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FINOLHU – OCTOBER 2018

MESSAGE FROM MARC READER – RESORT MANAGER

Dear Islanders,Marc Reader

Tropical greetings to all of you from our Island Playground!

The month of October has started splendidly with so much highlights and happenings from both front and back of the house starting with the TVEC (Technical Vocational Education Center) student sponsorship— a vocational training institute established at Kihaadhoo, Baa Atoll, international housekeeping week, the first islander’s engagement survey, the first HR professional’s day, Medtronics incentive group and not only that, our three island resorts as well as TSMIC has been shortlisted in a various categories for the MATATO awards (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators). Again, a very big thank you to all of you who took the time to vote for us and spread the word. This award measures feedback, reviews and comments from our guests who stayed in Finolhu. We are nominated as the Leading Family Resort, Leading Dive Resort, Leading Surf Resort and Leading Dive/Watersports Centre.

In the meantime, we are engaging in the final preparations for the spookiest and most thrilling party of the year! And for our islanders, on 3rd November, Fill n Chill transforms into the eeriest place to celebrate Halloween! Join us for a fun evening to dance the night away amongst ghosts and glowing skeletons.

We are also advancing with great strides into the last quarter of the year, which means being engaged in planning, discussing and organizing the Festive Season Programme for our guests. You all will see and experience our Island Playground Finolhu—where we are born to play at it’s very best, beautifully decorated to the occasion and we have scheduled many events befitting this Festive time of the year. The programme will be soon out for everyone to have a sneak peak of how we will celebrate the upcoming Festive Season.

I wish all of you a great month ahead and thank you all for your continuous and invaluable support.

 

Yours sincerely,

Marc Reader


OCTOBER STARS!

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LET’S WELCOME OUR NEW ISLANDERS!

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GUEST EVENTS

Medtronic Group – Certificate of Excellence

For the 2nd time around, we have Medtronic group back in our groovy island. The medical device company based in the Middle East was here at Finolhu last year to treat 30 of their well performing staff. This year, they have treated 28 of their staff with different activities such as Turtle Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise, and a Watersports day. The group had different team dinners including two dinners at Kanusan. They even had a preview of our new menu items that they liked very much. Same as last year, the trip ended with a gala dinner at the Fish & Crab Shack.

Guests left happy and are planning to be back for the next coming years.

OKTOBERFEST

Finolhu celebrated the very first Oktoberfest last 29th of October 2018. Islanders at Baa Baa Beach Diner & 1 OAK Bar dressed up with dirndls and lederhosen (traditional attire in Munich).

The guests were treated to a theatrical entertainment by Munchner Oktoberfest Blosn band at 1 OAK bar where people got to dance all around and munch on some German snacks


OCTOBER TRAINING

ISLANDER’S ENGAGEMENT SURVEY 

A Pulse check on islanders feedback, the Islander’s Engagement Survey was opened from 16th of October 2018 to 22nd of October 2018. The survey is managed by Survey Monkey.

Our Islanders responded well in the survey with 100% attendance. It was a fun and successful event as everyone got lollipops as a thank you and took funky photos after completing the survey!

MANAGEMENT HUDDLE

On October 25th we had the last Groovy Management Huddle of the month happening in the Movement Pavilion, with an energetic warm up with Gen and some fun brain teasers about the corporate culture of the company: Rebus, Product Knowledge Prisoners, Memory game… Do not forget to grab your cup of coffee and some muffins to be awake the full day!

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October 27th and 28th were another 2 days of General Orientation in order to welcome onboard 16 new groovy islanders in Finolhu. After some corporate culture information and presentations from HR department, Security as well as resort information, they were able to visit the guest areas – the Cove Club, Thunderball, F&B outlets, Oceaneers and HUB. As always we had great support from the departments in introducing their areas and answering any questions the group had. And then at the end of the second day, they were able to show off what they had learnt over the 2 days by taking part in the famous pop quiz at the end! Well done Team #2 (Caroline from F&B Service, Imam from HR, Shakib from Stewarding and Fawwaz from Transport)


TVEC –  INDUSTRIAL TRAINING

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Last 7th of October  2018, Six (6) students namely Yaamin Aboobakur, Mohamed Anil, Abdhulla Nazim, Ali Anees, Inaz Adam and Mohammad Munavvar from Technical and Vocational Education Centre(TVEC) came to Finolhu Baa Atoll Resort for their 90 hours Industrial Training. The students were supervise by the Engineering Department headed by Mr. Lalith and Mr. Prasad. During their training, the students were expose in three (3) specialization, the Electrical, Mechanical and A/C maintenance. The student’s Industrial training ended last 22nd of October and their Certificate of Completion was presented during their Career Day at TVEC Campus.


FRIENDLY FOOTBALL & CRICKET MATCH – FINOLHU / AMILLA

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Our islanders took a break form their busy schedules to visit our sister property Amilla Fushi for a friendly Football and Cricket match. Our Groovy islanders won both cricket and football matches played against Amilla teams. Go Finolhu Teams !!


SPOOKY COCKTAIL PARTY

A fun filled Halloween celebration on 31st October at Finolhu was an amazing event that no one want miss this fun with your loved ones and family.1A full day fun activities such as Pumpkin Curving, Frankenstein Art and Craft, Face painting and the most highlight event of the day is the Trick or Treat Portion.

Family Cocktail happened the same time, kids were busy playing activities while the Family enjoyed the short-eats such as canapes, sweet cake and more served by the culinary department not to mention the Champagne and cocktails from our F&B Team.

