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AMILLA FUSHI – June 2018

Message from the Resort Manager

Resort Manager

Dearest Islanders,

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

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

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

Some great events happened in June: Successful celebration of Eid

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading

Jean Noël

Resort Manager


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

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

Name: MD Mosarof Hosan

Position: Coconut Climber

  1. Tell us something about yourself

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

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

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

What is your daily routine?

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

What do you like the most about your job:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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

Hair Care                        Skin Care

Weight Loss                   Improves Immunity

Dental Care                    Prevents Candida

Speeds Up Healing       Keeping Organs Healthy

Helps in AIDS & Cancer Treatment

Boosts Heart Health

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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1) It counteracts all that sitting you do

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

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

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

2) It eases muscle pain

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

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

3) It soothes anxiety and depression

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

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

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

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4) It improves sleep

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

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

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

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

5) It boosts immunity

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

6) It relieves headaches

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

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


FAREWELL OF NASEEM AND BRAM!

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

Well done Kitchen Team!


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

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

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

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

Guest Reviews from Tripadvisor

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Jalsa – May 2018 Awards and Recognition

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

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


Jalsa – May 2018 Awards and Recognition

  • Rock Star Winner – Ashfag Adam (Airport Katheeb) 

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

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

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

 

  • Super Hero Winner – Alia Korshykova (Sales Executive) 

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

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

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

  • Best Up Sellers – April 2018

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  • Amilla Thari – GM Service Charge April 2018

 

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Amilla World Cup Draw Ceremony

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

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


Football Fever – Amilla World Cup 2018

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

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


Eid Al Fitr Celebrations 2018

 

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

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

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

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

 


Designated Family Room for Islanders

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

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

Family Room Poster


World Ocean Day – Reef Cleaning Activity

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

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

Reef Cleaning

 


Island Cleaning

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

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

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

    See you there!


Islanders Village Improvements

New TV Hall –  iMax room

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

 

New Water Dispensers in Islanders Accommodation

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

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


Lemon Grass Items – Bliss Shop

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

Get yours now!


Philippines Independence Day

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


Night Fishing  and  BBQ

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

 


Global Wellness Day 2018

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


AMILLA HUDDLE- JUNE 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WSET Level 2 Training Certification

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

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

Participants are from both properties- Amilla and Finolhu.


 

Amilla Fushi – May 2018

Message from Resort Manager

Jean Noel

Dearest Islanders,

Time goes by so quickly and can you imagine that we are already halfway through the year!

For certain, as a team of passionate islanders, we have made some great achievements since the beginning of the year!

We have taken pride to be of service to all our guests. Our commitment is widely recognized by our guests on Trip Advisor and many other channels, particularly because of our friendliness, personalized service and professional attitude.

We have been responsive and creative to the ever changing needs of our guests and our business.

We have successfully introduced our much known Maldives Aficionado Program, creating new app for easy connection, hence building up our loyal guest index, with greater benefits.

We have successfully recognized and celebrated every major international events for our guests, by offering world class performances with renowned artists and introducing great culinary experiences with acclaimed chefs!

We have been more accessible by penetrating new markets and reaching out to new partners. Our engagement in social media is reaping big results on a daily basis.

We have become more conscious on our mode of operations as regards to the conservation of the natural environment and the non-usage of plastic.

We have strengthened the Amilla Brand Traits, through our tireless effort to create new experiences for our dear guests and islanders.

The list may go on, but most importantly, although some of us chose to explore new horizons, while new talents join the “Roohu”, we continue to grow as a community, supporting each other in our day to day operations and finding ways to enhance our living style in the village, with love and respect.

Have an incredible month, a great Eid Celebration and further accomplishments for the rest of year!

Sincerely

Jean Noël

Resort Manager


“From the Sea well to Amilla well”

Picture11In this edition, we have the pleasure to introduce Rafiq, our one and only Bottle Plant Operator who is ensuring our Amilla water is clean and presentable for our dearguests and islanders.

