This August marks some wonderful improvements from us all. These accomplishments would not have been possible without your dedication and contributions. I now want to share some of these successes with you:
Finolhu has been recognised with a “2018 Certificate of Excellence”, based on delivering consistently great service and achieving excellent reviews we’ve earned on the world’s largest travel site on May 2018.
Inter Resort Football Tournament
Congratulations to all our #BornToPlay players who participated in the recent Baa Atoll Inter-resort Football Tournament, the news of your achievement has come as a great delight to all of us here. All your hard work, commitment and practice has paid off. The marks of a champion have always been in you from the start and I am proud that you have delivered and claimed your championship. I would also like to thank all of the islanders who supported our team—rain or shine!
To celebrate two wonderful years of success, togetherness and working hard, Finolhu organised an annual Islanders party at Fish and Crab Shack where all the islanders enjoyed dancing on the sand, drinks and some great snacks accompanied by brand traits group performances. This night was full of enjoyment and excitement!
I would like to convey my deep appreciation and gratitude to all management teams and islanders who organised both of islanders and customer programmes this year to bring joy on the day of Eid.
Eid reminds us all of our common humanity and of our obligation to help one another whenever and wherever we can. The true spirit of these holy days can be found in the efforts of people of all faiths who sacrifice to provide humanitarian relief and assistance to those who need it most.
A big thank you to our groovy team for the great set-up and organisation of major events and extra services during the 7 nights stay of amFAR group. Well done team!
Festive season is almost upon us again and it seems as if it was only a short while ago that the festive season of 2017 had been with us. As we prepare for the busiest time of the year, it is important to pause for a moment and reflect on the year that has passed. This moment of reflection will help us gauge how far we have come and what still needs to be done in order to accomplish the objectives we had set for 2018. Instead of resting on last year’s laurels, I urge all our born to play islanders to bring your “A” game once again this year.
Stay tuned for the next Finolhu blog update and upcoming events!
INTER RESORT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!
Inter-resort Football Tournament commenced on 28 July with 8 resorts in Eydhafushi, divided into 2 groups. Group A with Vakkaru, Dusit Thani Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Amilla Fushi and Group B with Royal Island, Finolhu, Anantara Kihava and Milaidhoo.
This is the first time Finolhu participated in this tournament and remarkably became the champions without losing any match. The semi-final match was played against Soneva and we won the match 2 – 0. The final match was played against Anantara and Finolhu won the match 1 – 0 and took the champions title!
BAA ATOLL SUMMER FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY
THE CATAMARAN REGATTA RACE – 3rd August 2018
First time ever in the history of Baa Atoll Festival hosted by 6 main resorts in Baa Atoll, – Amilla Fushi, Finolhu, Vakkaru, Four Seasons, Dusit, Soneva came to end on 3rd August “called Baa Atoll Summer Festival Closing Ceremony at Angafaru Sandbank”
Over 150 guests and Medias attended this Grand Closing Ceremony, the function started late afternoon and last about 4/5 hours
The team of Recreation from Amilla Fushi and Finolhu took initiates to plan the ceremony setup together with our F&B leaders, 6 Food stalls, 6 Beach Bars with shades and a separate seating lounge was set for all the
Extreme 6 catamarans from the six resorts with two sailors from each resort participated in the CATAMARAN REGETA RACE, these participants were sailing instructors from the 6 resort watersports.
The series designed with spectators, judges in mind with plenty of spectacular high speed crashes, capsizes and near misses, all close to shore.
The F2 is a scaled-up version of the Olympic Class Catamaran. The catamarans are built for speed and even in medium winds, are capable of reaching speeds normally associated with speedboats.
The first Ever Regatta Race Champions became Our Finolhu team while Amilla was in 4th place
The sailing series were attractive with above audiences around the shore and this year is the first year that the CEOs, GMs and RMs came together and put this stunning, innovative business minded idea for all the main resort guests in Baa Atoll and our CEO Mr. Mark Hehir is the main inventor/founder of this upscale idea who made it true and most of the leaders in Baa Atoll are looking forward for another great year in 2019 the Summer Festival #2.