Some of our guests observed it while some taking Videos, pictures and others fully dressed up and makeup by the help of special Halloween Artists.


WORLD FOOD DAY

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As Finolhu celebrates World Food Day, it was about time to enlighten our islanders with a delightful Lunch menu in The Diner. Our groovy islanders were thrilled to try the Special cuisines prepared by our culinary team.


INTERNATIONAL HOUSEKEEPING WEEK 2018

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Every year, a week is set aside to honor our hardworking Housekeeping associates. We had a pleasant successful  Event on 01st October 2018 to Celebrate International Housekeeping week at Finolhu. the events shows Bed decoration, Bed Making & Towel art skills from our housekeeping Islanders. The aim of the competition is to engage, appreciate, train and develop among whole our housekeeping staffs. from the judges marks Irufaan Mohamed got the first place ,  Hussain Shiyan got the second place & Ali Amir got third place from the competition held at Finolhu.

We would like to thank our Management of Finolhu & whole our Housekeeping team to made this event as successful event. – HK Department


 

FINOLHU – SEPTEMBER 2018

MESSAGE FROM MARC READER – RESORT MANAGER

Dear Islanders,

Marc Reader

Warmest Greetings and I hope all of you are doing well!

Finolhu is always improving the guests’ experience, which is one reason why so many guests choose to return to our beautiful island playground. The month of September has started with something bubbling in paradise for all of our guests.

Earlier this month, Finolhu launched the first ever ‘Beach Bubble’ Tent in the Maldives on a secluded stretch of the famed Fish & Crab Shack sandbank as the newest craze of Destination Dining experience. The Beach Bubble is available exclusively for incredibly romantic, one-night-only ‘Dream Eclipse’ experiences under the stars, from sunset to sunrise (Check in from 7pm and check out at 9am) inclusive of a private Beach BBQ and breakfast on the water’s edge of the beach. I am thrilled to share that we receive fabulous feedback from our clienteles and tour operators from time to time.

Who else is excited for the new and improved islander’s bar? It’s time to crawl out from under that rock, because it sounds like it’s going to be “Fill ‘n’ Chill”! The bar will feature some classics and inventive cocktails and mocktails with a local twist including other hot and cold beverages. There’s surely something for everyone. Fill ‘n’ Chill is now open six times a week (closed on Fridays) starting on the 29th September from 9pm to 1am. In future, there will also be a limited food menu of “small bites”.

We recently had our first ever big group wedding consisting of 8 couples c/o Cheer U islands. These 8 couples shared how they gave their biggest day a quirky spin which is accurately fitting for our brand trait “Quirky and Proud. All in all, we had a great time creating the custom wedding arrangement for them despite the adverse weather. A huge thanks to one and all who helped out making the event a huge success!

Medtronics Group is making another comeback this year on the third week next month. Last year, it’s a President Club tour for 2017 where 14 different winners will come with their spouse and delegates are from different parts of the world. This was an original piece of business given by one of our strongest partners, Pearl Travel.

Another month in our little island playground just starts and the outlook is excellent, reliable progress of the business and occupancy, the weather continues to deliver brilliant sunshine and calm, clear waters and all our many guests enjoying their well-deserved holiday here with us.

Have a great month of October ahead and thank you all for your continuous support.

Until next time,

Marc Reader
Resort Manager


SOMETHING’S BUBBLING IN PARADISE by TSMIC

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Introducing the first ever bubble at the Grooviest island in Maldives – Finolhu! Experience the Bubbilicious destination experience in paradise on your next stay with us and be wowed by what surrounds it. Make it your dome from sunset to sunrise.

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JALSA & OPENING OF THE NEW ISLANDER’S BAR, FILL N’CHILL

IMG_4398It was a very special Groovy night on September 15th when all the Islanders celebrated the famous monthly Jalsa to recognize our progress and reward our ROMs, but also in order to celebrate the opening of our Islanders bar – “Fill n’ Chill”.

Owned and managed by HR department, we can now all order some drinks, cocktails, mocktails, coffee, listen to music, play cards… And very soon, we will be able to order some small bites along with the beverages as well! The best way to chill after duty!

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amfAR Event – Splendid Maldives

Fortune Fountain Capital visited us last end of August until first week of September as a thanksgiving to their VIP partners. The group had 3 big events with 2 batches – one cocktail party held at the 360 lounge where guests were welcomed to the resort followed by a gala dinner at Fish & Crab Shack the next day. The second batch had their gala dinner at Baa Haa Grill. Guests were extremely happy with the arrangements made for them and this is the grandest private event to date!

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Last 7th September, we had a wedding for our Russian-Brazilian guests.

The  guests had the ceremony at the sandbank and the wedding dinner at Baa Haa Grill.

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A group wedding of 8 couples were held at the Sandbank last 21st September. A first of the many to come group weddings from one of our agents, Cheer U Islands. The wedding was originally set on 20th September but due to the weather, we were only able to do it during night time. Guests went to Baa Haa Grill for their dinner.

On the morning of 21st September, we did the whole ceremony once again to take more photos for the guests and for our marketing.


ISLANDER’S FISHING TRIP

On the 11th of August our islanders enjoyed a night fishing trip organised by the HR team. Without a doubt the islanders who were able to join had a great time as they took a break from their busy schedules!


