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
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
ROCK STAR OF THE MONTH!
WELCOME OUR NEW ISLANDERS!
FESTIVE TIME AT FINOLHU – December 2018
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 COCKTAIL AND TREE LIGHTING
Christmas is always special for the Families as the entire island jingles all the way.
SANTA ARRIVAL PARADE
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.
KIDS & TEENS FASHION PARADE
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.
FINOLHU 417 FOOTBALL CAMP @ AMILLA
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.
UNDER THE STAR NEW YEAR EVE KIDS CAMPING
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.
FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS BY OUR KITCHEN TEAM!
DAILY SPECIAL TURNDOWN FOR IN HOUSE GUESTS DURING FESTIVE
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.
CRAB SHACK NEW MENU
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!
THANK YOU PARTY FOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
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, 2018# 251 on December 11, 2018# 207 on December 26, 2018# 213 on December 28, 2018
Warmest welcome to our Roohu blog update for the month of November.
All hallows eve and Halloween has already passed. However, once again, it was delightful to watch our guests enjoying a spooktacular evening prepared by our Recreation and Oceaneers team and ensured that our younger guests also enjoyed a fun-filled evening with thrilling Halloween craftwork and spooky face-painting activities at the Oceaneers. I hope that you had also enjoyed an amusing and scary evening with the spine-chilling Halloween train experience and the spooky DJ night at our Fill n Chill bar.
Let us start big with the amazing $1,000,000 sales pick up for Finolhu! Hats off to TSMIC Sales and Reservations team whom entered such an enormous amount of reservations. Once again, a heartily congratulation for the sales target achievement!
It seemed that Finolhu’s Festive present came early this year: Finolhu is the Regional Winner at World Luxury Hotel Awards. The prestigious black-tie event was held in the Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia with over 360 guests from around the world. Finolhu received the Best Luxury Beach Retreat in the Indian Ocean Islands in recognition of sustained commitment to excellence in hoteliering and outstanding achievement in the international luxury hospitality industry.
Mystery shopper – Quality experience mystery visit was conducted this month and I am very pleased to share with you all that Certificate of Experiential Quality was presented to Finolhu where we have achieved a performance rate of 90.59% from the World Hotels Audit Report. I cannot express how much I appreciate all your efforts. Doing a good job is not always about impressive innovation. Sometimes it is only about doing something with plain dedication. Well done team!
Baa Atoll Manta Festival – The first ever Baa Atoll Manta Festival was sponsored by 12 luxury tourist resorts in Baa Atoll. As a part of the festival initiative, Finolhu had donated 16 sets of Cressi snorkeling equipment to Hithadhoo School and provided snorkeling lessons at the festival with over 16 student participants witnessing the beauty of the Dharavandhoo reef, many for the very first time.
I would also like to express my appreciation to the many individuals for your excellent management of what has turned out to be a successful and highly entertaining tennis clinic exhibition featuring Alexander “Sascha” Zverev, the German professional Tennis Player, who was season ranked world no. 4 in 2017. The youngest player in the ATP top 10 and recently won the ATP Finals beating Novak Djokovic. I want to ensure you know how important your commitment is to the overall success of this event.
The Festive season is here, another year will soon end and we are all set to welcome our guests for another unforgettable experience here at our Island Playground! We have a 22 days long programme arranged starting from the 19th of December till the 10th of January 2019 with special activities lined up for all ages!
I am very lucky to lead a team of ultimate professionals who go the extra mile for their customers, company and team. Huge thanks as well to Mark, Mervin and the rest of the team for giving me this break to be with my family. May the Festive season brings peace, joy, and happiness to you and your loved ones.
BAA ATOLL MANTA FESTIVAL – 24th November 2018
The first ever Baa Atoll Manta Festival took place on Saturday 24 November 2018 on Dharavandhoo, and Finolhu and sister resort Amilla were part of it. There were over 1000 visitors, including 11 local schools that enjoyed the festivities. The goal of the event was to educate the students about manta rays and marine issues and to show how they can be involved in safeguarding the environment. This was done in a playful way, with over 200 students participating in the stall treasure hunt with activities as printing their own recycled, reusable bags with marine creatures and messages.
The festival was sponsored by 12 resorts in Baa Atoll, including Amilla Fushi and Finolhu. As part of the festival initiative, these sponsors donated 222 sets of snorkeling equipment to 14 schools in Baa and Raa, and provided snorkeling lessons for over 100 students. These snorkeling lessons were also given at the festival where the participants could witness the beauty of the Dharavandhoo reef.
“The Baa Atoll Manta Festival was a huge success with the greatest achievement being getting so many young Maldivians engaged with the ocean, helping to achieve our dream of creating a generation of ocean guardians through this initiative and inspiring young women to engage with the ocean. The partners will continue to work towards this goal throughout the year and look forward to an even improved event in 2019”, says Flossy Barraud of the Manta Trust.
WELCOME OUR NEW ISLANDERS!
WORLD DIABETES DAY 2018
On November 14th we celebrated the World Diabetes Day by raising the awareness among the islanders. Thus we organized a special badminton competition for all ladies.
