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Amal Gaafar

Born in Saudi Arabia to Egyptian parents, Amal Gaafar grew up between the GCC countries and Egypt. After a BA in mass communication at Cairo University, she quickly embarked on a career in the hospitality industry. In spite of her youth, she’s held a number of senior positions with local […]


Ali Waheed

This time around, Hotel Insider speaks with the minister of tourism Ali Waheed. Ali Waheed is arguably the youngest person to have made a successful career in politics though it is not a topic we touch upon in this interview. We talk instead of tapping into new markets, airport development […]


Underwater golden egg hunt at LUX* North Male Atoll

LUX* North Male Atoll has a trick up its sleeve: it’s planning an Easter egg hunt with human-sized eggs scattered across the island. The real surprise though is the golden egg, man-sized, that’s to be placed somewhere in the island’s lovely lagoon. The winner gets a complimentary night at this […]


To be young and in love – You & Me by Cocoon’s grand opening on 30 March

Something special happened on 30 March – hopeless romantics, it’s what you’ve been waiting for all year! You & Me by Cocoon, Raa Atoll’s sole lovers’ spot had its grand opening this Saturday.   This stunning property is a forty-five-minute seaplane ride away from Velana International Airport or a twenty-minute hop […]

Back of the haus

Carpentry and Boutique at Nika Island Resort

In this edition of Back of the Haus, we take a look at what goes on behind the scenes at the carpentry and boutique at Nika Island Hotel. The carpenters have been at Nika for decades, though they were not always working with wood. As for the boutique, it houses […]

In the boardroom

Ismail Shareef

Al Shaali Marine Maldives is one of the leading boat and yacht manufacturers in the country, and for this instalment of In the Boardroom we have a chat with the company’s Operations Manager, Ismail Shareef. Hotel Insider: We expect a lot of new resort properties to open in the Maldives […]

Resort Review

Cocoon Maldives

Cocooned – two nights at Lhaviyani atoll’s designer resort. We’re sunk into rattan chairs on the small deck outside our room. It’s mid-afternoon, the light is turning yolky, and everything is very still. So silent that the slightest noise comes to your attention. Like the minute rustling in the undergrowth […]


Ethics and Transparency

An organisation should stress ethical behavior in all stakeholder transactions and interactions. It’s an organisation’s governance body that should require highly ethical conduct and monitor all conduct accordingly. The senior leaders should be the role models of ethical behavior and make their expectations of the workforce very clear and organisation’s […]