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The Yasawa Princess, Experience Maldives in Style



Maldives Promotion House – With ancient designs that compliment its place as the largest liveaboard cruiser in Maldives, Yasawa Princess is a unique safari operated in Maldives. After serving in Yasawa Island in Fiji for many years the Yasawa Princess arrived in Maldives some three years ago.

She was built in Fiji as a bespoke boutique cruise ship for a maximum of 66 guests and 25 Crew, Yasawa Princess ensures an intimate, relaxed and informal cruise, with excellent and friendly service. Aiming to provide the desert island escape from everyday life, that so many of us long for, the cruiser offer the perfect way to explore the beauty of the Maldivian waters.

A cruise aboard the Yasawa Princess is the best way to see and experience these beautiful jewelled islands of the Indian Ocean in the most relaxed way and offers great opportunities for diving in these calm clear waters. With full itineraries they provide a varied and unique insight into the Maldives culture and people, and you’ll take home with you the greatest of memories and a couple of new friends. You can also take diving classes and even earn PADI certificates with the help of professionals.

The Yasawa Princess has about 33 cabins air conditioned, spread over three decks. While all cabins are non-smoking, compact and simply furnished with double beds, or two singles, with wooden accented furniture, en-suite shower and wet area, hairdryer, safe and 240V power outlet.

The Bridge Deck has seven 155 square feet air conditioned cabins, with a double bed or twin beds, bathroom, deck window with ocean views and a door opening onto the outside walkway. While the Deck offers 14 cabins with the same facilities the cabin size is about 117 square feet. The Lower Main Deck has 12 air conditioned cabins of 142 square feet, with a double bed or twin beds, bathroom, and a porthole.

The restaurant aboard the Yasawa Princess offers a cosy informal dining area where delicious, buffet style meals, of local and international cuisines are served. You can also enjoy the company of likeminded people and make new friends in the ship’s friendly bar. If you take an all inclusive package, there is an extensive list of drinks to choose from. You can also choose from premium imported brands.

Yasawa Princess also upholds the long held traditions that every cruise of course should hold a Captain Dinner. This tradition takes place near the end of the week, and if you are celebrating a special occasion you will be invited to join the captain at his table. The dress code is not formal but most people make a special effort or dress in tradition Maldivian attire. You can purchase a selection of Maldivian clothing from the dive and souvenir shop onboard as well.

Digital cameras with underwater housing, extra cards for your camera, MP3 players are also available at the Photo Shop. It is common to forget some of the most important things, but don’t worry. Their Souvenir Corner has all those essentials, such as sunscreen, toiletries, disposable cameras, batteries and a selection of t-shirts, and other souvenirs for you to take home as a memento of your cruise.

Two separate seven days cruises are available on the ship. The first cruise takes you across the beautiful islands to the north of Capital City Malé. The second cruise takes you to the islands south of Malé. This gives you the opportunity to take a seven or 14 day cruise visiting different islands on each cruise. You can join the ship on a Sunday evening in conjunction with international flights while the cruise will beginning on the Monday early evening, and return to Malé the following Sunday afternoon. All transfer times from the airport to the ship will be less than one hour by boat.

The Yasawa Princess is definitely an exciting way to experience the double island chain of Maldives. As you hop from island to island, you can experience the most interesting story you will tell your friends back at home.


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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