Message from the Resort Manager

JNDearest Islanders, 

Achieving our goal is one of our driving factors in life as it motivates us to work harder each day.

It is seizing all the opportunities presented to us but above all, to remain consciously aware of what is achievable for us as a team. Without teamwork, none of these goals will happen.

Believing in each and everyone’s commitment, I am very proud to say that the month of March has given us much of this opportunity!

As we continue the thrill of being favoured this month, JAVVU SPA made its way having been awarded by LUX LIFE MAGAZINE (UK base) as the ‘Most Outstanding Luxury Destination of the Year 2019’!

Enthusiastically moving forward, Coffee with RM sessions are back starting this month. 5th March was a fabulous start attended by 11 islanders from different departments. “Self-motivation, energy and passion that keep us achieving goals” has been fantastically tackled at the morning talk.

International Women’s Day celebration was something that we shall all be looking back at with smiles and huge happiness as our ladies participated and enjoyed the afternoon of a variety of fun games to celebrate the occasion.

March ended wonderfully with the Volleyball tournament in good fair play and enthusiasm. As I leave my simple thoughts to all islanders, all these are impossible with our unity, looking towards the same vision ahead of us. For the upcoming months, I would like to encourage everyone to keep the same focus, let us all be curious about what more we can do as a team.

Once again, thank you for keeping all our guests happy and for your valuable contribution to the community!


Jean Noël
Resort Manager

Coffee with RM

Coffee with the Resort Manager restarted on 5th March 2019 and it happens weekly with  islanders joining from different departments. Our Resort Manager makes it a must to sit for a coffee with some islanders every Tuesday.  It’s the time for him to get to know the team more and listen to what they have to communicate.


Modern Butlers Training

From 3rd to17th March 2019, we welcomed again Budi from International Institute of Modern Butlers for a Butler training in Amilla Fushi. 15 Katheebs and Katheebas had the great opportunity to participate of this 4 days classroom and practical training in a Villa: setting up a table for breakfast, tea preparation, cigar knowledge, packing and unpacking luggage. Budi gave as well the chance for the previous Katheebs to have a quick refresher training from last year.

On March 17th we had a graduation ceremony with our Resort Manager Jean Noel to support and congratulate their efforts from the training. All 15 islanders are now certified Modern Butlers. Well done team!


Island Cleaning

Our monthly island cleaning was done on 6th March 2019.  We would like to thank all our loyal Islanders who are always present for that event and once again reiterate our invitation for other islanders to join and support us in that monthly activity.

Sky is the Limit Competition

For the launch of the Skyhouse with bubble, a competition was organized with a lucky draw on 6th March 2019 for the Islanders who got all correct answers. Mushthaq from Security was the lucky winner of the one night stay in the Skyhouse.


Women’s Day

On the 8th March 2019,  we celebrated International Women’s Day.  All Amilla ladies were invited for an afternoon tea in EBC with some fun activities

Island Hopping

In view of creating new activities for our islanders, Island hopping was  organized on 11th March 2019 for us to discover other islands nearby. A visit to Kudarikilu was organised and we had very good participation. This activity was much appreciated by the islanders who are looking forward for the next trip

Inter-Departmental Volleyball Final

From 20th – 29th March, we ran a fun and competitive Inter-departmental Volleyball Tournament for the islanders. We saw 8 teams play in the group rounds with Kitchen, Front Office, Housekeeping and Engineering making it to the semi finals.

The final was on 29th March, a battle between Engineering and Front Office where Engineering took the CHAMPIONSHIP title. Stay tuned for our next inter-departmental challenge coming in May.

Mauritius Independence Day

Mauritius Independence day was celebrated on 12th March 2019.  A special food corner was set up in IceGe for lunch with various Mauritian dishes.

Long Service Award

For the first time since the opening of the resort, a long service award was held on 28th March 2019 with High Tea to reward and recognize the Islanders who have completed 3+ years of service with the company. 

We would like to thank the 89 team members who have been rewarded that day for their renewed commitment and loyalty to the company.


Our monthly Jalsa was held on the 28th March 2019 hosted by the Kitchen and Stewarding team.  Once again we had the pleasure of seeing the creativity of our team with the wonderful backdrop arranged for the event and the food stations that was available that night.

