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AMILLA FUSHI – JANUARY 2019

Message from the Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

I trust that we all welcomed the New Year in good spirits with all our islanders, friends and families.

January 2019 for sure has been a great start for us on many grounds: First, we are all extremely happy that we have made our budget for the first month of the year! Our service charge equally has attained the sum of $1000, which is inspirational and rewarding for all the hard work that has been achieved in the past month.

Thanks to your total commitment and dedication, especially during this busiest time of the year, followed by amazing reviews and feedback from our notable guests, our reputation is growing hence attracting more interests and business on our books.

In February, we are going to be equally busy with many of our guests from the Asian Continent visiting for their family holidays and the spring festival. An array of activities and events is scheduled to mark the Lunar New Year on the 5th February. In the coming months, we will continue with our subtle enhancements of our offers, product and services.  Our pool and beach service will be upgraded with a beach bar offering efficient and remarkable touches to our discerning guests. The EBC will be revamped with new dining furniture, the coffee shop will be upgraded with Coffee section, Juices, Smoothies and Shakes. The Wellness Café, a new addition to the Javvu Spa, will add a richer experience to the Spa Journey. The latest in the series of innovation, will be the Sky House with the bubble, whose construction is about to start in February.

As stated in all our brand communications and briefings, we pledge to become one of the most competitive and leading resort in the market. We are committed to continuous improvement of our products, delivering rich experiences to our guests and highly determined to the safety, security and wellbeing of all our guests. Your continuous hardwork is phenomenal.  Big Thank You to all of you!

Wishing you a year fully loaded with great rewards, achievements, prosperity and happiness.

Sincerely,

Jean Noël

Resort Manager

“ Twilight Affair at 1OAK in Feeling Koi”

“ Kids making Pizza  at Joe’s Pizza following weekly activity calendar for in house kids”

“ Australian Day at Amilla – Culinary Team prepared special turndown for in house guests ”

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Did you know that breathing, one of the most basic functions of the human body, not only fuels the body with oxygen, it can also clear a foggy mind, strengthen the muscles, release non-beneficial habits and dissolve negative emotions yet only very few people learn how to breathe in a way that allows the body to function the way it should?

And did you know that if you consume protein in excess, the extra protein will not be stored as protein but converted to and stored as fat?

Our Visiting Heroes Dave and Dela are here to reveal all the secrets about Breathwork and nutrition!

They have brought their knowledge and expertise to Javvu Spa and are collaborating with our team to educate our guests and provide tangible life-changing experiences.

Through Breathwork and energy transmission Dela facilitates emotional trauma release and energetic realignment, enabling her clients to release deeply stored trauma, non-beneficial habits, destructive lifestyle patterns, and dissolve perceptional negative emotions, resulting in a life-transforming emotional & mindset shift together with a quantum leap in personal development, health and happiness

Dave Catudal is an author, celebrity fitness trainer and diagnostic nutritionist who has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to wellness and optimizing human performance.

His specialty in hormone health and anti-aging protocols has helped thousands of people to achieve their holistic wellness and aesthetic physical goals through methods that involve an emphasis on the importance of sustainable nutrition while incorporating daily detoxification and stress reduction techniques.

Huddle

The first Huddle of the year 2019 happened on January 10th at EBC for our managers and supervisors from all of the departments for some warm up, activities and brain storming. Indeed, this sunny morning saw the team on the beach being led by Kelzang our Yoga instructor through a series of yoga stretches. Following this we had the participants playing the musical “Pass the Parcel” of negative guest comments in order to find the ownership of each action. Then, a “Tug of War” activity to show the physical and mental power inside each of them! We finished off the morning activities with rephrasing some negative quotes into their positive version.

After breakfast, our leadership teams were then split into their respective 4 Amilla Fushi Brand Traits of Natural Allure, Idyllic Escape, Rich Experiences and Intuitive Generosity, each one brainstorming about the 3 buzz words – Ownership, Positive and Powerful.

 Following this session, we did another Huddle on 24th January to keep implementing those 3 buzz words. After some breathing exercises from Dela, one single activity to combine them all : a scavengers hunt race! Every one per team was the owner to lead their team to a specific place without using certain clues but using positive words! Having a powerful mindset to always keep going and competing! Well done Rich Experiences and Idyllic Escape for your efforts!

General Orientation

10 more Islanders have attended the first General Orientation of the year 2019 on January 19th and 20th. Program wise: mainly corporate information, the TSMIC Tree of life, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, scalp massage at Javvu Spa, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit… Check out the pictures and warm welcome to all new Islanders to Island Home!

Australia Day

Australia Day was celebrated on 26th January 2019.

To mark the event a special food corner was arranged in IceGe with Australian food

Thank You Party

December has been a very busy month with all the activities organized to make the Festive 2018 successful.

It was an amazing teamwork among all the departments which came together to make it a success.   To show the gratitude for that Festive season and recognizing the hard work of everyone, a ‘Thank You’ party was organized on 28th January combined with our monthly Jalsa.  All Islanders were pampered with a sumptuous dinner at IceGe, live band and ending the night in Kobabaa with DJ Ivan.

Jalsa – December 2018 Awards and Recognition

Rock Star Winner – Hussain Ashraf (Waiter)

He is very flexible person at duty. He always show “Can do” attitude.  When it comes to twilight affair or destination dining setup his creative ideas blow away our guests.

He is looking after home delivery without any supervisor / Manager. Always working extra miles in order to make guest happy.  He take initiative to help outlets whenever needed.

Jalsa – December 2018 Awards and Recognition

Super Hero Winner – Hassan Abdulla (Welfare Supervisor)

During the month of December, we have seen that Hassan & Team took a huge role for the success of our 4th Anniversary Party + Festive Events.