Thank you and well done to Mirrah and Clem who won the trophies!
We welcomed 5 new interns to our Island Playground this month! Jumana (HR), Olesya (Front Office), Federico, Belhassen and Catherin (F&B Service). All coming from different schools but staying with us for 6 months. Welcome all!
Let’s focus this month on one previous intern who joined us at the beginning of September, Troy.
Coming from Malaysia, he is currently student at Taylor’s University and doing his Bachelor of International Hospitality Management. He only joined the Mojo team for few weeks and already has been nominated as Rock Star of the Week by the end of October!
This achievement has been well recognized by his team and especially by our Resort Manager, Marc Reader.
Even lately, his name was again mentioned by guest (#256) on Travelclick who has rated their experience at Finolhu with a total score of 91.62*!
Well done Troy and keep it up!
GENERAL ORIENTATION – November 12th – 13th.
Another 2 days General Orientation to welcome onboard 15 new island players in Finolhu happening on November 12th and 13th. Spa visit, F&B outlets, back of the house, but of course some general information about the company and each department. Always combine the pleasant and the useful!
SCHOOL VISIT – THULHADHOO SCHOOL
On Saturday November 10th 2018, we received 16 students, teachers and parents from Thulhadhoo School to visit our Retro Revival resort. They were mainly interested about Kitchen, Stewarding and Housekeeping to complete their BTEC Grade 9. After some welcome drinks and pastries, they had an introduction to food production, learnt some techniques in the preparation of two-course meal and how to present and clear dishes. Then they have been demonstrated the procedure and sequence for servicing the room, the procedures to service rest room in a hygienic, systematic and safe manner, some guest laundry procedures and the turn down service.
Thank you all concerned department for your involvement and groovy spirit! Best of luck to all of the students!
HUDDLE – 15th November
On Thursday November 15th morning all managers gathered at the Palm Beach for another funtastic Huddle! Starting with some stretching by Gen and followed by fun games focus on Communication. Followed by an healthy and energetic breakfast, 3 teams were focusing on the Start, Stop, Continue strategy in order to know how to improve the Communication within the islanders and for our operations.
EXPERT’S ADVISE – RESORT DOCTOR ON DIABETES MELLITUS
Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Serious long-term complications include Heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are two main types of diabetes mellitus
Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’ failure to produce enough insulin. The cause is unknown.
Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses, a lack of insulin may also develop. The most common cause is a combination of excessive body weight and insufficient exercise
Control of blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease. Type 1 DM must be managed with insulin injections Type 2 DM may be treated with medications with or without insulin.Prevention and treatment involve maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco.
ISLANDER’S FISHING TRIP
On 25th November our islanders enjoyed a night fishing trip organised by our HR team. It was an amazing night with live BBQ dinner for the the islanders who were able to join! undoubtedly everyone a great time as they took a break from their busy schedules for this groovy experience!
In line with the event was an elegant vegetarian Indian corner prepared by Chef Nishantha Vithanage (Executive Chef). As Finolhu celebrates Diwali day, it is about time to celebrate our islanders with delightful Indian menu in The Diner. Our groovy islanders . We’re thrilled to try the Special Indian food prepared by our diner culinary team
PASTRY TRAINING WITH DEAN GIBSON –
(Chocolatier and pastry consultant)
Chef Dean is an award-winning pastry chef from Australia. Won third place in coupe du monde (world pastry cup) as a team coach with Australia. He trains us to improve the desserts qualities; he did 5 days training at Finolhu. 8 participants attended the training
GREGORY BURNS –
16th to 24th November 2019
His works consist of original paintings, but he also focuses on mixed media paintings. He was here to give art classes and group workshops to the big and small artists in-house and to work on his portfolio with the beautiful island Amilla as his inspiration.
Gregory is connected to Finolhu as the resident Artist and works with individuals and families to help them bring out the artist within. He holds an MFA in painting and has exhibited in 17 countries throughout the world for over 30 years already. In 2016, he was named the Sports Artist of the Year by the US Sports Academy. Gregory has published two books, one in English and one in Mandarin, and been featured on CNN, BBC, CNBC, ESPN, CNA, CCTV and in The AWSJ, Time and The China Daily.
We want to thank Gregory for his amazing art classes and get inspired by Gregory’s collection of paintings, pass by the Art Studio and you can maybe even find one in your own Residence or House.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY 2018
For this Children’s Day celebration, 15 kids from the Goidhoo School came to Finolhu to participate in fun activities. They were welcomed by our Recreation Department and our Managers and then divided into different teams, the Manta’s, Turtles, Dolphins and Crabs. They took part in several games, such as the ‘Cup Water Rally’ and ‘Tail Fishing’ that tested their teamwork. At the end of the day, every child got a special gift and we said our goodbyes. Kids from Dharavandhoo School, we hope to see you again soon!
On Saturday 7th dominika cibulkova, a Slovak professional tennis player known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won eight WTA singles titles and two on the ITF Women’s Circuit., honored and hosted 7 day tennis camp and one exhibition for Finolhu guests.
