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Packing for a Visit to Paradise?



Diva Maldives

A couple arrives at Diva Maldives from Malé International Airport, after a 25 minute scenic flight over the islands of Maldives.

With the yellow sun hovering above the crystal clear waters, splashing on to the white sandy beaches, Maldives is indeed a safe haven. With coral islands of incomparable uniqueness and beauty, Maldives offers you a natural simplicity, an escape from the stressful and routine life. So prepare to be captured by the vast history and rich culture of this archipelago, with its warm days, and cool nights.

Whether you wish to experience the local life or the luxurious resorts, Maldives is one of the places where you don’t need to pack much. In fact, most of the things you may need are available at a low cost. As for transportation, you can easily reach every corner of Maldives from its international airports, either via speed boat or sea plane.

Maldives currently has two international airports, the Gan International Airport and Malé International Airport. While the later is still utilized as the main international airport for tourists, Gan International Airport is also increasingly being used for transporting tourists to the southern resorts. Travelling inside the capital city is also easy, as any corner of the island is reachable within a few minutes of walking, while taxis are also available.

The temperature is warm throughout the year with rare showers. Summer clothing of different fashions, depending on your convenience and liking, such as shorts or skirts and tee shirts are ideal. Since the beginning, bikini has been a fashion, as women in resorts spend most of their time on the beach.

Tourists tend to use a wide range of styles of modern wear ideal for tropical and beach environments. Rather than shoes, sandals are excellent for strolls around the capital city Malé, with its paved roads. However there nothing like walking barefoot on the beach, as the soft sand massages your feet. Tourists who spend their time at resorts tend to spend most of their time on the white sandy beaches.

You will also need to pack a pair of sunglasses and a hat. However sunglasses of different brands are easily available, both in capital Malé and resorts. Sunscreens and tanning products are widely available in some of the inhabited islands and all of the resorts as well. Though you may not need it unless you plan on visiting one of the uninhabited islands, insect repellents are also easily available. Insect repellents are however, necessary for the adventurous types, who desire to experience the wild and naturally beautiful environment of the many uninhabited islands.

Diving gear and other equipment such as masks and fins are available both in the city and at resorts. While some resorts may provide them for free, they are also available for rent or at a low cost. To capture the natural beauty of the underwater gardens of coral reefs, and your unique experience, you may want to bring a camera.

While alcohol and pork products cannot be imported, most of the famous brands of alcohol are available in resorts, liveaboards and at the airport duty free. Live animals such as dogs and pigs cannot be imported by tourists. Other prohibited materials include firearms, drugs, pornographic material and idols used for worship.

If you wish to experience a truly local experience you may want to stick around Malé or you may want to visit one of the many islands. With its simplistic life, a truly Maldivian experience will leave you craving to return, long after you’ve left. The sheer beauty of its natural islands will forever be marked in your memory. Maldives is indeed a wonder and a paradise, unmatched by any other.


JA Resorts & Hotels welcomes Khumar Askerova as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Indian Ocean



JA Resorts & Hotels has announced the appointment of Khumar Askerova as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the Indian Ocean region. Khumar brings with her an impressive 25 years of experience in sales and marketing within the hospitality industry, and a key appointment to the regional team.

The appointment will see Khumar overseeing sales for the company’s Indian Ocean flagship property JA Manafaru in the Maldives and two properties in the Seychelles, the boutique JA Enchanted Island and luxury villa residencies at JA Enchanted Waterfront.

Khumar is a seasoned sales specialist with a diverse background in the hospitality sector. Fluent in English, native in Russian and Azerbaijani, with a good command of Portuguese and Turkish, Khumar’s multilingual skills underscore her ability to connect with a global audience.

Khumar’s most recent role as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at COMO Hotels saw her successfully manage a portfolio of key partners, and her expertise extends to new hotel openings, where she has played pivotal roles in the launch and success of four upper-scale Marriott hotels.

Additional Maldivian experience was gained whilst Khumar was Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Lily Beach Hotels also in the Maldives, where she led a cluster team, overseeing sales, reservations, marketing, and revenue for two islands in the Maldives.