He managed the welfare team in a way which have given full support during the festive events like football camp, helping F&B operation by giving one of the Welfare Attendant as Bar Helper, assisting on Recreation team for their events and also help Islanders events for decoration of IceGe, Kobabaa + running the bar operation during festive.

In addition, we have seen a huge improvement in the cleanliness of Islanders village after his come back and took initiative to make in house dustbin with Ghoni Bags for the village, rather then buying additional bins.

Jalsa – December 2018 Awards and Recognition

Best Up Sellers – December 2018

WELCOME HOME NEW ISLANDERS

PERMANENT ISLANDERS – 2 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

AMILLA FUSHI – DECEMBER 2018

Message from the Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,

Happy New Year to all!

What an amazing year of 2018! I am so proud that we made it this far and now embarking on our fifth year of exciting journey together.

I would like to take this opportunity, to appreciate each and everyone’s effort for making this year’s FESTIVE a remarkable one for our notable guests.

December has been the most challenging and fascinating month, but I must say with all your dedication, teamwork and full support, we have delivered a special week of celebrations to our guests. Our visiting heroes, performers and entertainers felt supported and welcomed to our Island Home! They have all been touched by your continuous hospitality and emotionally connected to our community.

The whole experience was world class, exceptional and seamless!

KUDOS to everyone!

You’ve set the standard to greater heights and our lovely guests, families are already looking forward to celebrating next year’s FESTIVE with us-

all because of you. 

Once again, we wish you, your family and loved ones another fruitful year ahead!

Sincerely,

Jean Noël
Resort Manager

General Orientation

Welcome home to 13 new Islanders who have been attending the General Orientation on 1st and 2nd December. New Islanders learned about the main corporate information, TSMIC Tree of Life and Brand Traits, policies and procedures from HR, Security information, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, ice breaker activities, coffee breaks, back and front of house tours… Check out the pictures and join us in warmly welcoming our new Islanders to our Island Home!

Amilla Fushi Triathlon

On 3rd December to get our anniversary celebrations started, we arranged a Brand Traits Houses Triathlon. All 4 houses were represented by 10 participants who took part in the games. We had 4 swimmers from each house doing relay laps in the main marina, this was followed by 2 participants from each house cycling around the island, finishing off with 4 runners from each house completing 500 meters each in relay fashion to try to get to the finish line first. Intuitive Generosity (Green Team) got off to a strong start in the swimming taking the lead. Once the cycling started both Rich Experiences (Yellow Team) and Natural Allure (Blue Team) started to come back into the race. It was only finally decided in the last section of the race with the runners from Intuitive Generosity sprinting to the finish first to claim the victory. What a great afternoon for all of our island athletes.

Lucky Draw – 4th and 5th December

In the run up to our 4th year anniversary the resort arranged for a Lucky Draw to take place from our islander restaurant IceGe during lunch time on both the 4th and 5th of December.

With 290 islanders eligible to try and win a prize we did the draw over the 2 days with 145 prizes being awarded each day meaning that each and every one won a prize. All of the names were then added again for the top 11 prizes on the night of the anniversary party. Prizes ranged from TVs to rice cookers to cash vouchers and many more.

High Tea for Roohu of the Year Nominees

Every month we recognised our Rock Star (Front of House operations) and Super Hero (Back of House operations) for their contribution to their department and the resort. In December in preparation for the anniversary party, we hosted a High Tea where all of these winners from October 2017 to November 2018 were invited to meet the Amilla Fushi senior leadership team to tell us why we should give them their vote for Rock Star and Super Hero of the Year.

The High Tea was hosted in EBC with attendance from all of the hopeful candidates giving them the opportunity to tell us about themselves as well as mingle with the management team before the voting commenced. Best of luck to all of the candidates and the lucky winners will be announced on the anniversary party night.

Brand Trait Fun Challenge

On 4th December, continuing our anniversary build up, we were delighted to have the final Fun Challenge of the year being hosted by Idyllic Escape. All the teams were playing hard for the points as these could help decide the House that would win the Brand Traits House Cup at the upcoming anniversary party.

Amilla Disco Party – 4th Anniversary

The team celebrated in style on 6th December to recognize our 4th anniversary with a trendy Disco Party. Islanders were encouraged to dress up in fashion from the disco era to try to claim the prize of best dressed for male and female categories. The night was started with our resident duo and co-hosted by our Talent Development & Quality Assurance Manager Ailish with the Entertainment Manager from Finolhu Naufal. Many special recognitions were given throughout the night such as; Rock Star of the Year going to Ayu from Spa, Super Hero of the Year going to Basheer from IT and the Guest Excellence Award being won by Shifaz from F&B for the most guest mentioned on TripAdvisor and in the guest satisfaction surveys for the 12 months.

Goma Group were a highlight of the night dancing for the crowd during the event as well as having all 4 Brand Traits Houses show their talent with performances from each House with Idyllic Escape winning the award for Best Performance of the night. Natural Allure House won the Brand Traits House Cup for the first time for the most points won from the 4 Fun Challenges from September to December. We also awarded the final 11 top prizes of our Lucky Draw. The night was a huge success with DJ Ivan taking the party to the next level and with member from our sister property Finolhu also in attendance.

See you next year for an even bigger night when we celebrate our 5th anniversary!

Amilla Disco Night – 4th Anniversary Party

Guest Excellence Award 2018

Rockstar of the Year 2018

Superhero of the Year 2018

Management WHY Huddle

On 12th and 13th December we had our special “WHY” management huddle for 2 groups of our leaders to really get the focus on the inspiration and drive that helps us to get our best results at the resort.

