MESSAGE FROM MARC READER – RESORT MANAGER
Warmest welcome to our Roohu blog update for the month of November.
All hallows eve and Halloween has already passed. However, once again, it was delightful to watch our guests enjoying a spooktacular evening prepared by our Recreation and Oceaneers team and ensured that our younger guests also enjoyed a fun-filled evening with thrilling Halloween craftwork and spooky face-painting activities at the Oceaneers. I hope that you had also enjoyed an amusing and scary evening with the spine-chilling Halloween train experience and the spooky DJ night at our Fill n Chill bar.
Let us start big with the amazing $1,000,000 sales pick up for Finolhu! Hats off to TSMIC Sales and Reservations team whom entered such an enormous amount of reservations. Once again, a heartily congratulation for the sales target achievement!
It seemed that Finolhu’s Festive present came early this year: Finolhu is the Regional Winner at World Luxury Hotel Awards. The prestigious black-tie event was held in the Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia with over 360 guests from around the world. Finolhu received the Best Luxury Beach Retreat in the Indian Ocean Islands in recognition of sustained commitment to excellence in hoteliering and outstanding achievement in the international luxury hospitality industry.
Mystery shopper – Quality experience mystery visit was conducted this month and I am very pleased to share with you all that Certificate of Experiential Quality was presented to Finolhu where we have achieved a performance rate of 90.59% from the World Hotels Audit Report. I cannot express how much I appreciate all your efforts. Doing a good job is not always about impressive innovation. Sometimes it is only about doing something with plain dedication. Well done team!
Baa Atoll Manta Festival – The first ever Baa Atoll Manta Festival was sponsored by 12 luxury tourist resorts in Baa Atoll. As a part of the festival initiative, Finolhu had donated 16 sets of Cressi snorkeling equipment to Hithadhoo School and provided snorkeling lessons at the festival with over 16 student participants witnessing the beauty of the Dharavandhoo reef, many for the very first time.
I would also like to express my appreciation to the many individuals for your excellent management of what has turned out to be a successful and highly entertaining tennis clinic exhibition featuring Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, the German professional Tennis Player, who was season ranked world no. 4 in 2017. The youngest player in the ATP top 10 and recently won the ATP Finals beating Novak Djokovic. I want to ensure you know how important your commitment is to the overall success of this event.
The Festive season is here, another year will soon end and we are all set to welcome our guests for another unforgettable experience here at our Island Playground! We have a 22 days long programme arranged starting from the 19th of December till the 10th of January 2019 with special activities lined up for all ages!
I am very lucky to lead a team of ultimate professionals who go the extra mile for their customers, company and team. Huge thanks as well to Mark, Mervin and the rest of the team for giving me this break to be with my family. May the Festive season brings peace, joy, and happiness to you and your loved ones.
BAA ATOLL MANTA FESTIVAL – 24th November 2018
The first ever Baa Atoll Manta Festival took place on Saturday 24 November 2018 on Dharavandhoo, and Finolhu and sister resort Amilla were part of it. There were over 1000 visitors, including 11 local schools that enjoyed the festivities. The goal of the event was to educate the students about manta rays and marine issues and to show how they can be involved in safeguarding the environment. This was done in a playful way, with over 200 students participating in the stall treasure hunt with activities as printing their own recycled, reusable bags with marine creatures and messages.
The festival was sponsored by 12 resorts in Baa Atoll, including Amilla Fushi and Finolhu. As part of the festival initiative, these sponsors donated 222 sets of snorkeling equipment to 14 schools in Baa and Raa, and provided snorkeling lessons for over 100 students. These snorkeling lessons were also given at the festival where the participants could witness the beauty of the Dharavandhoo reef.
“The Baa Atoll Manta Festival was a huge success with the greatest achievement being getting so many young Maldivians engaged with the ocean, helping to achieve our dream of creating a generation of ocean guardians through this initiative and inspiring young women to engage with the ocean. The partners will continue to work towards this goal throughout the year and look forward to an even improved event in 2019”, says Flossy Barraud of the Manta Trust.
WELCOME OUR NEW ISLANDERS!
WORLD DIABETES DAY 2018
On November 14th we celebrated the World Diabetes Day by raising the awareness among the islanders. Thus we organized a special badminton competition for all ladies.
Thank you and well done to Mirrah and Clem who won the trophies!
We welcomed 5 new interns to our Island Playground this month! Jumana (HR), Olesya (Front Office), Federico, Belhassen and Catherin (F&B Service). All coming from different schools but staying with us for 6 months. Welcome all!