Name: Rafiq

Position: Bottle Plant Operator

Tell us about yourself

Rafiq: I come from Bangladesh and currently employed in Amilla Fushi as a Bottle Plant operator for 18 months. During my free time from the Bottling Plant, I am also happy to assist the Housekeeping / Public Area team to clean the outlets/public areas or houses as per operation’s needs.

How many bottles do you produce in a day for operations?

Rafiq: I can make a total of 400 bottles of still and sparkling water, combined for daily operations- from 200ml up to 1 liter. 200 bottles will usually go daily to Housekeeping department for houses while others are for F&B outlets, Spa, Residences, transports and other services.

What is your daily routine?

Rafiq: I usually start my day at 8am, by properly cleaning empty bottles of different sizes. Sanitization of the bottles is an important part of the process, while sorting them on specific racks, then refill them with purified still or sparkling water. Final procedure is to seal the bottle with an Amilla stickers to reassure all consumers that the bottles from the Bottling Plant, are safe and clean to drink.

It is amazing to be part of such an interesting process on how we can produce natural and drinkable water out of its original sources: The Ocean! …. Taking water 30metres deep from ground level and automatically filtered and desalinated from the plant to provide fresh and natural water to our guests and Islanders. Same water is also used by our Islanders in IceGe. Clean and Safe!

What do you like the most about your job:

Rafiq: It is very calm and quiet in my area. That’s why I am also eager to help my department any time they need me for operations. Every time I finish my job as a bottling plant operator, I usually go to outlets to clean and help the team. I am available for help at any time of the day even at night time if they require more water bottles for guests or islanders.

 Do you have any hobby whenever you have free time?

Rafiq: I always make sure to spend my free time to connect with my family. This is an important moment for me.

What are the challenges you faced?

Rafiq: Removing a sticker is quite difficult because it stays on the bottle and it is hard to remove. I always make sure bottles are spotless and clean and well presentable. I will also advise my colleagues to return all empty bottles in a timely manner as I need to refill them for your operations. Always keep the crates in good conditions.

In conclusion, I am very proud to be part of Amilla Family. I do my work with a lot of commitment to ensure, the quality of the water are at the highest standard for consumption.

Contributed by: Executive Office

Manta Workshop – 2nd May 2018

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Picture2Manta Trust Meeting

On the 2nd May a Manta Trust meeting was held at Amilla Fushi resort. The following resorts took part in this meeting: Four Seasons, Dusit Thani, Soneva Fushi, Finolhu, Vakkaru, Reethi Beach and Amilla Fushi. The purpose of this gathering was for all the resorts situated in Baa atoll to come together and anticipate the arrival of mantas into the infamous Hanifaru Bay. During the South-west monsoon season (May – October) the enigmatic and charismatic manta rays all congregate into this bay in order to enjoy the plankton rich waters.

It has been recorded by Manta Trust that there are over 4,400 mantas recorded in the Maldives which is the largest recorded population in the world. With evidence of some mantas moving between atolls in the Maldives, an individual named Pawpaw (MA – MV -0977) was sighted in 5 different atolls.

Manta Trust presented some important information regarding the reef manta rays. Some key areas to be highlighted include the sighting over the years, it was reported that 2017 had the lowest number of sightings (2595 ind) in comparison to the previous year in 2016 (4387 ind). Reasons why the sightings were low during 2017 are unknown. During 2016 it was documented that a lot of courtship behavior was being observed at the cleaning stations, with more pregnant mantas documented in 2017 (18 ind) due to their yearlong pregnancy. Therefore it is possible for many manta pups to be sighted during this year’s manta season.
Additionally Manta Trust included important details about how to behave with the manta rays in the water. The floor was opened up to all parties to share past experiences with the manta rays and public, or mention any possible improvements that could be implemented to further preserve the manta rays and keep the tourism of these magnificent creatures sustainable and safe.

Overall, the meeting was a success with all parties informed about the rules and regulations of entering Hanifaru Bay and behaving in the water with the Manta Rays.

