Message from the Resort Manager
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.
“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.
Name: MD Mosarof Hosan
Position: Coconut Climber
- 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?
- The tallest coconut tree of Amilla can be found in Residence 708.
- 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
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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
- Amilla Thari – GM Service Charge April 2018
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.