Dhigali Maldives appoints Glenn Daniels as General Manager
Dhigali Maldives has appointed Glenn Daniels as its General Manager.
Glenn, who took over the position in January, has some 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with a career that has taken him across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and the Maldives.
The New Zealand-born hospitality executive took up his first hotel job when he was 17 years old. He worked for 15 years in New Zealand for three different hotels before moving to Australia in 2006 to work as the General Manager of Ayres Rock. After two and a half years there, he transferred to the Great Barrier Reef, and worked at the Heron Island.
Glenn left Australia in 2008 and went to Fiji to work as the Resort Manager for the Worldmark Resort Denarau Island.
After three years in Fiji, Glenn arrived in the Maldives in 2011, joining Universal Resorts’ Velassaru Maldives as its General Manager. He worked with the pioneers of tourism in Maldives until 2013 when he moved back to Australia for six months.
Prior to joining Dhigali, one of the newest properties in Universal Resorts’ portfolio, Glenn served as the General Manager of LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. His involvement in all aspects of operational responsibilities as well as the relaunching of LUX* South Ari Atoll give him a tremendous advantage to establish and position the recently opened Dhigali as one of the most sought after resorts in the Maldives.
Dhigali sits in the remote Raa atoll and can be reached by a scenic seaplane journey of just 45 minutes from the main Velana International Airport. Alternatively, guests can take a domestic flight to either Ifuru or Dharavandhoo airport, followed by a speedboat ride to the resort — a journey of about 70 minutes.
The island itself is corralled by 20 Beach Bungalows and 33 Deluxe Beach Bungalows to the south, and 62 Beach Villas which line the north and southwestern beaches. Nestled under a canopy of palms, these beach front sanctuaries provide luxurious intimacy, effortlessly marrying the interior and exterior. Outside, spend your days relaxing in the private deck’s day-bed or opt for one of the 21 Beach Villa with Pool which include a private plunge pool overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Dhigali’s overwater bungalows dot the island’s azure perimeter. Extending from the south eastern side of the island is a jetty hosting 24 Water Villas, each one rising out of the lagoon on stilts. Similarly, from the south-east of the island snakes a further jetty housing 16 larger Lagoon Villas with Pools.
The singular Dhigali Suite is the pride of the island, featuring an opulent master bedroom, open-air bathroom, beachfront infinity pool and wide sundeck. With sublime ocean views and intuitive luxuries, the Dhigali Suite comes with its own bar and personal butler service, offering pure tropical peace.
Dining experience is innovative and authentic, with the style and atmosphere of each restaurant reflecting the cuisine. There is a particular focus on fresh Asian dishes, including the specialist Asian restaurant, Battuta. Capers is the main restaurant, while there is also the upscale Deli, all-day dining at Jade, and freshly grilled meats and fish at Faru. At sunset, guests can make their own way to the upper level of Haali sunset bar with a cocktail in hand.
The Dhigali Spa is a green retreat in the middle of the island, featuring daybeds, an outdoor pool and 12 modern, minimalist treatment rooms that cocoon guests in absolute stillness. Therapies offered by the spa draw on indigenous traditions to heal and reenergise the body and mind, while guests have the opportunity to prolong their visit in the steam room and relaxation lounge, or pamper with a pedicure and a manicure.
In addition to PADI-certified diving, snorkelling and a range of water sports, Dhigali offers island hopping adventures to nearby islands to explore local culture. Access to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay in the nearby Baa atoll is available, allowing guests to discover the largest seasonal groupings of manta rays, a variety of stunning corals and huge schools of tropical marine life, as well as the opportunity to spot whale sharks.