Contributed by: H.U.B. Team

Reservations and Sales Team Building

At Reservations (Revenue & Sales included) we give very special importance to create a strong bond & great spirit within us. We try to achieve this through simple things and these make the team happy –  which is our goal.  These include our “ Ice Cream with Uncle Naseem “ event every Friday and pizza parties we do regularly.  Recently we also had a fabulous outdoor event (Hussain & Recreations team , thank you guys) and the team were exposed to some thrilling fun (and of course product knowledge ) with snorkeling, banana ride, painting class, outdoor sports and the event was wrapped with a round of ice cream followed by a pizza party in the evening.

Contributed by Reservations Team

Interesting Facts

Did you know?

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Below is an average consumption of water at Amilla based on occupancy:

Below 50% occupancy

  • 1000ml bottle = 70-75 bottle/day, (0.072 cm3)
  • 500ml bottle = 100-120 bottle/day, (0.055cm3)
  • 350ml bottle= 70-80 bottle/day, (0.026cm3)
  • 330ml bottle = 20-40 bottle/day, (0.009cm3)
  • 200ml bottle = 50-60bottle/day, (0.011cm3)
  • Daily consumption= 0.173cm3

Occupancy above 70%

  • 1000ml bottle = 200-250bottle/day, (0.225cm3)
  • 500ml bottle= 200-250bottle/day, (0.112cm3)
  • 350ml bottle = 150-200bottle/day, (0.0613cm3)
  • 330ml bottle = 150-200 bottle/day, (0.058cm3)
  • 200ml bottle = 130-160 bottle/day’ (0.029cm3)
  • Daily consumption= 0.4853cm3

WATER PLANT OPERATION PROCEDURE

  • Taking water from 30mtrs deep from ground
  • Through sand filters, water will be directed to ROP
  • Our water storage tanks can store 350 tons x2
  • Chlorine is automatically treating the fresh water
  • Once treated, it will be ready to use in guests and islanders areas with clean, fresh and natural water.

Bottling Plant

  • Main source of water is from the storage tank.
  • Separate high pressure pump was installed in bottling plant to reduce TDS (Total Dissolve Solid) with 300mg/l minimum, 600mg/l maximum.
  • Sand filters, carbon filters and mineral ball filters is fixed in the bottling plant room to ensure water is properly desalinated.
  • 2cm3 storage tank is fitted to the bottling plant that produces water that is safe for drinking.

Sparkling water

  • Special chiller was connected to the sparkling plant.
  • Carbonated water is called Sparkling water, which carbon dioxide gas under pressure has been dissolved.
  • Once bottle is filled it will now produce chilled sparkling water.

Note: The main difference is the bubbles, which makes drinking sparkling water an enjoyable experience rather than a dull necessity of life. One thing to note through is that carbon dioxide, when mixed with water, creates carbonic acid.

Contributed by Engineering Department

Ashtrays for Public Areas

Security was given the task to prepare ashtrays to use in staff areas and 30 of them were prepared and handed over to HR. Ashtrays are now displayed in smoking zone. Islanders are reminded to use them and avoid littering.

Contributed by: The Security Team

Island Cleaning Activities

Island cleaning activity was initiated by our volunteers from Security, Housekeeping, F&B and Spa Department focusing on beach area and heart of the house. Materials collected at these cleanups range from a distressing number of cigarette buts and pieces of plastic bottles and cans. Everyone has a lifetime commitment to maintain the cleanliness and order of our island home because we believe that a clean place is a safe place to work.

It’s a fun activity and we hope we’ll see you at the next Island Cleaning!

Amilla Fushi – April 2018

Message from the Resort Manager

Jean NoelDearest Islanders,

What an amazing treat our notable guests have experienced during Easter!

I can’t thank you enough for all your effort and commitment in making every single event during the Easter Week, a very rich experience for our guests. Each individual islander at Amilla brings a different skill and genuine attention; combined altogether, we provide unbeatable services and exceed expectations of all our visiting guests, including the many families and aficionado members. Well Done!