SEPTEMBER TRAINING’S 

The Worldwide International Child Care Training

A successful training “THE WORLDWIDE INTERNATIONAL CHILD CARE TRAINING” course has been a strong resource to our team of Oceaneers in Finolhu and Sultan’s village of Amilla Fushi.2

NOW! All of our kids care team members are certified an international level to say we “Kids care team are ready to serve and to look after Kids wellbeing and their safety while families are on the island where parent go away from their kids for all day leaving their kids under the  care of a well-trained  team

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All of our team members learned and practiced best exercises to engage with children’s of all age groups.

During these one-week courses our child care team studied about many subjects and role played to give a best Professional cares including game playing, Child care assessments, pedantic first aid etc…

The trainer  from Worldwide Kids and trainees from Amilla Fushi and Finolhu shared  their stories,  increased confidence level, motivation and our team is prepared to is capable  to facilitates a smooth transfer of the knowledge and use them during operation.

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We have gained so many resources to help us and understand the concept of social Childcare aspects.


General orientation for the new islanders

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Another 2 days General Orientation to welcome onboard 13 new islanders in Finolhu happened on September 03rd and 4th. 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!

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Customer Service and Standards Training Transport

On September 06th 2018, our Transport team have been trained on Guest Services with some theoretical and practical information, supported by Atheef, TSMIC Fleet Manager. They are now prepared and ready to deliver the best transport service and safety for all our guest on board!


Fire Awareness Training

We organized basic Fire Awareness Training (4 theoretical and practical sessions) for our Groovy Islanders on 14th and 15th September 2018 with the help of Global Fire Safety Maldives. 32 participants have now been certified and able to react in case of fire emergency! Well done guys!


Management Huddle

Another Groovy Management Huddle happened on 6th September morning with some Yoga stretching from Shinto and a fun Photo Scavenger Hunt around the resort! But it’s without forgetting the brainstorming session to keep improving our Funky operations!


The TSMIC Tree of Life

We have launched a new training for both properties about the Brand Traits, Mission, Vision and Golden Behavior of the company called: The TSMIC Tree of Life.

Those sessions happened on September 17th until 20th in order to deliver and share the corporate spirit among all islanders, proudly representing the brand traits: Groovy Sparkle, Retro Revival, Island Playground and Quirky & Proud. Already 169 islanders have been attended the training!


SCHOOL VISITS – SEPTEMBER

September 15th 2018-Hithaadhoo & Goidhoo School

On Saturday September 15th 2018, we received 10 students, 4 teachers and 4 parents from Hithaadhoo & Goidhoo Schools to visit our Groovy resort. They were mainly interesting about Back of the House (Engineering and Housekeeping) but we showed them around the whole resort: Islanders areas, The Cove Club and the guest gym, all F&B outlets, Oceaneers and Thunderball.

They enjoyed their lunch break at the Diner and experienced a bed arrangement in a Villa after getting a warm welcome from Marc Reader and F&B team with some juices and pastries.

Some of the students might come back as guests or why not as interns to keep maintaining the island playground spirit. Best of luck to all of them!

September 16th 2018-Baa Atoll School 

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After a Blissful visit in Amilla two months ago, we received in Finolhu 10 students from Baa Atoll School on Sunday September 16th 2018, with their 3 teachers. This time, they were mainly interesting about F&B Service, Kitchen and Stewarding, highlighted following skills: how to prepare a cost sheet when preparing a menu, how to set a table, wastage management, how to apply and monitor good health and safety practices. They had the opportunity to have guest experiences upon arrival and at lunch in the main dining restaurant. Thank you all for your involvement and good luck for their studies!


WORD TOURISM DAY!

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Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27.

As the World Tourism day was on 27th of September our islanders celebrated this special day with a multi-cultural dinner and a delicious cake prepared by our awesome F&B Kitchen team!


Beata Aleksandrowicz’s visit to The Cove Club

Beata Aleksandrowicz is a therapist, healer, writer, teacher, inspirational speaker and an expert in the field of massage and healing. She has dedicated the last 17 years to educate people on the importance of touch, massage and spiritual growth. She extensively studied energy work and become a Theta Healing Practitioner and Instructor. She goes by the philosophy of “Massage is a natural medicine health and prevention”. She is dedicated to giving quality and powerful body pure massages which are based on wellness and health a combination of Eastern and Western techniques addressing the natural rhythms and self-healing of the body.

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It was an honor to welcome her back again to THE COVE CLUB earlier this month whereby she revised and trained new therapists on anatomy & physiology, self-care techniques and other different topics on growth as a therapist.


FINOLHU – AUGUST 2018

Dear Islanders,Marc Reader

This August marks some wonderful improvements from us all. These accomplishments would not have been possible without your dedication and contributions. I now want to share some of these successes with you:

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Finolhu has been recognised with a “2018 Certificate of Excellence”, based on delivering consistently great service and achieving excellent reviews we’ve earned on the world’s largest travel site on May 2018.

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Congratulations to all our #BornToPlay players who participated in the recent Baa Atoll Inter-resort Football Tournament, the news of your achievement has come as a great delight to all of us here. All your hard work, commitment and practice has paid off. The marks of a champion have always been in you from the start and I am proud that you have delivered and claimed your championship. I would also like to thank all of the islanders who supported our team—rain or shine!

Annual Party
To celebrate two wonderful years of success, togetherness and working hard, Finolhu organised an annual Islanders party at Fish and Crab Shack where all the islanders enjoyed dancing on the sand, drinks and some great snacks accompanied by brand traits group performances. This night was full of enjoyment and excitement!

