All posts by Jemma S. Cortiguierra

AMILLA FUSHI – October 2018



Dearest Islanders,

Blissful Greetings to all!

We’ve finally approached the last quarter of the year and started to feel the busy festive season. It’s with great enthusiasm that our leaders are adding their final touches to the festive calendar activities to mark the celebrations with higher notes. This year it’s going to be more rich and amazing for all of us!

Exciting moments ahead, as we look forward to welcoming our guests, many for the first time and aficionados returning to celebrate this very special occasion with us.

Recently, Amilla was also privileged to host the King of Nepal and family with close friends. A reward and a great sign of trust from such high level and notable guests! They were all impressed by our dedication and commitment. Each and every Islander have been an essential part to make this happened, of course with great service and intuitive generosity of all Amilla islanders.

It is also our great pleasure to welcome our TVEC students for their practical engineering exercise at the resort, first batch of students have successfully completed their 3 weeks course exclusively trained and assisted by our well talented Amilla Engineers. Let’s wish them a great success on their journey!

Join me in congratulating our award-wining Chefs and Bartender who participated in the recent Hotel Asia Culinary Competition in Male. The Amilla family has been very proud for your achievements! Well done Champions!

Islanders were also engaged in different activities, such as Huddle, TSMIC Tree of life sessions, Fun Challenge, Friendly football match and cricket match with our sister property-Finolhu as we wish to optimize on our islanders activities before we approach the busy Festive Season.

The preparation for our Amilla Islanders yearly event is also underway.. It’s going to be a Disco Night and let’s get ready to party soon!

My sincere appreciation for all your genuine efforts and participation in making Amilla shines as usual!

Let’s keep the hard-work going!


Jean Noël
Resort Manager


Rockstar WinnerRock Star Winner – Saji Peter (Demi Chef)

Uncle Saji as every guest calls him. He works at Joe’s Pizza in Baazaar Restaurant. He is  consistent in his pizza quality not only to guests but to the islanders as well. He always shows great smile and professionalism at work (rain or shine) either with guests or islanders and regardless if he is loaded with orders (6 pizzas) at the same time. He produces average of 50 to 70 pizzas a day, non-stop and in full speed and yet the consistency of pizza quality remains the same. He has so many great stories from Amilla and Finolhu guests that he normally shares to the team when visiting him at Pizzeria.

Super Hero Winner

Super Hero Winner – Ayu Sukeryini (Kitchen Coordinator) 

Ayu is the heart of kitchen department. She treats all our team with respect and grace, and has a sympathetic ear for all the drama of the daily life in the kitchen (64 islanders). She is truly a heart of gold when it comes to our team. She expects nothing in return, just do it with professionalism and quickly. She did an amazing job when she created a tracking sheet for all accumulated leave days,  which helped the kitchen team to reduce their leave days. She supports the team anytime, even midnight in case there’s an issue with flight, boat movement and vacation. She makes the transfers every day with the correct figures, generating a proper control of expenses and strongly helping the department to reduce food cost. She communicates all the information that is needed for the kitchen to flow the operation smoothly.

Gm Service Charge - Sept

Amilla Family is delighted to share the “Amilla Thari (September)” to our dedicated and passionate islanders from Gardening Team!


In the first week of October, we were proud to host the King of Nepal, his family and some friends on our Island Home.

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 mentioned on departure what a great stay they had and how happy they were to have come to Amilla Fushi – we certainly hope to be able to welcome them back again in the future.


IMG_4762During the month of October, we had the pleasure of welcoming as a visiting hero Toby Maguire who brought along his expertise in Chinese Healing and Medicine.

The traditional Chinese medicine is based on the belief that the Qi, our body’s vital energy, flows in the body through channels, called meridians, connected to bodily organs and functions.

Using various mind and body practices, Toby works on his clients to treat or preventIMG_4763 health problems and to bring harmony between two opposing yet complementary forces, called yin and yang, and therefore supports health and reduce the disease resulting from an imbalance between the two.

Toby’s most popular treatments in Amilla were the Acugraph analysis (a computerized tool able to assess the energetic status of the meridians through touching various acupuncture points with a moistened tool) and the Auriculatherapy (stimulation of specific points of the body using an electrical stimulation applied onto reflex points of the ear).

Together with these, Toby has been performing Hypnotherapy, Chi Abdominal massage and Qi Gong too, all practices that aim at bringing awareness and balance in the body.

Toby’s intuitive approach and effective techniques raised great interest among the staff and many islanders took the opportunity to experience his work!


We are very grateful to Toby for the knowledge that he brought to the team and for leaving us with few good tools and tips to a healthier lifestyle!!


In October for 6 days, October 7th to 14th, we invited all of our islanders from all departments and all levels to come and have their say in this year’s Islander Engagement Survey. For the survey, everyone was asked to grade their ranking on areas of engagement and leadership and share suggestions and ideas of what more we could be doing at Amilla Fushi as a business and community.

Over the 6 days we achieved 100% participation from everyone who was on the island over that time and we’re looking forward to seeing the results and moving forward as a team with some great new ideas on creating even more engagement within our Amilla Fushi Family.


So on October 11th the Brand Traits House Rich Experiences hosted this month’s Fun Challenge with 3 teams and all 4 Brand Trait Houses participating. The afternoon started with Walk the Plank, with the teams having to walk the course at Amilla Arena in sync in order to beat the other teams. Following this the teams were showing their speed in the Football Challenge.

We followed this with a fun activity of filling the bucket using only domestic sponges – fastest teams as well as water absorption were the elements necessary to win this round. The Flour Game got everyone messy – teams had to pass the flour from one to another over their heads to be the ones to fill their containers and as you can imagine more flour ended up on the participants than in the containers. And the final game of the day for the teams saw them competing in a relay race of sack race, 3-legged race, stepping stones and wheelbarrow race.