Jalsa – February 2019 Awards and Recognition

Rock Star Winner – Jadulla Jameel (Waiter)

Jameel has been a key member of the F&B Team throughout February. His “can do” attitude made the impossible POSSIBLE. Starting from the Valentine’s Day set up (which by itself should be sufficient to vote for him), the team and in particular Jameel worked more than 12 hours that day ensuring a wow experience that not only blew away our guests but also to outshine all the other resorts’ celebrations plans on that day. We can also mention his contribution to Chinese NY and his uncountable POD and AL due to operational obligations.

Jameel is a waiter that delivers exceptional service, mentioned by guests in travel click multiple times and thrives by adding brilliant and creatives ideas to our outlets, he is a strong leader within our waitressing team. Kindly recognize his hard work.

Super Hero Winner – MD Arif Hossain (Staff Village Attendant)

Arif is working with us more than 1 year as Village Attendant. His main task is looking after the cleaning of the islander’s village area.

During the month of February, he took a great effort on maintaining the cleanliness of these areas in absence of one village attendant. With his great passion, he cleans the Mosque and dedicate himself as a prayer caller while our Imaam is on leave.

Transfers & Promotions

2 Years Anniversary

Best Up Sellers – February 2019

Welcome Home New Islanders

Amilla Thari – February 2019

Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2019 was celebrated on the 30th March 2019. To support the cause, several activities were organized throughout  the day. Beach and reef cleaning, upcycling competition and we also burnt the earth hour fire sign when the lights were turned off at 9:30pm. 

Amilla Fushi always works towards protecting the environment and creating awareness for the islanders and guests to keep our environment clean and safe.



Dear Islanders,

I hope that you all had a great month of February. Reflecting back on what we have accomplished together for the past month, there is so much to be proud of, not the least of which is the ongoing dedication and commitment of all team members and our many partners in supporting our vision and mission on a daily basis.

Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day were both wonderfully successful evenings thanks to our Food and Beverage and Oceaneers team.

Stand-Up for Our Seas – A Baa Atoll Initiative by Dr Claire Petros but also in association with Olive Ridley Projects. This expedition has raised awareness of the positive initiatives and changes that are contributing towards the protection of Maldivian marine life. The expedition has also promoted the wonderful endeavors that resorts, NGOs and local communities are already doing to protect their local environment and by doing so contributing to preventing climate change and protecting our oceans from plastic pollution.

There is little doubt that month of March will prove to be equally busy; however, through the collective efforts and support of all islanders, we will fulfill our mission: Curating idyllic island escapes, providing lifelong memories for our valued guests.

In closing, I would like to thank the entire Finolhu family for their continued hard work and adaptability to the numerous changes in meeting our guest demands. I would also like to thank our Strategic Leadership Committee for their commitment and availability, as well as our TSMIC team for their confidence and steadfast support.

I hope that you find our Roohu blog informative and I invite you to come back and visit frequently. We are continually updating our TSMIC Roohu site with new and additional information every month. We greatly welcome your comments and questions so please do not hesitate to contact us for information, assistance, or to make a recommendation of how we can improve.

Yours sincerely,

Marc Reader

Kung Hei Fat Choi – Chinese New Year 2019


Last 4 February 2019, Finolhu guests were in a treat for our celebration of Chinese New Year. Since it’s the year of the pig, the Baa Baa Beach Diner was decked out with pig decorations and Chinese lanterns. The celebration started with a retro red party at Baa Baa Beach Diner beach where a dragon dance welcomed the guests and an amazing show from the Finolhu Performers The night then ended with a fire sign “Gong Xi Fa Cai 2019”


oceaneers Club

One week of celebration with  45 kids in-house joined our various types of activities by discovering the traditions China’s most important holiday

Love Journey at the Sandbank – Valentine’s Day Celebration


A romantic dining experience at the 1 OAK Beach last 14 Feb 2019 with a 5-course menu, a glass of rose and roses for the lady. Guests were serenaded by a sax performance from The Riffs. We also offered a 50% discount on Testulat Rose for the whole day so guests may enjoy this romantic day.

Our in-house band The Riffs and Finolhu performers choreographed a whole show for our guests where they performed side by side. Guests were extremely happy and was amazed by their show.



