Exclusive: Shafa’s journey to Island Apothecary

The distinct waft of coconut is your first hint of its island origin. Mingled with bergamot and mint, the smell emanating from the small brown bottle evokes memories of the beach. Other bottles offer other aromas. Cinnamon and ginger, rose and ylang-ylang, bath salts and oils rich in citrus and peppermint. They all feel good […]

Exclusive: Chris Ely; his take on the Maldives

Sitting in a buzzing coffee shop in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, an extra hot latte in hand, we met with Chris Ely, a former resort General Manager in the Maldives now working for JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group as a Senior Vice President in the Strategic Advisory and Asset Management team. He […]

Exclusive: Mohamed Athif, Director of Human Resources, Kandima Maldives

Mohamed Athif is a dedicated HR professional with strong grasp of KPIs, employment laws, compliance issues and benefit plans. As the Director of Human Resources at Kandima Maldives, Athif successfully introduces process improvements and team development initiatives to drive organizational goal attainment. Hotelier Maldives: How did you discover your calling to work to develop people? […]

Exclusive: Afeef Hussain, Regional Director of Training, Dev. & Quality Assurance, LUX* Resorts & Hotels

Afeef Hussain, the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality at LUX* Resorts and Hotels has been working in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Experienced in the areas of HR strategy, customer experience, quality management, talent, performance management and learning and development, he speaks about the relevance of superior services in this exclusive […]

Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives Resort

The GM’s View: John Bendsten, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

John Bendsten is the general manager at Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives. His first taste of hospitality was as a porter in his native Australia. Over the years he has worked in several continents and countries. Hotelier Maldives sits down with him to have a chat about his career, his approach to management and why he keeps […]

The GM’s View: Jean-Luc Naret, One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

A chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest commendation, Jean-Luc Naret has worked in some of the world’s most exclusive resorts

Milestones: Kuredu – Standing the test of time

If you talk to most prospective tourism developers in the Maldives about the importance of location – more specifically, the distance from the country’s only international airport for over 40 years – they would say it is paramount.

Exclusive: Hussain Hilmy, Chairman, Castaway Hotels & Escapes

The founder of Castaway Hotels & Escapes, Hussain Hilmy, is a veteran in the Maldives tourism industry.

Exclusive: María Zarraluqui, Vice President of Global Development for Meliá Hotels International Group

Spearheading the group’s development worldwide, together with her team, Maria Zarraluqui has signed more than 110 deals worldwide over the last 3 years.

Exclusive: Armagan Gunaydin – Managing Director at Robinson Club Maldives

Hotelier Maldives speaks to Robinson Club Maldives Managing Director Armagan Gunaydin about the evolution of the Robinson Club brand, his personal career development with the country and the Maldives as a destination.