Message from Resort Manager
In the blink of an eye, the month of July vanished and the great news is that we have managed to fit in so much day by day.
Among our achievements, as one family with countless hours of hard work and dedication …
We proudly launched the Baa Atoll festival, the first ever in this part of the world
We celebrated the Maldives Independence Day for our dear islanders and guests
We welcomed many media, blog influencers and top agents/partners from Russia and other countries
We organized an exhibition rematch of France vs Belgium in honour of our notable guest and professional footballer, Tim Cahill
We lived the FIFA world cup tournament at the Bazaar Bar with our dear guests
We focused on our Guest Experience Mid-Year Review
We successfully introduced the WIFi Access Log-in procedure for guests… and most importantly we positively closed our room revenue targets – Congratulations!
The overall guest experience and feedback have been amazing, the Residence occupancy is gaining interest with families and our beautifully appointed water houses were almost on a back to back mode for the whole month. From the dining experience, the HUB to Jaavu Spa, all the teams were engaged to deliver our promise to our guests, without forgetting our dear counsellors at the Sultan’s Village, who have attentively accommodated over 20 kids on a daily basis! In a nutshell, Amilla has lived up to her reputation as #IslandBliss.
On a more wonderful note, our heartfelt congratulations go to Feeling Koi Team for successively winning the Luxury Waterside Restaurant Award and Japanese Cuisine Continent Award during the World Luxury Restaurant Award 2018. Our hats off also to our dear Jaavu Spa islanders who also was acclaimed 2018 winner for Luxury Beach Resort Spa.
Business on the books for August is going well, we shall be busier than July and hence another great opportunity to create rich experiences for our guests. Good to mention as well, that our training room is back on rail with its training calendar – kindly ensure that all our new islanders join the orientation program and lastly our beloved Amilla Football Team has begun the inter-resort tournament, we wish them the best of luck!
Thank you all for your continuous effort and let’s make August, a month filled with fun and rich experiences!
AMILLA HUDDLE- 9th JULY 2018
Our Managers woke up early on Monday morning to attend a UFC session with our trainer Genevieve from Finolhu and get ready for some brain teaser games followed by a breakfast full of energy to complete a brand traits brainstorming about how to implement new ideas into the resort and among the islanders: How can we keep our workplace safe, clean and tidy? How to overcome negativity in the work place and turn it into a positive? How to recreate/ enhance islander engagement for increased retention and motivation? Enhancing marketing around the resort to ensure better up and cross selling of guest experiences?
Keep the work up!
School Visit -09th July
On Monday July 9th 2018, we received 13 students from Baa Atoll School with their teacher Dr. Gunston David and parent for a school visit of the resort. They were mainly interested in Rooms Division, F&B Service, Kitchen and Sales. All departments gave them a warm welcome and shared their skills in order to offer them the best service highlighting our brands traits.
Thank you Haisham and Naufa for the Natural Allure houses tour, Upul, Anthony and Azizbek for the mocktails and Intuitive Generous service, Shifaz and Ekaterina for the explanation of the F&B outlets, Chef Ruben and the Kitchen team for the Rich lunch Experience and cooking class, and Alia for the sales presentation and souvenirs. We will certainly organize a future Idyllic Escape in our sister property – Finolhu – for them to experience other Groovy facilities.
[Dr. Gunston David – “First I personally thank you and the whole team of the resort in giving such an opportunity. The visit, training from chef, and all are useful for our students“]
Friendly Football Match – Preparing for the Upcoming Inter-Resort Football Tournament
As a part of preparing on the upcoming Inter-Resort Football Tournament, Amilla Football team played a Friendly Match against Kihaadhoo team on 10th July 2018 in Kihaadhoo football pitch.
The match was won by Amilla Team by Score of 2-1
This is a good start for the Amilla Football Team since we have some great teams participating in this year’s Football Tournament.
Amilla Fushi played their first match of the tournament on 30th July against Dusit Thani. Although, we were not lucky for our first match, the team is determined to advance to the final. Best of Luck Amilla Team!
Exhibition Match – Amilla World Cup Match Final Re-Match
Amilla Fushi has organized an Exhibition Match (Re-Match) of last Amilla World Cup Final on 14th July 2018, including a “Twilight Affair” in Amilla Arena. The event was organized in honour of a famous in-house VIP guest “Tim Cahill”, Australian National Team football player.
This Exhibition match was a rematch of the final match of Amilla World Cup, “ Belgium vs France”. The match was won by Belgium with a score of 5-3 and the boys of Tim Cahill played in both of the team. After the match, teams received certificates and trophies from our guest of honour, Tim Cahill. Islanders got the chance to take pictures with a famous footballer, which was a memorable event for us.