The victors for the day were TEAM IDYLLIC ESCAPE, scoring the highest points of the day, the joint team of RICH EXPERIENCES AND NATURAL ALLURE coming second with INTUITIVE GENEROSITY coming in 3rd place.

November we will see NATURAL ALLURE host the games, let’s see what they have in store for us.


Our sister resort, Finolhu Football Team visited us on 17th October for a friendly football match with our Amilla Team. Finolhu Team won the match with scores 2 – 0.


Another Blissful Management Huddle happened on October 18th morning with some balancing movement and Qi Gong with Toby Maguire, our visiting practitioner and a Brand Traits Photo Scavenger Hunt around the resort! But that’s not forgetting the healthy breakfast and the brainstorming session to keep improving our Idyllic operations!

Great participation from all departments as well as having all Brand Trait Houses represented. See you in November for more Huddle Fun.


On 15th and 16th of October, 21 more Islanders have attended General Orientation. Program wise: mainly corporate information, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Stretching activity from Kamal, quizzes, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit… Check out the pictures and warm welcome to all new Islanders to Island Home!


0-02-06-0b6ac6aa620b18df47ea6900e39c9d776cce9b38db1a2d3853712c38c01c3491_67561058On October 23rd we hosted a fun day of product knowledge quizzes between the departments from 10am until 6pm. Open to all members of the team from line level to AHOD (levels 10 to 5) while HOD and Executive levels went to cheer and support their teams! Teams were quizzed on product knowledge related to Amilla Fushi, Finolhu, Huvafen Fushi and TSMIC using the Kahoot! App for all of the quizzes.

0-02-06-22c6b4287bad0a2a8eb89a247b62fe7e179b9f1dd67193edc4dc802b7e2c27f7_33389e49In round 1 teams played in knock out rounds answering 10 questions, the Quarter Finals saw the teams facing up against 15 questions, in the Semi Finals they had to make it through 20 questions as well as picture questions in this round, and the Grand Final to see who would be crowned the Amilla Masterminds saw the last 2 teams of the day answering 25 questions to try to win.

Well done to all participant for this great brain teamwork and Congratulations to ADMIN team for their win, to RECREATION for making it to the final and to all of the teams who really worked hard and made the day a wonderful event!


During October, for 3 weeks, we were delighted to welcome 5 students from Kihaadhoo TVEC school for their practical training with our engineering team. We welcomed Mohamed Faruhaan, Musab Abbas, Ali Najih, Mohamed Yanaal and Ali Shafeeg for the 3 weeks where they experienced real life application of their area of study with our team of AC technicians, Mechanics and Electricians.

They quickly started adding value to the team and being of great help in the different areas where they were training and have become, in a very short time, a part of the Amilla Fushi Family.

We wish all of our wonderful students the very best of luck for their future and hope to see them back in Amilla Fushi with us in the future.


In blissful Amilla, 2018 Halloween we have started to prepare for this scary season since the beginning of October. And we are in the final week before the celebration is in full swing, we’re celebrating a very fun colorful Halloween from October 30th to 1st November for both our guests and islanders.


Great achievement recently by Amilla Fushi Culinary Team especially “Chef Don, Chef Subhajit, Chef Novia” who won medals in 5 categories of cooking challenge at Hotel Asia Culinary Competition.

Winner 1st place Gold Medal – Hot Cooking Fish Fillet
Silver Medal – Hot Cooking Beef
Bronze Medal – Hot Cooking Poultry
2nd place Bronze Medal – Hot Cooking Fish Fillet
Bronze Medal – Young chef Challenge


Getting to Know: Ailish O’Rourke, Talent Development & Quality Assurance Manager at TSMIC

Mark Hehir, the Chief Executive Officer at The Small Maldives Island Company and General Manager of Amilla Fushi & Finolhu Resorts sat down with his Talent Development & Quality Assurance Manager, Ailish O’Rourke for a brief chat of her new role with the company. With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, let’s hear what Ailish would like to share with the passionate islanders of TSMIC.

MH: So, what previous experience are you bringing on board to TSMIC for your role?

AOR: Well, I have worked in 5-star properties in London for 5 years, Dubai for 6 years and Seychelles for 6.5 years and over those years, I have had a mix of operational, training and quality roles. All of these positions and experiences of working for international companies with international teams providing amazing experiences for international guests will be able to add additional 5-star outlooks on different areas of the overall concepts we’re promoting at our Resorts here in the Maldives.

MH: What got you interested in moving from Front Office to a Training Manager position?

AOR: I was fortunate in London to have a dual role of Front Office Training Manager and Reception Manager for 16 months with my company, which allowed me to get a feel for training in a full time role, moving on from being a departmental training, and using my first-hand experience to prepare new joiners in the department for what they might expect from our guests as well as ensuring our PMS, SOPs and procedures were all known. I really enjoyed that chance to pass on my knowledge to others and then had the chance in Dubai after 3 years with my company there to become Training Manager for our 2 properties full time.

MH: What is the main role of training do you think?

AOR: Training is all about support. We support all departments in their training and development needs. This can be anything from on the job training on technical skills where we can give one-to-one or group sessions to full development programmes for departmental and individual enhancement. We are the ones who help leaders of departments in all aspects of their ongoing journey of development whether it’s through the running of the training ourselves, growing the training talent at department level or helping coordinating the external training needs for different areas. We’re all about helping and supporting each and every department and therefore the resort as a whole.

MH: What can training add to the guest experience?

AOR: In my experience, training can add so much to the guest experience. It can maintain and enhance the service standards in front line and backstage areas, it can add value to the experience through more confident interactions and can help create emotional connections with our guests, who will hopefully become repeat guests as well as our word of mouth marketers when they go home. Everyone can have an impact in this, if the islanders are motivated through development, increased skill development and enriched personal experiences in the work place that will shine through in their service delivery.

