FINOLHU – SEPTEMBER 2018

MESSAGE FROM MARC READER – RESORT MANAGER

Dear Islanders,

Marc Reader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time,

Marc Reader
Resort Manager


SOMETHING’S BUBBLING IN PARADISE by TSMIC

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

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

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

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

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amfAR Event – Splendid Maldives

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

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

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

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

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


ISLANDER’S FISHING TRIP

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


SEPTEMBER TRAINING’S 

The Worldwide International Child Care Training

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

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

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

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

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

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


General orientation for the new islanders

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Another 2 days General Orientation to welcome onboard 13 new islanders in Finolhu happened on September 03rd and 4th. Spa visit, F&B outlets, back of the house, but of course some general information about the company and each department. Always combine the pleasant and the useful!

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Customer Service and Standards Training Transport

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


Fire Awareness Training

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


Management Huddle

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


The TSMIC Tree of Life

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

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


SCHOOL VISITS – SEPTEMBER

September 15th 2018-Hithaadhoo & Goidhoo School

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

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

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

September 16th 2018-Baa Atoll School 

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


WORD TOURISM DAY!

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

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


Beata Aleksandrowicz’s visit to The Cove Club

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

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


Huvafen Fushi – September 2018

MESSAGE FROM GENERAL MANAGER

Dear Dream Makers,

JC.JPGWe are in the final quarter of the year with the preparation for the festive season and in the meantime we are  busy with an occupancy of over 70% for September and looking at 80% for October.

In the heart of the house our new shop has just recently opened with a nice range of goodies. We are also putting the final touch for the ground of the multipurpose court and the laying of the grass is scheduled for mid-October.

Thanks to our dynamic team there is constant innovation, improvement and better ways to delight our guests and islanders.

My very best wishes for the months to come.

Jean-Christophe Nager
General Manager


MNU Business School – Industrial Visit

Twenty-two students from MNU Business School accompanied by 2 lecturers, had an industrial visit at Huvafen Fushi. These students are undertaking International Business as part of their HR degree.

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The industrial visit of MNU Business School at Huvafen Fushi plays an integral part in the professional degree of the students. It is part of their college curriculum and the objectives of the visit are to provide students an insight regarding practices and the workings of the hospitality industry. This lets the students know things practically through interaction, working methods, and employment practices. Moreover, it gives exposure from an academic point of view.

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HR Manager Hassan Shareef welcomed the students upon arrival. General Manager JC Nager gave them an insight of the day to day operations and what are the challenges that come across in this type of industry. Talent Development Manager Elleine Tactay shared information about Huvafen Fushi; it’s products, facilities and the different career opportunities available in the hospitality sector. Asst. Sales Manager, Afrah Abdulla was also present to tell the students about the business and marketing side of Huvafen Fushi. These interactions gave the students an opportunity to ask questions and have a better understanding of current work practices as opposed to possibly theoretical knowledge being taught at the school.

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After lunch, the students were taken for a tour around the island to expose them to the products, facilities, and services of Huvafen Fushi thereby honing their industry understanding. Spa Therapists Muja and Suranga toured the students in the award-winning Huvafen Spa. Asst. Front Office Manager, Mohamed Nafiu, showed them the different room categories and Restaurant Managers, Abdulla Jaleel, and Ahmed Nashid showed them the different food & beverage outlets whilst explaining the concept of each restaurant. The students also got a glimpse of the Heart of House operations of the resort giving them a better picture of how a tiny resort operates flawlessly.

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The lecturer and course coordinator Ms. Aminath Sudha says, “Industrial visits provide an excellent opportunity for the students to interact with hotels and know more about the hospitality environment.” The students were thankful and were pleased to know they too can have a career in the hospitality industry.

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MNU Business School gave Huvafen Fushi a plaque of appreciation for the warm hospitality extended to them during their industrial visit. Likewise, before their departure, the students were given a souvenir to make their Dream Island experience an even more memorable one.


Leader in You Supervisory Workshop

The Leader in You Workshop was created for the supervisory team members and those with a similar job title or senior in position.  The workshop aims to develop the essentials of getting results through people, which will help build engagement and performance within teams, which will help deliver great results from our Dream Makers to support Huvafen Fushi to recapture its seductive allure.

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Two sessions were conducted for this month. The first session had 12 participants while the 2nd session had 6 participants. In both sessions, General Manager, JC Nager was present to personally share his experience during the time when he also was in the shoes of the participants giving emphasis that the supervisor level is very much the start of a management leadership journey.

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The 3 hour session covered topics about Why Managing People is Important, Learning Cycle,  3 Circles of Responsibility, 702010 Principle and The Shadow of a Leader.

It can be easy to think that if you’re in a supervisory role, you have people to do things for you. Actually, it’s the other way around! You now have people you need to do things for. One way of thinking about your role of being a manager is to think of your team as the people doing the important work, and your role is to make sure they have what they need to do it as well as possible.

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L-R (Back to Front) Hussain Rasheed (Housekeeping Supervisor), Hussain Joodh (HR Coordinator), Mohamed Adam (Engineering Supervisor), Mohamed Imran (Speedboat Captain), Anushka Prasad (Engineering Supervisor), Nalin Pushpakumara (Sous Chef), Abdulla Saeed (Restaurant Supervisor), Zaid Mohamed (Jr. Sommelier), Raufath Saeed (Captain), Aboobakur Mohamed (Garden Supervisor), Ahmed Adul Rahman (Purchasing Manager) and Roger Joseph Heyn (Head Bartender).

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L-R: Ahmed Aiman (Housekeeping Supervisor), Mohamed Fahud (Airport Supervisor), Mohamed Jameel (Village Attendant), Priyantha Gomes (Laundry Supervisor), Manon Jeanne Moutet (F&B Service Coordinator), Abdul Latheef Hassan (Captain)

Participants were also asked to reflect on what they want to Start, Stop and Continue to make the most of their leadership.



MALDIVES PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 

23rd September 2018

13The national Maldivian Presidential Elections happens every five years. This year, the election is held 23rd September 2018.  Incumbent President Abdulla Yameen from Progressive Party of Maldives will run for re-election against Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party.

Hufaven Fushi supports every Maldivian team member to practice their Right to Vote but does not influence their political views and opinions. The Training Room was set-up and  managed by the team from Election Commission for our team members to cast their vote.15.png

Political views and opinions expressed by the team members are part of their Human Rights. It does not necessarily state or reflect those of Huvafen Fushi, and shall not be used for any marketing or business purposes.


