Fairmont Maldives appoints Rachelle Hill as marketing, communications director
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has expanded its team with the addition of Rachelle Hill as Director of Marketing & Communications of the luxury island resort.
Rachelle joins Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi from her most recent role as Director of Marketing & Communications at Fairmont Dubai, a position she held since August 2016. Prior to this role, she was Group Director of Marketing & Communications, overseeing both the Fairmont Dubai and the pre-opening of Fairmont Ajman in the United Arab Emirates.
Bringing along over 18 years of hospitality experience, Rachelle began her career in the Philippines before moving to the Middle East where she held various progressive positions in marketing and communications for a number of international luxury hotel chains.
In her new role, Rachelle will oversee and develop the resort’s marketing strategy. Her thorough technical knowledge and diverse professional background brings the necessary expertise to further strengthen Fairmont’s brand presence in the region.
“It is a very exciting time for me to be part of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi and contribute to the resort’s innovation and growth. I’m thrilled to take on this opportunity to support in the successful implementation of the resort’s overall marketing efforts,” Rachelle was quoted in a statement, as saying.
Located in the northern Shaviyani atoll, the stunning new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi offers 112 luxury villas, each with a private pool. Sirru Fen Fushi, which means ‘secret water island’ in the local Dhivehi language, is set on an exceptionally lush island bursting with flora and fauna. The picturesque locale is also surrounded by powder white sand beaches, peppered with thatched-roofed villas overlooking an endless turquoise sea.
The 112 villas are categorised based on the island’s stunning topography, and include Beach Villas, Water Villas, and Tented Jungle Villas. Copper bathroom fittings and carved wood detailing on furniture lend the villas a bohemian rustic chic vibe. Specially adapted to the Maldives, the unique tented jungle villas offer privacy and a romantic castaway vibe; other guests can also experience the verdant island interiors with glamping BBQs or jungle cinema.
A strong connection to nature guides guests throughout their stay, even at the resort’s contemporary dining outlets. These include an international all-day dining spot called Raha Market; an overwater Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and sea lounge named Kata, where Chef Dharmen brings creative flair to add modern and Maldivian twists to Japanese dishes; and the overwater fine dining destination, Azure, where fresh seafood and fish-market displays of daily local catches are complemented by fantastic wines and Champagnes.
Adjacent to the main all-day dining restaurant, the intimate Raha Market Bar is a relaxed space for aperitifs or digestifs to round off a meal at the water’s edge. At the all-bamboo Onu Onu, loungers and fire pits add to the laid-back poolside atmosphere, while sunsets are best enjoyed with a sundowner at the Kata Roof Top Bar and lounge which overlooks the entire western side of the island. Destination dining experiences draw guests further into nature with private meals enjoyed under the stars and powder-soft sand beneath the toes.
It’s the same tranquil natural surroundings from which the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Maldives draws its energy and vitality. The 2,000sqm wellness area has been adapted to Maldivian island chic in its concepts with the use of endemic herbs and Indian Ocean-inspired treatments. The architectural design features hand-carved wooden doors, with sea breeze passages designed to draw fresh sea air into the treatment rooms. A dedicated Olympic size Jacuzzi pool is provided for spa guests for pre or post treatment immersion.