The Soneva-YCI partnership: Building blocks for women empowerment

Contributing only around four per cent of the total workforce in the Maldives’ tourism industry, local women are the least employed demographic in an industry that covers over 40 per cent of the country’s economy. Despite the fact, Soneva has been instrumental in the efforts to promote women employment in the industry, seeking to achieve […]

Women in Hospitality: Marife Tolentino Bien, Wellness Manager, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fenfushi

Marife Tolentino Bien, the woman behind the first ever Willow Stream Spa in the Indian Ocean, is the shining example of the heights women can reach in the hospitality industry. A firm believer of where there are challenges, there is also an opportunity, Marife was ecstatic in narrating to us at Hotelier Maldives, her wonderful […]

Women in Hospitality: Vasma Ahmed, the inspirational Speedboat Captain from Holiday Island Resort & Spa

It has always captured my interest to read about women who are brave. Women who fulfil their dreams despite various hurdles faced in this challenging world. It is not every day we meet such incredibly courageous women. But, when we meet; we owe it to acknowledge their endurance and determination. Their calibre is astonishing. The […]

Women in Hospitality: Life Stylist Patrice M. Dela Cruz from Cinnamon Dhonveli

Patrice M. Dela Cruz, the power woman behind Cinnamon Dhonveli’s staff has traversed far and wide through plenty of challenges to become who she is today; a valued Life Stylist at Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives. She was delighted to relay her extensive journey to us at Hotelier Maldives, highlighting on her countless experiences working as a […]

Women in Hospitality: Khumar Askerova, Group Director of Sales & Marketing, Lily Hotels & Resorts

Born in Azerbaijan, a country situated in the South Caucasian region of Eurasia, Khumar Askerova’s father was an honoured artist and her mother, a doctor. Now the Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Lily Hotels & Resorts, Khumar was raised in an artistic family, which had an impact and made her follow the traditions […]

Women in Hospitality: Fathimath Nafha, Duty Manager, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

With hard work and determination, Fathimath Nafha, the Duty Manager at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has reached the management level in the hospitality in little under five years. Being a woman in hospitality in the Maldives still comes with its own challenges in a largely male-dominated industry. Yet, Nafha has proven that […]

Women in Hospitality: Anna Luttsau, Director of Sales, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

Anna Luttsau is the Director of Sales at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Anna completed her studies at the Tver State University in Russia. She has always been passionate about travelling, learning and experiencing different cultures. Here, we speak to Anna about her career in the hospitality industry and working in the Maldives. Hotelier Maldives: […]

Women in Hospitality: Cherry Cruz, Regional Human Resources Director at LUX* South Ari Atoll and LUX* North Male’ Atoll, Maldives

For our latest feature in Women in Hospitality, we speak to Cherry Santos Cruz, the Regional Human Resources Director at LUX* South Ari Atoll and LUX* North Male’ Atoll, Maldives. Cherry is someone who has reached and achieved numerous milestones with her career only because of her dedication, commitment and the habit of never giving […]

Women in Hospitality: Anusha Zubair, Sales & Marketing Manager at Fushifaru Maldives

Anusha Zubair is known to her family, friends and colleagues at Fushifaru Maldives as Anu. Having completed her A’ levels in Malé, Anu packed her bags for an adventure in the land of the Hobbits, New Zealand, and signed up for a Degree in Design from the University of Massey. Returning from New Zealand with […]

Nina Mohamed: Marketing & Communications Manager Hotel Jen, Malé, Maldives by Shangri-La

It’s rare to meet an individual like Nina Mohamed who is as work oriented as she is. Her replies in a personal interview contained more information about her company and her work than her personal life. But it was refreshing and we sat conversing at Azure, the rooftop restaurant of Hotel Jen. Her, over a […]

Maseeha Ibrahim Fulhu, Guest Hostess, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa

Maseeha Ibrahim Fulhu’s career with Crown & Champa Resorts (CCR) began in 2006 when she joined Komandoo Island Resort & Spa as a guest hostess. Maseeha has since grown into a beloved team member and was subsequently recognised as the ‘Star of the Month – October 2017’ and ‘Employee of the Month – October 2017’ […]

Aishath Hamid, Business Development Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo

Four years after working in Traders Hotel Malé, now Hotel Jen – the seventh Traders property to adopt the ‘Jen’ brand by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd – Aishath Hamid started a family and settled in Sri Lanka. Despite it being a foreign country and the challenges associated with the change in her personal life, […]