OPEN DOUBLES  BILLIARD TOURNAMENT

Amongst the busy schedule our team members follow each day, Huvafen tries to create an environment to provide some stress relief and enjoyable moments for its dream makers.

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As such, a Billiard Tournament was held between Team Members on this September. Competing in doubles, it has been a very exhilarating tournament.

The teams took part in group categories, with each winner from the category moving forward to the next round, and after a two day of competence, Team Zaid and Roger from F&B service moved to finals, played between, Asanka from F&B Kitchen and Anushka from Engineering.

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After a very heated match, team Zaid and Roger took the title of the winners of billiard doubles for this Tournament, giving the other team the title of Runner Ups.

Certificates were issued to all the participants for their out-coming interest and enthusiasm for the tournament, and of course Huvafen never lets the winners go empty handed.

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It is imperative that we try to give our Dream Makers the balance between work and stress free fun time.

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Thank you team members who joined this Tournament, we hope you all take one moment out of every day to hang out with your friends, and have a good time a part from just the hard work that you all put in.


DREAM MAKERS  ON THE MOVE

You have proven to everyone what quality work is all about. The wheels of your career are spinning in full speed. Congratulations! Keep going and don’t hit the brakes now.

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EXTERNAL APPRECIATION 

 In the recent articles published by Corporate Maldives two of our Strategic Leaders were selected in their annual Top 20 Most Influential Awards. Corporate Maldives is the leading business & hospitality magazine of Maldives, providing business, financial and industry news, as well as events and information.

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The Top 20 Most Influential General Managers in the Maldives was published September 5, 2018, on the website of Corporate Maldives.

Our very own General Manager, JC Nager was selected in this prestigious category.  According to Corporate Maldives, the criteria for the selection was based on long-serving career whilst continuously sharing knowledge and experiences with fellow associates.  Corporate Maldives also took in to consideration the number of years they have contributed to the hospitality industry.

The Top 20 were taken from a collection of 148 operating resorts in the Maldives and are listed annually.


Corporate Maldives presented the 20 Most Influential Sales & Marketing Professionals in the Maldives of 2018 on their website last  September 13., 2018.

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Nuas Mohamed, our Director of Sales, was one of the selected professionals in the field of Sales & Marketing. The selection criteria were based on their long-standing service in the tourism industry of Maldives.

Top 20 Most Influential Sales & Marketing Professionals in the Maldives are listed annually on the Corporate Maldives website.


New Hire Orientation – 17th & 18th September 2018

The New Colleague programme is designed to provide information about Huvafen Fushi that will help our new team members transition smoothly into their roles.

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Nine new team members recently completed their 2 days New Hire Orientation Programme. During the Orientation, the new team members also had a chance to tour our beautiful island and see its stunning facilities. Let’s all welcome them to our Dream Team and wish them a wonderful career here at Huvafen Fushi.

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Healthy Lunch – 23 September 2018

Every month Huvafen Fushi marks one day to detoxify our Dream Makers by providing them “Health Day”. This reminds them that healthy food need not be bland!

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Who said healthy food can’t be tasty? Nutritious and delicious lunch menu was prepared by the kitchen team of Malaafaiy in consultation with the Island Doctor.

The menu was carefully crafted to ensure that the variety of every dish from the appetizers to the desserts is not only full of vitamins and minerals but appealing as well.

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An array of fresh salads, fiber rich starch, lean protein, fresh fruits and low calorie desserts were enjoyed by the Dream Team.



Housekeeping Presents “SPARKLE” – Monthly Theme Party

International Housekeeping week has been celebrated at a resort level at our Dream Island.

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Our Housekeeping heroes were lucky that they had to organize the Monthly Theme Party for the team members in the same month where the entire team celebrated the International Housekeeping Week.

Housekeeping Team started decorating the Dream Café area place where the party was to be hosted on the 16th of September, place where the party was to be hosted. The team opted for a creative decoration for the grand monthly party.

With DJ Ivan to entertain the dance floor, housekeeping made sure the party was alive, with good music, including performance by the very talented dance group “Guldhastha”.

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Housekeeping never ceases to let a party go without including our dream team, likewise the team arranged a Raffle Draw among all team members and distributed worthy prizes for the winners.

The highlight of the party was the beautiful cake made by our very talented pastry team, with the help of housekeeping heroes.

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Thank you housekeeping team for the well-organized celebration of International Housekeeping week, every bit of this special celebration was enjoyed by all our dream makers and it was a wonderful celebration of the bond between each housekeeping team members.

Well done team, thank you and keep up the exemplary service that you continue to provide our dream island with.


Housekeeping Week – (09th to 15th of September 2018)

Every year Huvafen set asides a special week to honor and recognize the year around heroes of the housekeeping department on International Housekeeping week which is from 09th of September to 15th of September 2018.

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This year Huvafen housekeeping heroes like always hosted various activities through the whole week. Starting on 10th of September, with a uniform dress code made by themselves with hand printed letters on shirts to be used for the week of recognition, the department heads have made sure of a well-planned week for their team. Moreover a banner to make sure all our dream makers were aware of the week was also handmade and railed on staff area by the department.

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The whole week has been planned just for our hardworking team to enjoy and be delivered a little bit of the huge appreciation our dream island has for the dream makers. A special BBQ night was held at our beach pavilion, after an adventurous late afternoon of octopus hunting and reef fishing trip on 13th September 2018. Following a water-sports day was held the next day with various outdoor fun games planned including some of the water-sport activities from float as well. It was bewildering to see our dream makers taking time from their busy schedule to celebrate the bond and the hard work that they share among themselves for reaching the same goal for Dream Island.

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On 15th of September 2018, our Dream Makers visited Baros Maldives to play a Friendly Futsal Match between the two housekeeping department of both islands, and with much pride we say, that our Dream Team won the match with a score of 5 – 2, Congratulations and well played team!

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Until now the week has been made special for the housekeeping team, but the team plans on dedicating the last two days for the whole Dream Team and we are looking forward to the wonderful surprise housekeeping team has in store.

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The true heroes of our building operations are our housekeeping team, so on behalf of the management and our whole Dream Team, we take a minute to thank and honor our housekeeping team for keeping our Dream Island well maintained and clean, and for all the other hard work that you do every day!. Thank you guys, and your work doesn’t go unrecognized.


Heart of the House Cleaning

Keeping our surroundings clean is a very important part of our lives. At Huvafen Fushi, it is an essential part of healthy living.