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I would like to convey my deep appreciation and gratitude to all management teams and islanders who organised both of islanders and customer programmes this year to bring joy on the day of Eid.

Eid reminds us all of our common humanity and of our obligation to help one another whenever and wherever we can. The true spirit of these holy days can be found in the efforts of people of all faiths who sacrifice to provide humanitarian relief and assistance to those who need it most.

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A big thank you to our groovy team for the great set-up and organisation of major events and extra services during the 7 nights stay of amFAR group. Well done team!

Festive months
Festive season is almost upon us again and it seems as if it was only a short while ago that the festive season of 2017 had been with us. As we prepare for the busiest time of the year, it is important to pause for a moment and reflect on the year that has passed. This moment of reflection will help us gauge how far we have come and what still needs to be done in order to accomplish the objectives we had set for 2018. Instead of resting on last year’s laurels, I urge all our born to play islanders to bring your “A” game once again this year.

Stay tuned for the next Finolhu blog update and upcoming events!

Yours sincerely,

Marc Reader
Resort Manager


INTER RESORT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!

Inter-resort Football Tournament commenced on 28 July with 8 resorts in Eydhafushi, divided into 2 groups. Group A with Vakkaru, Dusit Thani Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Amilla Fushi and Group B with Royal Island, Finolhu, Anantara Kihava and Milaidhoo.

This is the first time Finolhu participated in this tournament and remarkably became the champions without losing any match. The semi-final match was played against Soneva and we won the match 2 – 0. The final match was played against Anantara and Finolhu won the match 1 – 0 and took the champions title!


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THE CATAMARAN REGATTA RACE – 3rd August 2018

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

Over 150 guests and Medias attended this Grand Closing Ceremony, the function started late afternoon and last about 4/5 hours

The team of Recreation from Amilla Fushi and Finolhu took initiates to plan the ceremony setup together with our F&B leaders, 6 Food stalls, 6 Beach Bars with shades and a separate seating lounge was set for all the
Extreme 6 catamarans from the six resorts with two sailors from each resort participated in the CATAMARAN REGETA RACE, these participants were sailing instructors from the 6 resort watersports.

The series designed with spectators, judges in mind with plenty of spectacular high speed crashes, capsizes and near misses, all close to shore.

The F2 is a scaled-up version of the Olympic Class Catamaran. The catamarans are built for speed and even in medium winds, are capable of reaching speeds normally associated with speedboats.

The first Ever Regatta Race Champions became Our Finolhu team while Amilla was in 4th place

The sailing series were attractive with above audiences around the shore and this year is the first year that the CEOs, GMs and RMs came together and put this stunning, innovative business minded idea for all the main resort guests in Baa Atoll and our CEO Mr. Mark Hehir is the main inventor/founder of this upscale idea who made it true and most of the leaders in Baa Atoll are looking forward for another great year in 2019 the Summer Festival #2.


EID’UL AL-HAA – 21st August 2018

Eid al-Adha (Id ul-Adha) is a four-day Islamic festival starting on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja (Thou al-Hijja) to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son. The Culinary team made it special as our islanders started their day savoring their favorite Maldivian specialties followed by a sumptuous lunch buffet at the Diner.

As part of Eid Al Adha Celebration, the Recreation Team prepared a Maali Parade plus Bodumas to incorporate with this very special event most specially to our islanders and guest.

The celebrations of Eid began with the Eid prayer followed by a special Maldivian breakfast and Eid greetings. Later on our Culinary team made the day extra special by preparing a delightful lunch buffet for the Islanders.

The celebrations continued as our islanders visited some local islands nearby to celebrate the Eid in a different environment (Thulhaadhoo, Hithaadhoo and Goidhoo) during the first three days of Eid.

The last two days of Eid were just as merry as the islanders celebrated with Bodumas & Maali parade by the Hithaadhoo group, organized by our recreation team and Water splash among the islanders.


AUGUST WEDDING– 3rd and 4th of August 2018

A pre-wedding lunch was prepared in Baahaa Grill which showcased an Indian and Sri Lankan family style cuisine followed by a glamorous wedding set-up prepared in Fish and Crab Shack last 3rd of August 2018. In line with the event was an elegant continental set menu prepared by Chef Nishantha Vithanage (Executive Chef). 52 guests were amazed during that night and on the following day was a post wedding lunch arranged at Baahaa Grill. Our delighted guests were served with a Maldivian family style menu.

INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY – 15th of August 2018

India Independence Day is annually celebrated on 15th August, commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15th August 1947. A selection of Indian cuisine was added in the buffet at the Diner to celebrate this memorable event.

ICE CREAM/SORBET TRAINING WITH MANUEL MENELI OF BOIRON –
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KITCHEN MONTHLY DEPARTMENTAL COMMUNICATION MEETING –
25th of August 2018

Every month, the kitchen team gathers to discuss the updates which happened for the whole month; such as business updates, newly joined islanders, feedback on previous events, upcoming events, Guest feedback, etc. to make all the islanders aware of the happenings in the operation and the island as well.


FINOLHU 2ND ANNIVERSARY – 15TH AUGUST 2018

To celebrate Finolhu turning 2 our islanders enjoyed a Hawaiian Luau themed party at the Fish & Crab Shack. The whole night was full of entertainment as our islanders enjoyed the night with different groups performing throughout the night. Some of the performances were from our own brand traits groups and also from some local performers.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NIGHT:

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Fish and Crab Shack was the selected location to celebrate Finolhu’s 2nd Year Anniversary. To complete this memorable event, a fantastic pass around menu was prepared by our very own culinary team which excited and energized our islanders celebrating this memorable event.