Dominika came to help our guests improve their tennis skills and to show us her top performance in the form of a tennis exhibition versus our in-house Tennis Pro’s. Many guests came to watch her play and took the opportunity to get a photograph or signature. Overall, it was a very successful tennis exhibition where guests got the chance to meet with Dominika and get some Tips and Tricks.
SASCHA – ALEXANDRE ZVEREV
28th November 2018
For the second time around, Finolhu Resort were very thrilled to have Alexander Sascha Zverev , now ranked World Nos 4 at the ATP World to give complimentary tennis exhibition in Finolhu Palm Beach Tennis. Last November 28, 2018, Shahsa’s White Party Tennis Exhibition held at the Tennis Palm Beach, were all guest in house are invited to have a chance to watch Shahsa playing live in front of them, it was a successful event where everyone got a chance to have photograph and autograph with Sascha.
I trust that we all welcomed the New Year in good spirits with all our islanders, friends and families.
January 2019 for sure has been a great start for us on many grounds: First, we are all extremely happy that we have made our budget for the first month of the year! Our service charge equally has attained the sum of $1000, which is inspirational and rewarding for all the hard work that has been achieved in the past month.
Thanks to your total commitment and dedication, especially during this busiest time of the year, followed by amazing reviews and feedback from our notable guests, our reputation is growing hence attracting more interests and business on our books.
In February, we are going to be equally busy with many of our guests from the Asian Continent visiting for their family holidays and the spring festival. An array of activities and events is scheduled to mark the Lunar New Year on the 5th February. In the coming months, we will continue with our subtle enhancements of our offers, product and services. Our pool and beach service will be upgraded with a beach bar offering efficient and remarkable touches to our discerning guests. The EBC will be revamped with new dining furniture, the coffee shop will be upgraded with Coffee section, Juices, Smoothies and Shakes. The Wellness Café, a new addition to the Javvu Spa, will add a richer experience to the Spa Journey. The latest in the series of innovation, will be the Sky House with the bubble, whose construction is about to start in February.
As stated in all our brand communications and briefings, we pledge to become one of the most competitive and leading resort in the market. We are committed to continuous improvement of our products, delivering rich experiences to our guests and highly determined to the safety, security and wellbeing of all our guests. Your continuous hardwork is phenomenal. Big Thank You to all of you!
Wishing you a year fully loaded with great rewards, achievements, prosperity and happiness.
“ Twilight Affair at 1OAK in Feeling Koi”
“ Kids making Pizza at Joe’s Pizza following weekly activity calendar for in house kids”
“ Australian Day at Amilla – Culinary Team prepared special turndown for in house guests ”
DID YOU KNOW THAT?
Did you know that breathing, one of the most basic functions of the human body, not only fuels the body with oxygen, it can also clear a foggy mind, strengthen the muscles, release non-beneficial habits and dissolve negative emotions yet only very few people learn how to breathe in a way that allows the body to function the way it should?
And did you know that if you consume protein in excess, the extra protein will not be stored as protein but converted to and stored as fat?
Our Visiting Heroes Dave and Dela are here to reveal all the secrets about Breathwork and nutrition!
They have brought their knowledge and expertise to Javvu Spa and are collaborating with our team to educate our guests and provide tangible life-changing experiences.
Through Breathwork and energy transmission Dela facilitates emotional trauma release and energetic realignment, enabling her clients to release deeply stored trauma, non-beneficial habits, destructive lifestyle patterns, and dissolve perceptional negative emotions, resulting in a life-transforming emotional & mindset shift together with a quantum leap in personal development, health and happiness
Dave Catudal is an author, celebrity fitness trainer and diagnostic nutritionist who has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to wellness and optimizing human performance.
His specialty in hormone health and anti-aging protocols has helped thousands of people to achieve their holistic wellness and aesthetic physical goals through methods that involve an emphasis on the importance of sustainable nutrition while incorporating daily detoxification and stress reduction techniques.
The first Huddle of the year 2019 happened on January 10th at EBC for our managers and supervisors from all of the departments for some warm up, activities and brain storming. Indeed, this sunny morning saw the team on the beach being led by Kelzang our Yoga instructor through a series of yoga stretches. Following this we had the participants playing the musical “Pass the Parcel” of negative guest comments in order to find the ownership of each action. Then, a “Tug of War” activity to show the physical and mental power inside each of them! We finished off the morning activities with rephrasing some negative quotes into their positive version.
After breakfast, our leadership teams were then split into their respective 4 Amilla Fushi Brand Traits of Natural Allure, Idyllic Escape, Rich Experiences and Intuitive Generosity, each one brainstorming about the 3 buzz words – Ownership, Positive and Powerful.
Following this session, we did another Huddle on 24th January to keep implementing those 3 buzz words. After some breathing exercises from Dela, one single activity to combine them all : a scavengers hunt race! Every one per team was the owner to lead their team to a specific place without using certain clues but using positive words! Having a powerful mindset to always keep going and competing! Well done Rich Experiences and Idyllic Escape for your efforts!