These sessions, attended by 66 of our leaders from all departments, was led by our CEO and Curator Mark Hehir with great group discussions and brain storming taking place from all of our participants.

Island Cleaning and Road Leveling

In the preparation for a busy festive season, islanders from multiple departments participated in both island cleaning and road leveling every afternoon for 1 week in order to ensure that our Island Home was looking as beautiful as possible for our upcoming festive time. Hours of work were put into bringing white sand to level the guest roads as well as cleaning and fixing up all of the guest areas. A big thank you to everyone from the different departments who put in all of the hard work, it really was a great achievement.

December Jalsa

As we were approaching the festive season the final Jalsa for 2018 obviously had a Christmas Theme. With Spa, Admin and Business Development co-hosting the preparations it was sure to be a great event and of course they didn’t disappoint. The location selected was Kobabaa and the decoration and set up was immaculate. Santa of course stole the show making an early Christmas appearance for the islanders. We presented the Roohu of the Month awards for November 2018 with Lesley from F&B Service winning the Rock Star of the month award and Clemence from Talent Development winning the Super Hero prize. HR Department stole the GM’s service charge for the month giving them their second win in 2018 and the islanders were also presented to a special festive surprise from our CEO and Curator Mark Hehir of a gift worth US$7,000 for TV set up boxes to be given to the islanders in their accommodation.

The hosts of the night added their extra touch to the night with a very special dance performance to lead us into a pre-festive celebration for the completion of Jalsa for 2018.   

Jalsa – November 2018 Awards and Recognition

Rock Star Winner – Jayasinghe Lesley (Bartender)

Lesley not only received incredible compliments from our guests on the Satisfaction survey and Trip.

Advisor, he always thrives for excellence and everything he does. He is a valuable element for the Food and Beverage team and deserve to be recognized for his hard work and genuine generosity.

Super Hero Winner – Clemence Duvent (Learning & Development Assistant)

During the month of November Clemence went the extra mile in stepping in and assisting our colleagues in HR areas such as recruitment and HR admin with additional tasks in order to ensure the smooth running of the areas and completion of tasks on time in other areas. This included the launch of a Ladies Group for activities on the island that she is leading. Clem is always ready to step in and give a helping hand and has been a great support in her own role in the L&D team. She is taking on more responsibilities and will be starting to take on more in terms of training delivery and assisting with quality visits and reports.  

Best Up Sellers – November 2018

Welcome Home New Islanders

Permanent Islanders – 2 Years Anniversary

“ Festive Celebrations”

Daily Special Turndown for In House Guests during Festive

Caviar Savouring at Feeling Koi

Thai Cooking Class at Wok in Bazaar

Maldivian Night at EBC with traditional setup  

Christmas Eve’s Dinner at Fresh Restaurant

Culinary team prepared special dishes for Islanders at IceGe, celebrating Christmas Day in Amilla Fushi

Special Dinner for Christmas at Icege

On December 25th to ensure our busy islanders were able to celebrate the festive cheer, our amazing culinary team organised a special Christmas dinner in the islander restaurant IceGe. They pulled out all the stops to really make sure the evening was celebrated in style with live cooking stations, extravagant desserts and mouth-watering delicacies for everyone to enjoy.    

Festive Time at Amilla Fushi– December 2018

‘Amilla Tribe’ descend on the island with more than 3 weeks of unlimited fun and activities, kids pirate day, treasure hunt, kids yoga, culinary sessions with chef, Christmas tree lighting, Santa arrival parade, four days football camp, kids and teens fashion parade for couples, kids and families are some to highlight . This Festive is one of the best and most successful festival which Amilla Fushi presented. Lots of excellent feedback!

Christmas Cocktail and Tree Lighting

December 24th saw us really getting into the Christmas spirit with our Christmas Eve for a special cocktail party and tree lighting. We were delighted with the carol singing of our little guests and this set the tone for a fun and exciting Christmas celebration for everyone on the island  

Santa’s Arrival Parade to Amilla Fushi

A beautiful deco on the day of 25th at Amilla Marina featured a troop of decorated vessels bringing Santa Clause to Amilla Fushi, with over 70 children and their parents had an amazing experience.

AMILLA 417 Football Camp by Tim Cahill

Children from 4 to 17 years participated in Amilla417 football camp hosted by Tim Cahill. Over 50 kids participated in this technical four days training camp, kids from Amilla Fushi, Finolhu and Baa Atoll School had a fantastic experience, with many wanting to join the Easter and Festive camps for 2019.

Kids and Teens Fashion Parade with Twilight Affair

Kids participated in various activities throughout Festive and one of the highlights was the Festive Fashion Parade with kids of all ages coming on stage to strut their stuff showing us their beach wear, casual wear and evening wear.

New Year’s Eve Countdown

To wrap up the year in style, our islanders were invited to our EBC beach to watch the fire work show. There was a great turn out of islanders from different departments celebrating the start of the New Year together on the beach front. Following on from that we arranged a special countdown at Kobabaa for everyone at midnight Male time, 2am island time where all of the islanders could come together and ring in the New Year together with our own DJ Subu playing for us for the night. Wishing everyone a prosperous and blissful 2019!

From the editorial desk, Happy New Year to all our lovely Islanders!

AMILLA FUSHI – NOVEMBER 2018

Message from Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,

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!

Sincerely,

Jean Noël
Resort Manager

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.

Super Hero Winner – Ahmamedbasheer Mohamed Ali (IT Supervisor)

Best Up Sellers – October 2018

Amilla Family is delighted to share the “Amilla Thari (August)” to our dedicated and passionate islanders from Recreation!

Welcome Home New Islanders

Permanent Islanders – 2 Years Anniversary

AMILLA FUSHI – SEPTEMBER 2018

Message from Resort Manager

JNA challenging September, principally owing to the unexpected downshift in the volume of business!