Island cleaning is one of the resorts’ regular activity that promotes awareness to keep our environment clean and safe for a smell and disease-free life on the island. This month, the focus area is the Team Village.

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Volunteers of the clean-up drive gathered in the afternoon to take a step and lead by example in helping keep dust and litters from accumulating in the resort.

This activity together makes cleaning enjoyable and a lot less like a chore.

After having a long shift, coming back to a clean room, is one of the easiest ways to deter stress, relax and have a peace of mind.


Town Hall Meeting – August 2018

Like clockwork every month, Huvafen holds its Monthly Town Hall Meeting at Malaafaiy yesterday (Monday, 10th September) late afternoon.

IMG_5002Opening 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.

A total of 17 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 two team members who with pride we had announced their promotions, congratulations Hassan Amir, Now Pavilion Attendant, and Ahmed Aiman, HK Supervisor.

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 Heena from HR and Jinky from Spa for winning the title of Heart and Face of the House for the month of August 2018.

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Supervisor of the 1st Quarter was won this month by Sahadev from our Food & Beverage, Kitchen Team. Congratulations guys and thank you for your outstanding services.

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

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Finally we had a little bit of fun with the Kahoot quiz of brand awareness with the attended team members, distributing prizes to the winners, 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 August.

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


TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH – HEART OF THE HOUSE

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SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

Briefly describe what you do all day.

Cleaning and maintaining the staff area to make it a safe and convenient place for all the team members.

What is the best thing about your role?

The satisfaction of being able to assist other team members.

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

Flexibility and recognitions.

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

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

Mostly I spend my free time in recreational activities. Playing futsal, volleyball, etc.

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

It’s a cool fun place which makes me wow! Even after 9+ years of service.

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

So far I haven’t had any challenge that was too difficult for me.

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

I want to become a speedboat captain.

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.

Getting rejected to a position which I applied and later found out that place was not that convenient.

What are your future career development plans?

To develop skills in administration and become HR Welfare Coordinator 🙂 


TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH – FACE OF THE HOUSE

24Jinky has been very flexible with her working hours and always happy to help when there is guest booking. She  always takes initiative in organizing the Spa and her attention to detail is impeccable. Helpful to the team during busy operation and even will wait after duty hrs. if she is the next day opening shift so she can organize her tasks. Always come early to duty to organize her schedule and treatments for the day. She has been very helpful to the new team members and also took initiative to show them what is needed.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

Briefly describe what you do all day.

Giving treatment to the guest to make them happy

What is the best thing about your role?

The best thing about being  a therapist is to help the guest feel relax and comfortable ; it depends on their  body needs.

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

Became most excellent therapist in Huvafen Fushi

What’s been one of your proudest moments working at Huvafen Fushi? I achieved and done the training of Pure Massage Method

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

I doing the set up of my bed, clean my room, take time to clean my small garden and contact my family and friends.

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

It’s a magical island.

What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far? The greatest challenge that I had so far is to finish a job well done with happy and satisfied customers even if we had a very busy day and a back to back schedule.

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

I would like to learn more about cooking things.

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.

When we had an extensive Pure Massage Training, I almost gave up because it was to intensive and hard, but at the end I am so proud  that I am certified to do Pure Massage.

What are your future career development plans?

To be trained more, to learn more, to do some managerial job and to open my own spa in the future.


SUPERVISOR OF THE QUARTER

1ST QUARTER 2018

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Aside from ensuring that every food that is served to the guests are of top quality, he is also proactive in upselling products to the guests. He ensures that this will add up to the overall dining experience of the guests at our signature restaurant, Feeling Koi.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

What is the most CHALLENGING part of being a Supervisor?

Depending upon individual strength and weaknesses

What is the most REWARDING part of being a Supervisor?

To give correct decision in time of need and implement new ideas.

What is your motto or personal mantra in life?

Take challenges and achieve goals to become a successful Chef

Tell us about a time when you had to develop a plan/ strategy for your team.

When we have less occupancy I conduct training’s which will help them anytime.

How do you help a team member understand how their role contribute to the success of Huvafen Fushi?

I give them training’s and coaching which help them to contribute in their career as well

What does true leadership mean to you?

Understanding the staff, inspiring them and giving them opportunity to share their ideas as well.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

I have learned different skills and knowledge from my superior which helped me in culinary section and also became confident enough to manage my operation.

What do you always want to try and never did?

I would like to do sky diving which is one of my dream in my life.

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

If I am given a chance I would like to become General Manager for a day.

If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?

Everything is perfect for me.


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WEDDING VENUE

Unforgettable romance. Unmatched settings. Surrender to the beauty of the Maldives. Drift over serene waters on a traditional dhoni. Indulge in transcendent treatments in the Maldives’ only underwater spa. Savour delicate flavours and textures over a romantic private dinner and Champagne breakfast. Huvafen Fushi offers wonderful locations to say ‘I do’ or renew your vows. Our wedding and vow-renewal experiences are intended to allow you to express your passion and love for each other in a magical destination; they are ceremonial rather than legal commitments.

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27Different Wedding Packages are available for the guests to choose from. Some of the inclusions are fruit platters, a bottle of wine, wedding ceremonial pavilion decorated with flowers, bridal bouquet of fresh tropical flowers, four flag bearers, complimentary Maldivian sarongs on the wedding day, Two-tier wedding cake, 40 digital photos on a USB stick .

Awaken Romance in the Passionately Discreet Dream Island of Huvafen Fushi.


Huvafen Fushi – August 2018

MESSAGE FROM GENERAL MANAGER

Dear Dream Makers,

I am pleased to share great news on the progress of the business that we are experiencing now and for the forthcoming months.

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As you may remember, in the previous months of May, June, and July, we were struggling to get guests in the resort and the occupancy was extremely low. A number of projects had to be postponed or delayed due to financial challenges. Through consistent hard work from our sales team, keeping the faith and reconnecting with our trade partners, we have turned the situation around. Huvafen Fushi is becoming once again a favorite among the other resorts in the Maldives, not forgetting all the newly opened properties. The occupancy has increased dramatically and this trend is continuing for the forthcoming months. All departments are busy and generating good revenue.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for your hard work and dedication in ensuring that our guests go back home with very fond memories of their stay and spread the word among their friends and family.

Keep up the great work.