10 more Islanders have attended the first General Orientation of the year 2019 on January 19th and 20th. Program wise: mainly corporate information, the TSMIC Tree of life, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, scalp massage at Javvu Spa, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit… Check out the pictures and warm welcome to all new Islanders to Island Home!
Australia Day was celebrated on 26th January 2019.
To mark the event a special food corner was arranged in IceGe with Australian food
Thank You Party
December has been a very busy month with all the activities organized to make the Festive 2018 successful.
It was an amazing teamwork among all the departments which came together to make it a success. To show the gratitude for that Festive season and recognizing the hard work of everyone, a ‘Thank You’ party was organized on 28th January combined with our monthly Jalsa. All Islanders were pampered with a sumptuous dinner at IceGe, live band and ending the night in Kobabaa with DJ Ivan.
Jalsa – December 2018 Awards and Recognition
Rock Star Winner – Hussain Ashraf (Waiter)
He is very flexible person at duty. He always show “Can do” attitude. When it comes to twilight affair or destination dining setup his creative ideas blow away our guests.
He is looking after home delivery without any supervisor / Manager. Always working extra miles in order to make guest happy. He take initiative to help outlets whenever needed.
Jalsa – December 2018 Awards and Recognition
Super Hero Winner – Hassan Abdulla (Welfare Supervisor)
During the month of December, we have seen that Hassan & Team took a huge role for the success of our 4th Anniversary Party + Festive Events.
He managed the welfare team in a way which have given full support during the festive events like football camp, helping F&B operation by giving one of the Welfare Attendant as Bar Helper, assisting on Recreation team for their events and also help Islanders events for decoration of IceGe, Kobabaa + running the bar operation during festive.
In addition, we have seen a huge improvement in the cleanliness of Islanders village after his come back and took initiative to make in house dustbin with Ghoni Bags for the village, rather then buying additional bins.
What an amazing year of 2018! I am so proud that we made it this far and now embarking on our fifth year of exciting journey together.
I would like to take this opportunity, to appreciate each and everyone’s effort for making this year’s FESTIVE a remarkable one for our notable guests.
December has been the most challenging and fascinating month, but I must say with all your dedication, teamwork and full support, we have delivered a special week of celebrations to our guests. Our visiting heroes, performers and entertainers felt supported and welcomed to our Island Home! They have all been touched by your continuous hospitality and emotionally connected to our community.
The whole experience was world class, exceptional and seamless!
KUDOS to everyone!
You’ve set the standard to greater heights and our lovely guests, families are already looking forward to celebrating next year’s FESTIVE with us-
all because of you.
Once again, we wish you, your family and loved ones another fruitful year ahead!
Jean Noël Resort Manager
Welcome home to 13 new Islanders who have been attending the General Orientation on 1st and 2nd December. New Islanders learned about the main corporate information, TSMIC Tree of Life and Brand Traits, policies and procedures from HR, Security information, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, ice breaker activities, coffee breaks, back and front of house tours… Check out the pictures and join us in warmly welcoming our new Islanders to our Island Home!
Amilla Fushi Triathlon
On 3rd December to get our anniversary celebrations started, we arranged a Brand Traits Houses Triathlon. All 4 houses were represented by 10 participants who took part in the games. We had 4 swimmers from each house doing relay laps in the main marina, this was followed by 2 participants from each house cycling around the island, finishing off with 4 runners from each house completing 500 meters each in relay fashion to try to get to the finish line first. Intuitive Generosity (Green Team) got off to a strong start in the swimming taking the lead. Once the cycling started both Rich Experiences (Yellow Team) and Natural Allure (Blue Team) started to come back into the race. It was only finally decided in the last section of the race with the runners from Intuitive Generosity sprinting to the finish first to claim the victory. What a great afternoon for all of our island athletes.
Lucky Draw – 4th and 5th December
In the run up to our 4th year anniversary the resort arranged for a Lucky Draw to take place from our islander restaurant IceGe during lunch time on both the 4th and 5th of December.
With 290 islanders eligible to try and win a prize we did the draw over the 2 days with 145 prizes being awarded each day meaning that each and every one won a prize. All of the names were then added again for the top 11 prizes on the night of the anniversary party. Prizes ranged from TVs to rice cookers to cash vouchers and many more.
High Tea for Roohu of the Year Nominees
Every month we recognised our Rock Star (Front of House operations) and Super Hero (Back of House operations) for their contribution to their department and the resort. In December in preparation for the anniversary party, we hosted a High Tea where all of these winners from October 2017 to November 2018 were invited to meet the Amilla Fushi senior leadership team to tell us why we should give them their vote for Rock Star and Super Hero of the Year.
The High Tea was hosted in EBC with attendance from all of the hopeful candidates giving them the opportunity to tell us about themselves as well as mingle with the management team before the voting commenced. Best of luck to all of the candidates and the lucky winners will be announced on the anniversary party night.