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!QMS & iLA TRAINING

In August, we saw 2 International Trainers who visited us to refresh & update the therapists on the latest evolutions of !QMS & iLA – 2 of our 6 International brands.

Rowan from !QMS was first & did an amazing 4 days of training with the team where the team got to be interactive & get involved with the different products & experiments & ask all the questions they wanted to.

We even got the yogi & attendants involved to have a bit of fun!  They are part of the spa too!

Then was Amrita, from iLA, amazing therapist, trainer, yogi, healer from Indonesia!  She worked with the natural & organic treatment range to teach the girls how to use their energy to work with the guest’s energy & help to heal their souls & improve their mood in this beautiful surrounding.

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August Tip of the Month – You can always learn more! Never stop learning!


ORIENTATION 

On August 13th and 14th we conducted 2 days of General Orientation where 9 new groovy islanders joined the session. Program wise: mainly corporate information, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit, UFC session, and be careful if you were late, you would have to sing in front of the whole group! But do not worry, the Training Department take good care of you with some yummy treats!


FINOLHU – JULY 2018

MarcDear Islanders,

Welcome to the month four update of our Roohu island blog.

Wow! A lot of things have happened during the month of July. First, let’s start off with the first ever Baa Atoll Summer Festival 2018, organised by Amilla Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Soneva Fushi, Vakkaru and our very own Finolhu where we are born to play from 20th July to 3rd August 2018. The first-of-its-kind a “Resort Dine Around” concept that will act as a platform to enable Baa Atoll hospitality players to come together, exchange knowledge and learnings, to drive awareness and attract premium clienteles to the off season.

In addition, we are seeing unprecedented occupancy growth in the remainder of 2018 and more so in 2019 due to some higher successful worldwide sales and marketing campaigns.

Another project that we are working on with our Marine biologist, Michaela Richter is the introduction of Parley and the role it plays—not only for the benefit of our island community but also for the betterment of our ecosystem. We aim to become single-use plastic-free resort and therefore, I encourage you all to take the simple steps and do what you can now and be part of our plastic-free campaign.

We look for your support to champion various garbage segregation efforts that we are undertaking. We have many areas in place now and hope to conclude all processes by the end of August.

Lastly, Chinese market is our top leading clientele mix for the off season and with that, we initiated and kicked off “Are We China Ready?” by means of adding variety of foods offered specifically for our growing Chinese market.

I am very proud to lead so many talented islanders who all share a passion for breakthrough innovation. Together, we will work to open doors for our guests so they have access to more business return opportunities for ultimate success. We don’t just simply respond to customers, we try to anticipate trends as well.

And I am honoured to share this wonderful Finolhu journey with you all.

Yours sincerely,

Marc Reader


CHAMIKA DE SILVA ELLE & VIRE AND BOIRON TRAINING IN BANGKOK, THAILAND –  3rd – 9th of July 2018

Our culinary team from pastry, Chef Chamika De Silva was selected to be trained for 1 week in Bangkok with the help of our supplier Elle & Vire and Boiron. It was a meaningful training as he enhanced his knowledge of the techniques and also the brands that we are using in our daily operation.


AHMED USMAN PRESTIGE FOODS INTERNATIONAL PTY. LTD TRAINING IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – 06th – 07th of July 2018

Our amazing Chef Ahmed Usman had the opportunity to be trained by one of the Chinese Chef in Australia, Chef Guihoi Luo to enhance his skills with dim sim and sort of Chinese cuisines where he can utilize and share to his colleagues in Kanusan for daily operations.


WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY – 7th of July 2018

Finolhu Baa Atoll celebrates World Chocolate Day, which falls on July 7, with a special chocolate making class activity which invites our beloved kids in house to discover new chocolate creations. The event was spearheaded by Chef Arun (Executive Pastry Chef).


 

BAA ATOLL SUMMER FESTIVAL SET MENU IN KANUSAN – 23rd of July 2018

Baa Atoll Summer Festival was one of the highlights of July Month as we showcase our signature dish in Kanusan where a guests from other resort experienced the marvelous Kanusan set menu last July 23 and 30, 2018.


MALDIVES INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL DINNER AT THE DINER – 26th of July 2018

The Maldives gained total independence from the British on 26 July 1965. However, the British continued to maintain an air base on the island of Gan in the southernmost atoll until 1976. The British departure in 1976 at the height of the Cold War almost immediately triggered foreign speculation about the future of the air base.

Finolhu celebrated Maldives Independence day on 26 July 2018. The day started with Flag hosting event in Red Carpet by the Resort Manager, Marc Reader.

To celebrate this special day, our kitchen team presented a very Special Dinner. Maldivian food is some of the best. Here are some of our favourite Maldivian dishes. We guarantee that these pictures of Maldivian food will cause some serious cravings.

 

 

 

 

 

 


SUMMER FESTIVAL FASHION SHOW – 26th of July 2018

 


KITCHEN MONTHLY COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENTAL MEETING –                          28th of July 2018

Every month, kitchen team gather to discuss the updates happened for the whole month such as business updates, newly joined team member, feedbacks on previous events, upcoming events, Food safety audit reports, Guest feedback, etc. to let all the team members aware of the happenings in the operation and the island as well.