NEW HIRE ORIENTATION  

9th—10th August 2018

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L-R: Mohamed Atheed (Landscape Attendant), Hussain Joodh (HR Coordinator), Hussain Saeed (security Officer), Ashen Himal Ranawera (Steward), Samarathunga Harsgan (Commis), Shiusu Rasheed (Day Auditor) and Ibrahim Khaleel (Landscape Attendant)

The New Colleagues Orientation Programme is designed to provide information about Huvafen Fushi that will help our new team members transition smoothly into their roles.

Seven new team members recently completed their 2 days New Hire Orientation Programme.

During the orientation, the new team members also had a chance to tour our beautiful island and see it’s stunning facilities.

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Seven new team members recently completed their 2 days New Hire Orientation Programme.

During the orientation, the new team members also had a chance to tour our beautiful island and see it’s stunning facilities.


LEARNING STYLES

We go back to basics and    understand that we all have a preferred way to learn.

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Because most people have a preferred way to learn, it is important to understand the type of learning that best suits others. Some learn best by listening, some have to observe every step, while others have to do it to learn it. The fact is that individuals need all three modalities to truly commit information to memory: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

There is no right or wrong learning style. The point is that there are types of learning that are right for every individual in our team.


TOWN HALL MEETING

14th August  2018

Town Hall Meeting is one of our regular monthly activities. During this event recognitions, awards and  certificates are given to the nominees and winners of the Team Member of the Month for the month.

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TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH  – JULY 2018

 Face of the House

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Rishwan is one of best waiter from Celsius & Forno team. He has  always shown a great  performance, leading the team by example. He is  proactive, reliable and careful about his job. His efficiency in handling guests have been evident in our guest feedback. Rishwan never raised his voice to  complain about any  issues instead he welcomes more  challenges.

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

What’s the best thing about winning the tittle Team Member of the Month?  The best thing about winning is that I know I have given by the best and its being recognized by the islanders. 

What has been your favorite project/experience in Huvafen Fushi thus far? Every single day working with wonderful team of Huvafen Fushi is my favorite part of the job. 

What would you like to develop so you can be better in your role?  Knowledge is the biggest part that I want develop in my career because I believe a person never stop learning.

 What projects/tasks/responsibilities are you looking to do MORE of in the next coming months? I want to be present in every training that Huvafen Fushi has been given so that I can implement those skill and knowledge in my job.

 What projects/tasks/responsibilities are you looking to do LESS of in the next coming months? I don’t want to do any less in my job, I want to do more in my career and I believe so far I have been doing great and I will keep doing that.

 What drives & motivates you? Just a simple my manager simply the definition of motivation, always given me challenge and at the same time given advise how to overcome problems. 

 What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Respect, Punctuality, Patience the three words in my heart when I am working with my team, that my manager has taught me with the flow. 

 What are your biggest professional challenges? Difficulty working with multi-cultural colleagues with different style, but over the few moths I have learnt how to overcome or just say I am going

 What is your motto or personal mantra? To be the very best in what I do and giving a good challenge to the very challenge itself.

 What advice would you give to our new team members? Don’t get    demotivated, don’t lose hope look at me few months ago I was just waiter but today I am the proud Employee of the month in Huvafen Fushi      Maldives. So dream come true and keep dreaming.  



TEAM MEMBER OF THE MONTH  – JULY 2018

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Shafee has been doing  breakfast shift without any complain and maintains the standard. He is always  available for destination dining, sandbank lunch, etc. He is flexible with the time and work designated

SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW

What’s the best thing about winning the tittle Team Member of the Month?  The feeling of appreciated for the work.

 What has been your favorite project/experience in Huvafen Fushi thus far?  Every day in Huvafenfushi is a day to highlight for me.

 What would you like to develop so you can be better in your role?  Learn more about pastry.

 What projects/tasks/responsibilities are you looking to do MORE of in the next coming months?  To be more flexibility in work and be thorough with our upcoming new menu.

 What projects/tasks/responsibilities are you looking to do LESS of in the next coming months? I am looking forward to take more responsibilities rather than less.

 What drives & motivates you? Work with my supportive good team every day.

 What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far? Not to cheat on work. Always do the best in what you do. Have confidence to drive your work .

 What are your biggest professional challenges? Until date I have not faced any big challenges with my co-operative team who is always there in time of need..

 What is your motto or personal mantra? Respect time , be always      punctual at your work.

 What advice would you give to our new team members? If you work with strong will without any shortcuts than you can climb up your career ladder without any ease.


DREAM MAKERS  ON THE MOVE

You have proven to everyone what quality work is all about. The wheels of your career are spinning in full speed.  Congratulations! Keep going and don’t hit the brakes now.

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MOST POPULAR LEADER OF THE YEAR 2017/2018 VOTING – 13th August 2018

As part of the yearly recognitions Huvafen Fushi introduced a brand new award,  “Leader of the Year” which will be selected every year here after.

All the Management Level Team Members (Excluding Huvafen Strategic Team) are entitled for this esteemed award. Our dream team have a total of 19 Management Level Team Members who has been nominated for the past year until up to date.

An equal chance to all the nominees was opened to do their campaign among the team members, as this is an award to see how popular the leaders are among the team members and is not based solely upon their work performances.

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HR developed an online voting poll for all the team members to caste their votes for their most favorite leader among the nominees which was opened this morning starting 10am till 5pm.

75% of the Team Members casted their votes. The whole team is looking forward to know the result of the poll, the winner is going to be announced during our upcoming Annual Party, which is scheduled on the 30th of August 2018.

A very Special thank you need to be conveyed to JOODH / HR Coordinator who brought live the idea to an online voting which was first brought to us by our Director of Operations, Mr. Ibrahim Inaz and developed the online voting poll for an unbiased voting for our team members.

The voting was finished with much support from all team members, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere created.

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We wish all the nominated Leaders all the very best, and may the most popular leader win.


CELEBRATION OF   EID AL-ADHA 2018

21st August 2018

With Eid overhead, along with a very busy day to day operations, Huvafen dream team has been planning, and preparing for the day of Eid.

Starting from the detailed decoration covering our Malaafai and staff walk way, the eid prayer, and to the special breakfast and lunch buffet to the late afternoon cultural parade, every event showcased how much effort and preparation our team members has put into making this Eid a memorable celebration.

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The Eve of Eid, our team put in valuable hours of time to decorate Malaafai for the following day, with almost all hand crafted decors by the team members.

After Eid prayer, our leaders distributed an Eid welcome drink of Kurumba to all the attendees of Eid Prayer, along with a special breakfast by our dream chefs.

