Huvafen Fushi – October 2018

Message from General Manager

JC.JPGThe end of the year is approaching fast and we are getting ready with the activities, entertainment and all the goodies to ensure a memorable festive season for our guests. In the meantime the month of November is ticking at a sound occupancy and rate with more guests coming from Europe. We are also putting the final touch in refreshing our product. The renovation of the last 4 deluxe beach bungalows will be completed by 18 November, in time to delight our guests for the high season.

Most of you are enjoying playing now futsal in our new field. This will be completed by the end of the month with the fence. It will become then a true multi-purpose playground with cricket, volleyball and tennis on offer as well. I wish you all the fun at trying these games and putting teams together in friendly matches.

All the best and good continuation at delighting our guests, as always

Jean-Christophe Nager

General Manager


 

Engagement Survey 2018

Opinions and feedback of all our team members is of extreme importance at Huvafen for the development of our dream team and island. For the sole purpose of this, HR organized and carried out an engagement survey for all the team members on 29th to 31st of October.

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All permanent team members who has completed their time of probation was eligible to participate and provide their feedback anonymously to ensure a reliable feedback.

The survey was based upon two segments; engagement and leadership, and was carried on through out all the team members, including line staff’s, supervisors and managers to HOD’S and Directors. An online survey platform, survey monkey was used to conduct this important research for the beneficiary of our dream island.

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After the completion of the survey and the results were generated, HR ensured a discussion meeting with the leadership team to finalize and implement an action plan based on the outcome of the survey.

It is vital here at Dream Island that we generate a feedback from our team members, and manifest and value their opinions and perspectives to improve the working environment and for an efficient development for a better productivity and a safe work place.

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We thank all the team members for their constructive feedback and taking time from their busy schedule to complete the survey. Your opinions are very much appreciated and valued, and will be considered to bring about the necessary changes.


Halloween Dinner @ Huvafen

Not only in our Huvafen do we give an importance to mark and celebrate the festive of Maldives, but we also highly value the festive’s of our beloved expat team members.

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Halloween being among one of these festive’s, HR took an initiative to bring a little bit of the horror aura for our team members. Henceforth, with full support from our kitchen team as always, A Halloween themed dinner was organized and set for all the team members on 30th November.

Our chefs displayed their curving skills for the decoration, pulling up horrifyingly beautiful curved pumpkins for the setup. Dinner included numerous variations of food to compliment the theme, and it was a wonderfully delicious buffet as always.

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Thank you chef’s for exceeding the expectations, and giving us a WOW dinner!.

Your attention to detail always makes such celebrations a mark for our Huvafen history.

 


FIFA PS Competition – October 2018

As part of team building and recreation, Huvafen organizes various activities for its dream makers.

PS Competition being among one of these activities, this was the second competition that had taken place this year, and as always, a huge excitement was built among the team members.

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Played between 3 groups of 12 members, the competition was played on alternating four nights after our daily operations at our games and recreation room.

After several competitive matches played between the three groups, Sharie De Haccan from HR and Junaan from F&B qualified into the finals which was played on 30th Oct. supporters cheering for their player, the game took an even more exciting aura. Nevertheless only one can the game, and for this competition, Junaan took the lead by Sharie (1-0) and owned the championship.

Unfortunately, last Champion Huthy Ibrahim had to play the third place match against Ricsh Richie and won the third place of the competition.

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Congratulations Junaan for the amazing win, and thank you team members for the support and team spirit you always display for all the team activities that gets organized.

Lets look forward to the next competition soon again.


Weekly Fire Team Practical Sessions

Huvafen always gives a critical importance to the safety and security of its staff and guests.

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To ensure this our Safety & Security Manager, Shakir takes initiative in arranging a practical sessions to the Fire Team of Huvafen on every Saturdays.

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The sessions takes an hour and is mainly designed to raise awareness of fire hazards in the workplace and how to respond in the event of a fire emergency, including selection and the usage correct fire extinguisher depending on the type of fire.


Reef & Lagoon Cleaning

on 17th October, our Dream Team Members gathered around for the often kept regular lagoon cleaning of our beautiful Dream Island.

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Your support and enthusiasm helps us maintain this exemplary scenery of the lagoon surrounding us.


