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Four Seasons, Building Communities

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Maldives Promotion House – While taking off may mean a break from the touches of daily routine and busy life, it can also be an opportunity to experience the other people and places. It is also a chance to help distant communities locked away in the deep corners of the world.

Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world have taken a stand to assist you get involved with what’s happening around the world. As mentioned in their website, they have a longstanding commitment to building communities, this summer, they are inviting tourists to get involved in local community initiatives.

“More and more, our guests want to dig deeper and learn about the places they visit, and have a positive impact,” General Manager of Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Luis Argote said.

“In Dallas, we’ve introduced a ‘Build a Birdhouse, Grow a Tree’ program. Working with the Texas Tree Foundation, we’re enhancing bird habitats among the 3000 trees that surround the Resort and raising money for forest preservation in the region,” Luis Argote added.

Many Four Seasons hotels and resorts are located among diverse communities that provide diverse opportunities. From making donations to local hospices or helping serve meals to the less fortunate to walking shelter dogs or reading to orphaned children, are among the various activities. They even provide chances to clean up parks and beaches, and even opportunities to spend a few hours volunteering at a museum.

“Volunteering is a wonderful thing that families can do together,” Armando Kraenzlin, the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resorts Maldives said. “It’s a great learning experience, and sets children on a course for a lifetime of community participation and generosity towards others.”

Four Seasons hotels and resorts worldwide are also offering special packages which feature complimentary room nights and hotel credits. Families can often book a second room at half price, upgrade to a suite, or even rent a private residence, so that everyone can stay together at Four Seasons.

Guests in many destinations can join in local tree planting programs that support the company’s recent project that aims to plant “10 Million Trees”. This new global program was launched by Four Seasons in celebration of its 50th Birthday in 2011.

In Hawaii, guests can join efforts to plant up to 500,000 native Koa trees on the Big Island and even keep tabs on its growth with a GPS tag. They can also help in their latest initiative, the “Growing Together” program, by helping to plant 1,800 fruit, shade and flowering trees around the golf course in Costa Rica.

Guests have the opportunity to fill backpacks with food for needy children in Las Vegas through “Three Square Food Bank”. They can donate meals and other necessities to Mumbai’s street children through the “Vatsalya Foundation”, or contribute food and other necessities to dozens of charities worldwide.

Making a difference has never been easier, whether you wish to read to children at an orphanage in Jakarta or serve meals in a hospice in Buenos Aires, the opportunities are endless. Prague offers guests who participate in a cooking class with the hotel’s chef to help prepare a meal for local families in need.

In Mauritius, the Resort welcomes 60 local children to lunch each week, which guests can sponsor or join. Southern California offers guests to pick produce that will be donated to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Four Seasons hotels and resorts in London, St. Louis, Doha, Whistler and the island of Lanai work with local shelters, where guests are invited to walk dogs and spend time with animals in need. Hikers in Jackson Hole are encouraged to plant pheromone packets on white bark pines to help control destruction of forests by mountain pine beetles.

In the Maldives, guests can participate in the Resorts’ coral propagation program to restore reefs, among many other sustainability and community programs. The Marine Discovery Centre, opened last year, is a good starting point for finding ways to have a positive impact on the island nation of Maldives.

Tourists flock to landmark places like New York’s Central Park, Pinnacle Peak Park in Scottsdale, the beaches of the Seychelles and Hangzhou’s West Lake. Now, guests of Four Seasons can help preserve their beauty for all to enjoy by participating in cleanup programs.

In Philadelphia, local landmarks including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Franklin Institute welcome volunteers to work at special events and exhibitions. In Tokyo, guests can learn to fold origami cranes to be added to Senbazuru strings, which bring together sets of 1000 cranes as a symbol of recovery to be sent to those affected by the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Guests can also join Four Seasons employees in a fundraising drive for the Japanese Red Cross by visiting the Living Values website.

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Sun Siyam Resorts Boosts PR & Communications Team with Appointment of Erika Magora for Sun Siyam Iru Veli & Sun Siyam Vilu Reef

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Sun Siyam Resorts has announced a dynamic addition to its PR and Communications team with the appointment of Erika Magora as Cluster Assistant PR & Communications Manager for Sun Siyam Iru Veli and Sun Siyam Vilu Reef. With an impressive background in law from the UK, coupled with a diverse upbringing in the Philippines and Malaysia, Erika brings a unique blend of skills and experiences to our renowned luxury resorts.

Prior to joining Sun Siyam Resorts, Erika served as the key figure in managing Marketing Communications at the prestigious 5-star luxury resort, The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia. Her collaboration with international media, partners, and agencies has significantly contributed to the resort’s global presence. She has worked with top journalists, production crews and PR partners from the UK, Europe, Australia, America and Asian regions. Erika also has experience in sales and marketing when she played a pivotal role in the Asia Pacific region’s sales and marketing for Foodpanda, a leading delivery brand in Asia. 

I cherish the cultural diversity and distinctions of both properties that I work for. Sun Siyam Iru Veli fascinates me as it revels in its private luxury tranquility, attracting a premium market. In Sun Siyam Vilu Reef, the naturally playful environment and genuine warmth of the people that create an inviting haven for repeater guests, captivate me. Both are beautiful, each in its unique way. Embracing diverse media and markets adds excitement to my work. The pristine beach and sea in both places energize me, fueling my passion for what I do.” expressed, Erika.