53rd Maldives Independence Day Celebration
Amilla Fushi has celebrated the 53rd Maldives Independence on 26th July 2018.
The program commenced in the morning with the Republic of Maldives Flag hosted by our CEO- Mark Hehir, in the Sultan’s Village. Both islanders and guests participated in this event.
Followed by a special traditional dress up “ Twilight Affair” for our guests organized by F&B Team and special meals were prepared for islanders in IceGe by the Kitchen Team.
The evening was engaged with the Monthly Communication Meeting “Jalsa” hosted by the Engineering Team with a beautiful traditional setup. Islanders were welcomed with a Maldivian Coconut “ Kurumba” drink and performance from Local Boduberu Group for the occasion.
In addition, each islander received a decorative cup cake from Management as a special amenity of Maldives Independence Day.
Presidential Election Re-registration Day
As part of preparing the upcoming presidential election this year, Amilla Fushi has registered in Maldives Election Commission to keep a vote ballot box in the resort.
To get the maximum number of islanders to re-register under Amilla Fushi ballot box, we took the initiative by organizing a vote pre-registration day outside the IceGe on 28th July 2018. As per the Circular from Maldives Election Commission, Amilla should have at least 100 islanders registered under the resort to keep the ballot box vote on the island.
Karaoke Night at Kobabaa
Amilla Fushi organized a Karaoke Night for the Islanders on 29th July 2018, in Kobabaa
Participants really enjoyed the show in different languages, as many were able to join the evening after a busy schedule of work.
We look forward to welcoming more participants for the upcoming event, where a competition will be held, to select the best talented artist.
WELCOME HOME NEW ISLANDERS
Jalsa – June 2018 Awards and Recognition
Rockstar Winner – Ahmed Mu’uthazzu (Assistant Katheeb)
Reason for Nomination: Mr. Mu’thaz (Longey) is a very flexible and hardworking employ in our team. Longey look after a group of friends (total 27 pax) who stayed in Residence and beach houses nearly a month. He fulfill all the guests request on time and the requests are very high demand and tough.
What he has done:
Looked after the guest from 15th Jun – 12th July 2018 a total of 27 Pax
Upon arrival guest had multiple requests which he organized in a professional manner.
Additional TV’s to the living room
Printer setup in the house
Re-arranging the rooms according to their specification
Assisted them while they cooked in the residences and cleaned after them
Started working in the morning 08:30 and remain at their side until they go to sleep.
Arranged transfer for guest who was always going to airport to pick up someone and return which was always last minute.
Escorted them where ever they go (in and out of the island)
Also his effort to maintain the conditions of residences is a great example for other Asst. Katheeb/a. He always check all the vacant residence and conditions of residence buggy’s and inform seniors or Residence operations manager if there is anything needed to be completed
Jalsa – June 2018 Awards and Recognition
Superhero Winner – Koshila I. Liyanage (Reservations Agent)
Koshila performs very well and with great confidence dealing with customer requests and putting extra effort on pushing direct bookings while doing her own follow-ups. During this challenging and heavy booking period, she was always willing to help and take additional tasks such as handling the daily check lists of 1 resort on her own, when her supervisor is away.
She contributes a lot for the department in terms of volunteering to work longer hours without affecting her assigned working hours. She supports her seniors very well and takes directions very effectively and positively. Therefore, Koshila is nominated as a Super Hero for the month of June 2018 in reservation department for her continuous excellent performance, her friendly attitude with all the islanders and valuable contribution to the company during this healthy booking period.
Best Up Sellers – June 2018
Amilla Thari – GM Service Charge June 2018
Text Neck / Tech Neck & iHunch / iPosture
If the above words sound totally weird to you, wecan assure you they are far closer to your daily life than you can imagine!
Take a moment to think of how many hours you spend looking down at your phone during the day…
A recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand!!
Ever wondered what happens when you use your phone?
The human head weighs about 10 pounds. The more you tilt your head forward and down, the more the weight felt by your neck increases. So tilting your head 30 degrees is like making your neck lift 40 pounds. A 60-degree tilt is equivalent to 60 pounds of force.
You wouldn’t put a 60-pound weight on your neck every time you look at your phone, would you?
But that’s the force you’re putting on your cervical spine when tilting your head down every time you use your phone!
Text / Tech neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.
iHunch / iPosture are terms used to describe the common spinal problem of an excessively hunched thoracic spine with forward head and poking chin posture.