Although, we were struggling to achieve our financial goals, the morale and determination of our leaders supported by their team of islanders, were kept on a high note whilst proper measures were taken to keep the ball rolling. Thank you to all the islanders who were strongly engaging in promoting the activities and the TSMIC fanatic programme.

We have also witnessed a growth in the participation of our islanders in our BRAND TRAITS Fun Challenge! Remember, it is always healthy to take a pause out of your busy schedule and join the fun gathering, hence allowing us to strengthen our Roohu in the community.

The Huddle, expertly driven by our Talent Development Manager Ailish, has taken some new dimensions. One morning, we were engaged in a warrior training from Visiting Coach Lindley, where our fitness level was tested to the full and on another morning, we were taken to the Tennis Courts, where we had the privilege to be mastered like in a Tennis Academy by our lovely Napha. It was for certain a debut for a few and a test for many. Through the grapevine, I heard that the next huddle will be more amusing! Watch Out!

The counselors from Sultan’s Village together with The Oceaners also participated in the Worldwide Kids Certification Training, based in the UK. They were all certified with high remarks. Congratulations!

The Katheeb/a also attended an important training with the International Institute of Modern Butlers with the aim to polish their standards of service and be on the marks to welcome their notable guests for this festive season.

With a note of congratulations, Amilla Fushi was also internationally recognised during the South Asia Travel Awards as the Leading Wellness and Spa Resort for South Asia and Maldives.

Lastly, thank you for your great support in welcoming warmly our new Director of Human Resources – Ms. Patsy L. Kruger in our community. We wish her a great journey with us!

Have a wonderful October! A number of activities shall be scheduled for the rest of the year, as we are making our final arrangements for the Festive Season!

Sincerely

Jean Noël
Resort Manager


“Coffee with Resort Manager”

As part of our ongoing engagement with our Islanders, we exercise a weekly coffee session specially hosted by our Resort Manager – Jean Noël.

The activity is a great opportunity to connect with all islanders and to discuss our journey and life in the community.

We have highlighted the respect of the segregation system and the effort of the people behind sorting the garbage at heart of the house operations. We shall continue with our ongoing campaign on proper waste management and eliminating plastic in all areas.

We look forward to seeing more of you for the next coffee sessions with our Resort Manager, every Tuesday at EBC.

See you there!

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SATA AWARDS 2018!

Congratulations Amilla Fushi for winning two awards in South Asian Travel Awards 2018!

  • LEADING WELLNESS SPA AND RESORT FOR SOUTH ASIA
  • LEADING WELLNESS SPA AND RESORT FOR MALDIVES

Farewell Gathering for Atheef

In celebration of hard work, dedication and commitment to the company, the management team has prepared a very especial gathering for our outgoing Security and Safety Manager – Ismail Atheef.

Atheef has been with our family for almost 4 years, ensuring everyone’s safety is on top priority and has been a great leader and a sincere colleague to the Amilla family.

We wish Atheef a great journey ahead, whilst creating new memories with his new family.

You will always belong to Your Island Home, we will surely miss you Atheef!


Farewell Shimal!

It is time to say goodbye to our dear colleague Shimal….

Shimal joined Amilla Fushi in March 2016 as HR Coordinator and was promoted to the position of HR Supervisor. After two and half years of service, Shimal left us to pursue his career goals.

We thank Shimal for his hard work and dedication. We wish him all the best for his future plans!


Olive Ridley Presentation by Dr. Claire

Olive 3From the 10th to 12th September 2018, we had the privilege of having Dr. Claire Petros who is a turtle veterinarian, talk on behalf of the Olive Ridley Project (ORP) to our staff and guests here at Amilla Fushi about the importance of sea turtle conservation.

Dr. Claire educated our islanders and guests about the conservation measures undertaken by the ORP to ensure the protection of sea turtles in the Indian Ocean. In particular, the Olive Ridley turtles, this species of sea turtle is the most vulnerable to getting entangled in ‘ghost nets’, which are lost, discarded or abandoned fishing nets left at sea. Consequently, due to the pelagic lifestyle of Olive Ridley turtles, they are the most vulnerable species at getting caught in ghost nets which can be fatal.

On Claire’s first night, a presentation was held for the guests about who the ORP are and what work they carry out, she also included some examples of the turtles which had been rehabilitated and released back into the wild. This included one of our very own turtles (Ali Jappo) which is a critically endangered hawksbill turtle. This turtle had been rescued a year ago due to having a large hook in her throat. Fortunately Claire and her team managed to remove the hook which allowed us to return the turtle back to her resident reef where our very own Turtle Safari trip is held.  The evening was a real success with all the guests engaging with Claire and gaining a new understanding about the importance of turtle conservation in the Maldives.Olive 4

Not only did Claire provide captivating talks to our guests and staff, she also joined our Turtle Safari trips with $20 per guest of the procedures donated to the ORP to aid with their turtle conservation work. Prior to going out to see the turtles, Claire presented further information to guests about how to act appropriately in the water with the turtles, she also tested the guests on their knowledge of the different species of sea turtles, and also how to use photo identification to determine individual turtles based on their facial scales which are unique like our fingerprint.
The guests thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Claire coming along on our trips and showing them first-hand how to safely take photos and act respectfully in the water with the turtles.

On behalf of Amilla Fushi, we would like to thank Dr. Claire Petros for coming to our resort to spread the word about the rewarding and crucial work undertaken by the ORP, we look forward to working very closely with the ORP in the near future.


TSMIC Tree of Life Training Sessions

We have launched a new training project for both Resorts (Amilla Fushi & Finolhu) on the Brand Traits, Mission, Vision and Golden Behaviour of the company called:

“The TSMIC Tree of Life”.

