Mickael Farina, Executive Chef at Kandolhu Maldives

French-born Executive Chef at Kandolhu Maldives, Mickael Farina is a descendant of a multicultural close-knit family, with Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese and Algerian ‘Pied-Noir’ roots. He has always had scores of culturally diverse influences around him, resulting in him embracing and celebrating other cultures while never needing to identify himself with any one country in particular. […]

Mohamed Shameem, Housekeeping Supervisor, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Dedication, hard work and perseverance are essential in order to advance on the corporate ladder, and Mohamed Shameem has it all. Born in 1989 in Nadella Island of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Shameem always had an interest to work in the hotel industry. Since his time undergoing secondary education, Shameem had a dream, to one day […]

Mohamed Adil, Junior Sous Chef at Vakkaru Maldives

Mohamed Adil is the Junior Sous Chef at Vakkaru Maldives. He was born in Mathiveri Island of Alifu Alifu Atoll and was raised in Hithadhoo Island in Addu City. Growing up, Adil was an active kid, full of energy and always involved in extracurricular activities. He started working with his father in his retail business […]

Suppliers You Should Know: Aqua Chrome Pvt Ltd

For the cover story of issue 32, Hotelier Maldives looks at the history of some of the notable suppliers operating in the country, looking at what sets them apart from their competition. In this feature, we bring you Aqua Chrome Pvt Ltd. Founded in August 2007 by Ismail Noordeen and Yooman Noordeen, Aqua Chrome Pvt […]

Mohamed Faisel, Executive Pastry Chef (Acting Executive Chef) at COMO Maalifushi

Mohamed Faisel is the Executive Pastry Chef and Acting Executive Chef at COMO Maalifushi. He hails from Kandy, Sri-Lanka, and has been in the culinary field for around 16 years. He has been with COMO for the last 10 years and has been at COMO Maalifushi since the resort’s pre-opening in 2013. Faisel always had […]

Exclusive: Michael Wieser, Chief Executive Officer, Lily Hotels & Resorts

Michael Wieser studied in one of the most reputable hotel schools in Austria, Hotel School Villa Blanca Austria, earning a Hotel & Management Diploma. He was introduced to the hotel industry at a very young age, as his parents owned a small country hotel. Over the years, Michael had worked with some notable brands, Starwood, […]

Careers: Rifaa Saeed, Director of Sales and Marketing at Kandima Maldives.

Growing up, Rifaa Saeed didn’t really consider getting into hospitality industry. That all changed when, in the 10th grade, she won a chance to go to Rangali Island Resort in a raffles draw. Seeing the amazing atmosphere, hospitality of the staff and most importantly the attention given to the guests by Maldivian staff convinced her […]

Supplier Spotlight: Adnan Moosa, Managing Director of ILAA Maldives

We sat down with Adnan Moosa, Managing Director of ILAA Maldives to get an insight into the history of the company. Hotelier Maldives: Can you reflect back on the beginning of the company? What inspired you to create this business and what were the initial challenges? Adnan Moosa: After finishing school, I went abroad for […]

F&B: Ahmed Thariq, Restaurant Manager, Vivanta By Taj Coral Reef Maldives

Ahmed Thariq’s mind was racing as he sat across from his boss. Why am I here? Why have I been summoned? Why did the general manager wish to see me? Am I in trouble? What could have I done wrong? Questions were roaming in his head, as he nervously thought about what had happened. The […]

F&B: Fabrice Blazquez, Head Sommelier, Gili Lankanfushi

Born and raised in Bordeaux, France, Fabrice says he was born into the bottom of the barrel. He grew up surrounded by the rich history and culture of French winemaking and has practically been drinking wine since he was three years old. Influenced by his father, an expert in the Negoce of fine Bordeaux wines, […]

Hassan (Speedy) Waleed, Bartender at Adaaran Club Rannalhi

It was late afternoon when I reached Adaaran Club Rannalhi (ACR) and I was a little tired and dizzy from the long wait at the humid airport because of delayed flights, followed by an hour long speedboat ride to the resort. So I ordered a fresh orange juice when a bartender appeared at my side, […]

Careers: Haleem Lye – Operations Manager at Reethi Faru Resort

Haleem Lye is a passionate hotelier with about 20 years of experience in the industry. Haleem Lye’s career in the hospitality sector began when he joined the Taj Samadura, Colombo Sri Lanka right after completing his Diploma in Hotel Management at the International Hotel School at Mount Lavinia Hotel, Sri Lanka. He is currently the […]