International Chef’s Day

The Heart of the House. The master behind the curtain everyday choreographing the harmony of cinema we witness on our Island, our chefs, are not just cooking up a storm, but telling a tale with every dish crafted out of each kitchen.

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Chefs being the earnest and most dedicated of professions, spends their life on their feet, bent over a pit of fire, sweat rolling off their brow, blisters and cuts from the tip of their fingers to the edge of their elbows, and smelling of today’s catch or yesterday’s garlic. They are the warriors of the kitchen, focused and passionate about what they do sacrificing a “normal” life for one dedication, creating wonderful tasting dishes for each of us to savor and enjoy.

It is this commitment to creativity and service that makes today an important time to pause and give them thanks.

Happy International Chef’s Day to all our Dream Team of Chef’s. Appreciation in words is not enough to show the gratitude.


Inter-Department Kayak Competition

Inter-Department Kayak Competition was arranged by the HR Department with the help of Float Team on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 afternoon at 4:30pm.

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Total of 16 kayakers participated and the competition was carried among 8 teams with 2 kayakers from each department.

Our Judge Inthi, calculated the timings to see the best 3 teams among the participants who finished the race quicker in order to qualify in the final round.

After the 3rd Round of the competition, the final round competing department names was announced (Engineering, Housekeeping & Transport).

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Congratulations Housekeeping Department for winning the title of the Inter-Department Kayak Competition, Engineering won the second place and Transport being in the 3rd place of the competition.

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Once again thank you HR and Float team for the arrangements and well done to all the participants.


Town Hall Meeting – September 2018

Huvafen holds its Monthly Town Hall Meeting at Malaafaiy on Saturday, 13th October late afternoon.

Opening the Town Hall with a word from our GM Jean-Christophe Nager (JC), the Town Hall meeting had a little bit more of specialty added to it than other months.

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A total of 14 new Dream Makers were welcomed into the team at the meeting, congratulating and encouraging everyone for their hard work and effort that has always been shown. In addition to this, we had a team member who with pride we had announced the promotion, congratulations Muja, Now Senior Spa Therapist cum Trainer.

As always we appreciate and award the hard work from our dream makers in every Town Hall, this month also we had a good number of deserving nominees for the Face of the House and Heart of the House. Congratulations Jameel from HR and Muzah from Front Office for winning the title of Heart and Face of the House for the month of September 2018.

This Town Hall we had a special award made especially on behalf of our team members, dedicated to none other than our Director of Sales, for winning his name in the 20 most influential Sales & Marketing Personnel in Maldives on Corporate Maldives. It is a very humble and prideful moment for the whole of dream Island that our Director of Sales has been nominated for this title. A very huge Congratulations to Nuas for this wonderful success, and being a role model to all our dream makers!

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Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge representatives from Dream Team, Certificates and Medals was issued by our GM to all the individuals who took part in this prestigious event for the year 2018 from F & B Kitchen and F & B Service.

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The very first time in Maldives, HR professionals day was celebrated on the 13th of October and Huvafen Pastry team has prepared a special cake to our wonderful HR Team to cut during the Town Hall Meeting in order to mark this special day.

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Few changes to the Town Hall Meeting for this month, Raffle Draw was included to the agenda and two items in the raffle draw was taken among all the team members. Congratulations to the lucky two winners, Mama – Front Office and Javiz – Transport, and of course every Town Hall meeting, we end with a sweet note of cutting a wonderful birthday cake from our pastry team for the birthday babies of September.

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Congratulations all the winners once again, and thank you dream makers for your amazing services.


Team Member of the Month – Face of the House (September 2018)

muzah.pngMuzah is consistently striving for excellence in all that he does. His dedication to his position is evident in his actions every day. Always goes above and beyond to help out. Offers help when he notices an opportunity, not just in his department but other departments as well. He consistently provides compassionate care for his guests and is extremely dedicated. Muzah is a great communicator and pushes himself to be the best that he can be.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

Briefly describe what you do all day.

After I wake up, I make myself available for all the guests I look after. Follow up on daily activities of all the guests. During my free time, I watch series and play video games.

What is the best thing about your role?