MH: Where does Quality fit in?

AOR: It applies to everything we do, from how we set the villa/house/residence for an arrival guest, to how the F&B service is consistent to how we present ourselves whilst on duty. Quality standards are the foundation for creating the experiences we all have, and that can be back stage too. My philosophy is “if you want to have quality, you have to do training; if you want to know what to train, check the quality”. We need to be passionate about quality and standards for them to mean something to us otherwise we all end up doing our own thing, our own way, and in the end, it is usually the guest (internal and external) who loses out.

MH: What impact can quality really have?

AOR: When quality standards are in place, we all have guidelines to follow, the basic direction that will tell us how a service or interaction should progress. Then add to that, the personality and character of the individual providing the service or involved in the interaction and you are really able to create memorable experiences. I am not for a moment suggesting that we all apply robotic approaches to what we do, in fact the reverse, we know the standards that the company expects us to implement and we then take it to the next level. That’s when we make a lasting impression on our guests and we stand ahead of the crowd / competition.

MH: How can training and quality together move us forward as a company / department / individual?

AOR: Training and quality go hand in hand. Quality is the gauge we use to check gaps in our service delivery and standards. We track using quantitative measures and have data to analyse and refer back to showing us the direction we need to be heading in. It also shows us what we’re doing well and should maintain at a high standard. Training then can use this data as a very useful tool for forward planning training sessions for individuals and teams where gaps have been identified. When we’re all playing from the same rule book, there is better understanding and cohesiveness in and across departments for smoother operations and better interdepartmental relations.

MH: What should we expect from you in this new combined role?

AOR: I hope moving forward that the departments will be so familiar with seeing me out and about in their areas for visits for training and quality that they count me as one of them. The Training and Quality role can be a challenging one, however I have learned over the years to ensure that the approach is the right one, in that I listen twice as much as I talk, I visit to congratulate as well as correct and I am actively involved with all of the departments in their journey for excellence.

MH: What key words / characteristics would you assign to the new role?

AOR: Active listening, collaboration, constructive feedback, continuous improvement, dual respect and always a fun, friendly approach with a positive outlook.

MH: Give us some idea of what we can expect to see in the coming months, any hints of what’s up and coming?

AOR: I’ll just say that I will be working hard on ensuring the company mission, vision, values, Brand Traits, and Golden Behaviours are forefront and in line with everything we roll out. Programmes for development at both properties will be enhanced and departmental visits will become a normal practice of my daily routine so see you soon, out and about, in Amilla Fushi and Finolhu.


AMILLA FUSHI – June 2018

Message from the Resort Manager

Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,

As members of the Amilla Family, we would like to share the news, the happenings and the passion of islanders that make Amilla Fushi an exceptional resort in the beautiful Maldives.

A little more than three years ago, Amilla Fushi set herself on a journey, Remember … “Fresh is our Journey” to create a destination within a destination, the “Maldives” that is unique and distinct for travelers, worldwide. Although the journey has been challenging, we are happy to see that our hard work and commitment are positively being recognized and supported by many of our guests and partners. Our business is picking up… let’s keep working harder… as around the corner “Success is our destination”. Thank you and a special mention to our Sales/Reservations Team for their tireless effort.

Many of you volunteered to spare a few minutes of their time and energy to contribute to the BLOG content. It is always fun and rewarding to share ideas, experiences and see the passion in which our Islanders describe their role and dedication for the resort.

Some great events happened in June: Successful celebration of Eid

Al Fitr, 1st Amilla World Cup, World Environment and Ocean Day and many more (Gin Day, Sushi Day, Yoga Day, Father’s Day, Music Day…)

Our HUB team is on the ball with the Manta Season kicking in and thus far we have already received great comments from our guests for the dedicated service extended by our dear Islanders during this extraordinary expedition at Hanifaru Bay.

First ever, we are also looking forward to the launching of the Baa

Atoll Summer festival from 20th July to 3rd August 2018- participated by Luxury resorts within the Baa Atoll.  For certain, Amilla Fushi will raise to the bar and we count on every single islander’s effort and support to make the event a great success.

My hope is for you to contribute more to the BLOG, take time to read and see these emotions of joy, pride and success in the words and images.

Happy Reading

Jean Noël

Resort Manager

“Coconut / Kurumba” – A tale of a courageous climber…

In this edition, we have the pleasure to introduce MD Mosarof, our one and only Coconut Climber who is ensuring coconut trees are safe for guest and islanders.                                          Cococut Climber 2

Name: MD Mosarof Hosan

Position: Coconut Climber

  1. Tell us something about yourself

Mosarof: My name is MD Mosarof Hosan, I’ve been working in Amilla Fushi since pre-opening. I joined the company when I was 18 years old and I am proud to be the breadwinner of my family. I have 7 more siblings and currently supporting my parents and helping my siblings to got to school. I can speak 4 language: Bengali, Dhivehi, Hindi and English. My first job was a driver in Bangladesh.

How many coconut trees you can climb in a day? How many coconuts you can collect?

Mosarof: I can climb 12 coconut trees per day, particularly to cut old branches, clean the trees and harvest about 30 young coconuts for guests (as per request) and 35 mature coconuts for kitchen operations. I will be able to produce around 500-1000 coconuts in a week.

What is your daily routine?

Mosarof: I usually start my day at 8am and start climbing coconut trees. I am also supporting our garden team whenever they need my assistance, helping the team to unload the weekly supplies, helping our electricians and even decorating beautiful coconut palm leaf arches for special beach dinner. I usually finishes my duty at 7pm.

What do you like the most about your job:

Mosarof: I feel very happy when I climb trees, it is my talent I guess! I know it is a risky job but I  am proud that I can earn money for my family for a better future. I feel even more happier and proud whenever I am approached by the guest and they will be amazed how fast I can climb a tree. Of course, I always make sure to offer them a taste of young and fresh coconut of Amilla.