Brand Trait Fun Challenge
On 4th December, continuing our anniversary build up, we were delighted to have the final Fun Challenge of the year being hosted by Idyllic Escape. All the teams were playing hard for the points as these could help decide the House that would win the Brand Traits House Cup at the upcoming anniversary party.
Amilla Disco Party – 4th Anniversary
The team celebrated in style on 6th December to recognize our 4th anniversary with a trendy Disco Party. Islanders were encouraged to dress up in fashion from the disco era to try to claim the prize of best dressed for male and female categories. The night was started with our resident duo and co-hosted by our Talent Development & Quality Assurance Manager Ailish with the Entertainment Manager from Finolhu Naufal. Many special recognitions were given throughout the night such as; Rock Star of the Year going to Ayu from Spa, Super Hero of the Year going to Basheer from IT and the Guest Excellence Award being won by Shifaz from F&B for the most guest mentioned on TripAdvisor and in the guest satisfaction surveys for the 12 months.
Goma Group were a highlight of the night dancing for the crowd during the event as well as having all 4 Brand Traits Houses show their talent with performances from each House with Idyllic Escape winning the award for Best Performance of the night. Natural Allure House won the Brand Traits House Cup for the first time for the most points won from the 4 Fun Challenges from September to December. We also awarded the final 11 top prizes of our Lucky Draw. The night was a huge success with DJ Ivan taking the party to the next level and with member from our sister property Finolhu also in attendance.
See you next year for an even bigger night when we celebrate our 5th anniversary!
Amilla Disco Night – 4th Anniversary Party
Guest Excellence Award 2018
Rockstar of the Year 2018
Superhero of the Year 2018
Management WHY Huddle
On 12th and 13th December we had our special “WHY” management huddle for 2 groups of our leaders to really get the focus on the inspiration and drive that helps us to get our best results at the resort.
These sessions, attended by 66 of our leaders from all departments, was led by our CEO and Curator Mark Hehir with great group discussions and brain storming taking place from all of our participants.
Island Cleaning and Road Leveling
In the preparation for a busy festive season, islanders from multiple departments participated in both island cleaning and road leveling every afternoon for 1 week in order to ensure that our Island Home was looking as beautiful as possible for our upcoming festive time. Hours of work were put into bringing white sand to level the guest roads as well as cleaning and fixing up all of the guest areas. A big thank you to everyone from the different departments who put in all of the hard work, it really was a great achievement.
As we were approaching the festive season the final Jalsa for 2018 obviously had a Christmas Theme. With Spa, Admin and Business Development co-hosting the preparations it was sure to be a great event and of course they didn’t disappoint. The location selected was Kobabaa and the decoration and set up was immaculate. Santa of course stole the show making an early Christmas appearance for the islanders. We presented the Roohu of the Month awards for November 2018 with Lesley from F&B Service winning the Rock Star of the month award and Clemence from Talent Development winning the Super Hero prize. HR Department stole the GM’s service charge for the month giving them their second win in 2018 and the islanders were also presented to a special festive surprise from our CEO and Curator Mark Hehir of a gift worth US$7,000 for TV set up boxes to be given to the islanders in their accommodation.
The hosts of the night added their extra touch to the night with a very special dance performance to lead us into a pre-festive celebration for the completion of Jalsa for 2018.
Jalsa – November 2018 Awards and Recognition
Rock Star Winner – Jayasinghe Lesley (Bartender)
Lesley not only received incredible compliments from our guests on the Satisfaction survey and Trip.
Advisor, he always thrives for excellence and everything he does. He is a valuable element for the Food and Beverage team and deserve to be recognized for his hard work and genuine generosity.
Super Hero Winner – Clemence Duvent (Learning & Development Assistant)
During the month of November Clemence went the extra mile in stepping in and assisting our colleagues in HR areas such as recruitment and HR admin with additional tasks in order to ensure the smooth running of the areas and completion of tasks on time in other areas. This included the launch of a Ladies Group for activities on the island that she is leading. Clem is always ready to step in and give a helping hand and has been a great support in her own role in the L&D team. She is taking on more responsibilities and will be starting to take on more in terms of training delivery and assisting with quality visits and reports.
Best Up Sellers – November 2018
Welcome Home New Islanders
Permanent Islanders – 2 Years Anniversary
“ Festive Celebrations”
Daily Special Turndown for In House Guests during Festive
Caviar Savouring at Feeling Koi
Thai Cooking Class at Wok in Bazaar
Maldivian Night at EBC with traditional setup
Christmas Eve’s Dinner at Fresh Restaurant
Culinary team prepared special dishes for Islanders at IceGe, celebrating Christmas Day in Amilla Fushi
Special Dinner for Christmas at Icege
On December 25th to ensure our busy islanders were able to celebrate the festive cheer, our amazing culinary team organised a special Christmas dinner in the islander restaurant IceGe. They pulled out all the stops to really make sure the evening was celebrated in style with live cooking stations, extravagant desserts and mouth-watering delicacies for everyone to enjoy.