The month of May, although challenging in terms of business volume, will also give us the opportunity to work efficiently and implement solution to meet business needs. I rely on your full commitment to roll out your cost effective plan and I say thank you to the entire team for their continued hard work and adaptability to the numerous changes that have taken place to guarantee a smooth operation of our business.

On a happier note, we have already started the preparations for the Holy Month of Ramadan.  A full scale of activities will be hosted for one and all and I thank you beforehand for your respectful obedience towards ensuring a blessed Ramadan month.

In closing, for those islanders going on leave, I know a few for a longer period, I wish you a safe travel and good reunion with your loved ones and families and look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to your island home!

Sincerely,

Jean Noel

Resort Manager | Amilla Fushi


Featured Islander

VIPULA

“The Islander that makes many Islanders presentable every day for our guests.”

In this edition, we have the pleasure to introduce Vipula Priyantha, who is the Master Tailor behind the fabrication of the resort’s uniform.

  • Name: Vipula Priyantha
  • Position: Senior Tailor

Tell us about yourself

Vipula: I was born and raised in Sri Lanka. Most of my family members are also in the tailoring business, specially my father, brother and my loving wife. We own a tailor shop in Sri Lanka producing t-shirts, trousers, etc. Before joining Amilla Fushi, I worked with the Trans Maldivian Air (TMA) for 12 years as a tailor and then joined the Amilla Family in the year 2015. I am nearly completing 2 years and a half, and I am enjoying my life here as an Islander.

How did you develop the love and passion to be a tailor?

Vipula: I grew up in a family of tailors and I have always been inspired by my father’s job as well as my brother. Maybe that’s where I develop my talent, love and passion.

What do you like the most about your job as a tailor?

Vipula: It is really my passion to design trousers, t-shirts, pants, blouses, etc. It is also nice to see people wearing my creations every day. I love meeting new people whenever they visit me at the tailor’s workshop. It is nice to know I am the first person to meet the new Islanders and to see how they are eager to be quickly dressed in their uniform and be ready to start their job. For sure, I have a huge responsibility to deliver their sets of uniform on time. Amazingly, most of the time, a set of uniform for a new Islander, can be ready within one day!

As you have been a Tailor for quite a long time now, how many trousers and t-shirts have you produced?

Vipula: Countless!  I have been tailoring outfits, since I was very young… but I can easily make 4 sets of uniforms in a day or maximum of 5 sets. I will leave it up to you to make the calculation! The biggest satisfaction for me, is that I have been able to dress so many people, and specially my lovely Islanders and Managers. Whether it comes to a new creation, repair or an alteration, my passion remains the same, as my objective is to ensure my visitor leaves my tailor workshop very happy.

What do you usually do on your free time?

Vipula: I’m an avid fan of cricket so I usually watch cricket games and mostly spend my free time chatting with my family at home. I do Facebook sometimes, while connecting with my friends. I also like to check what is the latest in fashion, keeping updated with social media and try to be inspired for new styles.

What advise will you give to Islanders wearing your creations?

Vipula: I hope all islanders would take care of their uniforms. It involves time and money and it is our duty to ensure that we give proper attention to our uniform.  The way we are dressed, the cleanliness and sharpness of our uniform, is a representation of who we are as ambassadors of Amilla Fushi. We should all display a professional image and our uniform contributes a major part!

 My tailor shop is always open if there’s any alteration and repair needed. Please come and make yourself presentable for our guests!

Vipula is assisted by Sirynath Jayawardena  and they both paired together to ensure that all department’s uniform are made on schedule.


http://www.islandroohu.blog Sign Up

We organized two sign up days for all Islanders in order to get more followers in our www.islandroohu.blog and to vote for the Best Spa in the World Luxury Spa Awards 2018 (Javvu Spa – Amilla Fushi) and the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018 (Feeling Koi Restaurant for Amilla Fushi and Kanusan Restaurant for Finolhu Baa Atoll).

