atmosphere shares with Hotelier Maldives her vision in steering ELE I NA towards the future of Maldivian Wellness. At the age of eighteen, Heidi first began her career training as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in New Zealand. With her experience in fitness, she […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sarocha, Sustainability Manager and Resident Marine Biologist at Grand Park Kodhipparu

Resting within the crystal waters of Northern Male’ Atoll, Grand Park Kodhipparu is strongly committed to achieving environmental and socio-cultural sustainability. They strive to practice internationally recognised best practices in sustainable hospitality and tourism in order to achieve gradual development in their environmental and socio- cultural performance. One of their quite notable as well as […]

Junaid Ahmed, Front Office Manager, Grand Park Kodhipparu

Located in North Male’ Atoll, a 20-minute launch ride from the Velana International Airport, Grand Park Kodhipparu is a place where time flows at a slow pace, where guests can soak in the hypnotic views, the white sand beaches, a magnificent crystal clear lagoon and astoundingly mesmerizing sunsets. Grand Park Kodhipparu is also known for […]

Premgeeth P Nair, Chief Engineer, Grand Park Kodhipparu

At Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives, one of the most noted sustainable projects conducted is the solar power installation, whereby the chief engineer overseeing the project was Premgeeth Nair, more fondly known within the resort as Prem. Prem began his journey at Grand Park Kodhipparu in the year 2018, as the assistant chief engineer. He then […]

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 […]

Purchasing Power: Kabirdoss Iniyan, Purchasing Manager, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa

In this interview with Hotelier Maldives, Kabirdoss Iniyan, purchasing manager for Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa, speaks about the ideal supplier and his most successful deals. How long have you been in Purchasing? I started my career in the hospitality industry as a purchasing manager at an organization in Singapore and then moved to Hideaway […]

Women in Hospitality

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 […]

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 […]

GM's Views

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 […]

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 […]

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