Message from Resort Manager
Blissful Greetings to you all!
It’s been a great journey and at the same time exciting to know that we are embarking on our final days of 2018 with less than 3 weeks till we start our Festive celebrations! I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and for keeping the island spirit going especially with all our notable guests.
I sincerely appreciate each one of you who have taken some of your precious time to partake on our recent ‘Islanders Engagement Survey’- 100% completion for the resort. It’s been so rewarding to read your constructive feedback and insights about our company. On behalf of Amilla Fushi and The Small Maldives Island Co, a HUGE THANK YOU for your valuable contribution.
On another note, I am very much delighted to see so many of you participating and enjoying the Brand Traits Activities. We are encouraging each and every islander to join and experience the amazing fun challenge wonderfully prepared by our hosted brand traits houses. The more we are to participate, the more we become acquainted and stronger as a community. Be proud to wear your colourful branded t-shirt and support your team!
One more week to go till we start our 4th Year Anniversary Activities! Committee Members and the Management team have been very busy preparing for this very special occasion. I personally invite all our dedicated Amilla Islanders and other supporting colleagues to join and celebrate this remarkable milestone!
December, for sure our business activities will grow, our valuable guests and many returning families, will visit with high expectations. We count on your full commitment and dedication to ensure they all have a very rich experience. Please support each other, be healthy and safe and let’s altogether deliver our promise.
Wishing you all a joyous festive season ahead!
Halloween– 1st November 2018
There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by midnight”
Halloween, combined with Jalsa for the month of October were celebrated on 1st November 2018. A wonderful evening was prepared for our Islanders along with a breathtaking decoration from Recreation who turned the party area into a graveyard, not to mention the great zombie dance and haunted tunnel for everyone to enjoy.
Dharavandhoo – School Visit – 3rd November 2018
On November 3rd we have been invited for the examination of 5 students from the DRV school on how they set up and serve customers. They have thus been able to show us what they have learnt from their previous visit in both of our properties. We also had the opportunity to visit their new hospitality lab and facilities.
Katarina’s Farewell – 04th November 2018
A farewell note to Katarina, our Talent Resources and Retention Manager, who left us after 11 months of service on 4th November 2018.
We will like to thank her for her hard work and dedication company and wishing her all the best in her future plans.
Servsafe Training – 5th to 7th November 2018
On November 5th till 7th we welcomed Babli from NSURE for 3 half days of Servsafe training for 15 Managers from Amilla and 1 from Finolhu. This is a crucial part of our HACCP certification requirements.
Eventually, after having the re-sit exam of Servsafe for Managers training, we now have a total of 14 managers and supervisors fully certified! Congratulations to all and well done for your hard work! Next step the HACCP certification!
Huddle – 8th November 2018
We ran Management Huddle on Thursday November 8th with great turn out from all 4 Brand Trait Houses – main focus of the morning was Hot Customers and how to care for them as a team as well as TSMIC Tree of Life.
Angelique Kerber in Amilla – Tennis Clinic & Cocktails
On Saturday November 10th, Angelique Kerber, a German professional tennis player and former World No. 1, honored Amilla Fushi with a visit. Angelique made her professional debut in 2003 and has since then won 12 singles titles across all surfaces on the WTA Tour. She is a three time Grand Slam Champion, including the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open and the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Angelique is currently ranked No. 2, which makes her the top-ranked left-handed player on the WTA Tour.
Angelique came to Amilla to help our guests improve their tennis skills and to show us her top performance in the form of a tennis exhibition versus our in-house Tennis Pro’s. Many guests came to watch her play and took the opportunity to get a photograph or signature from the current World No. 2 Tennis Pro. Overall, it was a very successful tennis exhibition where guests got the chance to meet with Angelique and get some Tips and Tricks.
Gregory Burns – Resident Artist
From the 9th to the 16th of the month, our resident artist Gregory Burns was staying in Amilla Fushi. His works consist of original paintings, but he also focuses on mixed media paintings. He was here to give art classes and group workshops to the big and small artists in-house and to work on his portfolio with the beautiful island Amilla as his inspiration.