The sessions happened on September 10th and 13th with the purpose to deliver and share the corporate spirit among all islanders, proudly representing the Brand Traits colors! Intuitive Generosity (green team), Idyllic Escape (pink team), Rich Experience (yellow team) and Natural Allure (blue team). So far 70 islanders attended the training.


“Amilla Bliss Bash- Fun Challenge!”

Bliss what? Bliss Bash!

The Brand Trait Houses completion was held last September 24th at EBC, where the 4 Brand Trait Houses faced a fun relay and sporty challenges organised by Intuitive Generosity House to gain the highest score and win the trophy!

Congratulations Natural Allure! Keep the good work Idyllic Escape! Next month, Rich Experience House will have to come with other activities to bring the trophy back into play!


HUDDLE 13th September 2018

On Thursday, 13th September, the Management team  have gathered altogether at the Tennis court for an energetic and fun morning activity lead by Napha and her tennis professionals Lana and Shamaam.

The activity was followed by a healthy and fresh breakfast. All management team kept focusing on the Start, Stop, Continue strategies in order to keep improving our Roohu community.


Huddle, 06th September 2018

Thursday, September 6th morning, we had great fun for Brand Traits Management Activities on the beach. They all worked closely together in order to build the Brand Traits spirit within the resort and among all islanders, after a challenging but fun workout with Lindley and a fulfilling breakfast at EBC. Keep up the good work!


New Islanders Orientation

12 Islanders have attended the  General Orientation held last September 11th and 12th at Amilla Fushi. The program consists of: mainly corporate information, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visits….Check out the pictures.

A very warm welcome to all new Islanders to Your Island Home!


Worldwide Kids Certification Training

Exciting news for Recreation department! From 23rd to 28th of September, we welcome Mr. Ben Lincoln from World Wide Kids Company London to deliver a Child Care Training and obtain the Certification. 9 Kids Club attendants join the training (5 from Sultan Village in Amilla and 4 from Oceaneers in Finolhu).

The team were able to visit the houses and spend few hours in Finolhu to understand the two different concept and atmosphere. Great activities and great fun as per the pictures! Ben gave also a 1 hour presentation to all guest contact managers while he gave an overview of the content being covered with the recreation team, and discussed practical tips for interaction with different age groups and also the best facilities, services and products we should have in place for kids in the resort.

The training is a great opportunity together with Ben’s expertise in order to help in bringing exceptional service and attention to our “Little Guest”.


MODERN BUTLERS TRAINING

On 27th August 2018, we welcomed “Budi” from International Institute of Modern Butlers for a Butler training in Amilla Fushi. 12 of our Katheebs and Katheebas had an opportunity to participate with a 2 days classroom training and 1 day practical training in one Residence: setting up a table for breakfast, tea preparation, cigar knowledge, packing and unpacking luggage.

On 4th September, we had a graduation ceremony together with our Resort Manager Jean Noel to support and congratulate their efforts from the training. All 12 islanders are now certified Modern Butlers. Well done team!


“ Bruno Menard- 3 Star Michelin Chef ”

3-Star Michelin Chef Bruno Menard from Belgium visited our culinary team at Amilla Fushi last 12th September 2018 to facilitate a three hours training and to promote a “Veliche Chocolate”.


Pure Massage Training by Beata Aleksandrowics

Pure massage is developed by Beata Aleksandrowics, she is an expert on massage and based in London UK.

Beata travels the world to collect best techniques and healing traditions as Balinese massage, deep tissue, shiatsu, Thai, lomi lomi massage and combine them altogether in the unique way. Here at Javvu Spa, we believe that massage is a natural medicine, healthy and prevention.

Beata visits our properties twice a year to revise the girls and teach them more about the internal systems of the body in order to help them understand the benefit massage is giving to their guest.

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F&B Gathering – Staff BBQ

On 16th September 2018, the F&B Team had a fantastic gathering with some fresh seafood BBQs to enjoy.

It was a great opportunity for the team to bond and blow off some stress after the busy operations from work and be ready the upcoming high season.


Mock up dinner set ups were created to further upsell our special dinners and to make the occasion a rich experience during their idyllic escape with us.

Well done F&B Team!


World Tourism Day at Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi celebrated the World Tourism Day held last 27th September 2018. Our culinary team had prepared a special 4-course meal at Barolo Grill which was enjoyed by our in house guests.


Jalsa – August  2018 Awards and Recognition

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Rock Star Winner – Antony Stallin Vinodh (Bartender)

Anthony is a very active speedy server in bar.  He was very flexible to come on any duty and stay back to complete the task and also he is a fast learner. He is one of our key members with positive attitude and maintains the company policies and procedures. He always takes initiative to do additional needs requested by his Managers and Supervisor. He is willing to learn new things and shows interest of developing his own carrier, he has never missed any training program. No attendance issues and always punctual at work.

He loves to WOW our guests by preparing a special table decoration. His passion for service in the Bar have impressed the team over the months. During the time when changing the dispense bar, we have got huge support from Anthony and also he came duty during his off day to do a private dinner set up.


Jalsa – August 2018 Awards and Recognition

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Super Hero Winner – Abdulla Faiz (Senior Staff Village Attendant) 

Faiz has been leading the welfare team in the absence of our welfare supervisor all on his own. With very minimum supervision, he has managed to prepare the accommodation of 25+ new islanders who arrived in August/September without any setbacks. He also took the initiative to welcome the new islanders on arrival jetty and assisted with their luggage to their accommodation all on his own. Faiz also took the initiative to clean the windows of all staff accommodations blocks in addition to his daily tasks.