I get the chance to meet new people everyday, and I always learn something new from them. 

What do you value most about your employment in Huvafen Fushi?

All my colleagues who works around me.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at Huvafen Fushi? Anytime when I get a good feedback from the guests I look after.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

End up watching series.

What are 3 words you’d use to describe Huvafen Fushi?

Perfect place to work.

What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far? To be positive all the time.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Cooking

Tell us about a time when you had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best. I don’t recall any such thing happened so far.

What are your future career development plans?

Taking new challenges in current position. Get more training’s, and get ready for next position.


Team Member of the Month – Heart of the House (September 2018)

jameel.pngDuring the month of September Jameel has shown very good performance. Whenever a person asked to be assisted, he is ready to do the job. During the last month he took initiative and assisted on other department operations by releasing his colleague to assist Spa operations. Moreover, he is involved in all our extra activities and never say NO to his works. Jameel took lead on assisting Multi-purpose Court project during the last month.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

Briefly describe what you do all day.

Maintaining and cleaning staff area

What is the best thing about your role?

Being able to work and  assist together with all the team members

What do you value most about your employment in Huvafen Fushi?

The good relationship  built on my 15 years of career here at Huvafen Fushi with the Dream Makers.

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at Huvafen Fushi? Being selected as the Employee of the Year 2016

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

Watching movies

What are 3 words you’d use to describe Huvafen Fushi?

Friendly, Inspiring, Fun

What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Handling the village area tasks and welfare activities alone for a period of one month which taught me taking lead for leadership.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I want to learn office admin works into work in HR Office.

Tell us about a time when you had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best.

So far I haven’t had anything like that.

What are your future career development plans?

Improve my communication skills and take the part in HR Welfare Coordinations.


HR Professionals Day Celebration

13th October being commemorated as HR Professionals Day in Maldives, Huvafen with the whole team, took time to acknowledge the exceptional work our own HR team does for all the Huvafen team members.

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Working closely as one team, the HR department never fails to do what is righteous for all team members. With a group photo session of all available HR team members, like every other day, our HR department showed their fellowship in even celebrating this special day.

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At town Hall meeting held at Malaafaiy a special cake made by our Pastry team was cut by the available team members of HR.

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Thank you Management Team for always supporting HR in working for a safe and productive environment for all team members.


Huvafen Representing @ Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge 2018

Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge is a Prestigious Event where all Resorts, Hotels, Restaurants, Food and Beverage Associations participate and share their experiences.

The objective of the competition is to provide channels promoting culinary excellence, the skills and abilities of chefs, cooks, pastry chef and apprentices from near to far. The Competition was held in Male’, Dharubaaruge from 09th October to 12th October 2018.

Huvafen Fushi participated in the Culinary Challenge for the year 2018 in 6 categories and nominated 5 chefs (Sam, Nemy, Jahir, Abu and Shivam) from our wonderful Kitchen team and Ammu from F & B Service to showcase their talent and represent Huvafen Fushi at this prestigious event.

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On the first day of the competition (9th October 2018), Chef Sam & Chef Abu, took part in the Hot Cooking Lamb category. Our heartfelt congratulation to Chef Sam, who won the Bronze Medal under this category.

Chef Nemy along with Ammu, represented on the second day of the competition for the category of Dessert and tea making respectively. Much gratifying congratulations to Ammu, for winning the bronze medal in his category and for being selected in the top three for the Creative tea challenge.

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On the third day of the competition Chef Jahir represented for the category of Hot cooking, Poultry, and Ammu for the category of Iced Mocktail.

Chef Shivam, cooked on the final day in young Chef category, winning a prestigious bronze in his challenge as well.

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Our participants showed an outstanding performance along with the help of their departments full support, bringing honored value to our Huvafen Fushi. Thank you for your dedication to all the hard work put in for this competition and bringing Such a big success for Huvafen Fushi.

Well done to all our participants and Dream Team is really proud of you all.



Celebrating Breast Awareness Month at Huvafen

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked across the world every October. It aims to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.   Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide.  According to statistics, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

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Resident doctor, Wilma Corpus invited the women of Huvafen Fushi to a session of Breast Cancer Awareness where she explained the signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer. Signs and symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Dr. Wilma also emphasized the importance of knowing how to do a Breast self-examination (BSE), a screening method used in an attempt to detect early breast cancer.