Lunch was again well organized by the chefs, with a sumptuous menu, and carvings of vegetable displays, and creative bread displays as well as a delicious dessert buffet to end the lunch with a sweet note for our dream makers.

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It was a delightful start to the day of Eid, and let’s look forward to the next chapter of the day.


HUVAFEN CULTURAL PARADE — EID CELEBRATION

21st August 2018

The very Auspicious and distinctive Eid al-Adha, has welcomed upon us today.

Our Dream makers had planned and created a  wonderful mark of this celebration for our guest’s and the whole dream team today. Eid al-Adha being the biggest celebration observed in Maldives, it has since era’s been making a presence in Maldivian Culture and tradition.Picture14.png

Huvafen’s wonderful team has therefore made a  humongous effort, to showcase a little bit of this tradition to our in-house guests as well as the whole dream team.

The late afternoon event was started with music, dancing to the beat of Boduberu, which is a traditional Maldivian drum, that is used to play a mix of songs and dance beats and music for both men and women to perform. Followed by the drummers, the team presented ‘Bodumas’, which is a big Tuna made entirely out of coconut leaves that highlights the rich fishing waters around the Maldives. Bodumas as like tradition was joined by another traditional game, ‘Maali Erun’, a costume parade with people dressed as devils and legends.Picture15.png

And of course we had an amazing group of talented dancers, dancing to the beat of the ever  famous boduberu of Maldives.

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The parade was taken to our beautiful stingray beach, where the team displayed the art of all these cultural dances and games, with a lot of fun dance moves, opened for our guests to join as well.

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The dance group presented a synchronized dance of ‘Langiri’, a traditional dance performed with wooden sticks, which was organized just for this Eid.

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It was a joyous and celebratory day for all our dream makers, and providing a little insight into our tradition for the guests to enjoy and participate as well.

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Once again, EID MUBARAK FROM OUR DREAM TEAM.


FRIENDLY VOLLEYBALL MATCH – EID CELEBRATION

Celebration of Eid is not a one day function for us Maldivians!.. Likewise, on 22nd August the second day of Eid, our team enthusiastically accepted the invitation to play a friendly volleyball match against Baros Maldives.

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Inaugurated by our Director of Operations Mr. Ibrahim Inaz and General Manager of Baros Maldives, Mr. Ahmed Jihad, the friendly match was played at the Multipurpose Court of Baros Maldives. With two strong teams to compete, it was a contest of luck to be gambled. Unfortunately our dream team lost the match 3-1, to Baros Maldives, but our players showed an exceptional sportsmanship like always.

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Congratulations Baros Maldives for winning this title for the Eid, we look forward to the next match, and until then team, lets keep our spirit up, and build up our game one notch high for the next one!. Well played team, and thank you all the supporters who joined to encourage our players!

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WATER SPORTS DAY  – EID CELEBRATION

23rd August 2018, Yesterday being the third and final day of Eid Celebration in our dream island, HR and float organized a special water sport evening open for all our team members. Available team members took their time to come and join the float team in a horrifying but amusing ride on the fun tube. It was a beautiful day for an evening out in the sea, and like always water-sport had their gears available for our team members enjoyment.

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Thank you float for taking your time to provide our team members with a fun evening. And with this fun ride, we wrap this years Eid al-Adha here at Huvafen Fushi, but we wish once more, a very happy and prosperous Eid for you all.

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Mini Olympics – 14th Anniversary Celebrations 

We Are finally in the wonderful start of our 14th Anniversary celebrations of our dream island.

The start-has been a very exhilarating 4 hours of gathering with our dream makers at stingray beach, conducting the arranged Mini Olympics between the four selected teams with names given from Huvafen Fushi Brand Traits, #DynamicConnoisseur#SeductiveEmbrace#PassionatelyDiscreet and #FearlessImagination.

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It was a sight to behold at the Mini Olympics at how much our team members had encouraged and supported each other, to take part and give their best in each game, but mostly to enjoy themselves.

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Mini Olympics included various fun activities such as beach relay, dance on the cloth, water color, finding the coins, turn around and score a goal and finally the deciding round of tug of war to finalize the winning team.

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As informed before, between each game, the raffle draw has been taken with of course prizes worthy of value distributed among the draw winners. With 130 draws taken at sting ray beach, our team members, enjoyed a very thrilling afternoon with much competency among the four teams. The rest of the 55 draws was taken at dinner time at our canteen Malaafaiy.40269999_2247721141924428_1215174396977610752_o.jpg

As for any competition there can only be one winner, and the winning team for this celebratory Mini Olympics will be announced at our Anniversary party on 30th of this month.

The team spirit that has been shown today has been applaudable! It always is a pleasure to see the enjoyment and team spirit between our dream makers!

Team, Thank you for your time and support in making this a very very successful start to out celebration!.

Congratulations to all the raffle draw winners, and lets look forward to the event on 30th night.


14th Anniversary – Annual Party

What a splendid celebration has it been for the 14th Anniversary of our Dream island!…

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From 28th August till the night of 30th August Huvafen celebrated its 14th year anniversary, with colors, music, and especially with the exemplary togetherness of our dream makers, showing an example of the bond between every department for the success Huvafen has today.

The Anniversary party was set up at our beautiful stingray beach, decorated to match the theme of the party ‘black and white’. Starting with a very special Gala Dinner arranged by our masterminds behind the kitchen, our wonderful team of chefs’, it was the perfect start to the evening. With variety of live cooking stations, of cuisines from around the globe, our chefs managed to deliver the best of dinners our team could have.

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With an exciting countdown from our Director of Operations, Mr. Inaz, the party was opened with enthusiasm into the night for all the items on the agenda. Our MC’s for the night with much gratification need to be said was again two of our dream makers, Elleine from HR and Afrah from BD, who showed amazing talent and made sure the party was hosted to perfection.

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On stage, director of operations gave a report about the updates of the previous year and an insight into the upcoming year, which was then followed by a presentation from BD highlighting the major sales at the moment into the next year. The moment our team members was waiting was then hosted next following the presentations.

DSC_4715.jpgThe awarding ceremony! For the mini Olympics and the deserving team members of the previous year. A total of seven grand awards were given, which included longs service award, most popular leader of the year, team member of the year for face the house, and team member of the year for heart of the house, supervisor of the year, guest excellence award and finally top seller award.

