Cantara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives has unveiled its newly renovated staff canteen, the Grand Cafe’.  

According to the resort, this project was one of love for the team, who look after its guests with their hard work and dedication to service and guest experience.  

“Our GM, Riaan Drever, together with the in-house Engineering, TFC projects and Housekeeping teams set out to improve the canteen and deliver a restaurant which the team can be proud of. The inspiration for Riaan came from common and multi-use spaces, which is far more the trend today rather than the ugly dining spaces traditionally found in hotels,” the resort said. 

“We managed to keep the costs down by using furniture saved up from previous front of house upgrades along with fabric no longer used in the resort. The outcome of the improvement was well received by the team who now thoroughly enjoy the space.” 

“The culinary team under the supervision of our executive chef and sous chef managed to put a phenomenal menu together. It is a 14-day rotational menu, built the same way we would for our main guest restaurant. However, since our teams live and work on the island, the menu starts from 06h00 and last meals are till 21h30, with the main set times and snack meals in between for those who might be off or missed a meal period.” 

In addition to this, the team have the option of a Coffee Café.  Its chefs are also planning to add an a la carte menu in January, with a choice of items on the guest In-villa menu or from its Thai and Italian restaurants. 

“Our property was fortunate enough to grow our net promoter scores by more than 14% year on year, plus have been awarded various certificates by World Luxury Awards, TripAdvisor and Hotel of the Year, in addition to the great growth in guest and mystery guest scores, so it is only fair to give such a lovely space to a well deserving team,” the resort said.