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With Doctor Wilma clarifying any questions surfaced, it had been an informative and supportive session for all our Huvafen ladies.

To further increase the team bond between our ladies, along with the information session, a night for the ladies was also arranged by the HR team. With fun activities, such as Karaoke to keep the night alive, and with a variation of snacks and pizzas from our F & B team it had been made sure that Huvafen shows support to this cancer awareness as well as takes in detail to the well fare of our ladies.

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Breast cancer being a disease yet with no cure, we Huvafen, as an organization always dedicate our full support to the cause, and along with the rest of the world, we believe in the fighters of this disease, we applaud the strong survivors, and we hope for a cure.


Monthly Healthy Lunch

Every month Huvafen Marks one day to detoxify our Dream Makers with a Healthy Lunch Day.

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on 08th October, Wednesday with the help of our Island Doctor, the Kitchen Team displayed, a healthy lunch, balanced right to cater to the need of our Dream Makers Health.

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With an array of dishes, with the freshest ingredients with amazing flavors, our team of chefs delivered health with taste.

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Thank you so much, Kitchen Team, and Doctor, for arranging this beneficial and much required lunch for our dream makers.


 

ELITE TRAVELER -Mark Hehir on making Small Maldives Island Co different

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8th November 2018 // By Lauren Hill

Encompassing three distinctly unique island resorts—romantic Huvafen Fushi, family-oriented Amilla Fushi and the lively retro-chic resort Finolhu—Small Maldives Island Co places the focus firmly on giving each place a clear identity and curating the experiences you have there. With the recent relaunch of Huvafen Fushi, we talk to the CEO, Mark Hehir, to find out what it is that makes Small Maldives Island Co so different.

What drew you to join Small Maldives Island Co?

The founders and owner have been known to me for years. They invited me to join them and I took over as CEO in 2015. Since then I’ve led the company’s entire direction and focus, from the design and interiors of the 2016-opened resort Finolhu, to a villa’s styling and defining who the target guest is. The group started with Amilla Fushi, then Finolhu opened, then the family behind Huvafen Fushi asked if I could take it over and bring it into our group. I had been the GM of that resort before, so I could bring it back to life in the right way and with the right spirit.

The three islands are very different. How would you define each of them?

We define them by key experiences people can move between. Amilla Fushi speaks to a family who wants a chic high-quality experience. It’s got great water and land sports and ticks the box of the spa in a beautiful way, but in a broad stroke it’s a family resort with a series of multi-room residences. The Maldives has always had that base honeymoon market but the honeymoon market doesn’t repeat – families do. So, Amilla lives that life. Finolhu then celebrates multi-generational travel. It’s a very fun five-star retro resort, with 60s and 70s influence, and emotional connections through the music, architecture and design. Different generations have a different take on it, and it’s bigger so there’s a lot of movement and vibrancy. Every night there’s live entertainment and a lot of quirky twists, so we host a lot of celebrations.

For Huvafen Fushi, when I worked there before we were always thinking about that beautiful couple who wants to escape and indulge, eat and spa, do some diving and slow down for a bit. We thought about that a lot, but with new operators coming and going, the idea got lost. When I went in, I had to clean it out and think about who our guests are. In this most beautiful immaculate place with dolphins coming past, you don’t want kids running through throwing sand as you’re having a croissant and coffee. It’s supposed to be this zen place. So I made it adults only. And Huvafen Fushi is a grande dame of the Maldives. It’s timeless. So, with the re-imagination, it was all refreshed and brought back to life. Huvafen is built in a way that has integrity so I wanted to honor that.

That’s how the islands define themselves, but the same people do go to all three. I don’t think it’s a different guest. It’s more the mind-set. When you define a concept that well, it stands out and that eventually gives you the longevity. If you try to be everything to everybody, you inevitably become nobody. It’s been great for us to make that decision. Overarching though is our people who have been on the journey for many years. Without them, none of this works.

What are the biggest differences at Huvafen Fushi since its relaunch?