All the nominees for these awards were called on stage and certificates issued recognizing their tremendous dedication to Huvafen’s success. Congratulations all the nominees and the winners of all the awards!. you all are well deserving, and as mentioned before, deciding the winner for the management has been a challenge this year, as none of you left any space for error in your role. Congratulations again!.

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Following awards, the departmental performances were then started, in which every department show cased their wonderful talent. It’s such a pleasure to see the team members enthusiastic energy that has been delivered even through such a busy operation currently.

In between these performances 10 grand prizes wire given through a raffle draw to 10 lucky dream makers. Thank you sponsors for your support in providing us with these prizes!

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Like any competition of course one department can only win for their performance, and this year front office shot the ball right out of court with their amazing story behind the performance!

Congratulations guys, and teams well done for all the effort everyone has put in for their acts!.

The last on agenda for the night was opening the dance floor to the team which hosted by none other than DJ Paidey!. It was the perfect end to the night with a good DJ to fill the mood with!

The Anniversary celebration would not have been a success without the help from the dream makers. So an immense thank you to all and every department for making the celebration happen with so much success.

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Congratulations to all the winners of the night once again and Thank you dreamers for the amazing work that you do for our dream island!.


Appreciation Gathering for the Dream Makers at Beach Pavilion   

Appreciation is the greatest reward that stays along the line of work.

A great deal of hard work and great minds were behind the success of our 14th Anniversary Celebration. Human Resource Department with the support from Management arranged a gathering In order to appreciate the work of our Dream Makers who excelled beyond expectation during this celebrations.

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Our General Manager JC himself with some of the leaders attended this gathering to address these Dream Makers and distribute appreciation letters at our beach pavilion.

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Unfortunately not every team member could attend because of the very busy operation, however none of your hard work goes unnoticed.

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Thank you each and every individual who took time from their busy schedule and put an amazing effort to make the celebration of the anniversary a grand success.


 

 

 

 

FINOLHU – AUGUST 2018

Dear Islanders,Marc Reader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely,

Marc Reader
Resort Manager


INTER RESORT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!

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

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


BAA ATOLL SUMMER FESTIVAL CLOSING CEREMONY 
THE CATAMARAN REGATTA RACE – 3rd August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EID’UL AL-HAA – 21st August 2018

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

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

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

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

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


AUGUST WEDDING– 3rd and 4th of August 2018

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

INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY – 15th of August 2018

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

ICE CREAM/SORBET TRAINING WITH MANUEL MENELI OF BOIRON –
18th-19th August

KITCHEN MONTHLY DEPARTMENTAL COMMUNICATION MEETING –
25th of August 2018

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


FINOLHU 2ND ANNIVERSARY – 15TH AUGUST 2018

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NIGHT:

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ROOHU OF THE YEAR 2018| ROCKSTAR – XANDRA

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ROOHU OF THE YEAR 2018 | SUPERHERO- LONEY

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

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!QMS & iLA TRAINING

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

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

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

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

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


ORIENTATION 

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


AMILLA FUSHI – AUGUST 2018

Message from Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,Resort Manager

Following a busy July with some great performances, for sure August has not been disappointing in terms of operations! The resort was kept busy with a high occupancy particularly with many families visiting, from different parts of the world taking advantage of the school holidays.

While extending farewell to these beautiful families, it is so rewarding to see that in many ways, our islanders have really gone the extra mile to place a smile on each face of these young guests.

At one time, we were caught in persisting challenging weather conditions, but our determination and commitment to be of service to our guests went above and beyond expectations! From all the teams at the airport to the resort teams, we felt like a much bonded community who left no stone unturned to ensure full attention and professional services were extended at all times! Big Thank You for all your hard work!

During August, we also hosted a few events, among which a beautiful celebration of Eid Al Adha- Maali Parade on Twilight affair, our very first Eid Fun Challenge with Brand Traits Teams, Futsal Match with guests and Jalsa hosted by Housekeeping Team.

We participated and hosted the TVEC School Grand Opening in Kihadhoo, a project by Coastline Foundation.

Our heartfelt congratulations go to our sister resort FINOLHU for celebrating their 2nd successful year! Kudos also to their football team for winning the Inter-Resort Football Tournament. Huge congratulations also to Huvafen Fushi for their 14th year of success!

Lastly, it gives me great pleasure to welcome some great leaders to the family; Nava (Assistant Financial Controller), Shiyax (Executive Housekeeper) and Chef Komang (Chef de Cuisine). We wish them best of luck!

As we continue to grow our community, in preparation for upcoming high season, my wish is for all of you to support each other, ensure easy integration for new joiners  and be more bonded, hence achieving great results altogether.

Sincerely
Jean Noël
Resort Manager


Amilla Fushi TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”

Travel Click

Congratulations Amilla Family for achieving the

5 star “Certificate of Excellence” from the

World’s largest travel site- TripAdvisor!

Let’s continue to shine!


“Ocean Discovery with Laura”
NAME: LAURA WHITELY
POSITION: MARINE BIOLOGIST

1.Can you tell us more about yourself?

Hi, my name is Laura and I am currently working in Amilla Fushi as your Marine Biologist. I started my love for the ocean when I was 15 years old during my conservation expedition. Right after, I took my scuba diving course in Indonesia to further explore the ocean whilst helping the conservation team at the same time. I also have my Masters Degree, specializing in dolphins and I’m also a certified scuba diving instructor.

2.What is the most challenging experience you encountered in the ocean/underwater?

It’s always been disappointing to see the ocean being destroyed day by day, either from human activities or even simply by nature. Coral bleaching is one of the greatest issues we are facing today. Warmer water temperatures can result in coral bleaching. When water is too warm, corals will expel the algae living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. In fact, Maldives had a massive bleaching in 2016.

3. Can you describe a typical work week of a marine biologist in Amilla Fushi?

I usually start my day at 8:30am, then followed by a few trips that are scheduled for the entire day: turtle trip, marine biology exploration, ocean discovery and Manta trip at Hanifaru Bay. These are great opportunities for me to help our guests to learn more about the ocean, pursue an adventure, experience the coral reef and participate in ongoing research to personally make a difference to our fragile environment. We also do photo ID of turtles, dolphins and mantas for our database.

4. Can you share with us some magical stories about your experience with Amilla guests at Hanifaru bay?

Hanifaru Bay has always been magical and exciting to visit. My most special one is when I was surrounded by hundred of mantas during my stop with Amilla guest!

