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Brice Lunot appointed new GM of Maldives’ two Shangri-La properties

Brice Lunot has been appointed the new cluster general manager of the Maldives’ two Shangri-La properties: Hotel Jen in Male and Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa in Addu Atoll. Brice is a seasoned hotelier with nearly 30 years of experience working with luxury brands that include Le Meridien and LUX*. […]


GM Patrice Aira joins LUX* South Ari

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort and Villas has appointed a new GM, Patrice Aira, a seasoned hotelier who’s worked with big brands in North America, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. Patrice, a Toulouse native, has an impressive F&B background and ramped up culinary offerings at Lily Beach Resort and […]


Maldives gets ritzy with Ritz-Carlton Fari Islands

It’s finally here, guys! the Ritz-Carlton has debuted in the Maldives in June at a sensational location in North Male Atoll.  The hotel was designed by the award-winning Kerry Hill Architects, who drew inspiration from the resort’s surroundings, especially the breeze and swirling water.  The resort is part of the […]


Corals aplenty on Summer Island’s 3D-printed reef

Amid another soul-debilitating lockdown period, you may be happy to know that at least the corals are doing very well for themselves on Summer Island’s 3D printed reef! The increase in corals was noticed by the resort’s dive team earlier this month. And this is no ordinary 3D structure – […]


Head to Seaside Finolhu this Eid

Seaside Finolhu invites guests to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on their carnivalesque island in the UNESCO-preserved Baa Atoll.  The resort’s gone through a total makeover and villas have been kitted out with all the must-haves, they announced in a recent communique. Finolhu welcomes families and friends to their two-bedroom villas while the […]


Jen looks to the Middle East this Ramadan

Some good news, people – Hotel Jen has got a new Iftar menu lined up for Ramadan and it’s going to be a lot cheaper this time around. For this year’s Iftar, Jen’s got a Middle Eastern theme going not only in its culinary offerings but also in décor.  Hotel […]


BBM’s Chef’s Challenge 2021 announces winners

Best Buy Maldives (BBM) has announced the much-awaited winners of its Chef’s Challenge 2021 culinary competition that concluded last month. The winners are Mohamed Adhil of Dhigali Maldives, Aminath Hameed of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands and Minnie Handa of VARU by Atmosphere. Adhil won top honours with 2,557 likes, […]


You & Me’s undersea restaurant rebranded

Cocoon-run five-star resort You & Me’s ultra-glam underwater restaurant H20 has been rebranded H20 by Andrea Berton, famous Milanese Michelin-starred chef. Berton brings his philosophy to the exclusive underwater dining venue: “I like to keep things simple and make the most of local ingredients,” he said speaking to Hotel Insider. […]


Noha Mohamed: the new Den Manager at Soneva Fushi

Maldivian national Noha Mohamed has taken up the reins at the Den, Soneva Fushi’s award-winning children’s club. Joining first as a babysitter in 2010, Noha climbed through the ranks, becoming the first Maldivian to hold the position. She said: “I’ve always believed that anything is possible even when the odds […]


Have an ultra-lux Easter at Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi

If you know anything about Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi, you’d know that it’s one of those super chic and ultra-private places that does really great stuff on the downlow.  We got word of their Easter plans this time and they are awesome. For starters, they have planned incredible culinary offerings […]