Viraj Silva

Hotel Insider sits down with Viraj Silva, the head of sales and marketing at Voyages Maldives to talk about the recent shifts in the major tourist arrival markets, seasonal changes in arrivals, and the factors that influence the numbers.   Hotel Insider: Let’s…

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru opened its doors in 1995. Set in North Male Atoll, it welcomes you to a picturesque island of palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters. With just 48 private pool villas, enjoy unparalleled seclusion in an idyllic island retreat with the…

Shahza Ali

Shahza grew up in Male in a large family with six siblings. Flying seems to run in her blood; her eldest brother, whom she looks up to is a pilot at the same company. Today, Shahza is a senior first officer at…

Pearl – Experiencing A Waking Dream

As I descend the steps, growing accustomed to the dark, the play of light by the landing arrests me. The undulation of wavy blue light is enchanting and more enchantment awaits. Pearl, the world’s first (and as yet only) underwater spa is…

Spotlight – Huya in Harmony

Hotel Insider caught up with Huya to find out more about her career and her thoughts on working within the tourism sector of the Maldives. Huyam Mohamed, popularly known as Huya, has been performing at various resorts in the Maldives for the…

Spotlight – Aishath Shifaza

Hotel Insider speaks with working women across the tourism industry in the country and discusses various issues and opportunities within the industry. Aishath Shifaza (Shifa) has been working in hospitality for eight years. Today, she’s the assistant human resource manager at The…

COMO Shambhala Retreat, COMO Cocoa Island

COMO Shambhala is not just an experience, it’s a journey. I have caught a glimpse of it on COMO Cocoa Island, at the COMO Shambhala Retreat which takes up half the land on the small resort. The area is also home to…

Wellness at One&Only Reethi Rah

We meet up with Angie Tai, spa associate director at One&Only Reethi Rah for a chat about keeping your mind and body on a healing path. She heads a team of 40 so you can imagine how important wellness is at the…