The day is mostly celebrated by people who are in love including couples that are married or just dating. Oceaneers Team celebrated Valentines day  by sending gift cards  for their parents and rose. Family guest in house are well overwhelmed by their kids when they took them from club and surprised them.

On the other hand, Recreation did a great job by decorating whole guest area with full of hearts starting from the arrival jetty all the way to 1Oak Bar, Activities starts in  morning  Couple Aqua Gym with a complimentary Cocktail and serenade by our In house band with the beautiful love songs. As the day goes, we challenge all the lovers to join our Couple Challenge Games and the winner will get a bottle of champagne.

New signature cocktails training & tasting

Out with the old and in with the new. As we turn over to a new year, we will be launching our new beverage package. Set to be done on the 1st week of March, Bob, our bar manager, did a training & tasting for our F&B team and management this February. IMG-7013

Watch out for our new thirst quenchers!





BEACH CLEANING – by our Islanders

Beach clean-ups are considered to be very important because throwing trash into beaches and the oceans can be better known as pollution. When trash gets into the oceans, animals can easily mistaken that trash for food. An example of this is with the sea turtles.

Like every month, this month too we had our monthly beach cleaning organized for all the islanders. It is lovely to see islanders taking time from their busy schedules and some joining on their off day for these kind of events.


“Let’s all be part of the solution, not part of the pollution!”

Did you know?

That walking  for at least 20-30 minutes a day keeps the doctor away? There’re many benefits as to why you should wear your trainers for a 20-30 minutes’ walk daily. Some of the benefits include;

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood and gives a sense of wellbeing.
  • Improve your balance, coordination and keeps you motivated during the day.



Message from the Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,

As we step towards the end of first quarter, with gladness I am sharing to all of you my deepest appreciation for everyone’s hard work. We work tirelessly over our busy periods, Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day formidably celebrated and yet we are all becoming stronger as great team.

February was not easy for everyone, we were hit side by side with negative comments on our TripAdvisor and Travelclick platform, but we will not stop where we fall. We, as a team, will continue to motivate each other, drive our focus in exceeding guest’s expectations and seize the opportunity to turn these unfortunate situations into richer experiences.

Emotional journey may get along the way seeing numbers of our wonderful islanders leaving but again these are just a few challenges that we as a team should surpass all together.

As we pursue on compelling our Brand Traits, I would like to encourage everyone to look on what’s beyond for each of us, help the community to enhance the working environment and leave no room for disappointment, hence we can truly continue to extend to our guests our Island Bliss! To quote one of our guest’s appreciation of our genuine commitment on our Survey, “We felt a genuine connection with everyone, it was a real testament to the power of human spirit”

March will be a promising month for all islanders as we will soon introduce our firstSkyhouse with bubble” This launching will give Amilla another level of hospitality and surely a noteworthy addition to our features and high-end branding.

Once again, thank you very much for all your valued support and continued dedication!


Jean Noël
Resort Manager

“Twilight Affair with Japanese Touch at 1OAK in Feeling Koi”

“Tet Vietnam Street Foods at Baazaar”

Sri Lankan Independence Day – 4th February 2019

Being a resort with multiple nationalities, we make it a must to celebrate the important dates for each and every nationality.  On 4th February 2019, a special Sri Lankan lunch buffet was arranged to celebrate the Sri Lanka Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day!!!

“Lunar New Year Celebration – Kids Corner”

“Lunar New Year Celebration – Salads & Sushi Corner”

“ Hampers – Lunar New Year”

“ Sushi Cooking Class at Feeling Koi By Chef Deliana-  Lunar New Year Activity”

“Lunar New Year – Culinary Team prepared special turndowns for in house guests ”

“Lunar New Year Celebration – Sweets Corner”

Chinese/ Lunar New Year – 5th February 2019

The year of the Pig was celebrated on 5th February 2019. On that special day, a wide variety of activities was organized for Guests and Islanders.  Special Chinese buffet was set up in IceGe for the Islanders to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2019.

Island Cleaning – 6th February 2019

Our second island cleaning since the beginning of the year was done on 6th February 2019.  We thank the team that was present for that monthly activity. We kindly invite all Islanders to participate and help to keep our island clean in the future.

Valentine’s Day – 14th February 2019

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the feeling called “love” among loving couples.