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Permanent Islanders –  2 Years Anniversary

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AMILLA FUSHI – AUGUST 2018

Message from Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,Resort Manager

Following a busy July with some great performances, for sure August has not been disappointing in terms of operations! The resort was kept busy with a high occupancy particularly with many families visiting, from different parts of the world taking advantage of the school holidays.

While extending farewell to these beautiful families, it is so rewarding to see that in many ways, our islanders have really gone the extra mile to place a smile on each face of these young guests.

At one time, we were caught in persisting challenging weather conditions, but our determination and commitment to be of service to our guests went above and beyond expectations! From all the teams at the airport to the resort teams, we felt like a much bonded community who left no stone unturned to ensure full attention and professional services were extended at all times! Big Thank You for all your hard work!

During August, we also hosted a few events, among which a beautiful celebration of Eid Al Adha- Maali Parade on Twilight affair, our very first Eid Fun Challenge with Brand Traits Teams, Futsal Match with guests and Jalsa hosted by Housekeeping Team.

We participated and hosted the TVEC School Grand Opening in Kihadhoo, a project by Coastline Foundation.

Our heartfelt congratulations go to our sister resort FINOLHU for celebrating their 2nd successful year! Kudos also to their football team for winning the Inter-Resort Football Tournament. Huge congratulations also to Huvafen Fushi for their 14th year of success!

Lastly, it gives me great pleasure to welcome some great leaders to the family; Nava (Assistant Financial Controller), Shiyax (Executive Housekeeper) and Chef Komang (Chef de Cuisine). We wish them best of luck!

As we continue to grow our community, in preparation for upcoming high season, my wish is for all of you to support each other, ensure easy integration for new joiners  and be more bonded, hence achieving great results altogether.

Sincerely
Jean Noël
Resort Manager


Amilla Fushi TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”

Travel Click

Congratulations Amilla Family for achieving the

5 star “Certificate of Excellence” from the

World’s largest travel site- TripAdvisor!

Let’s continue to shine!


“Ocean Discovery with Laura”
NAME: LAURA WHITELY
POSITION: MARINE BIOLOGIST

1.Can you tell us more about yourself?

Hi, my name is Laura and I am currently working in Amilla Fushi as your Marine Biologist. I started my love for the ocean when I was 15 years old during my conservation expedition. Right after, I took my scuba diving course in Indonesia to further explore the ocean whilst helping the conservation team at the same time. I also have my Masters Degree, specializing in dolphins and I’m also a certified scuba diving instructor.

2.What is the most challenging experience you encountered in the ocean/underwater?

It’s always been disappointing to see the ocean being destroyed day by day, either from human activities or even simply by nature. Coral bleaching is one of the greatest issues we are facing today. Warmer water temperatures can result in coral bleaching. When water is too warm, corals will expel the algae living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. In fact, Maldives had a massive bleaching in 2016.

3. Can you describe a typical work week of a marine biologist in Amilla Fushi?

I usually start my day at 8:30am, then followed by a few trips that are scheduled for the entire day: turtle trip, marine biology exploration, ocean discovery and Manta trip at Hanifaru Bay. These are great opportunities for me to help our guests to learn more about the ocean, pursue an adventure, experience the coral reef and participate in ongoing research to personally make a difference to our fragile environment. We also do photo ID of turtles, dolphins and mantas for our database.

4. Can you share with us some magical stories about your experience with Amilla guests at Hanifaru bay?

Hanifaru Bay has always been magical and exciting to visit. My most special one is when I was surrounded by hundred of mantas during my stop with Amilla guest!

5. What message do you want to share with our islanders?

I would love to educate the team about the ocean and how fragile our marine life is. Many of them are not aware of what they normally do but it is making a big change to our environment. By teaching our team that the physical environment is fragile and indispensable we can begin fixing the problems that threaten it. We can even simply reduce the plastic pollution by refusing single-use plastics that are usually being thrown into the ocean. Always remember that small habits can have a colossal effect on the environment but if we begin working together as a team, we can make a huge difference on saving the ocean!


“Interesting facts you should know about the famous Hanifaru Bay and Baa Atoll”

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1.Baa atoll was chosen as the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve due to its globally significant biodiversity. The coral reefs (21,000 km2) are the seventh most extensive in the world, representing some 3% of global reef area.

2.Baa Atoll is the home to 250 species of coral, teaming with over 1,000 species of fish, including iconic mega-fauna such as whale sharks and manta rays, as well as large populations of marine turtles, seabirds, whales and dolphins.

3.Baa atoll is one of the best places in the world to see manta rays, with 4,400 individuals recorded; the Maldives has one of the largest populations in the world. These cartilaginous elasmobranch fish are filter feeders of the smallest animals in the ocean…plankton!

4.Manta rays must consume 12% of their body weight in plankton per week. Known for their graceful and peaceful nature manta rays are commonly referred to as the ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean.

5.Hanifaru is a world renowned bay that was declared a protected area in 2009 due to it Picture6being a biologically significant site for marine life including nesting sites for hawksbill and green turtles, occasional roosting sites for the black-naped tern, brown noddies and lesser noddies. More exclusively it was protected to aid endangered mega-fauna such as manta rays and whale sharks.

6.The infamous bay is 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. The area has a unique water circulation system that pushes plankton into the bay providing a large supply of plankton in a small area. It is a spectacle to behold when a feeding frenzy occurs with cyclone feeding of hundreds of manta rays, Hanifaru bay is one of the only places in the world to document this feeding behavior.Picture5

7.Manta rays are endangered, predominantly due to anthropogenic activity. In order to aid with their conservation, noninvasive photo Identification is carried out by taking a photo of their ventral surface (stomach).