Symptoms of these conditions include:
·Muscle soreness and spasm
·Chronic muscle pain and fatigue along the neck and the mid-back
·Nerve root irritation
·Referred pain down the arm
And many more…
As these conditions are worryingly getting more and more popular among our young generations, here are 5 easy tips that can help reduce the risk of back and neck problems:
Practice some kind of movement and stretch daily – Yoga is great!
Massage your shoulders, your neck, and the area between your shoulder blades or visit Javvu Spa for a massage with the specialists J
If you use your phone for more than ten minutes, make sure to periodically move your head slowly in all directions, stretching your muscles.
Be mindful of your posture when using your phone: hold it at your eye level so that you don’t have to tilt your head Forward
Use your phone less and mingle with people more!!!
CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS
Monday, 09 July 2018
A cupcake decorating class was arranged for lovely little guests and students of Baa Atoll School who visited Amilla Fushi
on 9th July 2018. The kids enjoyed learning our cupcake secrets in a fun way.
SPECIAL TURNDOWN AMENITIES
To celebrate 4th of July America Independence Day and FIFA World Cup Finals between France and Croatia,
our pastry team has made special turndown amenities for all in-house guests.
America Independence Day
As part of America’s independence day celebration, our IceGe Islanders dining café culinary team prepared special American dishes, which were truly enjoyed by the team.
14th of July Bastille Day (France National Day)
Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture and we at Amilla celebrated 14th July with a special Lunch a la carte menu in Emperor Beach Club prepared by Culinary Team, led by Executive Chef Lucas such as Tournedos Rossi, Quiche Lorraine, Beef Tartare, Foie Gras to commemorate France National Day.
WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY
Saturday, 07 July 2018
Chocolate lovers had the time of their lives at Amilla Fushi on World Chocolate Day on 7th July. We have invited
guests of all ages in Emperor Beach Club for an afternoon tea delight with variety of best chocolate desserts prepared by Culinary Pastry Team.
Apart from Afternoon Tea Delight, we have also invited our little guests for chocolate making class.
A great introduction to the kids who were so passionate to enter the world of chocolate making.
Baa Atoll Summer Festival
6 RESORTS, 14 DAYS, ONE EVENT!
“Co-Hosted Together By Six Resorts namely Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Vakkaru Maldives and Finolhu, It’s About To Be “Better In Baa” With A Two-Week Long Summer Festival In Baa Atoll”
This first ever and one-of-its-kind festival started on 20th July till 3rd August 2018, bringing the best of each resort that has to offer in the dining scene.
Amilla Fushi presents our award-winning signature restaurant FEELING KOI for other resorts to experience the flavours with us.
20th Opening day cocktails on the beach
28th Evening cocktails with live music by Filza and Izakaya dinner with 33 pax
21st Evening cocktails with live music by Filza cocktails and Izakaya dinner with 24 pax
3rd August is the closing ceremony at the sand bank.
Baa Atoll Summer Festival Celebration
“IZAKAYA Dinner at Feeling Koi” | Saturdays, 21st July and 28th July
Executive Chef Lucas brought forth Izayaka menu boasting a variety of traditional and modern Japanese dishes made for sharing. A fabulous dining experience!
“Italian Themed Night at Barolo Grill” | Tuesday, 24th July 2018
We strive to give our guests an authentic Italian dining experience and we didn’t fail. Guests enjoyed the restaurant’s atmosphere and scrumptious Italian set menu, crafted and inspired by Chef de Cuisine Ruben.
FIFA World Cup
Commencing from 14th June, we have been telecasting all the FIFA world cup matches at the Baazaar bar for our guests and at Imax for our islanders. The final match was on 15th July, when France was acclaimed as World Champion, over Croatia.
Congratulations to all Supporters!
Feeling Koi was the winner of World luxury Restaurant Awards
Luxurious Maldives home-from-home, Amilla Fushi Resort, has launched Feeling Koi, a breath-taking new overwater signature restaurant that offers authentic modern Japanese dining presented in playful, Latin-influenced style. Shared dishes are prepared using the finest quality ingredients, with simple, exquisite presentation given a Latin twist.
Brainchild of The Small Maldives Island Co. CEO and Curator Mark Hehir, Feeling Koi was inspired by Mr. Hehir’s extensive culinary adventures and experience, including several years as a chef in Tokyo.
Bringing informal, laid-back Izakaya-style dining to the Indian Ocean archipelago, Feeling Koi infuses the Japanese gastro-pub concept with warm service and a generous pinch of signature Amilla pizzazz.
Full Moon/ Blue Moon/ Blood Moon Dinner on the Beach
Special dinner was arranged on the fish and chips beach for guest in house with Expedia FAM trip was a successful evening with total of 43 pax.