Amilla Fushi brought it’s best for in-house guests and residents to mark that auspicious occasion.

Evening begun with Cocktail’s at EBC and ended up with Live romantic music by in-residence duos.

Dinner options for couples were extraordinary.

Big Thank You to the F&B team, without forgetting all the supporting teams; Kitchen, Recreation and Engineering, who worked hard on that particular afternoon set up.

5 x Sunken Tables $$$$

6 x Romantic Setup $$$$ 

Guest were blown away by the arrangements on Valentine’s Day.

Friendly Football Match – 18th February 2019

On 18th February 2019, we played a friendly football match against Dhonfanu Island.  This friendly match is not only an activity for the majority of football lovers on the island but also a way to meet and build connection with people from nearby resorts and islands . The match ended with a score of 4-2 in favour of Amilla Fushi.

Cricket Match – 20th February 2019

On Friday 22nd February 2019, we had the pleasure of having Kevin Pietersen (former England Cricket Captain) and family as our guests at Amilla Fushi.  Our Islanders and other guests had the privilege of playing a cricket match which was organized with Kevin. 

Huddle – 21st February 2019

On Thursday February 21st morning, all supervisors islanders and above gathered at EBC for some yoga stretching with Kelzang. Then they have been introduced to the Employee Life Circle – Attract me and Get Me Started – with 2 activities focused on the attraction of new talents to the company. Finishing with brainstorming ideas for trying to avoid new joiners leaving during their probation period and enhance our attraction of new talents and successful on-boarding.

School Visit – 23rd February 2019

On Saturday February 23rd 2019, we received 7 students from Baa Atoll School with their teachers and parent for another school visit of the resort. Focused on the hospitality industry, we did a tour of the resort – Spa, Houses, HUB, Watersport, Recreation, F&B outlets. They have been able to experience a guest’s lunch at EBC as well.

Thank you Fabien for the Marine and Dive Center information, Subu for the Watersport areas explanation and Charles for the F&B outlets orientation. Thank you also to F&B team for the great lunch experience.

Best of luck for your studies and see you soon!

Beach Volleyball – 25th February 2019

Beach volleyball  has been added to our February calendar to allow all volleyball lovers to enjoy their favorite game.  Please join us in Recreation area twice a month for a fun game.  We also wish to share that an inter-departmental volleyball completion is coming soon so be ready for the challenge.

Orientation – 25th & 26th February 2019

18 more Islanders have attended General Orientation on February 24th-25th. Program wise: main corporate information, TSMIC Tree of Life, policies and procedures from HR, Security awareness and lots of fun! Quizzes, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit… Check out the pictures and warm welcome to all new Islanders to our Island Home!

Game Night – 27th February 2019

Upon request of our Islanders, we are working on new activities to allow everyone to enjoy their leisure time.  In this context, a board game night was organized on 27th February outside IceGe and will be more often in the months to come with more options. 

Healthy Tips – Water is the most Important to our Body

Do you know why water is important to our Body? Because our body use water in all it cells, organ and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other body function. Because our body loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion, it’s important to re-hydrate by drink fluids and eat food contain of water.    

6 Reasons to drink water

  • Drinking water help to maintain the balance of body fluids ;

Your body is composed of about 60% water, the function of these bodily fluid include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients and maintain of the body temperature. Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicate with your kidney and tell it how much water to excrete as urine.

  • Water can help control calories

While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverage can certainly help, food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and its absorb more slowly by the body, which help you feel full

  • Water help energizing muscle

Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids which can result in muscle fatigue, when the muscle cell don’t have adequate fluids they don’t work as well and performance can suffer, drinking enough fluids is important when do exercising to energizing the muscle.

  • Water help keep skin looking good

Your skin contain plenty of water, and function as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss, lack of water your skin become dehydration and your skin look more dry and wrinkle, water help lock moisture into your skin

  • Water Help your kidney

Body fluids transport waste product in and out of the cells, the main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, when you getting enough fluids urine flow freely, is light in color and free odor, when your body is not getting enough fluid, urine concentration, color and odor increase because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily function.

If you chronically drink too little of water, you may be at higher risk of kidney stone. Especially in the warm climate.