8.Each manta ray has a unique spot pattern which can then be used to identify individuals and create a large database of reef manta rays, we can then monitor the population as a whole.


“Coffee with Resort Manager”

As part of our ongoing engagement with our Islanders, we exercise a weekly coffee session specially hosted by our Resort Manager – Jean Noël.

The activity is a great opportunity to connect with all islanders and to discuss our journey and life in the community.

The most important point that is commonly raised by participants, is always about the support that needs to be extended to each other by each islander as one bonded community.

We look forward to seeing more of you for the next coffee sessions with our Resort Manager, every Tuesday at EBC.

See you there!


TVEC SCHOOL GRAND OPENING, A PROJECT BY COASTLINE FOUNDATION

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Technical Vocational Education Center (TVEC) is a vocational training institute established at Kihaadhoo, Baa Atoll. The aim of TVEC is to develop individuals, through a purposeful TVET, for the growing technical industries of the Maldives.

Established in 2018 by the Coastline Foundation, TVEC offers trade specific and personal development programmes, initially starting with Certificate Level 3 Programs in Engine Mechanics, Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Machines.

TVEC is a five acre campus with live-in facilities that can presently accommodate fifty students at a time with four well-equipped training workshops, five classrooms, a complete office building, housekeeping facility, a library, a computer lab, a mosque and outdoor study facilities.

The event was organized by Coastline Foundation, which is a C.S.R component under the Coastline Group of Companies, and a non-profit organization. Grand opening was held on August 9th 2018, participated by Amilla Fushi at Baa Atoll Kihadhoo Island.


Baa Atoll Summer Festival Closing Ceremony
The CATAMARAN REGATTA RACE
3rd August 2018

First time ever in the history of Baa Atoll, the Summer Festival hosted by 6 main resorts in Baa Atoll – Amilla Fushi, Finolhu, Vakkaru, Four Seasons, Dusit, and Soneva, came to end on 3rd August “called Baa Atoll Summer Festival Closing Ceremony at Angafaru Picture18Sandbank”

Over 150 guests and Media attended this Grand Closing Ceremony.  The function started in the late afternoon and lasted about 4-5 hours

The Recreation team from Amilla Fushi and Finolhu took the initiative 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.
Six catamarans from the six resorts with two sailors from each resort participated in the CATAMARAN REGATTA RACE, these participants were sailing instructors from the 6 resort watersports

Picture15The 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 a reality and most of the leaders in Baa Atoll are looking ahead for another great year for the 2019 Summer Festival #2.


 


August Focus Tips from Jaavu Spa – Never stop Learning!

In August, we saw two International Trainers who visited us to refresh and update the therapists on the latest evolutions of !QMS and iLA – 2 of our 7 International brands.

Rowan from !QMS was first and did an amazing 4 days of training with the team where the team got to be interactive and involved with the different products and experiments. They were encouraged to ask all the questions they wanted to about the brand.

Rowan also did an Aficionado guest workshop where some of our repeaters joined in a proactive session. At the end of the training session, they were all awarded with certificates and gift bags.  Always a highlight!

We even got the non-therapists involved to have a share of fun!

We also had Amrita, from iLA, an amazing therapist, trainer, yogi, healer from Indonesia!  She worked with the natural and  organic treatment range to teach the therapists on how to use their energy when attending  guests,  to heal their souls and improve their moods in this beautiful surroundings.


EID AL-ADHA

Eid Al-Adha or “Festival of Sacrifice“, one of  the most important celebrations in Islam was celebrated on 21st August 2018. Eid Celebrations started with morning prayers and our islanders were greeted outside IceGe by the management team followed by a special breakfast that was organized for this auspicious occasion. Four days of activities were organized from 21st to 24th August to highlight the celebrations.


FUN CHALLENGE

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Amilla ‘Fun Challenge’ was held on22nd August 2018 at EBC.

During this event, our guests were also invited to participate.  Islanders were divided into groups representing our four Brand Traits.

Several activities were organized – Goal Score, Plate Run, Beach Volleyball and Tug of War.

After this successful event, it has been decided to make the ‘Fun Challenge’ a monthly event to be hosted  by one Brand Trait House.

The winner for the month of August was Rich Experiences

Congratulations!!!


FIRE TRAINING

We welcome two trainers from GFS for 4 sessions of Fire Awareness (both theoretical and practical sessions).

40 islanders attended the training to equip themselves with the techniques of dealing with fire emergencies.

Well done guys!


HUDDLE – AUGUST 2018

Twice a month, we get our leadership team up bright and early to take part in our bi-weekly Huddle which brings together the management and supervisors from all of the departments for some warm up, activities and brain storming.

The sessions allow us to have the type of active brain or physical exercise that might not be possible in the normal confines of a meeting room and with the fresh air and sunrise of the beach front, we allow ourselves to let nature help in our team creativity and activity processes.

August 6th saw the team on the beach being led by our Director of Communications Brinda Hora through a series of yoga stretches. Following this we had the participants pair up for some 3 legged beach volleyball, it may sound easy however the pairs have to work on their communication, teamwork, adaptability and strategy in order to get the points needed to win the game.

We finished off the morning with some very creative beach art with the group being divided into 4 teams to create some sand art that would clearly depict our 4 Amilla Fushi Brand Traits of Natural Allure, Idyllic Escape, Rich Experiences and Intuitive Generosity with some very creative and innovative results.

The team were them back on the beach again on August 27th where our gym personal trainer Kamal led the group through their warm up. We followed this with some very fun and interesting product knowledge Pictionary with the 2 teams going head to head to try to out-do each other artistically in order to get their team members to guess the product or service they selected at random. We kept the brain ticking over with a selection of Rebus puzzle challenges for the 2 teams with them racing against each other to find the 12 solutions.