Short eats, popcorn and magnum ice cream were distributed for FREE to everyone who registered for the sign up.

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Sinhala-Tamil New Year Celebration

14 April 2018, we celebrated Sinhala & Tamil New Year together with our colleagues from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Our Sri Lankan community prepared a special dinner with the entire specialty local meals in IceGe led this event.

After the sumptuous dinner, we had a DJ Night Party in Kobabaa.


Easter Dinner

Last Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018, our F&B Kitchen Team organized a Special Dinner in IceGe to celebrate Easter. There were many food varieties served and several options of desserts were prepared in the theme of Willy Wonka.

We received a lot of positive feedback from our Islanders that they have enjoyed their meal, most especially Willy Wonka desserts were fantastic.


First Aid Training

Medplus conducted a Two-Day First Aid Training last April 14-15, 2018 in Amilla Fushi. We had 15 Islanders who participated and passed their certification.

This training covered Basic Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Steps on Hot to Use Automated External Defibrillator (AED). These are very vital in order for our Islanders to be fully aware of what to do in case of any emergency for our Guests and Islanders.

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Management Huddle

On 23 April, the Management Huddle started with warm up and followed by a volleyball challenge among Managers. After the physical warm up, we had a brainstorming and the below topics were discussed:

  1. Guest Preferences. How to use and recognize?
  2. Guest Names. How to use more often and consistently?
  3. ROOHU Nominations – How to make them more meaningful?
  4. Improvements on engagement and participation of getting more Islanders involved.

We are looking forward to implementing more great ideas to improve and become better.

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IceGe Food Survey

We are currently doing a Food Survey for IceGe Islander Restaurant. Our aim is to improve the quality, consistency and variety of food that we are presently offering to our Islanders. The Islander’s feedback is essential for us to know which areas we can improve for better satisfaction.


Autism Charity Run/Walk

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On 22nd April 2018, we organized a charity run/walk for Islanders and Guests, that was an Island Tour (1.8km) to celebrate the World Autism Day – in partnership with the Maldives Autism Association. One name we would like to highlight is the Australian Cricket Player Usman Khawaja who was staying at Amilla Fushi for his honeymoon and was a great support and encouragement during this event.

The aim of this event is to help the local community and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This is our commitment to take part and be involved of TSMIC Corporate Social Responsibility in raising the awareness about Autism.

50 Islanders and 6 Guests participated in this event. Apart from the charity run/walk, we were able to sold t-shirts, socks and caps that were provided by Maldives Autism Association. The proceeds of this event will go directly to the Maldives Autism Association. Whether we walked 1.8kms around the island or ran the distance, our support towards Maldives Autism Association was visible in each and everyone’s face.

#AmillaFushi #YourIslandHome #IslandBliss


Ladies Afternoon Tea

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On Thursday, 26th April, we organized a special afternoon tea for all the ladies in order to find ways how to improve the living conditions for the female Islanders. Following the international women’s day celebration last month, our aim is to implement every month at least one day activity for the ladies. Smoothies, fruit juice, cupcakes and cookies were served followed by team building activities in the water sports area. Great tea break under the Maldivian sun!


Japanese Golden Week

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When:  29th April to 5th May

Where: “Feeling Koi” signature over water restaurant

Events: Four themed dinner and three sushi classes, two sake training

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wensday Thursday Friday Saturday
29-Apr 30-Apr 1-May 2-May 3-May 4-May 5-May
Sushi class Ramen and Yakis Sushi class Raw Bar night Yakitori Night Sushi class Yakisoba Night
sake training sake pairing

Amilla is proud to announce the celebration of the Japanese golden week that will be held in her signature over water restaurant aka “Feeling Koi “.