  • Water maintain normal bowel function

Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents Constipation When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation

“Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly


Since the beginning of February all islanders having a TV has the privilege to receive an IPTV Set Top Box in their rooms to enjoy the 40 channels provided.  Installation has started in few rooms and we invite more Islanders to register for the TV box

Fun Challenge – Hosted by Intuitive Generosity

The first fun challenge since the beginning of the year was held on 28th February 2019 at EBC beach.  Scavenger hunt, towel art, and wet sponge race were the three activities organized.  These monthly activities are very much appreciated as they help us to work together as a team with Islanders from different departments.  Looking forward for the next Fun Challenge from Idyllic Escape.


Jalsa – 28th February 2019

Our Monthly Jalsa was held on 28th February hosted by Engineering department.  Once again the creativity of our team was tested with the wonderful backdrop made for the event.

Jalsa – January 2019 Awards and Recognition

Rock Star Winner – JummanKhadem (Spa Attendant)

The new Wellness Café kitchen opened at the end of December, during one of the busiest time for both Spa and F&B. Jumman has worked above and beyond his responsibilities, making sure that the kitchen was always clean and tidy for the chefs, placing and maintaining the table set-up, giving feedback on what was missing and what could be implemented. And most of all, serving all the guests that were passing by and stopping for a bite or a drink. His support was crucial during the busy times and we want to see Jumman’s effort rewarded! 

Jalsa – January 2019 Awards and Recognition

Super Hero Winner – RanilSrimanna (Commis)

It’s our great pleasure to nominate Ranil Sirimanna from Kitchen Department as Roohu for the month of January 2019!

For the month of January, he stepped in and relieved those 2 kitchen staff who got sick for a long period of time and work in different sections such as Main Kitchen, Fish N’ Chips, Breakfast and Night Duty and he EXCELLED in those areas which is one of the positive qualities that a chef should have. He is an amazing islander who gave so much emphasis to his tasks. He made sure that each Mise-en-place is well prepared and in good quality and always one step ahead when the operation starts.

Srimanna is efficient at work and we can see that he is the definition of “Action speaks louder than words”. Though he is quite shy type and doesn’t talk much (introvert type of person), when operation starts he shows that he can do multitasking and finish all his tasks on time with great results. We can confidently say that he is the right islander to receive such award and recognition for the month of January 2019.

We encourage everyone to vote for Ranil Sirimanna.

Jalsa – January 2019 Awards and Recognition

Best Up Sellers – January 2019

Welcome Home New Islanders

Transfers & Promotions

2 Years Anniversary




Dear Islanders,

Both a successful & an eventful year has passed and we now enter 2019 showing incredible growth. We would not have achieved this forecast without your support and those contributions of TSMIC, especially the Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Reservations, but also the finance team where they tirelessly kept us on track and keep us on track into the future.

Additionally, on behalf of Finolhu Strategic Leaders, I would like to take this as an opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your dedication, focus, continued hard work and recognition which you all show to our guests on a daily basis.

Looking Ahead

We are seeing our occupancy demand, grows by 30% in the year ahead 2019.  This lends us great opportunity to continue showcasing Finolhu to our guests, all of our fun opportunities to enhance their stay.  These convert in sales, sales convert to Service Charge, which is a nice reward for our families.

In fact, our ‘business on the books’ is already meeting 2018 end of year total room revenue and we’re only two months into the year.

We have also been focusing on Group Bookings, whether it’s Weddings or Company bookings and Sales has reported even more enquiries which isn’t yet in our system.

Remember our Resort is only 30 months old and we have made a significant impact on the market under the guidance of TSMIC.  Our goal now is to continue to improve our service delivery, remembering we are Born to Play, thus having fun whilst doing so.

The year ahead will bring its own challenges but I am sure by working together, keeping focused on our priorities and putting our customers & work mates first, we can ride this wonderful wave to benefit all.

These will certainly continue to be my priorities and I am convinced I can count on you to do the same.

Let 2019 signify a new year filled with pages of success and happiness, written by the ink of hard work and intelligence. Have a Happy New Year ahead!

Enjoy & warm regards,

Marc Reader
Resort Manager

Ps.  When I am not serving a customer, I always make sure I am serving someone who is!



