Fathimath Shaazleen (Shaaz)

To see women in top positions at resorts, especially Maldivians, is like the sighting of a rare celestial event. It’s a subject we touch on over the course of the interview. Shaaz grew up in Male’ not too long ago; she is…

HR is here to help

Managing human resources is a top priority of any establishment, regardless of scale, and in the hospitality industry this is even more pronounced. Especially in the Maldives with its one island one resort concept; people are in the confines of the island…

Kandolhu – size does matter

Even at midday, with the sun a burning disc above, the water is surprisingly cool, clear as glass. I dive in with my young guide, Saif, who warned me that the current was strong. Though the vivid colours we’ve been accustomed to…

Ismail Jumayyil Waheed

Hotel Insider sits down with Ismail Jumayyil Waheed, Managing Director, Nalahiya Trading Private Limited.  A company with three decades of experience, Nalahiya needs little introduction. The business, which began as a simple start-up delivering cement to clients free of charge in the…

Soneva to give back with books on World Book Day

Soneva has announced that it will donate 100 children’s classics and educational books to the Baa Atoll Education Centre and the Bahiyya Pre-School on March 7, World Book Day. That day, Soneva Fushi’s Barefoot Bookseller will travel from the resort to the…

Zen & the Art of Wellness

Honeymooners have been flocking here for decades, we’ve landed on world’s top dive spot lists a dozen times over. We also seem to be popular with chill-outers and surfers. But, how about the Maldives as a wellness destination? That’s what we are…

Sci-Fi meets Hospitality

Digital Trends of 2018 As for now, there’s no record of a tourist ever teleporting to a destination and no one has ever dined at a restaurant in Mars. But as we explore the digital trends that will possibly take shape in…

Michael Wieser

This time, Hotel Insider meets up with Michael Wieser, an experienced Austrian with three decades of hospitality behind him. He’s no stranger to luxury, having managed Sheraton Hotels and Le Meridian properties in the late 90s and early 2000s. He’s also spent…

Laundry at Mercure Kooddoo

Welcome to Hotel Insider’s inaugural Back of the Haus feature, where we peer into a world that exists parallel to that of the guests, one which they rarely, if ever, encounter. In this edition, we take a tour of Mercure Kooddoo’s laundry.…

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