Gregory is connected to Amilla Fushi as the resident artist and works with individuals and families to help them bring out the artist within. He holds an MFA in painting and has exhibited in 17 countries throughout the world for over 30 years already. In 2016 he was named the Sports Artist of the Year by the US Sports Academy. Gregory has published two books, one in English and one in Mandarin, and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CNBC, ESPN, CNA, CCTV and in The AWSJ, Time and The China Daily.
We want to thank Gregory for his amazing art classes and if you want to get inspired by Gregory’s collection of paintings, pass by the Artist’s Studio or take a look around in EBC, and you can maybe even find one in your own Residence or House.
16 Snorkelling Equipments donated to Kendhoo School – 14th November
Pastry Training by Chef Dean Hatward Gibson
Consultant Pastry Chef from Australia “Chef Gibson” was really an amazing trainer, created fantastic cake decorations and delicious dessert presentations
Island Cleaning – 14th November 2018
Our monthly Island Cleaning was held on 14th November 2018. This time we focused more on volleyball court area to get ready for our 4th anniversary party.
We kindly invite more islanders to participate in that monthly event to keep our island home clean.
Sake Dinner at Feeling Koi
Amilla Fushi’s signature restaurant Feeling Koi present a special sake matching dinner with Sake Sommelier Chizuko Niikawa – Helton alongside with the owner of Feeling Koi exclusive sake producer Mr. Shoji on 17 – 18th November 2018
General Orientation – 17th & 18th November 2018
19 more Islanders have attended General Orientation on November 17th and 18th. 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… Check out the pictures and warm welcome to all new Islanders to your Island Home!
THE SMALL MALDIVES ISLAND CO SPREADS CHRISTMAS JOY
Evenings of enchantment and wonder await as the daring ‘Amilla Tribe’ descend on the island from 19th December 2018 to 10th January 2019 with more than 3 weeks of unlimited fun and activities for couples, kids and families.
Christmas is always special for the guests as the entire island jingles all the way, kids participate in various activities and look forward to Santa‘s visit. Dance to the beat of the drums as the sun sets over the endless horizon, while fire performers turn up the heat with jaw-dropping displays.
Guests at Amilla Fushi can expect show stopping performances from lead singer of B*witched Edele Lynch, pyro performers The Fuel Girls as well as the violinist Collette Colette Anne Hazen, topped off by the biggest highlight of the evening, an intimate performance by the UK singles chart’s most successful British female artist of all time, Rita Ora. Taking place two months before the start of the Phoenix World Tour, which kicks off in Melbourne on 1 March 2019, the Amilla ‘tribe’ could be amongst the first to experience the her new material live.
Welcoming Top Brazilian Actress & Model – Ms. Deborah Secco & Mr. Hugo Moura
During the month of November Amilla Fushi welcomed Brazilian Actress & Model
Ms. Deborah & Mr. Hugo.
Special dinner are arranged by Chef Lucas & Culinary team
with special touch of magic ingredients
Media Visit of Brazilian Actress Deborah Secco & Hugo Mourag
Amilla Fushi recently invited and hosted brazilin actress Deborah Secco & her husband Hugo Mourag to experience our idyllic escape. Deborah Secco is a famous actress in Brazil with over 12 million followers on Instagram, and is travelling with her husband Mr Hugo Mourag.
During the stay they had a number of special visits, excursions and culinary experiences prepared for them in order for them to get the best possible experience while with us.
They had the most blissful time with us, and thanked each and every islander who had made their stay extraordinary for them. We hope to welcome them back to Amilla Fushi in the future.
World Children’s Day – 20th November 2018
On Tuesday November 20th, we celebrated Children’s Day in Amilla Fushi.
Kids from Dharavandhoo School, we hope to see you again soon!
For this Children’s Day celebration, 34 kids from the Dharavandhoo School came to Amilla Fushi to participate in fun activities. They were welcomed by our Recreation Department and our Managers and then divided into different teams, the Manta’s, Turtles, Dolphins and Crabs. They took part in several games, such as the ‘Cup Water Rally’ and ‘Tail Fishing’ that tested their teamwork. At the end of the day, every child got a special gift and we said our goodbyes.
