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 […]

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 […]

Careers: Rohan Jayawardana, Sommelier at Gili Lankanfushi

Rohan Jayawardana, 42, the sommelier at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives takes us through what it is like to be a sommelier at a resort and takes us on a journey through the wine cellar and its contents. HM: What is it is like to be a sommelier at the resort? RJ:  My aim is to see […]

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 […]

Meet Emily Mundy of the Olive Ridley Project

To mark World Ocean Day on June 8, Hotelier Maldives interviewed Emily Mundy who is a marine biologist with the Olive Ridley Project. She works for Kuredu Island Resort & Spa set on the teardrop island in the Lhaviyani atoll, surrounded by azure lagoons and cobalt Indian Ocean. With 50 dive sites just beyond the […]

Meeting Raffles Maldives Marine Biologist on World Ocean Day

To celebrate World Ocean Day on 8 June, Hotelier Maldives spoke to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s resident marine biologist Giulia Pellizzato, 30, originally from Italy who has been based in the Maldives since January 2019. Her favourite marine animals are sea turtles, although she dreams about humpback whales. Working as a resident marine biologist at Raffles […]

Meet Ahmed ‘Handhu’ Rasheed: JW Marriott’s New Director of Guest Services

Ahmed Rasheed, known as Handhu, has recently been promoted to Director of Guest Services at JW Marriott Maldives. In these post-Covid times, he has been embracing the challenges that the pandemic has brought and dealing with managing staff and services offered by the resort. Hotelier Maldives caught up with him to find out his thoughts […]