Festive Time at Amilla Fushi– December 2018
‘Amilla Tribe’ descend on the island with more than 3 weeks of unlimited fun and activities, kids pirate day, treasure hunt, kids yoga, culinary sessions with chef, Christmas tree lighting, Santa arrival parade, four days football camp, kids and teens fashion parade for couples, kids and families are some to highlight . This Festive is one of the best and most successful festival which Amilla Fushi presented. Lots of excellent feedback!
Christmas Cocktail and Tree Lighting
December 24th saw us really getting into the Christmas spirit with our Christmas Eve for a special cocktail party and tree lighting. We were delighted with the carol singing of our little guests and this set the tone for a fun and exciting Christmas celebration for everyone on the island
Santa’s Arrival Parade to Amilla Fushi
A beautiful deco on the day of 25th at Amilla Marina featured a troop of decorated vessels bringing Santa Clause to Amilla Fushi, with over 70 children and their parents had an amazing experience.
AMILLA 417 Football Camp by Tim Cahill
Children from 4 to 17 years participated in Amilla417 football camp hosted by Tim Cahill. Over 50 kids participated in this technical four days training camp, kids from Amilla Fushi, Finolhu and Baa Atoll School had a fantastic experience, with many wanting to join the Easter and Festive camps for 2019.
Kids and Teens Fashion Parade with Twilight Affair
Kids participated in various activities throughout Festive and one of the highlights was the Festive Fashion Parade with kids of all ages coming on stage to strut their stuff showing us their beach wear, casual wear and evening wear.
New Year’s Eve Countdown
To wrap up the year in style, our islanders were invited to our EBC beach to watch the fire work show. There was a great turn out of islanders from different departments celebrating the start of the New Year together on the beach front. Following on from that we arranged a special countdown at Kobabaa for everyone at midnight Male time, 2am island time where all of the islanders could come together and ring in the New Year together with our own DJ Subu playing for us for the night. Wishing everyone a prosperous and blissful 2019!
From the editorial desk, Happy New Year to all our lovely Islanders!
It’s been a great journey and at the same time exciting to know that we are embarking on our final days of 2018 with less than 3 weeks till we start our Festive celebrations! I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and for keeping the island spirit going especially with all our notable guests.
I sincerely appreciate each one of you who have taken some of your precious time to partake on our recent ‘Islanders Engagement Survey’- 100% completion for the resort. It’s been so rewarding to read your constructive feedback and insights about our company. On behalf of Amilla Fushi and The Small Maldives Island Co, a HUGE THANK YOU for your valuable contribution.
On another note, I am very much delighted to see so many of you participating and enjoying the Brand Traits Activities. We are encouraging each and every islander to join and experience the amazing fun challenge wonderfully prepared by our hosted brand traits houses. The more we are to participate, the more we become acquainted and stronger as a community. Be proud to wear your colourful branded t-shirt and support your team!
One more week to go till we start our 4th Year Anniversary Activities! Committee Members and the Management team have been very busy preparing for this very special occasion. I personally invite all our dedicated Amilla Islanders and other supporting colleagues to join and celebrate this remarkable milestone!
December, for sure our business activities will grow, our valuable guests and many returning families, will visit with high expectations. We count on your full commitment and dedication to ensure they all have a very rich experience. Please support each other, be healthy and safe and let’s altogether deliver our promise.
Wishing you all a joyous festive season ahead!
Jean Noël Resort Manager
Halloween– 1st November 2018
There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by midnight”
Halloween, combined with Jalsa for the month of October were celebrated on 1st November 2018. A wonderful evening was prepared for our Islanders along with a breathtaking decoration from Recreation who turned the party area into a graveyard, not to mention the great zombie dance and haunted tunnel for everyone to enjoy.
Dharavandhoo – School Visit – 3rd November 2018
On November 3rd we have been invited for the examination of 5 students from the DRV school on how they set up and serve customers. They have thus been able to show us what they have learnt from their previous visit in both of our properties. We also had the opportunity to visit their new hospitality lab and facilities.
Katarina’s Farewell – 04th November 2018
A farewell note to Katarina, our Talent Resources and Retention Manager, who left us after 11 months of service on 4th November 2018.
We will like to thank her for her hard work and dedication company and wishing her all the best in her future plans.
Servsafe Training – 5th to 7th November 2018
On November 5th till 7th we welcomed Babli from NSURE for 3 half days of Servsafe training for 15 Managers from Amilla and 1 from Finolhu. This is a crucial part of our HACCP certification requirements.
Eventually, after having the re-sit exam of Servsafe for Managers training, we now have a total of 14 managers and supervisors fully certified! Congratulations to all and well done for your hard work! Next step the HACCP certification!
Huddle – 8th November 2018
We ran Management Huddle on Thursday November 8th with great turn out from all 4 Brand Trait Houses – main focus of the morning was Hot Customers and how to care for them as a team as well as TSMIC Tree of Life.
