Maldives.net.mv – Minor Hotel Group (MHG), operator of over 100 hotels, resorts and serviced suites in 14 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Ocean, is pleased to announce the launch of Explorer, a new vocational hotel training programme, which the group has chosen to roll out in the Maldives. The modern and technically progressive progamme is the first to be accredited with international certification. It highlights MHG as a pioneering employer in the ASEAN region within vocational education that addresses the needs of the Millennial generation.
Minor Hotel Group has long placed great emphasis on people development – from the fundamental level of providing education and giving opportunities to develop work and life skills, to developing leaders for the future. Given MHG’s long term commitment to tourism development in the Maldives, the archipelago was an obvious choice to launch ‘Explorer’, which has received endorsement from the Minister of Education Dr Aishath Shiham,
who attended the launch in Male today. Young people need opportunities to learn, but often this needs to be combined with the ability to earn a living at the same time and such opportunities are often limited or unavailable.
Explorer is accredited with international certification from Australia, a leader in the field of vocational education. Successful completion is awarded with a hospitality Certificate III qualification that provides the foundation for continued learning to progress towards a Certificate IV, and ultimately a Diploma in Hospitality.
The opportunity has been extended to both young internal hotel candidates and external school leaver participants who combine training with real-time remunerated work experience. MHG has also made a significant investment in high quality coaches, who have been developed internally to international accredited standards so that they can share their knowledge and leadership skills with the programme participants.
Each Explorer Trainee will be provided with a tablet allowing them access to the online learning platform that complements classroom training, ensuring a fully integrated learning experience. Upon completion they will have learnt new skills and gained experience and confidence in themselves and in an industry that contributes significantly to the well-being of the Maldivian economy.
The selected Maldivian candidates include both internal hotel candidates and external candidates. The twelve month programme has a 70/20/10 format. 70% on the job learning, 20% social learning, and 10% online formal classroom group training.
Currently MHG operates six properties within the Maldives. Three Anantara resorts – Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa and Anantara Kihavah Villas – Naladhu Maldives and two Per AQUUM properties – NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi. MHG plans to continue the roll out of the pioneering Explorer Programme across other regions of its operation.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel Group, commented, “We are thrilled to be launching our industry-leading Explorer Programme here in the Maldives today. A vast amount of research and work has gone into the development of this programme and we are confident it will offer our current and future Associates an opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in real time, whilst also giving them an accredited certification enabling them to progress with their careers. This is our first regional launch of this programme and we are looking forward to rolling Explorer out in other regions where we operate in the coming months.”
Caroline Stevens, CPO Minor Hotel Group, commented, “Today’s Explorer launch here in the Maldives demonstrates Minor Hotel Group’s strong commitment to developing the youth of the regions that it operates in and confirms the group’s proactive approach to addressing the needs of the Millennial generation in their vocational education. We are delighted that the Maldives team has taken on the programme with so much enthusiasm and both our Maldivian properties and the selected candidates will grow and prosper. The parents of our Explorer trainees must also be admired for their support and encouragement for our initiative to forge a career path that might not otherwise have been possible.”
Bandos Maldives celebrates 51 years of exemplary hospitality
As Bandos Maldives celebrates its 51st anniversary, it is not merely a milestone but a testament to a legacy of warmth, excellence, and an unwavering commitment to the brand of the “Island of Hospitality”.
Nestled just 10 minutes away from the Malé International Airport, Bandos Maldives has been a haven for travellers seeking not just an escape but an immersive experience of luxury, tranquility, and authentic Maldivian charm. Over the past 51 years, this island retreat has etched its name as one of the finest family-friendly resorts, creating a space where guests become part of a cherished tradition, and memories are eternally etched in the sands of time.
A Journey of Shared Memories
Bandos Maldives has stood witness to the ebb and flow of tides, the changing hues of sunsets, and the laughter that has echoed through its palm-fringed shores. For many, it’s not merely a resort; it’s a home away from home, a place where families return year after year to celebrate milestones and create memories that last a lifetime. Some of our cherished guests have been part of this journey for over five decades, a living testament to the enduring allure of Bandos Maldives.
The Island’s Finest Talents
Beyond its breathtaking landscapes and luxurious accommodations, Bandos Maldives has been a cradle of talent for the Maldivian tourism industry. Over the years, the resort has played a pivotal role in shaping and nurturing some of the island’s finest professionals. Former Bandos team members now hold esteemed Executive titles in various resorts across the Maldives and abroad. This commitment to talent development is not just a legacy; it’s a promise to contribute to the growth of the local hospitality sector.
A Brand of Excellence
Bandos Maldives has consistently ranked among the top hotels in the Maldives across various platforms, a testament to the dedication of its exceptional team. The brand of the “Island of Hospitality” is not just a tagline but a philosophy deeply ingrained in every aspect of the guest experience. From the warm smiles of our associates to the meticulous attention to detail in our services, Bandos Maldives has set the standard for excellence in the Maldivian hospitality landscape.