Manta Festival, Baa Atoll – 24th November 2018
Baa Atoll was chosen as the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve due to its globally significant biodiversity. It’s the home to 250 species of coral, teaming with over 1,000 species of fish, including iconic mega-fauna and it’s also one of the best places in the world to see manta rays. These cartilaginous elasmobranch fish are filter feeders of the smallest animals in the ocean, plankton. They spend most of their time, looking for the plankton as they must consume 12% of their body weight in plankton per week.
From June to November, Mantas love to spend their time in Hanifaru, one of the only places in the world where the enigmatic reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) aggregate by the hundreds to gorge on plankton rich waters during high tide.
With 4,400 individuals recorded, the Maldives has one of the largest populations of Mantas in the world. It’s important to preserve, celebrate these ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean and to awareness the new generations about the beautiful sealife and threats.
On the initiative of Manta Trust, an organization which works for the conservation of Manta Ray, Baa Atoll has been chosen to be the place of the 1st Manta Festival. This event took place on November 24th 2018 at Dharavandhoo and brought together over 12 resorts, 11 local schools and different actors of the protection of environment such as Atoll Marine Centre, Olive Ridley Project, Marine Saver, Parley for the Ocean, Environmental Protection Agency and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The aim of this festival was to get schools involved and gathered for a day to sensitize and educate them about mantas and more generally about the environment and marine issues. Guest of honor, former president Mr. Mohamed Nasheed gave an important speech on the importance of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll and sustainable development in the Maldives and enjoyed visiting the stalls.
As part of the festival organization, each Resort was in charge of a school for their participation to the festival. Amilla took in charge of Kendhoo and donated 16 snorkeling sets to the school for the students in order to organize snorkeling excursions to observe the beautiful underwater world.
During the festival, each stakeholder was represented at one of the Twenty-two marine-themed stalls where marine biologists and environmental activists invited the children to their stand to actively participate in games and discussions on mantas and more generally about the ocean and its preservation. Different competitions for kids as photography, arts and sculptures challenges animated this festival which attracted a lot of people. We want to congratulate Kendhoo School who won the sculpture competition with an impressive 16 x 13ft sculpture of the spottiest manta in the Maldives “Mr Spotty”.
Throughout this successful day, snorkeling excursions was organized and led by official guides who shared their knowledge with everyone.
This festival was successful with over 200 students and 1000 visitors. It allowed to create strong relation between stakeholder and local schools. On behalf of Amilla Fushi we would like to thank all the participants of the festival for their involvement and their dynamism, we look forward to participate to the next Baa Atoll manta festival.
Fun Challenge Hosted by Natural Allure on 25th November 2019
Natural Allure Fun Challenge, November!
Slipping & sliding…soapy fun,
Great way to start your morning…on a Sunday…Thanks to all those who got out of bed to support!
Congratulations to Green (Intuitive Generosity) & Yellow (Rich Experiences) teams – tie with 6 points & Blue (Natural Allure) team 2nd with 5 points & Pink (Idyllic Escape) team with 4 points!
Healthy Tips – Top 5 Benefits of Drinking Water
Drinking water and staying hydrated is great for maintaining hydration and helps improve the function of your heart, brain and muscles!
Our bodies are composed of about 60% water and we constantly lose fluid in warmer climates and during strenuous activities.
Here below are 5 top benefits of drinking water:
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss
Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins
Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
4. Improves Skin Complexion
Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Maintains Regularity
Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
Make sure to always stay hydrated and healthy!
Jalsa – October 2018 Awards and Recognition
Rock Star Winner – JhoanVilleza Dominguez (Kids Club Coordinator)
I am pleased to nominate Jhoan for Rock Star of month October 2018 for her being flexible, team spirit, passion and extra efforts that she put into the business.
From the day one, Jhoan focused on various tasks and created/produced Halloween activities and decoration items by using recycle items collected from Garbage area, These productions we used in guest and islanders Halloween party, she worked voluntarily till late nights to form a ghost dance group & practiced them for stage show
The main reason for this nomination is because of her positive support to our golden behaviors and the support received to the entire department including islanders by presenting an amazing and successful Halloween party for guests and islanders,
With her coordination, all the Halloween activities for kids and adults went very smooth and successful. She was the main supporter for her managers to achieve the success. She produced tasks and delegated to team members and most of the time she went beyond expected level. Jhoan is the Rock Star winner for entire Recreation department team.