Angelique Kerber in Amilla – Tennis Clinic & Cocktails
On Saturday November 10th, Angelique Kerber, a German professional tennis player and former World No. 1, honored Amilla Fushi with a visit. Angelique made her professional debut in 2003 and has since then won 12 singles titles across all surfaces on the WTA Tour. She is a three time Grand Slam Champion, including the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open and the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Angelique is currently ranked No. 2, which makes her the top-ranked left-handed player on the WTA Tour.
Angelique came to Amilla to help our guests improve their tennis skills and to show us her top performance in the form of a tennis exhibition versus our in-house Tennis Pro’s. Many guests came to watch her play and took the opportunity to get a photograph or signature from the current World No. 2 Tennis Pro. Overall, it was a very successful tennis exhibition where guests got the chance to meet with Angelique and get some Tips and Tricks.
Gregory Burns – Resident Artist
From the 9th to the 16th of the month, our resident artist Gregory Burns was staying in Amilla Fushi. His works consist of original paintings, but he also focuses on mixed media paintings. He was here to give art classes and group workshops to the big and small artists in-house and to work on his portfolio with the beautiful island Amilla as his inspiration.
Gregory is connected to Amilla Fushi as the resident artist and works with individuals and families to help them bring out the artist within. He holds an MFA in painting and has exhibited in 17 countries throughout the world for over 30 years already. In 2016 he was named the Sports Artist of the Year by the US Sports Academy. Gregory has published two books, one in English and one in Mandarin, and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CNBC, ESPN, CNA, CCTV and in The AWSJ, Time and The China Daily.
We want to thank Gregory for his amazing art classes and if you want to get inspired by Gregory’s collection of paintings, pass by the Artist’s Studio or take a look around in EBC, and you can maybe even find one in your own Residence or House.
16 Snorkelling Equipments donated to Kendhoo School – 14th November
Pastry Training by Chef Dean Hatward Gibson
Consultant Pastry Chef from Australia “Chef Gibson” was really an amazing trainer, created fantastic cake decorations and delicious dessert presentations
Island Cleaning – 14th November 2018
Our monthly Island Cleaning was held on 14th November 2018. This time we focused more on volleyball court area to get ready for our 4th anniversary party.
We kindly invite more islanders to participate in that monthly event to keep our island home clean.
Sake Dinner at Feeling Koi
Amilla Fushi’s signature restaurant Feeling Koi present a special sake matching dinner with Sake Sommelier Chizuko Niikawa – Helton alongside with the owner of Feeling Koi exclusive sake producer Mr. Shoji on 17 – 18th November 2018
General Orientation – 17th & 18th November 2018
19 more Islanders have attended General Orientation on November 17th and 18th. Program wise: mainly corporate information, policies and procedures from HR, and Security, but also a lot of fun! Quizzes, ice breaking activities, coffee breaks, resort visit… Check out the pictures and warm welcome to all new Islanders to your Island Home!
THE SMALL MALDIVES ISLAND CO SPREADS CHRISTMAS JOY
Evenings of enchantment and wonder await as the daring ‘Amilla Tribe’ descend on the island from 19th December 2018 to 10th January 2019 with more than 3 weeks of unlimited fun and activities for couples, kids and families.
Christmas is always special for the guests as the entire island jingles all the way, kids participate in various activities and look forward to Santa‘s visit. Dance to the beat of the drums as the sun sets over the endless horizon, while fire performers turn up the heat with jaw-dropping displays.
Guests at Amilla Fushi can expect show stopping performances from lead singer of B*witched Edele Lynch, pyro performers The Fuel Girls as well as the violinist Collette Colette Anne Hazen, topped off by the biggest highlight of the evening, an intimate performance by the UK singles chart’s most successful British female artist of all time, Rita Ora. Taking place two months before the start of the Phoenix World Tour, which kicks off in Melbourne on 1 March 2019, the Amilla ‘tribe’ could be amongst the first to experience the her new material live.
Welcoming Top Brazilian Actress & Model – Ms. Deborah Secco & Mr. Hugo Moura
During the month of November Amilla Fushi welcomed Brazilian Actress & Model
Ms. Deborah & Mr. Hugo. Special dinner are arranged by Chef Lucas & Culinary team
with special touch of magic ingredients
Media Visit of Brazilian Actress Deborah Secco & Hugo Mourag
Amilla Fushi recently invited and hosted brazilin actress Deborah Secco & her husband Hugo Mourag to experience our idyllic escape. Deborah Secco is a famous actress in Brazil with over 12 million followers on Instagram, and is travelling with her husband Mr Hugo Mourag.
During the stay they had a number of special visits, excursions and culinary experiences prepared for them in order for them to get the best possible experience while with us.
They had the most blissful time with us, and thanked each and every islander who had made their stay extraordinary for them. We hope to welcome them back to Amilla Fushi in the future.
World Children’s Day – 20th November 2018
On Tuesday November 20th, we celebrated Children’s Day in Amilla Fushi.
Kids from Dharavandhoo School, we hope to see you again soon!