PDR’s DISCUSSION WITH CHEF DEEPESH


HOW TO USE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER (OASIS 133) BY CHOK BAHADUR RANA

How to use All-purpose Cleaner (Oasis 133) by Chok Rana


HOW TO MAKE TOMATO RASAM BY CHEF VINOTH KUMAR


HOW TO MAKE VIETNAMESE ROLL BY CHEF SONIKA RAWAT


HOW TO MALE COCONUT SAMBAL BY CHEF NUWAN MADURANGA

How to make Coconut Sambal by Chef Nuwan


HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA BY CHEF ROSHAN RAKITHA

How to make Chocolate Panacotta by Chef Chamika De Silva


HOW TO CLEAN VACUUM MACHINE BY ATQUR RAHMAN MITHO


HOW TO MAKE MESCLUN SALAD BY CHEF CHOUKI DHAN RAI

How to make Mesclun Salad by Chef Chouki Dhan Rai


TRAINING WITH CHEF GUOHIUI LUO (FORM PRESTIGE FOODS INTERNATIONAL PTY. LTD) IN KANUSAN  – 20th – 26th of July 2018


What is Wellness?

Wellness means living in a state of optimal health, well-being, and vitality, and you invest money, time and energy in the things that help you achieve it. That includes a good diet, exercise, and treatments like massage and bodywork that keeps you functioning at your best.

What is massage?

Massage is a manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being.

Some of the benefits of massage are;

  • To reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain.

KANUSAN – LUXURY AWARD

Dear Finolhu lovers, Kanusan Restaurant (Asian cuisine) has received an award for the “Best Asian Fusion Restaurant “ in the Indian Ocean Continent with World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018.


INTER RESORT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Inter-resort Football Tournament commenced on 28 July with 8 resorts in Eydhafushi, divided into 2 groups. Group A with Vakkaru, Dusit Thani Maldives, Soneva Fushi and Amilla Fushi and Group B with Royal Island, Finolhu, Anantara Kihava and Milaidhoo. Finolhu won their first match against Royal Island with a score of 2-1. Semi-final matches are scheduled on 11th and 12 August 2018. Final will be played on 13th August 2018.


ROCKSTAR  – JULY 2018

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SUPERHERO – JULY 2018

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AMILLA FUSHI – JULY 2018

Message from Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,Resort Manager

In the blink of an eye, the month of July vanished and the great news is that we have managed to fit in so much day by day.

Among our achievements, as one family with countless hours of hard work and dedication …

We proudly launched the Baa Atoll festival, the first ever in this part of the world

We celebrated the Maldives Independence Day for our dear islanders and guests

We welcomed many media, blog influencers and top agents/partners from Russia and other countries

We organized an exhibition rematch of France vs Belgium in honour of our notable guest and professional footballer, Tim Cahill

We lived the FIFA world cup tournament at the Bazaar Bar with our dear guests

We focused on our Guest Experience Mid-Year Review

We successfully introduced the WIFi Access Log-in procedure for guests… and most importantly we positively closed our room revenue targets – Congratulations!

The overall guest experience and feedback have been amazing, the Residence occupancy is gaining interest with families and our beautifully appointed water houses were almost on a back to back mode for the whole month. From the dining experience, the HUB to Jaavu Spa, all the teams were engaged to deliver our promise to our guests, without forgetting our dear counsellors at the Sultan’s Village, who have attentively accommodated over 20 kids on a daily basis!  In a nutshell, Amilla has lived up to her reputation as #IslandBliss.

On a more wonderful note, our heartfelt congratulations go to Feeling Koi Team for successively winning the Luxury Waterside Restaurant Award and Japanese Cuisine Continent Award during the World Luxury Restaurant Award 2018. Our hats off also to our dear Jaavu Spa islanders who also was acclaimed 2018 winner for Luxury Beach Resort Spa.

Business on the books for August is going well, we shall be busier than July and hence another great opportunity to create rich experiences for our guests. Good to mention as well, that our training room is back on rail with its training calendar – kindly ensure that all our new islanders join the orientation program and lastly our beloved Amilla Football Team has begun the inter-resort tournament, we wish them the best of luck!

Thank you all for your continuous effort and let’s make August, a month filled with fun and rich experiences!

Sincerely

JN


AMILLA HUDDLE- 9th JULY 2018

Our Managers woke up early on Monday morning to attend a UFC session with our trainer Genevieve from Finolhu and get ready for some brain teaser games followed by a breakfast full of energy to complete a brand traits brainstorming about how to implement new ideas into the resort and among the islanders: How can we keep our workplace safe, clean and tidy? How to overcome negativity in the work place and turn it into a positive? How to recreate/ enhance islander engagement for increased retention and motivation? Enhancing marketing around the resort to ensure better up and cross selling of guest experiences?

Keep the work up!

 


School Visit -09th July

On Monday July 9th 2018, we received 13 students from Baa Atoll School with their teacher Dr. Gunston David and parent for a school visit of the resort. They were mainly interested in Rooms Division, F&B Service, Kitchen and Sales. All departments gave them a warm welcome and shared their skills in order to offer them the best service highlighting our brands traits.

Thank you Haisham and Naufa for the Natural Allure houses tour, Upul, Anthony and Azizbek for the mocktails and Intuitive Generous service, Shifaz and Ekaterina for the explanation of the F&B outlets, Chef Ruben and the Kitchen team for the Rich lunch Experience and cooking class, and Alia for the sales presentation and souvenirs. We will certainly organize a future Idyllic Escape in our sister property – Finolhu – for them to experience other Groovy facilities.