5. What message do you want to share with our islanders?

I would love to educate the team about the ocean and how fragile our marine life is. Many of them are not aware of what they normally do but it is making a big change to our environment. By teaching our team that the physical environment is fragile and indispensable we can begin fixing the problems that threaten it. We can even simply reduce the plastic pollution by refusing single-use plastics that are usually being thrown into the ocean. Always remember that small habits can have a colossal effect on the environment but if we begin working together as a team, we can make a huge difference on saving the ocean!


“Interesting facts you should know about the famous Hanifaru Bay and Baa Atoll”

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1.Baa atoll was chosen as the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve due to its globally significant biodiversity. The coral reefs (21,000 km2) are the seventh most extensive in the world, representing some 3% of global reef area.

2.Baa Atoll is the home to 250 species of coral, teaming with over 1,000 species of fish, including iconic mega-fauna such as whale sharks and manta rays, as well as large populations of marine turtles, seabirds, whales and dolphins.

3.Baa atoll is one of the best places in the world to see manta rays, with 4,400 individuals recorded; the Maldives has one of the largest populations in the world. These cartilaginous elasmobranch fish are filter feeders of the smallest animals in the ocean…plankton!

4.Manta rays must consume 12% of their body weight in plankton per week. Known for their graceful and peaceful nature manta rays are commonly referred to as the ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean.

5.Hanifaru is a world renowned bay that was declared a protected area in 2009 due to it Picture6being a biologically significant site for marine life including nesting sites for hawksbill and green turtles, occasional roosting sites for the black-naped tern, brown noddies and lesser noddies. More exclusively it was protected to aid endangered mega-fauna such as manta rays and whale sharks.

6.The infamous bay is 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. The area has a unique water circulation system that pushes plankton into the bay providing a large supply of plankton in a small area. It is a spectacle to behold when a feeding frenzy occurs with cyclone feeding of hundreds of manta rays, Hanifaru bay is one of the only places in the world to document this feeding behavior.Picture5

7.Manta rays are endangered, predominantly due to anthropogenic activity. In order to aid with their conservation, noninvasive photo Identification is carried out by taking a photo of their ventral surface (stomach).

8.Each manta ray has a unique spot pattern which can then be used to identify individuals and create a large database of reef manta rays, we can then monitor the population as a whole.


“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.

The most important point that is commonly raised by participants, is always about the support that needs to be extended to each other by each islander as one bonded community.

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

See you there!


TVEC SCHOOL GRAND OPENING, A PROJECT BY COASTLINE FOUNDATION

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Technical Vocational Education Center (TVEC) is a vocational training institute established at Kihaadhoo, Baa Atoll. The aim of TVEC is to develop individuals, through a purposeful TVET, for the growing technical industries of the Maldives.

Established in 2018 by the Coastline Foundation, TVEC offers trade specific and personal development programmes, initially starting with Certificate Level 3 Programs in Engine Mechanics, Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Machines.

TVEC is a five acre campus with live-in facilities that can presently accommodate fifty students at a time with four well-equipped training workshops, five classrooms, a complete office building, housekeeping facility, a library, a computer lab, a mosque and outdoor study facilities.

The event was organized by Coastline Foundation, which is a C.S.R component under the Coastline Group of Companies, and a non-profit organization. Grand opening was held on August 9th 2018, participated by Amilla Fushi at Baa Atoll Kihadhoo Island.


Baa Atoll Summer Festival Closing Ceremony
The CATAMARAN REGATTA RACE
3rd August 2018

First time ever in the history of Baa Atoll, the Summer Festival hosted by 6 main resorts in Baa Atoll – Amilla Fushi, Finolhu, Vakkaru, Four Seasons, Dusit, and Soneva, came to end on 3rd August “called Baa Atoll Summer Festival Closing Ceremony at Angafaru Picture18Sandbank”

Over 150 guests and Media attended this Grand Closing Ceremony.  The function started in the late afternoon and lasted about 4-5 hours

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

Picture15The series designed with spectators, judges in mind with plenty of spectacular high speed crashes, capsizes and near misses, all close to shore.

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

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

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


 


August Focus Tips from Jaavu Spa – Never stop Learning!

In August, we saw two International Trainers who visited us to refresh and update the therapists on the latest evolutions of !QMS and iLA – 2 of our 7 International brands.

Rowan from !QMS was first and did an amazing 4 days of training with the team where the team got to be interactive and involved with the different products and experiments. They were encouraged to ask all the questions they wanted to about the brand.

Rowan also did an Aficionado guest workshop where some of our repeaters joined in a proactive session. At the end of the training session, they were all awarded with certificates and gift bags.  Always a highlight!

We even got the non-therapists involved to have a share of fun!

We also had Amrita, from iLA, an amazing therapist, trainer, yogi, healer from Indonesia!  She worked with the natural and  organic treatment range to teach the therapists on how to use their energy when attending  guests,  to heal their souls and improve their moods in this beautiful surroundings.


EID AL-ADHA

Eid Al-Adha or “Festival of Sacrifice“, one of  the most important celebrations in Islam was celebrated on 21st August 2018. Eid Celebrations started with morning prayers and our islanders were greeted outside IceGe by the management team followed by a special breakfast that was organized for this auspicious occasion. Four days of activities were organized from 21st to 24th August to highlight the celebrations.


FUN CHALLENGE

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Amilla ‘Fun Challenge’ was held on22nd August 2018 at EBC.

During this event, our guests were also invited to participate.  Islanders were divided into groups representing our four Brand Traits.

Several activities were organized – Goal Score, Plate Run, Beach Volleyball and Tug of War.

After this successful event, it has been decided to make the ‘Fun Challenge’ a monthly event to be hosted  by one Brand Trait House.

The winner for the month of August was Rich Experiences

Congratulations!!!


FIRE TRAINING

We welcome two trainers from GFS for 4 sessions of Fire Awareness (both theoretical and practical sessions).

40 islanders attended the training to equip themselves with the techniques of dealing with fire emergencies.

Well done guys!


HUDDLE – AUGUST 2018

Twice a month, we get our leadership team up bright and early to take part in our bi-weekly Huddle which brings together the management and supervisors from all of the departments for some warm up, activities and brain storming.

The sessions allow us to have the type of active brain or physical exercise that might not be possible in the normal confines of a meeting room and with the fresh air and sunrise of the beach front, we allow ourselves to let nature help in our team creativity and activity processes.