Feeling Koi restaurant in Amilla Resort. The cooking though is forward-looking, with imaginative ideas incorporating Izakaya-style and Nikkei influences. Portions are generously flavored; flavors are distinct. The range might be from  ramen served in a more modern way; new style sashimi; black cod marinated miso or the most acclaimed Hamachi jalapeño.  Look also for the ‘’Wow Platter” served in our first class island setting

During the Japanese week a series of a perfect engineered menu will be displayed to celebrate both Japanese culture and umami, ranging from yakis dishes to the most contemporary yakisoba  all framed with some classic sake pairing introduced by local resident Sake Sommelier.

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YOGA RETREAT BY YOSHIE ROUX-CHABERT

7A brief about Yogi Yoshie:

Yoshie Roux-Chabert: “The inversion lover”. A former flight stewardess, Yoshie first started yoga when the demands of flying and travelling constantly took a toll on her body. She knows how to help others finding that inner calm thru perfect alignment and unique poses combination designed for personal needs.  Yoshie has developed a passion for hanging out upside down, and has also mastered the art of posture that uplifts body and mind. She maintains that yoga, as a healing art, should be practised safely with a strong foundation with a daily discipline. Her teaching style thus fuses her knowledge of body awareness and focus on alignment helping her students develop a mindful connection with their inner self. She graduated from the prestigious Yoga Alliance in Hong Kong since 2007 when she was pregnant of her daughter. She since then participates in Yoga retreats and events in Asia, and have created a network of yoga teachers that inspires and keeps her teachings always synch up with the best tips and advice. She a world-famous Instagram contributor with thousands of followers looking for beautifying their body and minds. IG: yrc.yoga

She came to Amilla Fushi last year & decided to come back as a visiting practitioner to hold yoga retreats because she loved it so much.

She will be with us for 10 days during Japanese golden week!

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Yoshie Roux-Chabert “The Inversion Lover” will be holding an exclusive yoga retreat at Amilla Fushi from Saturday 28 April to Thursday 3rd of May. Yoshie’s strengths include helping others find that inner calm through perfect alignment and unique poses tailored to individual needs. She maintains that yoga, as a healing art, should be practiced safely, with a strong foundation and daily discipline. Her teaching style focuses on body awareness and alignment to help her students develop a mindful connection with their inner self. Graduating from the prestigious Yoga Alliance in Hong Kong in 2007, she has since participated in Yoga retreats and events in Asia. She regularly shares her tips and advice with a large following on her Instagram account: @yrc.yoga


Pure Massage Spa Training Method with Beata

BeataBeata Aleksandrowicz is an expert on massage and the creator of the Pure Massage Spa Training Method® which provides spas worldwide with advanced training in a modern concept of massage. Beata is a powerful advocate of educating people about the importance of touch, massage and spiritual growth.

In 2002 Beata founded Pure Massage, the first company in London dedicated solely to massage with training techniques based on the Twelve Principles of Massage™ created and developed by Beata. Her company became synonymous with the highest quality in massage, gaining recognition from the press and acknowledged by clients as the best available on the market.

Pure Massage Spa Training Method® is a result of Beata’s ongoing passion and dedication to changing the perception of massage. Her ground-breaking approach to training techniques provides therapists not only with highly effective and injury-free massage, communication skills and self care routines, but also – essential in their profession – life coaching knowhow. Among her recent projects are Dormy Spa House – Cotswolds, UK, Amilla Fushi – Maldives, and The Lanesborough Club & Spa – London, UK.

What defines an excellent massage

  • a set of techniques that are effective, guarantee consistency and are safe for both therapist and client
  • communication that allows to personalise each treatment
  • self care that keeps the therapist injury free, fit and healthy for many years to come
  • awareness that raises each treatment to the highest standard of performance

Sharing some photos taken during Beata’s visit & training for massage revision, upskilling & life coaching.

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Javvu Spa Team Dinner @ Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

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The Javvu Spa Team celebrated the group’s victory by having a very special sumptuous dinner in Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru followed by having their lip-smacking drinks for winning the recent Amilla Bliss for Best Performance!


 

Feeling Koi, our signature restaurant at Amilla Fushi is nominated in the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

GREAT NEWS FROM YOUR ISLAND HOME!!!