[Dr. Gunston David – “First I personally thank you and the whole team of the resort in giving such an opportunity. The visit, training from chef, and all are useful for our students“]

 


Friendly Football Match – Preparing for the Upcoming Inter-Resort Football Tournament

As a part of preparing on the upcoming Inter-Resort Football Tournament, Amilla Football team played a Friendly Match against Kihaadhoo team on 10th July 2018 in Kihaadhoo football pitch.

The match was won by Amilla Team by Score of 2-1

This is a good start for the Amilla Football Team since we have some great teams participating in this year’s Football Tournament.

Amilla Fushi played their first match of the tournament on 30th July against Dusit Thani. Although, we were not lucky for our first match, the team is determined to advance to the final. Best of Luck Amilla Team!

 


Exhibition Match – Amilla World Cup Match Final Re-Match

Amilla Fushi has organized an Exhibition Match (Re-Match) of last Amilla World Cup Final on 14th July 2018, including a “Twilight Affair”  in Amilla Arena. The event was organized in honour of a famous in-house VIP guest “Tim Cahill”, Australian National Team football player.

This Exhibition match was a rematch of the final match of Amilla World Cup, “ Belgium vs France”. The match was won by Belgium with a score of 5-3 and the boys of Tim Cahill played in both of the team.  After the match, teams received certificates and trophies from our guest of honour, Tim Cahill. Islanders got the chance to take pictures with a famous footballer, which was a memorable event for us.

 


53rd Maldives Independence Day Celebration

unnamedAmilla Fushi has celebrated the 53rd Maldives Independence on 26th July 2018.

The program commenced in the morning with the Republic of Maldives Flag hosted by our CEO- Mark Hehir, in the Sultan’s Village.  Both islanders and guests participated in this event.

 

 

Followed by a special traditional dress up “ Twilight Affair” for our guests organized by F&B Team and special meals were prepared for islanders in IceGe by the Kitchen Team.

The evening was engaged with the Monthly Communication Meeting “Jalsa” hosted by the Engineering Team with a beautiful traditional setup. Islanders were welcomed with a Maldivian Coconut “ Kurumba” drink and performance from Local Boduberu Group for the occasion.

In addition, each islander received a decorative cup cake from Management as a special amenity of Maldives Independence Day.

 

 


Presidential Election Re-registration Day

As part of preparing the upcoming presidential election this year,  Amilla Fushi has registered in Maldives Election Commission to keep a vote ballot box in the resort.

To get the maximum number of islanders to re-register under Amilla Fushi ballot box, we took the initiative by organizing a vote pre-registration day outside the IceGe on 28th July 2018. As per the Circular from Maldives Election Commission, Amilla should have at least 100 islanders registered under the resort to keep the ballot box vote on the island.

 


Karaoke Night at Kobabaa

Amilla Fushi organized a Karaoke Night for the Islanders on 29th July 2018, in Kobabaa

Participants really enjoyed the show  in different languages, as many were able to join the evening after a busy schedule of work.

We look forward to welcoming  more participants for the upcoming event, where a competition will be held, to select the best talented artist.

 

 


WELCOME HOME NEW ISLANDERS

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Jalsa – June 2018 Awards and Recognition

Rockstar Winner –  Ahmed Mu’uthazzu (Assistant Katheeb) 

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Reason for Nomination: Mr. Mu’thaz (Longey) is a very flexible and hardworking employ in our team. Longey look after a group of friends (total 27 pax) who stayed in Residence and beach houses nearly a month. He fulfill all the guests request on time and the requests are very high demand and tough.

What he has done:

Looked after the guest from 15th Jun – 12th July 2018 a total of 27 Pax

Upon arrival guest had multiple requests which he organized in a professional manner.

Additional TV’s  to the living room

Printer setup in the house

Re-arranging the rooms according to their specification

Assisted them while they cooked in the residences and cleaned after them

Started working in the morning 08:30 and remain at their side until they go to sleep.

Arranged transfer for guest who was always going to airport to pick up someone and return which was always last minute.

Escorted them where ever they go (in and out of the island)

Also his effort to maintain the conditions of residences is a great example for other Asst. Katheeb/a. He always check all the vacant residence and conditions of residence buggy’s and inform seniors or Residence operations manager if there is anything needed to be completed


Jalsa – June 2018 Awards and Recognition

Superhero Winner – Koshila I. Liyanage (Reservations Agent) 

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Koshila performs very well and with great confidence dealing with customer requests and putting extra effort on pushing direct bookings while doing her own follow-ups. During this challenging and heavy booking period, she was always willing to help and take additional tasks such as handling the daily check lists of 1 resort on her own, when her supervisor is away.

She contributes a lot for the department in terms of volunteering to work longer hours without affecting her assigned working hours. She supports her seniors very well and takes directions very effectively and positively. Therefore, Koshila is nominated as a Super Hero for the month of June 2018 in reservation department for her continuous excellent performance, her friendly attitude with all the islanders and valuable contribution to the company during this healthy booking period.


Best Up Sellers – June 2018

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Amilla Thari – GM Service Charge June 2018

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Text Neck / Tech Neck & iHunch / iPosture

If the above words sound totally weird to you, wecan assure you they are far closer to your daily life than you can imagine!

Take a moment to think of how many hours you spend looking down at your phone during the day…

A recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—with only 2 hours of their waking day spent without their cell phone on hand!!