Claudia Klingbeil, Group Director of PR & Communications at Sun Siyam Resorts said: “Erika’s appointment underscores our dedication to assembling a team of talented individuals who not only possess exceptional professional capabilities but also embody the diverse cultural tapestry that defines our global clientele. We are confident that Erika’s passion for communication, coupled with her international perspective, will elevate our PR and Communications efforts to new heights of success.”

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Harshal Kumar Appointed as Cluster Executive Chef for Hurawalhi Island Resort &  Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

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Crown and Champa Resorts has announced the appointment of Harshal Kumar as  the Executive Chef for Hurawalhi Island Resort and Kudadoo Maldives Private Island.  With an illustrious culinary journey, spanning years of dedication and expertise, Harshal  brings a wealth of experience and innovation to his new role.Harshal’s journey began  with a graduation from the School of Hotel Management, HTMI Switzerland New Delhi,  laying the foundation for a remarkable career. He enhanced his skills at prestigious  establishments such as The Claridges Hotels New Delhi and V Qutab Hotels & Resort, 

Mahindra resorts, where he showcased his culinary proficiency and commitment to  excellence. 

Throughout his distinguished career, Harshal has garnered numerous accolades,  including being a gold medalist in the South American Chef Competition and  representing the Chef’s Culinary Forum of WACS. His talents have earned him global  recognition, with collaborations alongside renowned chefs such as Australian celebrity  chef Luke Mangan and Michelin-starred chef Dominik Kappelar. Notable highlights of  Harshal’s journey include his tenure with Gordon Ramsay for his pop-up restaurant,  Bread Street Kitchen, at Amilla Fushi Maldives, where he elevated culinary experiences  to new heights. His exceptional leadership and culinary vision led to his promotion to  Cluster Executive Chef for Kudadoo and Hurawalhi Island Resort in 2023. 

In his own words, Harshal reflects on his culinary journey: “I stand in the heart of the  kitchen, surrounded by the symphony of sizzling pans and the aromatic dance of herbs  and spices. It all began with a love for food – the magic of transforming simple  ingredients into extraordinary creations that tantalize taste buds and evoke emotions.” 

As Executive Chef, Harshal is poised to craft exceptional menus for the most  breathtaking undersea restaurant in the Maldives and to oversee culinary operations  at both Kudadoo and Hurawalhi. His passion for culinary excellence and dedication to  creating unforgettable dining experiences will undoubtedly elevate the guest  experience to new heights. 

Nestled amidst the pristine beauty of the Maldives, Hurawalhi Island Resort and  Kudadoo Maldives Private Island offer unparalleled luxury and tranquility. With pristine  lagoons and powdery white sandy beaches, these resorts provide the perfect backdrop  for unforgettable holiday experiences. 

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Oaga Art Resort Appoints New Island Chief  and Resort Manager

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Oaga Art Resort, a renowned destination for art enthusiasts and luxury seekers  alike, has announced the promotion of two key members of its team:  Samee Saeed has been appointed Island Chief Katheeb, and Nazim Mohamed,  known as Naadhu, has been named Resort Manager. 

Samee Saeed, a seasoned hospitality professional with over 18 years of experience, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role as Island  Chief Katheeb. Having previously served as Resort Manager at Oaga, Samee possesses a deep understanding of the resort’s operations and brand values. In  his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing a wide range of projects,  from planning and organizing to directing and managing, ensuring they align with  the Board of Directors’ vision and contribute to the resort’s continued success. His  strategic approach, coupled with strong communication skills, will be instrumental  in leading various resort areas and curating experiences that elevate the guest  journey. 

Nazim Mohamed (Naadhu), with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality  industry, takes on the crucial role of Resort Manager. Naadhu has steadily climbed  the ranks since his start as a Guest Relations Officer, demonstrating dedication  and leadership qualities. His diverse experience, encompassing roles like Front  Office Manager at various Maldivian resorts, equips him with an understanding of  resort operations and guest service excellence. As Resort Manager, Naadhu will be  responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and managing all resort operations,  ensuring they deliver the exceptional Oaga guest experience while maximizing  profitability and fostering employee engagement. 

“We are delighted to promote Samee and Naadhu to these pivotal roles. Both  individuals have demonstrated their commitment to Oaga’s values and vision,  and we are hopeful that they will make significant contributions to the resort’s  success,” stated the Company Directors of Oaga Art Resort.

With Samee and Naadhu at the helm, Oaga Art Resort is poised for continued  growth and success. Their combined expertise and commitment to excellence will  ensure that the resort remains a haven for art enthusiasts and discerning  travellers seeking an unforgettable Maldivian experience. 

For Maldives lovers searching for an all-inclusive holiday, Oaga Art Resort’s  Greatest All-Inclusive plan re-defines the limits of what All-Inclusive is all about;  with inclusions such as Creative Expression (art) classes, Take Notes (music)  experiences, In-Villa Dining to floating meal, choices of excursions, motorised  watersports and many more. Guests looking to book the resort can visit the  website, www.oagaresorts.com to book your stay, don’t miss out! 

Situated in North Malé Atoll, Oaga Art Resort is 45 minutes by speedboat from  Malé International Airport. A small island with 60 villas with beach and over water  options, 5 dining venues and a spa inspired by Maldivian traditional healing  practices, Oaga Art Resort’s artistic and creative spaces offer an immersive  experience curated by local and visiting artists, and craftsmen from the Maldives.

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