EID’UL AL-HAA – 21st August 2018
Eid al-Adha (Id ul-Adha) is a four-day Islamic festival starting on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (Thou al-Hijja) to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son. The Culinary team made it special as our islanders started their day savoring their favorite Maldivian specialties followed by a sumptuous lunch buffet at the Diner.
As part of Eid Al Adha Celebration, the Recreation Team prepared a Maali Parade plus Bodumas to incorporate with this very special event most specially to our islanders and guest.
The celebrations of Eid began with the Eid prayer followed by a special Maldivian breakfast and Eid greetings. Later on our Culinary team made the day extra special by preparing a delightful lunch buffet for the Islanders.
The celebrations continued as our islanders visited some local islands nearby to celebrate the Eid in a different environment (Thulhaadhoo, Hithaadhoo and Goidhoo) during the first three days of Eid.
The last two days of Eid were just as merry as the islanders celebrated with Bodumas & Maali parade by the Hithaadhoo group, organized by our recreation team and Water splash among the islanders.
AUGUST WEDDING– 3rd and 4th of August 2018
A pre-wedding lunch was prepared in Baahaa Grill which showcased an Indian and Sri Lankan family style cuisine followed by a glamorous wedding set-up prepared in Fish and Crab Shack last 3rd of August 2018. In line with the event was an elegant continental set menu prepared by Chef Nishantha Vithanage (Executive Chef). 52 guests were amazed during that night and on the following day was a post wedding lunch arranged at Baahaa Grill. Our delighted guests were served with a Maldivian family style menu.
INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY – 15th of August 2018
India Independence Day is annually celebrated on 15th August, commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15th August 1947. A selection of Indian cuisine was added in the buffet at the Diner to celebrate this memorable event.
ICE CREAM/SORBET TRAINING WITH MANUEL MENELI OF BOIRON –
KITCHEN MONTHLY DEPARTMENTAL COMMUNICATION MEETING –
25th of August 2018
Every month, the kitchen team gathers to discuss the updates which happened for the whole month; such as business updates, newly joined islanders, feedback on previous events, upcoming events, Guest feedback, etc. to make all the islanders aware of the happenings in the operation and the island as well.
FINOLHU 2ND ANNIVERSARY – 15TH AUGUST 2018
To celebrate Finolhu turning 2 our islanders enjoyed a Hawaiian Luau themed party at the Fish & Crab Shack. The whole night was full of entertainment as our islanders enjoyed the night with different groups performing throughout the night. Some of the performances were from our own brand traits groups and also from some local performers.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NIGHT:
ROOHU OF THE YEAR 2018 | SUPERHERO- LONEY
Fish and Crab Shack was the selected location to celebrate Finolhu’s 2nd Year Anniversary. To complete this memorable event, a fantastic pass around menu was prepared by our very own culinary team which excited and energized our islanders celebrating this memorable event.
!QMS & iLA TRAINING
In August, we saw 2 International Trainers who visited us to refresh & update the therapists on the latest evolutions of !QMS & iLA – 2 of our 6 International brands.
Rowan from !QMS was first & did an amazing 4 days of training with the team where the team got to be interactive & get involved with the different products & experiments & ask all the questions they wanted to.
We even got the yogi & attendants involved to have a bit of fun! They are part of the spa too!
Then was Amrita, from iLA, amazing therapist, trainer, yogi, healer from Indonesia! She worked with the natural & organic treatment range to teach the girls how to use their energy to work with the guest’s energy & help to heal their souls & improve their mood in this beautiful surrounding.
August Tip of the Month – You can always learn more! Never stop learning!
On August 13th and 14th we conducted 2 days of General Orientation where 9 new groovy islanders joined the session. Program wise: mainly corporate information, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit, UFC session, and be careful if you were late, you would have to sing in front of the whole group! But do not worry, the Training Department take good care of you with some yummy treats!