What are the challenges you faced when climbing a coconut tree?

Mosarof: I don’t have sophisticated equipment whenever I climb. I only use my sticky hands and amazing feet to reach the top so I have to be very careful and attentive. Rainy days are always difficult for me, trees are much more dangerous to climb when they’re wet and slippery, or when visibly swaying in the wind. I hope everyone would understand my high-risk job and be patient if I wound not able to climb some other trees.

Can you share some interesting facts about coconut trees in Amilla?

  1. The tallest coconut tree of Amilla can be found in Residence 708.
  2. We have more than 2,000 coconut trees around the island.

    “Interesting facts you should know about Coconuts”
    Coconut trees belong to the plant family known as Arecaceae and are the only species of the genus Cocos. They can grow up to 30 meters high. Coconuts are the seeds of the coconut palm tree and considered a type of nut. The “meat” of the coconut is high in protein; whereas the milk is refreshing, light and low in sugar. All parts of the tree are useful. That is why it is referred to as a versatile tree. Some of you like the fruit but have little to no idea of what the coconut is capable of, where it got its name from, its nutritional and health benefits and so on.

    Here are 10 interesting facts you should know about Coconuts/Kurumba:

    1.  The term “coconut” is derived from the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish word “coco” meaning “head” or “skull”, from the three indentations on the coconut shell that resembles facial features.

    2. Indonesia, the Philippines and India are the three biggest coconut producing countries.

    3. Coconut water was used in World War Two as a substitute for blood plasma in transfusions, because there was not enough blood plasma available.

    4. The maximum age of the coconut palm is between 100 and 120 years.

    5. Coconuts are good fuel for the body, but did you know that it’s also a planet-friendly fuel for machinery? Biodiesel has been making the rounds as a fossil fuel alternative, and coconut trees happen to be one of the plants that can produce oil in workable quantities.

    6. Coconut water is a workable short-term substitute for human blood plasma and was positively tested as emergency intravenous fluid as far back as the ’50s. Coconut water is considered the “father of modern tissue culture science”. It ‘s also a rich source of minerals, vitamins, sugar and bioactive enzymes. It helps to remove dehydration.

    7. Coconut oils also contain four growth hormones, that help the development of many organisms.

    8. Aside from their culinary purposes, they are also used for cosmetic purposes and as a mosquito repellent (burning the husk), soaps and etc.

    9. The coconut tree is one of the symbols of the Maldivian emblem. National tree of the islands and only natural shade protection of Maldives beaches, coconut trees can grow up to 30 meters and reach the age of 100 years. Their wood is used to build Dhonis.

    10. Coconuts love the salt air and the closer to the beach, the better they taste. No beach vacation is complete without a refreshing coconut drink to help you kick back and relax.

    Bonus: September 2 is World Coconut Day, it’s a celebration for those with coconut-know how and hopefully enlightening to those yet to  discover this magical fruit! You can’t make a piña colada or a decent Thai curry without it, its water makes a great recovery drink, and its fibrous husk, when burned, repels mosquitos — these are just three of many excellent reasons to celebrate World Coconut Day on September 2.

    Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    ROHU Natural Oil at Javvu Spa
    Contributed by our dear islanders from Jaavu Spa    Coconut Oil

Hair Care                        Skin Care

Weight Loss                   Improves Immunity

Dental Care                    Prevents Candida

Speeds Up Healing       Keeping Organs Healthy

Helps in AIDS & Cancer Treatment

Boosts Heart Health

Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of other benefits that are explained below. Using this oil has been shown to mildly help the following

Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing, and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying it to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps eliminate mental fatigue. According to research virgin coconut oil gives relief from stress and has antioxidant properties

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby, preventing and treating diabetes

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, it is very useful for women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age

Boosts Energy: Coconut oil is often used by athletes, bodybuilders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this is that it contains fewer calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy, and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. It helps boost energy and endurance and enhances the performance of athletes

Coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease: The research conducted by Dr. Newport states that the oil is useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from this, there is no scientific evidence or traditional knowledge of coconut oil being used for treating Alzheimer’s. In fact, traditionally it wasn’t believed to boost the functioning of the brain in any form. The NIH has sponsored a study to check this claim

Reason’s to have bi-weekly massages….at least!
Contributed by our dear islanders from Jaavu Spa

Massage 1

1) It counteracts all that sitting you do

Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress.  More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.

Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.

Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job-as long as you schedule a regular massage.

2) It eases muscle pain

Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help. Massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain.

A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.

3) It soothes anxiety and depression

Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.

Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.

And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.

Massage 2

4) It improves sleep

Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep-it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.

Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy.

Also, massages help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick.

Most RMTs can do infant massage. And if parents want to do it themselves, it comes naturally. There’s not really a particular technique. Whatever parents normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.

5) It boosts immunity

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).

6) It relieves headaches

Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches.

Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.


TSMIC EXCOM and Amilla Strategic leaders shared a special moment to bid farewell to our dear family member;

Uncle Naseem and Bram who are leaving our Island Home in the beginning of July 2018.

Naseem and Bram have been a great part of our TSMIC family over the past few years. Professionally handled critical departments for both resorts Amilla and Finolhu. Bram being our Talent and Development Manager whilst Naseem as our Assistant Director of Reservations and Revenue.

Huge Thank You Naseem and Bram for your valuable contribution to the company and we wish you great success in your future endeavours!


Special turndown amenities with FIFA World Cup Theme
Contributed by our dear Islanders from the Kitchen

In celebration of 2018 FIFA World Cup,  Amilla Kitchen team, creatively made some eye catching and sweet special turndown amenities to be placed in all houses. Inspired with different football teams around the world such as Brazil, France, Belgium, Australia, Portugal, Japan  and many more.

Well done Kitchen Team!

Pastry Training with Chef Gael Francois Etrillard
Contributed by our dear Islanders from the Kitchen. 