Looking Ahead: A Future of Endless Possibilities
Ismail Rasheed, the General Manager of Bandos Maldives, reflects on 51 years of creating unforgettable moments and fostering enduring relationships with gratitude and enthusiasm. He emphasises that the commitment to hospitality is more than a tradition; it’s a way of life—a living legacy that evolves and inspires.
“As we look towards the future, we express our deepest gratitude to our guests, partners, and the entire Bandos family for their continuous support in making this journey extraordinary,” he said.
Bandos celebrates not just an anniversary but a legacy of hospitality that transcends time and tides. Bandos Maldives— where every moment is an embrace, and every guest is family. Here’s to 51 years of excellence, and to the countless moments yet to be shared on the island paradise.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu celebrates 25 years of barefoot luxury
In a celebration of a quarter-century of tranquility, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu marked its 25th anniversary with a grand event. The milestone was honored with a spectacular gala dinner and a lively party at the resort, attended by esteemed owners, industry partners, government officials, and members of the media.
Since its opening in 1998, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has been a haven for those seeking an intimate escape amidst nature. The resort boasts 98 villas, each carefully designed to blend rustic charm with contemporary luxury. Outdoor garden bathrooms, king-size beds, sunken baths, private terraces, and freshwater splash pools characterize the exclusive accommodations that have drawn guests to this tropical paradise.
The allure of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu extends beyond its well-appointed villas. The island is famed for its breathtaking sunset beach and a vast turquoise lagoon teeming with marine life, offering guests unparalleled snorkeling and diving experiences in a pristine environment.
What sets Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu apart is its commitment to personalized service, resulting in an impressive rate of repeat visits. Some guests have returned over 10 or 15 times, a testament to the resort’s ability to create lasting memories. Equally noteworthy is a dedicated group of staff members who have been part of the resort’s journey since its inception.
The resort promises happiness from the moment guests embark on a 30-minute seaplane journey from Malé International Airport. The aerial view reveals the UNESCO biosphere reserve surrounding the island, showcasing diverse marine life and coral reefs.
Coco Palm Resort, deeply connected to its island home, epitomizes the Maldives as a nurturing, charming, and inspiring destination. The fusion of rustic aesthetics and luxurious comforts defines the resort’s style, providing guests with an opportunity to disconnect from everyday stresses and immerse themselves in what the resort terms “barefoot luxury.”
“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable project team whose dedication and expertise turned Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu into a reality 25 years ago. The success of our resort is a testament to the unwavering commitment of the entire team and the invaluable support of our partners, travel agents, and collaborators who have been instrumental in our journey. Your collective efforts have transformed Coco Palm into a symbol of barefoot luxury and tranquility in the Maldives. Thank you for 25 years of shared dedication and achievement.” said Shabeer Ahmed, Chairman of Coco Palm, Dhuni Kolhu.
As Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu celebrates its 25th anniversary, it stands as a testament to a quarter-century of providing guests with serene experiences in the Maldives. The resort’s unwavering commitment to excellence, personalized service, and environmental preservation ensures that it will continue to be a sanctuary for barefoot luxury for years to come. Here’s to 25 years of creating cherished memories at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu.
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa bolsters sustainable commitment with ISO 14001 certification
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has announced its distinction as one of the pioneering resorts in the Maldives to achieve ISO 14001 certification, a testament to its unwavering commitment to sustainability and eco-conscious practices.
The ISO 14001 certification is a prestigious recognition that underscores the resort’s dedication to providing guests with a greener and more environmentally friendly experience. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has implemented a range of initiatives that not only set them apart in the hospitality industry but also contribute significantly to the preservation of the delicate ecosystem of the Maldives.
Among the standout initiatives is the replacement of single-use plastic bottles with ceramic dispensers for shower essentials, a move that results in the saving of over 100,000 plastic bottles annually, contributing significantly to the reduction of plastic pollution. The introduction of eco-friendly jute slippers, which decompose in just 40 days, is another innovative step in minimizing the resort’s ecological footprint compared to traditional EVA slippers.
Moreover, the resort has integrated eco-friendly bathroom accessories into the guest experience. Bamboo toothbrushes, wheat starch razors, paper-stemmed cotton buds, and jute loofahs have replaced their plastic counterparts, resulting in the saving of thousands of plastic items and preventing them from polluting the environment.
In a bid to support sustainable coffee consumption, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa has shifted to biodegradable coffee capsules, thereby minimizing long-term pollution and landfill accumulation. The resort’s commitment to reducing plastic waste extends to the introduction of reusable glass water bottles, eliminating the need for over 75,000 single-use plastic bottles annually.
The collective efforts of these sustainability initiatives have led to remarkable plastic savings, with the resort saving over 138,000 single-use plastic bottles, 8,000 plastic toothbrushes, 5,000 plastic razors, and 25,000 plastic cotton buds annually. This amounts to an impressive total of 176,000 plastics saved per year, reflecting Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa’s dedication to making a substantial positive impact on the environment.
As sustainability leaders in the Maldives, the attainment of ISO 14001 certification marks a significant milestone for Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. The resort remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering a cleaner, more sustainable future for all, setting a shining example for the hospitality industry in the Maldives and beyond.
Visit parkhyattmaldives.com for more information about the resort.
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