Ahead of launch, LUX* North Male Atoll appoints hospitality expert Markus Iseli as General Manager

LUX* Resorts and Hotels has appointed Swiss-born hospitality expert Markus Iseli as the General Manager of its upcoming property in the Maldives, LUX* North Male Atoll.

In a statement, LUX* said Iseli will be taking charge of every aspect of the mould-breaking resort as it prepares for its opening in early 2018. Extensive experience overseeing the positioning and launching of new openings and start-ups, coupled with his expertise in design and construction, make Iseli the perfect person to take the helm of LUX* North Male Atoll at this crucial stage in its development, it added.

“I am excited and grateful to have been chosen to become a part of this amazing pre-opening team for LUX* Resorts and Hotels’ second property in the Maldives,” Iseli was quoted in the statement, as saying.

“With such great architectural design, state-of-the-art services and facilities, and the support of a handpicked group of dedicated team members, combined with my knowledge and appreciation of high-end luxury hotels and resorts, I believe we can create truly different guest experiences that are not only unique but extraordinary.”

A Royal Beach Villa at LUX* North Male Atoll. PHOTO/ LUX*

A civil engineer by profession, Iseli brings over three decades of high-level hospitality experience, which has seen him graduate from service and guest relations positions to the most senior levels of hotel management.

He began his career in Switzerland as an apprentice cook, working his way up through various F&B positions before moving to Germany to assume the role of Chief Steward at Hilton International Munich Park, where he managed banquets and conferences for up to 800 people.

From here, his professional trajectory took him into executive roles in international luxury hospitality, seeing Iseli recruited by the likes of Hilton Worldwide, Intercontinental, Four Seasons and Shangri-La, as well as a number of other properties recognised as Leading Hotels of the World.

His life in hotels has taken him all over the globe; Iseli has variously made his home in Germany, Kenya, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Portugal, Syria, the Seychelles, South-East Asia, Oman and Saudi Arabia over the years, giving him an unparalleled understanding of the needs and expectations of travellers from countless cultural backgrounds.

Before joining LUX*, Iseli was the Managing Director behind the opening of Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya in Bodrum, Turkey.

When LUX* North Male Atoll, located on the six hectare picnic island of Olhahali, opens early next year, its oversized penthouse architecture and easygoing South Beach ambience are set to bring a new level of luxury to the Maldivian hotel scene. The resort features 67 double-storey residences, five restaurants and bars, an expansive LUX* Me spa complex, and comprehensive diving and water sports facilities — all coupled with contemporary architectural design elements such as private terraces, rooftop lounges, outdoor decks, private gardens and 13m private pools.

The Mauritius-based LUX* Resorts and Hotels already runs the LUX* South Ari Atoll resort in the Maldives.

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