Pastry 5

Chef Gael Francois Etrillard visited Amilla Fushi on 26th  and 27th  June, 2018 to facilitate a 2-day training with the resort’s pastry and bakery team. There were 10 chefs who participated in the training and everyone was so thankful of the knowledge that they have gained from Chef Gael.

Chef Gael presented and promoted their products from Fantasy Maldives such as Komplet Flour, Boiron Puree and Gelatin. After the presentation, Chef Gael showed the culinary team what desserts can be produced out of those products and trained them how to make such appetizing desserts. Some of his creations are highlighted below:

  • Mandarin swirl
  • Strawberry cheese cake
  • Pineapple and macha verrine
  • Berry layer cheese cake
  • Mango passion fruit tartlet

Guest Reviews from Tripadvisor

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Jalsa – May 2018 Awards and Recognition

Amilla Jalsa was held on 30th May 2018 hosted by F&B Department. Each department carefully chose their nominees based on their exemplary work performance for the month of April 2018.

In addition, our CEO Mark Hehir made his 30-minute inspirational speech to highlight the plastic elimination around the resort and also the importance of proper waste management system. Fun games and trivia with inspiring videos were enjoyed by Islanders.

Jalsa – May 2018 Awards and Recognition

  • Rock Star Winner – Ashfag Adam (Airport Katheeb) 


Ashfaq Adam has given excellent service to our guests who were admitted at Tree top Hospital at Hulhumale.

Out of his duty hours, he has attended the guests on a regular basis and offered personal care till they were discharged. He has arranged to get their meals from Hulhumale restaurants while they were in the hospital.

Because of his commitment and excellent service, from airport and resort side, guests have given a very good feedback about us (Amilla Fushi Team)


  • Super Hero Winner – Alia Korshykova (Sales Executive) 


Alia has shown immense passion for her work and lots of interest to learn and contribute more for the resort.  Within a short period of time and with limited supervision, she has excelled very well.

Last month (April) was a very challenging period for Sales with major Sales Events worldwide, leaving no manager on site for most of the days and during these days, she handled the office, FAM trips and other tasks very effectively – while working on the contracts for 2019 and sending them out – which took lots of her time.

Alia is also a strong team player – she gets along very well with the Reservations and Revenue team and it’s always very easy to get her assistance whenever needed.

  • Best Up Sellers – April 2018

Best sellers

  • Amilla Thari – GM Service Charge April 2018


Amilla Thari

Amilla World Cup Draw Ceremony

Amilla World Cup- Draw was held on 06th June, attended by six managers of the participating teams for the press conference followed by the exciting match draw and introduction of the teams jersey.

The match draw were done in two groups, with Group A comprising of the most anticipated teams: Australia, Brazil and Belgium. Many people in the crowd were very excited. Group B was drawn with lots of noise from them, which included Portugal , Argentina and France.

Football Fever – Amilla World Cup 2018

World Cup 1

Amilla World Cup commenced on 12th June with 6 teams, divided into 2 groups. Group A with Australia, Brazil and Belgium and Group B with Portugal, Argentina & France. Group A- Belgium and Brazil moved to semi finals and Group B- Argentina and France. First semi final was played between Belgium vs  Argentina and the second semi final between France vs Brazil

Final Match was held last 16 July with the tournament between Belgium and France. After a good match played by both teams, Belgium won the first Amilla World Cup with a score of 3 -2 over France.

Eid Al Fitr Celebrations 2018


Amilla Fushi celebrated 2018 Eid Al Fitr on 15th June in a traditional way by inviting Big Fish “Bodu Mas” from the nearby island for the first time.

Group of people from B.Hithadhoo visited us and performed “Bodu Mas” for all Amilla Islanders.IMG_2092

They also made a remarkable display and dance for our guests.

In addition, special food was served in IceGe – Islanders Cafeteria. The group performed the “BoduBeru” cultural dance in Kobabaa.


Designated Family Room for Islanders

Amilla Fushi proudly introduced a designated family room as an additional benefit to our islanders who will feel “Home Away Home”.

Islanders can enjoy the benefit by bringing their families and friends to the resort. Booking can be directly arrange through Human Resources Department and each Islander is entitled for a maximum of 30 days to use the benefit. All meals will be provided in IceGe – Islanders Cafeteria at USD 10 cost per day per person.

Family Room Poster

World Ocean Day – Reef Cleaning Activity

Amilla Fushi celebrated World Ocean Day, our H.U.B Team took the initiative to clean the Amilla reef on 06th June 2018.

Total of 10 Islanders participated in this event with the main focus on Jungle Jetty reef area. Well done team!

Reef Cleaning


Island Cleaning

On 20th June, Amilla Fushi organized an Island cleaning activity to clean our back of the house and make our village a better place to live.

15 Islanders voluntarily participated in this event with the main focus to clean the “Tin Shed” area where our project team was based earlier and recently these houses were dismantled .

You are invited to join our next island        cleaning in July.

    See you there!

Islanders Village Improvements

New TV Hall –  iMax room

The IMAX TV hall for islanders was  renovated with new benches and projector screen, Islanders can enjoy watching the FIFA World Cup matches and other movies


New Water Dispensers in Islanders Accommodation

As part of our plastic elimination program at Amilla Fushi, we proudly introduced Water Purifying Dispensers installed in different locations around village and offices. Islanders can now refill water using their own reusable bottles.

Please support us as we continue being a “Plastic Free Resort”.

Lemon Grass Items – Bliss Shop

Amilla Fushi proudly introduced a natural friendly products available at Bliss Shop. This is an organic products with natural ingredients which is used also for our guest houses. Islanders can get the items with a reasonable price and an option for Islanders to refill using their own bottles.

Get yours now!