August 6th saw the team on the beach being led by our Director of Communications Brinda Hora through a series of yoga stretches. Following this we had the participants pair up for some 3 legged beach volleyball, it may sound easy however the pairs have to work on their communication, teamwork, adaptability and strategy in order to get the points needed to win the game.

We finished off the morning with some very creative beach art with the group being divided into 4 teams to create some sand art that would clearly depict our 4 Amilla Fushi Brand Traits of Natural Allure, Idyllic Escape, Rich Experiences and Intuitive Generosity with some very creative and innovative results.

The team were them back on the beach again on August 27th where our gym personal trainer Kamal led the group through their warm up. We followed this with some very fun and interesting product knowledge Pictionary with the 2 teams going head to head to try to out-do each other artistically in order to get their team members to guess the product or service they selected at random. We kept the brain ticking over with a selection of Rebus puzzle challenges for the 2 teams with them racing against each other to find the 12 solutions.

Our leadership teams were then split into 3 groups, each one taking a section of our Start, Stop and Continue initiative to refocus our efforts for the final quarter of the year on areas for development, improvement, implementation and removal to move forward as a team with our best practices.


INDIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

On 15th August 2018, Amilla Fushi Indian Islanders celebrated their 71st  Independence Day.

To mark the event, a special lunch was organized in IceGe  to commemorate this special day for our Indian islanders.


INDONESIA INDEPENDENCE DAY

Indonesia celebrated their 73rd  year of independence this 17th  August.  The occasion was celebrated with a wonderful cake prepared by our kitchen team and a special lunch with traditional Indonesian food.


JALSA – JULY 2018

Jalsa for the month of July was hosted by Housekeeping team with an original and amazing set-up.  After Jalsa, our Islanders were pampered with a  wonderful night in Kobabaa with DJ Ivan.


Jalsa – July  2018 Awards and Recognition

Rock Star Winner – Ni Gusti Ayu Made Ratih (Spa Therapist)

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We had an incident where a guest was sold a display product (which contains only stones for weight/no product, Ayu picked up on the mistake and managed to save the day before guest left for home later that day. Ayu has been with Javvu Spa for just over a year and in this period of time she has maintained a consistent high quality of treatments showing her care and passion at all times. She is the most stable therapist we have in the team and always ensures to provide genuine and thoughtful experience to our guests which naturally allures them to come back for more.

Ayu’s simplicity captivates intuitively with a genuine attention to each and every guest or a colleague she encounters.

As we always look for a wow factor, however, sometimes the simplicity already defines the wow factor, specially consistency and never wavering persistence is hard to maintain in this environment we live and work in.

Ayu always kept her attitude diligently and she always brings love and laughter to the team. She’s always willing to be flexible whenever needed to make sure we provide rich experiences to our valued guests. We are proud of you Ayu!


Jalsa – July 2018 Awards and Recognition

Super Hero Winner – MD Mosarof Hosan (Gardener/ Coconut Climber) 

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Mosarof Hosan is incredibly climbing 4 to 6 coconut trees a day, ensuring all trees are well trimmed and cleaned for guests and islanders safety. Although he has a risky job, Mosarof considers it as his talent and enjoying it very well.

During our Independence Day celebration, he personally served 305 young coconuts to all islanders and guests. Mosarof is also the person behind all decorative palm leaves on special private BBQ dinner. He always makes himself available to help the garden team on busy operations and assisting to unload our weekly supply.

For the past six months, Mosarof is the only coconut climber doing all the job. He remarkably delivered 440 dry coconuts for kitchen operations, 953 young coconuts to Baazaar Bar, Spa, Main Kitchen, and he climbed 136 palm trees for the month of July! Truly amazing! We are proud of you Mosarof!


Jalsa – July 2018 Awards and Recognition

Best Up Sellers – July 2018

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Jalsa – July 2018 Awards and Recognition

Amilla Family is delighted to share the “Amilla Thari (July)” to our dedicated and passionate islanders from F&B Service!

The team persistently carried out great commitments despite of high occupancy and challenge with unfavorable weather conditions.

Good job F&B Service Team! Well deserved!

Amilla Thari


WELCOME HOME NEW ISLANDERS

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INTER-RESORT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Amilla Fushi participated the Inter-Resort Football Tournament which was held in Eydhafushi in August 2018.

The tournament was played in group stages. Each group was made up of four teams, Amilla Fushi were included on Group A together with Vakkaru Maldives, Team Soneva and Dusit Thani Maldives.

Match scores:

1st Match- Amilla (1) – Dusit Thani (2)
2nd Match- Amilla (1) – Vakkaru Maldives (1)
Final Match- Amilla (1) – Team Soneva (2)

Unfortunately, Amilla Fushi team was out of the tournament but made a great effort in the practice and preparation. Better luck next time Amilla team!


MAALI PARADE

Maali (Ghost) Parade is a traditional annual event usually celebrated during Eid.

To honor the tradition, Maali Parade was organized on 24th August 2018 where a local group was invited to especially perform for our guests and islanders, disguised in their ghostly costumes and dancing to the rhythm of the drums.


NEW ISLANDERS GENERAL ORIENTATION

On 25th and 26th of August, we welcomed 11 new islanders to our General Orientation IMG_20180826_095702representing Engineering, Reservations, Housekeeping, Transport and HR.

Throughout the 2 day orientation, the group took part in presentations on the company, the sister resorts, Amilla Fushi, HR policies and procedures, Safety and Security and Harassment awareness and not to mention the great resort tours they had visiting all areas of the resort to better understand the product and services we have available- all being led by representatives of each department.

In the mix, we also had a number of fun team activities and wrapped up the two day activity with our ultimate Product Knowledge Quiz.

Special thanks to our Resort Manager, Jean Noel, for being available in both days to welcome the team on day 1 and the wrap up on day 2.

Looking forward to welcoming the next group of new islanders to the September session.


TRANSPORT GUEST SERVICES TRAINING AUGUST 2018

As we continue to rise our standards in guest services. Our transport team had a two day session which focuses on providing great customer care to all our boat passengers.

A 90 minutes session consists of a detailed theory and group discussion. It was then followed by a practical application on the jetty to exercise a real life delivery of the service standards.

Great job to all involved!


CONGRATULATIONS FINOLHU on your 2nd year anniversary!


CONGRATULATIONS HUVAFEN FUSHI!

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CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS

Monday, 13 August 2018

A cupcake decorating class was arranged for our lovely little guests in house.  The kids enjoyed learning our cupcake secrets in a fun way.


TRAVEL CLICK SURVEY REPORT – JULY

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