Ever wondered what happens when you use your phone?

The human head weighs about 10 pounds. The more you tilt your head forward and down, the more the weight felt by your neck increases. So tilting your head 30 degrees is like making your neck lift 40 pounds. A 60-degree tilt is equivalent to 60 pounds of force.

You wouldn’t put a 60-pound weight on your neck every time you look at your phone, would you?

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But that’s the force you’re putting on your cervical spine when tilting your head down every time you use your phone!

Text / Tech neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long.

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iHunch / iPosture are terms used to describe the common spinal problem of an excessively hunched thoracic spine with forward head and poking chin posture.

Symptoms of these conditions include:

·Muscle soreness and spasm

·Chronic muscle pain and fatigue along the neck and the mid-back
·Headache
·Movement loss
·Nerve root irritation
·Referred pain down the arm
And many more…

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As these conditions are worryingly getting more and more popular among our young generations, here are 5 easy tips that can help reduce the risk of back and neck problems:

Practice some kind of movement and stretch daily – Yoga is great!

Massage your shoulders, your neck, and the area between your shoulder blades or visit Javvu Spa for a massage with the specialists J

If you use your phone for more than ten minutes, make sure to periodically move your head slowly in all directions, stretching your muscles.

Be mindful of your posture when using your phone: hold it at your eye level so that you don’t have to tilt your head Forward

Use your phone less and mingle with people more!!!


CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS

Monday, 09 July 2018

A cupcake decorating class was arranged for lovely little guests and students of Baa Atoll School who visited Amilla Fushi

on 9th July 2018. The kids enjoyed learning our cupcake secrets in a fun way.

 


SPECIAL TURNDOWN AMENITIES

To celebrate 4th of July America Independence Day and FIFA World Cup Finals between France and Croatia,

our pastry team has made special turndown amenities for all in-house guests.


America Independence Day

As part of America’s independence day celebration, our IceGe Islanders dining café culinary team prepared special American dishes, which were truly enjoyed by the team.


14th of July Bastille Day (France National Day)

Bastille Day is a day of celebrations of French culture and we at Amilla celebrated 14th July with a special Lunch a la carte menu in Emperor Beach Club prepared by Culinary Team, led by Executive Chef Lucas such as Tournedos Rossi, Quiche Lorraine, Beef Tartare, Foie Gras to commemorate France National Day.

 


WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY

Saturday, 07 July 2018

Chocolate lovers had the time of their lives at Amilla Fushi on World Chocolate Day on 7th July. We have invited

guests of all ages in Emperor Beach Club for an afternoon tea delight with variety of best chocolate desserts prepared by Culinary Pastry Team.

 

Apart from Afternoon Tea Delight, we have also invited our little guests for chocolate making class.

A great introduction to the kids who were so passionate to enter the world of chocolate making.


Baa Atoll Summer Festival

6 RESORTS, 14 DAYS, ONE EVENT!

“Co-Hosted Together By Six Resorts namely Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Vakkaru Maldives and Finolhu, It’s About To Be “Better In Baa” With A Two-Week Long Summer Festival In Baa Atoll”

This first ever and one-of-its-kind festival started on 20th July till 3rd August 2018, bringing the best of each resort that has to offer in the dining scene.

Amilla Fushi presents our award-winning signature restaurant FEELING KOI  for other resorts to experience the flavours with us.

20th Opening day cocktails on the beach

28th Evening cocktails with live music by Filza  and Izakaya dinner with 33 pax

21st Evening cocktails with live music by Filza cocktails and Izakaya dinner with 24 pax

3rd August is the closing ceremony at the sand bank.


Baa Atoll Summer Festival Celebration

“IZAKAYA Dinner at Feeling Koi” | Saturdays, 21st July and 28th July

Executive Chef Lucas brought forth Izayaka menu boasting a variety of traditional and modern Japanese dishes made for sharing. A fabulous dining experience!

“Italian Themed Night at Barolo Grill” | Tuesday, 24th July 2018

We strive to give our guests an authentic Italian dining experience and we didn’t fail. Guests enjoyed the restaurant’s atmosphere and scrumptious Italian set menu, crafted and inspired by Chef de Cuisine Ruben.


FIFA World Cup

Commencing from 14th June, we have been telecasting all the FIFA world cup matches at the Baazaar bar for our guests  and at Imax for our islanders. The final match was on 15th July, when France was acclaimed as World Champion, over Croatia.

Congratulations to all Supporters!

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Feeling Koi was the winner of World luxury Restaurant Awards

Luxurious Maldives home-from-home, Amilla Fushi Resort, has launched Feeling Koi, a breath-taking new overwater signature restaurant that offers authentic modern Japanese dining presented in playful, Latin-influenced style. Shared dishes are prepared using the finest quality ingredients, with simple, exquisite presentation given a Latin twist.

Brainchild of The Small Maldives Island Co. CEO and Curator Mark Hehir, Feeling Koi was inspired by Mr. Hehir’s extensive culinary adventures and experience, including several years as a chef in Tokyo.

Bringing informal, laid-back Izakaya-style dining to the Indian Ocean archipelago, Feeling Koi infuses the Japanese gastro-pub concept with warm service and a generous pinch of signature Amilla pizzazz.

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Full Moon/ Blue Moon/ Blood Moon Dinner on the Beach

Special dinner was arranged on the  fish and chips beach for guest in house with Expedia FAM trip was a successful evening with total of 43 pax.

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