Philippines Independence Day

Amilla Fushi celebrated Philippines Independence Day on 12th June by organizing a special food corner for our Filipino Islanders in IceGe. Several Filipino dishes were personally prepared by our Filipino Chefs such as: Bistek Tagalog, Tinolang Manok, Pinakbet, Fruit Salad and many more. It was a great lunch enjoyed by many.

Night Fishing  and  BBQ



Amilla Fushi organized a Sunset Fishing activity for our Islanders. Our Islanders really enjoyed the activity, as they were able to catch several types of fishes. At the end of the night we had a great BBQ dinner on the island.


Global Wellness Day 2018

Amilla Fushi celebrated the 2018 Global Wellness Day on 9th June with a special wellness menu served at Barolo Grill.

Special classes and wellness talks was also held at Javvu Spa.

TSMIC Business Review Meeting held at Amilla Fushi
Contributed by our Amazing Sales & Marketing Team

TSMIC Business Development Summit was held at Amilla Fushi on 26th and 27th June, 2018 focusing on the 3 resorts – Huvafen Fushi, Amilla Fushi and Finolhu.

The team from overseas, i.e. Nabeel (Director of International Sales & Distribution), Scott (Director of Sales – Europe) and Heidi (TSMIC Revenue Consultant) travelled all the way to the Maldives to attend this important conference with the rest of Business Development team that are based on the 3 islands – Huvafen Fushi, Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, led by TSMIC CEO & Curator, Mark Hehir.

Main purpose of the meeting was to discuss ongoing business strategies and team’s efforts to drive more business and increase revenue for the rest of the year 2018 and upcoming 2019. The team made important strategical decisions including but not limited to new innovations and promotions, strategies by market, volume deals/long term commitments, online strategies, marketing for Amilla Residences, etc.

After two consecutive days of productive meetings, the team moved to Finolhu to attend the Business Review Meeting with the CHR Directors and Management, that went well. The team prepared a brief presentation for each resort to present to CHR Directors and Management comprising of the discussions and outcome of the series of productive meetings held at Amilla Fushi. This was well received by CHR Team.


Amilla Huddle is a biweekly session where Managements and Supervisors get together early in the morning for light exercise, continued with a team building activities and concluded with a brain storming session to gather up new ideas that can be implemented in the resort.

This week, the participants had a brain teasers relay race, where they have to solve numbers of puzzles in a relay.

The first puzzle was a safe code crack, where they had to solve the safe code using the available clues.

The second puzzle was a secret message puzzle, where they had to uncover the secret message using the available clues.

The third puzzle was a paper cut puzzle where they had to cutout a piece of paper into the exact same form as the picture.

The fourth puzzle was a paradox puzzle, a challenging puzzle where they had to re-arrange pieces of puzzles.

The fifth puzzle was a rope tangled game, where they have to untangle themselves in a challenging way.

The final puzzle is the brand trait personality puzzle where they have to put the correct personalities to the right brand traits.

The huddle was concluded with brain storming session where the participants presented their ideas on 4 different initiatives.

WSET Level 2 Training Certification

This is a certification for wine training conducted by external training provider.

The WSET® is an internationally recognized program designed to provide high-quality education and sought-after qualifications in wines and spirits members of the trade

Participants are from both properties- Amilla and Finolhu.


FINOLHU – June 2018

Message from the Resort Manager

Welcome to the month four update of our Island Roohu blog.Marc

 Finolhu is proud and happy to announce two successful years in business which was celebrated on 17th June 2018 to thank all the Islanders who have embarked with us on this wonderful adventure since pre-opening and all those who joined along the way.

 The low season has been rich in activities for our Islanders, a good time to consolidate the team with more activities organised.  I hope you all enjoyed the Eid celebrations and all the efforts put together to make this celebration a success.

 Finolhu, Amilla Fushi, Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani and Vakkarau Maldives all located in Baa Atoll have come together to celebrate the Summer Festival with a bang in Baa Atoll calling it the “Baa Atoll Festival 2018”.  This first ever and one-of-its-kind festival will be held from 20th July to 3rd August 2018, bringing the best each resort has to offer in the dining scene.

I would like to seize the opportunity to highlight the great job done by our Sales Team. It has been another successful year, thanks to their hard work.  We are still going through the low season but very positive about upcoming months and getting ready for the busy season coming soon.

Thank you Team, for your renewed commitment.

Yours sincerely,
Marc Reader


After the Mini Olympics organised earlier in May, Born to Play Futsal Challenge was held from 27th May to 02nd June 2018 with 7 teams registered under the 4 Brand Traits.

Groovy Sparkle and Quirky & Proud Senior headed to the final with a score of 4 – 2 in favour of Groovy Sparkle

Well done Team!!



After a month of fasting, Eid Al Fitr was celebrated on Friday, 15th of June 2018.

Our Resort Manager, Marc Reader, made it a must to wish all Islanders outside the mosque after the morning prayers followed by greetings from the Management Team outside The Diner where a special breakfast was provided.

Last but not least, a sumptuous lunch was serve with live stations and family style biryani



It’s been 2 years already since the opening of Finolhu.

To celebrate the event, a Thank You party was organized on 17th June 2018 combined with Jalsa for the month of May with Area 51 performance, Bodu Beru, Bodumas.

We were honored by the presence of Mr. Mark Hehir, CEO Curator & General Manager of TSMIC on that night for the cake cutting ceremony.



JALSA |17th June 2018

Rockstar Nominees

Rockstar Nominees

Superhero Nominees

Superhero Nominees

Rockstar Winner| Rampyari Shrestha|Kids Club Attendant (Oceaneers Club)

Rockstar Winner

Rampyari Shrestha (Rossi) has been an attendant of Kids club.

She has learned and developed job skills of a level up and initiated to manage day to day operation of the department while her leaders are on leave for more than a month.