Robert El Khoury, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at JA Resorts & Hotels comments, “We are confident that Khumar’s wealth of experience, strategic vision, and leadership qualities will contribute to the ongoing success and growth of our unique properties in the Indian Ocean. We warmly welcome her to our team and look forward to further developing our international presence with Khumar’s global expertise.”

Khumar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from Baku State University. She has also obtained certificates in Executive Revenue Management & Strategic Pricing from the Institute of Hotel Management and eCornell Hotel Revenue Management Certificate.

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JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa promotes Mohit Dembla to General Manager



JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, renowned as a haven for families and multigenerational travel, has announced the promotion of Mohit Dembla to the position of General Manager.

Mohit Dembla, a seasoned hotelier with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, began his career with The Oberoi Group and later contributed his expertise to prestigious brands including Taj Hotels, Kempinski Hotels, and Minor International across India, the Seychelles, and the Maldives. In 2014, Mohit joined Marriott International as Complex Front Office Manager at Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre and Courtyard by Marriott Hyderabad. His journey with Marriott International continued in 2018, when he joined JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa as Resort Manager for the grand opening. 

Through his tenure at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, Mohit has played a key role in developing and implementing strategies that set the tone for the resort’s success. His dedication, leadership, and commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences have been integral to the resort’s growth. Demonstrating exceptional managerial skills, he has overseen day-to-day operations and made significant contributions to the resort. His promotion to General Manager is a recognition of his outstanding performance, vision, and ability to lead the team in a dynamic and competitive industry.

Mohit’s leadership centers on fostering a people-first culture, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and teamwork throughout all departments, which has contributed to the resort’s success, consistently delivering exceptional experiences to valued guests.

As General Manager, Mohit Dembla will continue to prioritize teamwork, excellence, innovation, and guest satisfaction. He expressed his gratitude, stating, “I am honored to take on the role of General Manager at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa. This resort holds a special place in my heart, and I look forward to continuing my journey here with an exceptional team, crafting unforgettable moments for our guests.”

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THE OZEN COLLECTION welcomes new General Managers: Elisabeth Alleyne at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO and Monica Coppetta at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI



Elisabeth Alleyne and Monica Coppetta, join as the General Managers at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO and OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, respectively, continuing with the progressive brand’s tradition of women leading the resorts.

THE OZEN COLLECTION, an exceptional hospitality brand by Atmosphere Core, is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new General Managers: Elisabeth Alleyne at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, effective from October 2023, and Monica Coppetta at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, effective from November 2023. In their new roles, these two veteran leaders will continue to build upon the strong brand foundation of REFINED ELEGANCE, positioning their respective resorts as the destination of choice for sophisticated global travelers.

Elisabeth Alleyne, a Swedish-Barbadian National, brings over two decades of diverse hospitality experience across Europe, the Caribbean, and in leading luxury cruise liners. A passionate leader, Elisabeth is adept at running smooth operations, regardless of the size of the property. She will play a pivotal role as the General Manager of OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, and says, “My leadership style involves inspiring colleagues with creativity, innovation, and dedication, ensuring opportunities for skill building, internal promotions, and professional development. I will always be hands-on and visible in operations, making sure our guests have an unforgettable visit.”

Italian hotelier Monica Coppetta possesses a strong business acumen, a drive for results, and the ability to articulate luxury, having worked in global boutique and luxury environments for over two decades. With a proven track record in delivering results, whether from the perspective of profit, process, or people, Monica is a perfect fit for the role of General Manager at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI. She states, “I like to connect emotionally with my team, inspiring them to bring their best every day. Creating an inclusive work environment is very important to me, one where women – and all colleagues – are heard, cared for, and have equal opportunities.”

From the very beginning, influential female leaders have shaped the brand. Women are integral to the workforce at THE OZEN COLLECTION, and both properties have always had women General Managers. This appointment further adds to the stellar female senior leadership already in place at Atmosphere Core.

We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion across the company’s portfolio of three brands and eight resorts. And I am delighted to welcome the two talented and dedicated hoteliers, Elisabeth Alleyne and Monica Coppetta to our team.” says Ashwin Handa, the Senior Vice President of Operations at Atmosphere Core.

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