Feeling Koi, our signature restaurant at Amilla Fushi is nominated in the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

Feeling Koi is a breathtaking overwater restaurant that offers authentic modern Japanese dining presented in playful, Latin-influenced style. Shared dishes are prepared using the finest quality ingredients, with simple, exquisite presentation given a Latin twist.

Vote for us and show your support to be one step closer towards this recognition: http:// Continue reading Feeling Koi, our signature restaurant at Amilla Fushi is nominated in the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Awards.

KATE WINSLET ON HER FAVOURITE ISLAND

Six-times Oscar nominee Kate Winslet writes exclusively for us about her trip to her favourite island in the world: Amilla Fushi in the Maldives. Portraits by her husband Ned Rocknroll

NED ROCKNROLL

My name is Sadaam Hussein,’ said our butler with a cheeky grin and a friendly flash of white teeth. ‘Yes it’s true! May I take your bag madam?’

Freshly arrived on Amilla Fushi by seaplane from Malé, we were surrounded by sweet, eager staff handing out ice-cold face towels and fat glasses of something pink and juicy which tasted like coconut, only better. Sadaam high-fived the kids and dispatched the rest of the bags to our villa. Our new home turned out to be vast, modern and minimalist – like an urban five-star but without the noise and bustle – with deep ceramic baths, ocean-sized beds, and silent (and very welcome) air conditioning. Outside, we found not one but two swimming pools, surrounded by king-size sun beds, just a few feet from a powdery white-sand beach.

Just as we were thinking of finding something to eat, chef Nonky (‘Pronounced donkey, but with an N’) appeared in our private kitchen with trays of, well, options. Everything from Waygu beef to gigantic, grilled tiger prawns with garlic, chilli and lime, to sashimi of scallop and kingfish, sliced wafer thin, with a spicy dipping sauce. Delicious aromas filled the villa. Checking out the children’s menu, I was delighted to find chilled prawns with avocado and mango salsa, as well as salt and pepper squid with watercress salad. Hooray, a nugget-free zone! This was warming my heart. One of my children is quite severely wheat intolerant, but having gluten-free options meant pizza-night treats could go ahead without a hitch.

DANIEL WARD

I’ve been mountain climbing in Iceland, parasailing in New Zealand and dog sledding in the Arctic, but haven’t been to many beach resorts. So I’m not really used to being waited on, or being expected to relax, which I’m not very good at and quite expert at avoiding. So I arrived on Amilla Fushi ready for some action and energetic yoga sessions. That’s why I was initially suspicious of my teacher’s floaty outfit and the rose petals scattered on my yoga mat: you see, I struggle to get in touch with my chakras, or even listen to myself breathe for too long (I just start making lists). And yet, after five consecutive days of 90-minute sessions, low and behold, it was happening. She was getting under my skin. Darn! I was indeed relaxing; the to-do lists in my head vanished.

And so Amilla Fushi was beginning to work its magic on us all. If my children weren’t gliding alongside my husband and myself on one of our daily dives with sharks and mantra rays, they were tearing around the new, off-the-charts-amazing tennis courts under the watchful eye of coach Tony. And there was always a willing band of male staff members ready to kick a football around with my son, who’s a little on the shy side and was really made to feel part of a team. In fact it became a bit of a ritual, as he’d race out the door at five o’clock to join his friends like a newcomer welcomed by local villagers.

Somehow a massage also worked its way into our routine. The island’s Javu Spa is a sanctuary of eucalyptus- and chamomile-scented calm where staff drift silently along its airy walkways, always with a smile. The Himalayan salt-crystal body scrubs left me feeling shiny and reborn, and the 90-minute full-body massage reduced me to a slippery, lavender-drenched, Bambi-like state.

The Kids’ Club was a fabulous spot to take our toddler during massage time. It’s perfectly positioned under tall, shady trees, with an immaculate, well-stocked play room and a safe, shallow pool. This warm, cocooning place was tended by gentle staff, without a hint of holiday-resort fakery or false enthusiasm.Link