We now have the overwater Japanese restaurant, Feeling Koi. That’s been a huge success. We have a Japanese chef in Hokkaido who acts as consultant chef. He comes to the Maldives throughout the year and we send our chefs over there to train with him. That defines the authenticity of it, then we put a twist on it with our Peruvian-Brazilian chef. We had a healthy eating restaurant there before but we’ve moved that to the relaxation area of the spa, and we’ve worked on the spa facilities, establishing new partnerships with people like Teresa Tarmey the facialist and Pure Massage by Beata Aleksandrowicz. We then reworked our two-story villa, The Playpen, to make it feel like a London penthouse. It’s not something that’s been done before in the Maldives – it has a burgundy pool, steam room and sauna, and a raised bed so you see more of the ocean view.

How do you think luxury travelers’ expectations are changing?

Over the last six or seven years it’s been on my mind that it’s the person’s experiences and stories that matter most. The product isn’t the most important part – it’s what you do in it. It’s really important that we keep ahead of that by creating stories, curating those experiences and showcasing them in a way that makes people want to engage. Now more than ever, people want to know who’s there, what the culture is like and how it’s going to make them feel.

Do you have any other islands planned?

I do – in detail. We want to eventually have five resorts and alongside that work on other experiences within the Maldives and ways to champion all of that. I created a club to speak to our customer through called Maldives Aficionado, with a rewards program and experiences threaded through it. We want to grow our loyalty through gifting experiences and also engaging people in their own country with events. That’s critical for our growth. I also want to develop another island that’s close to my heart and how I feel about the environment, while relating to mind, body and spirit in a creative way through design and installations. It will be 100 percent solar powered and free from first- and single-use plastic, but we’ll still give you that luxury, design-led experience. I’ve created the concept and I’m now working on making it happen. Another island would focus on a different customer profile, and we’d like to have boats people can stay on that also connect the islands. These are the things we can do as a small company, which is the dream.

Find out more by going over to tsmic.mv.

Images: Huvafen Fushi; Finolhu; Amilla Fushi

AMILLA FUSHI – October 2018

MESSAGE FROM THE RESORT MANAGER

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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!

Sincerely,

Jean Noël
Resort Manager


JALSA – SEPTEMBER 2018 AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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.

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


KING OF NEPAL VISIT TO AMILLA FUSHI

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.


MEET THE EXPERT – TOBY MAGUIRE

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!

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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!!


ISLANDERS ENGAGEMENT SURVEY 2018

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.


BRAND TRAITS FUN CHALLENGE

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.


FRIENDLY FOOTBALL MATCH – AMILLA VS FINOLHU

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.


MANAGEMENT HUDDLE

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.


GENERAL ORIENTATION

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!


DEPARTMENTAL QUIZ COMPETITION

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!


TVEC STUDENTS TRAINING AT AMILLA FUSHI

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.


HALLOWEEN PREPARATION

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.


HOTEL ASIA COMPETITON  2018

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

 

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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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


 

AMILLA FUSHI – SEPTEMBER 2018

Message from Resort Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Jean Noël
Resort Manager


“Coffee with Resort Manager”

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

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

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

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

See you there!

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SATA AWARDS 2018!

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

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

Farewell Gathering for Atheef

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

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

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

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


Farewell Shimal!

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

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

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


Olive Ridley Presentation by Dr. Claire

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

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

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

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

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


TSMIC Tree of Life Training Sessions

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

“The TSMIC Tree of Life”.

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


“Amilla Bliss Bash- Fun Challenge!”

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

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


HUDDLE 13th September 2018

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

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


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


New Islanders Orientation

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

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


Worldwide Kids Certification Training

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

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

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


MODERN BUTLERS TRAINING

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

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


“ Bruno Menard- 3 Star Michelin Chef ”

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


Pure Massage Training by Beata Aleksandrowics

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

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

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

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F&B Gathering – Staff BBQ

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

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


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

Well done F&B Team!


World Tourism Day at Amilla Fushi

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


Jalsa – August  2018 Awards and Recognition

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Rock Star Winner – Antony Stallin Vinodh (Bartender)

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

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


Jalsa – August 2018 Awards and Recognition

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

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


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Permanent Islanders –  2 Years Anniversary

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