Our leadership teams were then split into 3 groups, each one taking a section of our Start, Stop and Continue initiative to refocus our efforts for the final quarter of the year on areas for development, improvement, implementation and removal to move forward as a team with our best practices.


INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

On 15th August 2018, Amilla Fushi Indian Islanders celebrated their 71st  Independence Day.

To mark the event, a special lunch was organized in IceGe  to commemorate this special day for our Indian islanders.


INDONESIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

Indonesia celebrated their 73rd  year of independence this 17th  August.  The occasion was celebrated with a wonderful cake prepared by our kitchen team and a special lunch with traditional Indonesian food.


JALSA – JULY 2018

Jalsa for the month of July was hosted by Housekeeping team with an original and amazing set-up.  After Jalsa, our Islanders were pampered with a  wonderful night in Kobabaa with DJ Ivan.


Jalsa – July  2018 Awards and Recognition

Rock Star Winner – Ni Gusti Ayu Made Ratih (Spa Therapist)

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We had an incident where a guest was sold a display product (which contains only stones for weight/no product, Ayu picked up on the mistake and managed to save the day before guest left for home later that day. Ayu has been with Javvu Spa for just over a year and in this period of time she has maintained a consistent high quality of treatments showing her care and passion at all times. She is the most stable therapist we have in the team and always ensures to provide genuine and thoughtful experience to our guests which naturally allures them to come back for more.

Ayu’s simplicity captivates intuitively with a genuine attention to each and every guest or a colleague she encounters.

As we always look for a wow factor, however, sometimes the simplicity already defines the wow factor, specially consistency and never wavering persistence is hard to maintain in this environment we live and work in.

Ayu always kept her attitude diligently and she always brings love and laughter to the team. She’s always willing to be flexible whenever needed to make sure we provide rich experiences to our valued guests. We are proud of you Ayu!


Jalsa – July 2018 Awards and Recognition

Super Hero Winner – MD Mosarof Hosan (Gardener/ Coconut Climber) 

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Mosarof Hosan is incredibly climbing 4 to 6 coconut trees a day, ensuring all trees are well trimmed and cleaned for guests and islanders safety. Although he has a risky job, Mosarof considers it as his talent and enjoying it very well.

During our Independence Day celebration, he personally served 305 young coconuts to all islanders and guests. Mosarof is also the person behind all decorative palm leaves on special private BBQ dinner. He always makes himself available to help the garden team on busy operations and assisting to unload our weekly supply.

For the past six months, Mosarof is the only coconut climber doing all the job. He remarkably delivered 440 dry coconuts for kitchen operations, 953 young coconuts to Baazaar Bar, Spa, Main Kitchen, and he climbed 136 palm trees for the month of July! Truly amazing! We are proud of you Mosarof!


Jalsa – July 2018 Awards and Recognition

Best Up Sellers – July 2018

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Jalsa – July 2018 Awards and Recognition

Amilla Family is delighted to share the “Amilla Thari (July)” to our dedicated and passionate islanders from F&B Service!

The team persistently carried out great commitments despite of high occupancy and challenge with unfavorable weather conditions.

Good job F&B Service Team! Well deserved!

Amilla Thari


WELCOME HOME NEW ISLANDERS

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INTER-RESORT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Amilla Fushi participated the Inter-Resort Football Tournament which was held in Eydhafushi in August 2018.

The tournament was played in group stages. Each group was made up of four teams, Amilla Fushi were included on Group A together with Vakkaru Maldives, Team Soneva and Dusit Thani Maldives.

Match scores:

1st Match- Amilla (1) – Dusit Thani (2)
2nd Match- Amilla (1) – Vakkaru Maldives (1)
Final Match- Amilla (1) – Team Soneva (2)

Unfortunately, Amilla Fushi team was out of the tournament but made a great effort in the practice and preparation. Better luck next time Amilla team!


MAALI PARADE

Maali (Ghost) Parade is a traditional annual event usually celebrated during Eid.

To honor the tradition, Maali Parade was organized on 24th August 2018 where a local group was invited to especially perform for our guests and islanders, disguised in their ghostly costumes and dancing to the rhythm of the drums.


NEW ISLANDERS GENERAL ORIENTATION

On 25th and 26th of August, we welcomed 11 new islanders to our General Orientation IMG_20180826_095702representing Engineering, Reservations, Housekeeping, Transport and HR.

Throughout the 2 day orientation, the group took part in presentations on the company, the sister resorts, Amilla Fushi, HR policies and procedures, Safety and Security and Harassment awareness and not to mention the great resort tours they had visiting all areas of the resort to better understand the product and services we have available- all being led by representatives of each department.

In the mix, we also had a number of fun team activities and wrapped up the two day activity with our ultimate Product Knowledge Quiz.

Special thanks to our Resort Manager, Jean Noel, for being available in both days to welcome the team on day 1 and the wrap up on day 2.

Looking forward to welcoming the next group of new islanders to the September session.


TRANSPORT GUEST SERVICES TRAINING AUGUST 2018

As we continue to rise our standards in guest services. Our transport team had a two day session which focuses on providing great customer care to all our boat passengers.

A 90 minutes session consists of a detailed theory and group discussion. It was then followed by a practical application on the jetty to exercise a real life delivery of the service standards.

Great job to all involved!


CONGRATULATIONS FINOLHU on your 2nd year anniversary!


CONGRATULATIONS HUVAFEN FUSHI!

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CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS

Monday, 13 August 2018

A cupcake decorating class was arranged for our lovely little guests in house.  The kids enjoyed learning our cupcake secrets in a fun way.


TRAVEL CLICK SURVEY REPORT – JULY

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