New Year’s Eve celebration at Finolhu started with a pre-dinner cocktails at 1 OAK Beach Club where Area 51 and DJ tappu performed it was then followed by a dinner at Baa Baa Beach Diner Beach where they were serenaded by The Gypsy Queens and The Riffs. The countdown was a joint performance of The Riffs & Area 51 fireshow and the year was welcomed by DJ Chloe until 2am at the Beach.


New Year’s celebrations began with a special dinner at the diner, prepared by our amazing culinary team for all the islanders.

later on, the celebrations continued with special DJ and countdown at Fill n’ Chill.



On the 31st of January 2019, a ‘Thank You” Party was organized to show gratitude and appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the Islanders during the Festive season.

The night started with a delightful dinner prepared by our culinary team for the islanders. Thank you party was kicked off by a special performance by the Hithaadhoo Boduberu group.

The party was combined with our monthly Jalsa, and all the recognition’s for the December month was highlighted during this memorable event.

Kudos to our Welfare team for the amazing set ups for this event!



Jalsa 2018 Presentation -


Jalsa 2018 Presentation -Ante

New Year Lunch

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

― Oprah Winfrey

Guests gathered and enjoyed the sumptuous and tasty lunch buffet prepared and arranged by the kitchen team. It is the best time to sit, relax and chill after last night’s countdown to New Year.

Orthodox Christmas and Lunch

Guests gathered together to celebrate the orthodox Christmas with a delicious buffet prepared by the kitchen team.

Turndown for Festive

To end the day right, for the turndown, here’s a little gift for your sweet tooth to your sweet dreams.

Over Water Lunch


How about a lunch treat in a private lagoon in the middle of Indian Ocean? In Finolhu, we got everything for you! The most extra and the best over water lunch.

Baahaa New Menu

From time to time, we make sure to introduce new items, new products and especially new taste for the taste buds. The Baahaa Grill, our middle-eastern restaurant, has a new menu that will add to the thrill and excitement for our guests.  From meat, vegetables to spices, we make sure that guests will have that satisfying taste and set up that they are looking for.



Australia day starts with Vegemite and Toast Tasting at the Main Dining. While others are enjoying their complimentary Special Australian Cocktail at 1Oak Bar , some of guest joined the  amazing Australian Sun Dance by the Pool lead by the Recreation Team. The days continue with Acoustic Live Music by the Riffs and Special Mini Carnival  Set up prepared for Little one by the Oceaneers Team. Fly high with kite flying was overwhelming over 30 kids in house joined for the said event and it was successful. Special set up made from Culinary Team such as Mini Burger Bites, Lamington, Sausages and many more!


In addition, for the first time ever Finolhu Entertainment with collaboration with the Recreation Team launched the first time ever “ GLOW PARTY”,  Face Glow Painting, Glow Stickers, Glow Stick are free presented by the Team and plus the tribal intermission was done by the Area 51.

To end with, the guest went back to villa with a smile on their face yet thinking with AUSSIE DAY celebration indeed it is more fun in Finolhu!

In January, THE COVE CLUB had the pleasure to host as a visiting practitioner Coco. Coco studied with a higher Zen Monk in Japan for a decade before travelling the world to share the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and meditation.

She focuses on unlocking one’s potential by detoxifying the body systems, cleansing chakras &energy channels and calming the busy. She conducted privates and group classes for guests as well as team building sessions for SPA, FO and F&B departments.



In January, THE COVE CLUB had the pleasure to host as a visiting practitioner Coco. Coco studied with a higher Zen Monk in Japan for a decade before travelling the world to share the sacred science of Kundalini yoga and meditation.


She focuses on unlocking one’s potential by detoxifying the body systems, cleansing chakras &energy channels and calming the busy. She conducted privates and group classes for guests as well as team building sessions for SPA, FO and F&B departments.




Dear Islanders,

Happy New Year team Finolhu, this is an ideal time to look back and review the year at Finolhu.  From the highlights and achievements, to those funny moments, which made us laugh.

Here is a recap of just SOME of our most significant accomplishments made to enhance our Island Playground.