For this Children’s Day celebration, 34 kids from the Dharavandhoo School came to Amilla Fushi to participate in fun activities. They were welcomed by our Recreation Department and our Managers and then divided into different teams, the Manta’s, Turtles, Dolphins and Crabs. They took part in several games, such as the ‘Cup Water Rally’ and ‘Tail Fishing’ that tested their teamwork. At the end of the day, every child got a special gift and we said our goodbyes.
Manta Festival, Baa Atoll – 24th November 2018
Baa Atoll was chosen as the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve due to its globally significant biodiversity. It’s the home to 250 species of coral, teaming with over 1,000 species of fish, including iconic mega-fauna and it’s also one of the best places in the world to see manta rays. These cartilaginous elasmobranch fish are filter feeders of the smallest animals in the ocean, plankton. They spend most of their time, looking for the plankton as they must consume 12% of their body weight in plankton per week.
From June to November, Mantas love to spend their time in Hanifaru, one of the only places in the world where the enigmatic reef manta rays (Manta alfredi) aggregate by the hundreds to gorge on plankton rich waters during high tide.
With 4,400 individuals recorded, the Maldives has one of the largest populations of Mantas in the world. It’s important to preserve, celebrate these ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean and to awareness the new generations about the beautiful sealife and threats.
On the initiative of Manta Trust, an organization which works for the conservation of Manta Ray, Baa Atoll has been chosen to be the place of the 1st Manta Festival. This event took place on November 24th 2018 at Dharavandhoo and brought together over 12 resorts, 11 local schools and different actors of the protection of environment such as Atoll Marine Centre, Olive Ridley Project, Marine Saver, Parley for the Ocean, Environmental Protection Agency and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The aim of this festival was to get schools involved and gathered for a day to sensitize and educate them about mantas and more generally about the environment and marine issues. Guest of honor, former president Mr. Mohamed Nasheed gave an important speech on the importance of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll and sustainable development in the Maldives and enjoyed visiting the stalls.
As part of the festival organization, each Resort was in charge of a school for their participation to the festival. Amilla took in charge of Kendhoo and donated 16 snorkeling sets to the school for the students in order to organize snorkeling excursions to observe the beautiful underwater world.
During the festival, each stakeholder was represented at one of the Twenty-two marine-themed stalls where marine biologists and environmental activists invited the children to their stand to actively participate in games and discussions on mantas and more generally about the ocean and its preservation. Different competitions for kids as photography, arts and sculptures challenges animated this festival which attracted a lot of people. We want to congratulate Kendhoo School who won the sculpture competition with an impressive 16 x 13ft sculpture of the spottiest manta in the Maldives “Mr Spotty”.
Throughout this successful day, snorkeling excursions was organized and led by official guides who shared their knowledge with everyone.
This festival was successful with over 200 students and 1000 visitors. It allowed to create strong relation between stakeholder and local schools. On behalf of Amilla Fushi we would like to thank all the participants of the festival for their involvement and their dynamism, we look forward to participate to the next Baa Atoll manta festival.
Fun Challenge Hosted by Natural Allure on 25th November 2019
Natural Allure Fun Challenge, November!
Slipping & sliding…soapy fun,
Great way to start your morning…on a Sunday…Thanks to all those who got out of bed to support!
Congratulations to Green (Intuitive Generosity) & Yellow (Rich Experiences) teams – tie with 6 points & Blue (Natural Allure) team 2nd with 5 points & Pink (Idyllic Escape) team with 4 points!
Healthy Tips – Top 5 Benefits of Drinking Water
Drinking water and staying hydrated is great for maintaining hydration and helps improve the function of your heart, brain and muscles!
Our bodies are composed of about 60% water and we constantly lose fluid in warmer climates and during strenuous activities.
Here below are 5 top benefits of drinking water:
1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
2. Promotes Weight Loss
Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!
3. Flushes Out Toxins
Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).
4. Improves Skin Complexion
Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!
5. Maintains Regularity
Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.
Make sure to always stay hydrated and healthy!
Jalsa – October 2018 Awards and Recognition
Rock Star Winner – JhoanVilleza Dominguez (Kids Club Coordinator)
I am pleased to nominate Jhoan for Rock Star of month October 2018 for her being flexible, team spirit, passion and extra efforts that she put into the business.
From the day one, Jhoan focused on various tasks and created/produced Halloween activities and decoration items by using recycle items collected from Garbage area, These productions we used in guest and islanders Halloween party, she worked voluntarily till late nights to form a ghost dance group & practiced them for stage show
The main reason for this nomination is because of her positive support to our golden behaviors and the support received to the entire department including islanders by presenting an amazing and successful Halloween party for guests and islanders,
With her coordination, all the Halloween activities for kids and adults went very smooth and successful. She was the main supporter for her managers to achieve the success. She produced tasks and delegated to team members and most of the time she went beyond expected level. Jhoan is the Rock Star winner for entire Recreation department team.
Super Hero Winner – Ahmamedbasheer Mohamed Ali (IT Supervisor)
Best Up Sellers – October 2018
Amilla Family is delighted to share the “Amilla Thari (August)” to our dedicated and passionate islanders from Recreation!