– Rossi was attending manager’s morning meeting
– Conducting departmental daily briefing
– Keep Oceaneers well cleaned and setup for guests
– Give tasks and directions to colleagues
– Prepared some important month end reports

She has been well identified and trusted as a source of a relief   for her leaders to go off the island while she look after the operation

Well deserved to be the winner.

 Superhero Winner| Ahmed Nafiz|Welfare Supervisor (Human Resources)

Superhero Winner

Finolhu Heat 2018 was a very successful event and Loney took a lead role in organizing and setting up the place for the event. In addition to this he was the referee for the volleyball and football games.

Loney also do a great job with his team to look after our islanders village. The cleanliness of the area and beauty of the gardens are noticeable. This was even highlighted during owners visit to the island.


The idea of having the The Biggest Loser Program had provoked a lot of interest among our Islanders whereby we started the competition on 20th March 2018.

It was quite and intense program designed by Geneviève UFC Trainer and Kamal , Personal Trainer who put all their efforts and time to guide and motivate the 15 contestants who initially enrolled for the 2 months program to achieve their goal.

Trainings with Geneviève and Kamal looked intense and they pushed everyone to their limits…

For Ronaldo Paro, The Biggest Loser winner, there was no excuses to miss his daily trainings and diet. He had put all his efforts, a commitment not to give up and the results, he lost 12.4kg in 2 months




180 Islanders participated in the fire evacuation drill exercise that was conducted on 26th June 2018 leaded by our Resort Manager, Mr. Marc Reader and assisted by Emergency Response and Decision Making Team.

This crucial simulation exercise is done at least once yearly to prepare our Evacuation Team Leaders, Guests and Islanders on how to respond quickly and calmly in case of fire or any emergency situations that require immediate evacuation.



Benefits of Drinking Water


Aids in weight loss

Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. In addition, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight

Maintains Regularity

Aids in digestion, as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation so next time you feel bloated reach for a glass of water.

Natural Headache Remedy

Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

Water for Skin:

Just like the other organs of our body, skin is also made of several cells. Skin cells like any other organ cells require water to function properly. Some of the benefi

ts of water to the skin include:

Water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines

Fluid balance

Roughly, 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.

F&B Kitchen Monthly Communication Meeting & Trainings 

  • Evacuation Training by Nabaraj Shrestha

Evacuation Training with Nabaraj

  • Waste Segregation by Chef Deepesh


  • How to Temper Chocolate by Chef Arun


  • How to use Sanitizer 146 by Chok Rana

How to use Sanitizer 146 by Chok Rana (1)

  • How to make Stock by Chef Somesh Jayawardena



Food Safety Audit and food safety Training | 18th to 24th May 2018

Food Safety Audit is conducted on a bi-monthly basis, this Audit is to ensure that our resort practices food safety & Hygiene measures in all outlets. Food safety training is also conducted to all food handlers, on the job training where the participants learn about the foundation of food safety and how to implement it in their daily work.


Legionella Training | 10th to 11th June 2018

A training session conducted by Greenpath in regards to Legionella awareness.

In this training participants learned about the danger of the bacteria and how to have a safe practice in regards to Legionella.


WSET Level 2 Training certification |24th to 27th June 2018

This is a certification for wine training conducted by external training provider.

The WSET® is an internationally recognized program designed to provide high-quality education and sought-after qualifications in wines and spirits members of the trade

Participants are from Amilla Fushi & Finolhu


Global Wellness Day press (contributed by Tamara Brnelic, Director of Spas, Amilla Fushi & Finolhu)


Retro-chic Maldives resort to stage free ‘yoga marathon’ to mark Global Wellness Day 

April 2018: Celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year, Global Wellness Day is all about the idea that ‘One Day Can Change Your Whole Life’ – and Finolhu is totally down with that. The Island playground is challenging guests to a ‘yoga marathon’ of five complimentary wellness-inspired classes throughout the day on 9th June. Shining a light on the benefits of healthy living and inspiring creative ways to embrace wellness into everyday life, Finolhu has curated a fun-filled line-up of wellness activities.


  Kicking off the ‘yoga marathon’ with a Namaste, baby! Guests are invited to rise and shine with resident yoga trainer, Shinto, for a sunrise session on the idyllic outdoor Yoga and Movement Pavilion – a serene space that will leave guests feeling energised, refreshing spirit, body and mind. Additional classes dare guests to join a Master UFC GYM trainer for an intense kickboxing and conditioning session on the beach; test their limits with a strength and endurance class using TRX and high interval training equipment in the ultimate beach gym; take time out to breathe and disconnect from the world with an Aerial Yoga session using soft silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling; before winding down with a Sunset Yoga session on the Sun Bank.

Staying with the retro beach vibe, Finolhu’s happening hub, The Cove Club, strips the spa concept back where massage, movement and chill is medicinal and the fun glamorous side of the Sixties is at play. The Cove Club offers a totally chilled out, unintimidating haven in which to drop anchor and just relax. Ten chandelier-lit treatment huts, featuring Divas of the day, are complemented by a fitness centre, yoga and movement pavilion and an outdoor ‘Palm Beach Gym’. Inspired by the island’s natural environment, guests can embrace their fitness goals with capoeira and paddle boarding to ballet and kickboxing, while other awesome facilities include a relaxation area overlooking the beach, steam/sauna, wellness area, salon and retail pavilion. Situated on Palm Beach, Thunderball boasts an incredible 1.5km long lagoon that is perfect for the many adrenalin filled motorised and non-motorised water sport activities from jet skis and Seabobs to the thrill of knee boarding, wake boarding or water skiing.

Turquoise Holidays (01494 678400; offers a seven-night stay at Finolhu from GB£2,950 per person. Price includes Beach Villa accommodation based on two adults sharing on an all-inclusive basis, return international flights and shared seaplane transfers.