  • Rolled out of our Born to Play, Brand Traits
  • The Bubble at Finolhu – More than $5m worth of PR
  • Our new staff bar and recreation area, Fill n Chill
  • Islander’s beach, [quiet zone] a great area to relax and unwind
  • Huge Kajun project – every Villa and outlet boost a new roof
  • Sunrise Breakfast at Palm Beach on Sundays, proving to be a great success, promoting Water Sports and the Cove Club
  • Retro Movie under the stars

Some Awards

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Baa Atoll Inter-resort Football Tournament Champion
  • Baa Atoll Summer Festival Catamaran Regatta – Sailing Champion
  • Excellent Quality Experience Mystery Visit with performance of 92.73% from WorldHotels Audit Report
  • Regional winner of the Best Luxury Beach Retreat in the Indian Ocean Islands at World Luxury Hotel Award
  • Moreover, to make the 2ndconsecutive year, Kanusan has been awarded the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018.

The awards are a fitting testament of the stellar hospitality and guest experience offered on our island.

We are kidding ourselves if we do not see where we need to improve and these are targeted and measured objectives for 2019.  Listening to our guests and colleagues feedback in areas of improvement, will always help us EVOLVE into a better business.

In 2019, I would like to see us work more closely together, helping each other in other departments, managing and planning our ‘Leave-Balances’ for May, June & July.

Thank you for your dedication, your positive outlook and your drive to be your personal best at whatever you are focusing on.

Bring on 2019!!

Wishing you all a year good health and happiness

Warm Regards,










We called it Finolhu “Born to Play”  3 weeks of limitless fun and activities, Pirate Cruise , Scavenger Hunt , Kids Yoga , Culinary Session with Chef , Christmas Tree lighting, Santa Arrival Parade, 417 Football Camp at Amilla , Kids & Teens Fashion Parade , Under the Star kids Camping for  kids and families are some to highlight . From little one to elder one on the island got a chance to witness expectacular variety of activities we offer.



Christmas is always special for the Families as the entire island jingles all the way.



From the Arrival Jetty all the way down to I Oak Beach everyone is excited to see Santa Claus Arrival.  From  Jet blade Show with the Thunderball Team to Seaplane landing where everyone is waiting for Santa Claus and witness for a fun filled day as we welcome, his home away from home during the holiday season!

Guest enjoyed a day of exciting set up from F&B Department like cookies, cotton candy, canapés  mini-bites and a lot more.


Isn’t that so cute? Our little fashionistas walking down all the way to runway highlighting their Christmas collection inspired by vibrant colors and eclectic pieces, showing their best walk, parents & Kids love the way Roboman showcase his dance during the last part of the show.



Children from 4 to 17 years participated Amilla417 football camp hosted by Tim Kahil, over 50 kids participated in this technical four days training camp, kids from Amilla Fushi, Finolhu and Baa Atoll School had fantastic experience.


Camp Tent was set up by the beach ,while waiting for New Year’s countdown, we encourage the kids to stay with us and offer different kind of night activities while the parents are enjoying their time with friends and family.



What’s more special during festive is a sweet treat during turndown. The design and presentation of the sweetest and delicious treats for everyone to cap the day.


From time to time, we make sure to introduce new items, new products and an especially new taste for the taste buds. Forget diet because we have added new menus to one of our outlets the fish and crab shack. Enjoy seafood, because everything you will see is food!



To acknowledge the efforts from our management team and to say thank you for the hard work.


We have currently 8 interns working within our Island Playground! Troy and Olesya (Front Office), Caroline, Belhassen and Ekaterina (F&B Service), Nu-Umaan (IT), David and Clifford (Kitchen). All coming from different schools but staying with us for 6 months.

Once again, let’s focus this month on one of them who has been joining us early November, Ben Amor Belhassen.


Coming from Tunisia, he graduated from Vatel International Business School. Only few weeks after joining the Food and Beverage team, Bel has been nominated Rock Star of the Week on the last week of December 2018!


This achievement has been well justified by many guests comments on TravelClick and TripAdvisor!


 From the moment we stepped off the seaplane up until we left the beautiful resort, we were greeted and treated with world class hospitality from the Finolhu staff. The staff (Asma, Bel, Mauricio) went above and beyond our expectations where they catered for our occasion (honeymoon) which made our experience extra special and memorable.

# 203 on December 9, 2018b1# 251 on December 11, 2018b2# 207 on December 26, 2018b3# 213 on December 28, 2018b4

Well done Bel and keep it up!