Let’s focus this month on one previous intern who joined us at the beginning of September, Troy.
Coming from Malaysia, he is currently student at Taylor’s University and doing his Bachelor of International Hospitality Management. He only joined the Mojo team for few weeks and already has been nominated as Rock Star of the Week by the end of October!
This achievement has been well recognized by his team and especially by our Resort Manager, Marc Reader.
Even lately, his name was again mentioned by guest (#256) on Travelclick who has rated their experience at Finolhu with a total score of 91.62*!
Well done Troy and keep it up!
GENERAL ORIENTATION – November 12th – 13th.
Another 2 days General Orientation to welcome onboard 15 new island players in Finolhu happening on November 12th and 13th. Spa visit, F&B outlets, back of the house, but of course some general information about the company and each department. Always combine the pleasant and the useful!
SCHOOL VISIT – THULHADHOO SCHOOL
On Saturday November 10th 2018, we received 16 students, teachers and parents from Thulhadhoo School to visit our Retro Revival resort. They were mainly interested about Kitchen, Stewarding and Housekeeping to complete their BTEC Grade 9. After some welcome drinks and pastries, they had an introduction to food production, learnt some techniques in the preparation of two-course meal and how to present and clear dishes. Then they have been demonstrated the procedure and sequence for servicing the room, the procedures to service rest room in a hygienic, systematic and safe manner, some guest laundry procedures and the turn down service.
Thank you all concerned department for your involvement and groovy spirit! Best of luck to all of the students!
HUDDLE – 15th November
On Thursday November 15th morning all managers gathered at the Palm Beach for another funtastic Huddle! Starting with some stretching by Gen and followed by fun games focus on Communication. Followed by an healthy and energetic breakfast, 3 teams were focusing on the Start, Stop, Continue strategy in order to know how to improve the Communication within the islanders and for our operations.
EXPERT’S ADVISE – RESORT DOCTOR ON DIABETES MELLITUS
Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Serious long-term complications include Heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are two main types of diabetes mellitus
- Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’ failure to produce enough insulin. The cause is unknown.
- Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses, a lack of insulin may also develop. The most common cause is a combination of excessive body weight and insufficient exercise
Control of blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease. Type 1 DM must be managed with insulin injections Type 2 DM may be treated with medications with or without insulin.Prevention and treatment involve maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco.
ISLANDER’S FISHING TRIP
On 25th November our islanders enjoyed a night fishing trip organised by our HR team. It was an amazing night with live BBQ dinner for the the islanders who were able to join! undoubtedly everyone a great time as they took a break from their busy schedules for this groovy experience!
In line with the event was an elegant vegetarian Indian corner prepared by Chef Nishantha Vithanage (Executive Chef). As Finolhu celebrates Diwali day, it is about time to celebrate our islanders with delightful Indian menu in The Diner. Our groovy islanders . We’re thrilled to try the Special Indian food prepared by our diner culinary team
PASTRY TRAINING WITH DEAN GIBSON –
(Chocolatier and pastry consultant)
Chef Dean is an award-winning pastry chef from Australia. Won third place in coupe du monde (world pastry cup) as a team coach with Australia. He trains us to improve the desserts qualities; he did 5 days training at Finolhu. 8 participants attended the training
GREGORY BURNS –
16th to 24th November 2019
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 Finolhu 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 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 get inspired by Gregory’s collection of paintings, pass by the Art Studio and you can maybe even find one in your own Residence or House.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY 2018
For this Children’s Day celebration, 15 kids from the Goidhoo School came to Finolhu 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. Kids from Dharavandhoo School, we hope to see you again soon!
On Saturday 7th dominika cibulkova, a Slovak professional tennis player known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won eight WTA singles titles and two on the ITF Women’s Circuit., honored and hosted 7 day tennis camp and one exhibition for Finolhu guests.
Dominika came 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. Overall, it was a very successful tennis exhibition where guests got the chance to meet with Dominika and get some Tips and Tricks.
SASCHA – ALEXANDRE ZVEREV
28th November 2018
For the second time around, Finolhu Resort were very thrilled to have Alexander Sascha Zverev , now ranked World Nos 4 at the ATP World to give complimentary tennis exhibition in Finolhu Palm Beach Tennis. Last November 28, 2018, Shahsa’s White Party Tennis Exhibition held at the Tennis Palm Beach, were all guest in house are invited to have a chance to watch Shahsa playing live in front of them, it was a successful event where everyone got a chance to have photograph and autograph with Sascha.