Notes to editors:

About Finolhu

Just 30 minutes by speedboat from sister resort Amilla Fushi, Finolhu is a stylish and eclectic retreat with a buzzy bon-vivant vibe and a refreshing, retro-inspired burst of fun for the region. Bringing toes-in-the-sand relaxation to fun-loving beach-erati alongside the best DJs, live acts and most fabulously chic parties in the Maldives.  Finolhu’s 125 villas come on the ocean, the lagoon or by the beach, with or without pool in either one or two bedroom options being the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends alike.

Located in the UNESCO world biosphere of Baa Atoll, both resorts can be reached by either seaplane in just 30 minutes from Velana (Malé) International Airport or by a 20 minute flight to Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll followed by a short speedboat ride.

About The Small Maldives Island Co

The Small Maldives Island Co’s main focus is on Resort Management in the Maldives for Coastline Hotels and Resorts. Amilla Fushi and sister resort Finolhu are owned by Coastline Hotels and Resorts – part of the Coastline Group of companies, one of the Maldives’ largest private companies, established in 1994. The Coastline Group is engaged in logistics; oil importing, storage and distribution; pilling and construction; building material supplies; hotel resort development; condominium development; airport ownership, development and operation; and luxury yacht and boat manufacturing.  It is the largest importer and distributor of Fuel Related Products such as Marine Gasoil and Mo Gas to resorts in the Maldives, servicing 65 per cent of the country’s resorts through its company Asian Gasoil. In addition to building W Maldives and Huvafen Fushi, Coastline’s recent developments within the tourism sector include Mudhdhoo island, subsequently acquired by Dusit Thani Hotels; Baa Atoll’s Dharavandhoo Airport; and the newly opened Raa Ifhuru Airport.

For further press information please contact:

Sarah Harvey (, Kate Faulkner (, Nat Frogley ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Bacall Associates Ltd.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7630 2880

SOP – Check-in Process by Front Office Team


Amilla Fushi March 2018

Message from the Resort Manager

JN photoDearest Islanders,

I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all your effort and achievement towards delivering rich experiences for our guests in March. Although a busy month with some challenges, we have managed to close some of the gaps to reach a good occupancy for the Easter Weekend.

You are always such a valued contributor and I really appreciate your support in every way as we work altogether to move into the next phase with our growing business.

The guest feedback remains very positive and it’s rewarding to see so many of you, being highlighted by our guests for your personalised attention and care. BIG THANK YOU!

A note of appreciation also goes to all of you who dedicate themselves for the community, supporting the Roohu activities, as one family.

Once again, thank you for all your tireless effort in putting together a wonderful calendar of activities for Easter.

Let’s all celebrate the success!

With warm regards,

Jean Noël
Resort Manager

Jalsa – February 2018 Awards and Recognition

“Jalsa” is a Dhivehi Language, which means “gathering”. Jalsa is organised every month to recognise and award the Islanders who performed and excelled for the month. An Islander who went beyond their call of duty is rewarded and  will serve as an inspiration and a good example to other Islanders.

Front of House Islanders are nominated for Rockstar category and Heart or Back of House Islanders are nominated for Superhero category.

Rockstar Winner of the Month

Rockstar Winner
Congratulations Aishath!

Superhero Winner of the Month

Superhero Winner
Congratulations Mohammed Nasir!

Congratulations to all nominees for the month of February!

Rockstar Nominees

Rockstar Nomiees

Superhero Nominees

Superhero Nominees

Congratulations to Islanders who recently received a promotion and are moving up!


Upsellers for the month of February


Bangladesh  Independence Day Celebration

On 26th of March, Amilla Fushi celebrated the Bangladeshi Independence Day in IceGe with a special dinner prepared by IceGe Kitchen Chefs.

The Bangladeshi Islanders enjoyed the sumptuous meals that were served whilst commemorating their special day of freedom. Here are the photos taken in this occasion.

Bangladesh Independence Day Poster

Fire Awareness Training

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A Fire Awareness Training sessions were conducted last March 16-17, 2018 with the help and assistance of Global Fire Maldives.

There were 51 Islanders certified after completing this training.

Thank you to all the participants and Global Fire Maldives. This is hugely beneficial to  Islanders and the company as a whole so as to provide and respond safely and effectively in the event of a fire.

Baa Atoll Unity Futsal Challenge 2018

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Amilla Futsal Team participated in the recent Baa Atoll Unity Futsal Challenge 2018 that was held in Eydhafushi Island. The Team was able to reach the Quarter Final.

Everyone is looking forward to participate in the next Futsal Tournament, not just in Baa Atoll but being involved in the main Maldives tournament.

This will be a good opportunity for Amilla Fushi to highlight its Islander’s sports abilities.

Island Cleaning

On March 13, 15, 21 and 26 were important days in becoming a more responsible Islander. Amilla Fushi organised a series of island cleaning days so as to find ways to make the Islander’s Village a better place to live.

Everyone has a lifetime commitment to maintain the cleanliness and order of our home island because we believe that a clean place is a safe place to work.

You are invited to join our next island cleaning in April. See you!

Sunset Fishing

We took a trip to the Indian Ocean and organized a Sunset Fishing activity for our Islanders. Fishing is known to be a rewarding activity that is very popular amongst many of the Islander. Sunset fishing is one of the most adventurous things to do if you are keen on fishing in general.

Our Islanders really enjoyed this activity, as they were able to catch several types of fish from the ocean. At the end of the night we had a great BBQ Dinner back on the island.

Take a look on how our Islanders were beaming from ear to ear wearing their smiles.

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International Women’s Day Celebration

On 8th March, we celebrated International Women’s Day by organising a Pool Party for all our female Islanders.

Everyone who joined this occasion had a good time. Our empowered women shared their inspiring life stories and their life challenges made them independent women in this new generation.

We would like to thank our Food and Beverage Team for their delicious meals and serving drinks.

Thank you for making our female islanders extra special! Until next year!