Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today unveils its new brand campaign, “Celebrate the Community”. Sitting at the heart of communities for over 80 years, Sheraton continues to bring people together in destinations around the world. The campaign celebrates the communal spirit and invites guests to reconnect and share experiences, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to be “Where the World Comes Together”.
In the past 18 months, the pandemic has created the need for social distancing and people are disconnected more than ever. To lift the community spirit, Sheraton invites travelers and locals alike to celebrate the return of human interactions and create meaningful connections. To mark the launch of the campaign, Sheraton created a captivating video starring popular Chinese actress and singer Myolie Wu. Filmed at the newly opened Sheraton Mianyang in China, the video captures the moments of connection and shared experiences with like-minded travelers and guests.
“As the most global brand within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, Sheraton has always stood for community, and played a special role in serving and connecting people around the world,” said Jennie Toh, Vice President, Brand Marketing and Brand Management, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “The pandemic lockdowns have created an increased awareness and appreciation of the importance of social interactions in people’s lives. With the ‘Celebrate the Community’ campaign, we hope to remind people of the power of collective and that we are better together.”
With 139 hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific, Sheraton invites guests to reconnect with their community or explore new ones in local destinations through a collection of meaningful experiences at participating Sheraton hotels across the region.
Connecting Community with new, transformed experiences
Sheraton recently unveiled its new global brand vision at the newly opened Sheraton Mianyang. The new design and brand programs are inspired to foster community. The hotel’s new elevated food & beverage offering creates a focal point in the lobby experience. Part bar, part coffee bar, part market, &More by Sheraton is a central pillar of the brand’s new vision, transitioning guests seamlessly from day to night with food & beverage options that are locally sourced, easy to consume while working, and customisable to accommodate all tastes and schedules.
In partnership with local artisan coffee roaster “Qian Xun”, the property brings the coffee-roasting experience to &More by Sheraton. Guests can create their own personal blends, while enjoying signature coffees such as Affogato and Espresso Martini.
Connecting to destination with local sustainable experiences
Sheraton has always stood for community and the brand has played a special role in beginning, integrating, serving and building communities around the world. Properties around the world offer programs that enable guests to forge connections with local communities for meaningful travel.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa invites guests to participate in the coral fragment-planting activity in an effort to promote reef habitats and generate new coral. The resort has teamed up with Reefscapers, a coral propagation organisation appointed by the Maldivian Government as custodians of the coral colonies in the Gulhi Falhu lagoon, which was slated to be destroyed as part of a reclamation project. The activity is led by experts and offers a hands-on experience to participants while also providing an alternative business to the 250 inhabitants whose sole previous source of income was fishing.
At Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung, the “Family Farmcation” package offers guests a unique opportunity to build connections with the local farming community. Guests can enjoy a hands-on experience in organic farming activities and interacting with local farmers to learn more about sustainable practices. The package includes a set dinner at YUE, the hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant, featuring the finest farm-to-table ingredients.
Celebrating local culture, experiences
Sheraton encourages travelers to see the world through the lens of community. Whether it is sharing a meal with the locals or getting up close to the natural habitat, guests have the opportunities to build deeper connections in the destinations.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas offers one-of-a kind local explorations for guests to grab a map, a delicious refreshment, and gather as a family to discover the vibrant Port Douglas community. Port Douglas features pristine beaches for travelers and locals to swim and build sandcastles.The Main Street and Macrossan Street are the perfect spots for travellers to shop and dine local. The sunset view in the famous Rex Smeal Park is also a not-to-miss when visting Port Douglas.
Guests staying at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast can experience exclusive behind the scenes access to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is home to a myriad of animals in open enclosures, an outdoor-themed playground, Wild Island. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free-flight bird shows and Aboriginal performances. Children will then be invited to create postcards out of the day’s activities and send to their family and friends to raise awareness for local conservation.
At Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort, the property offers a Sunday brunch and a Sunday Market, where guests can share a scrumptious meal and socialize as they shop for local products. Many in the community lost their job during the pandemic, and the Sunday Market provides an opportunity for those who are impacted to showcase their products and earn a living to support their families.
Abdulla Wisam: A journey of excellence and growth in the Maldivian hospitality industry
In the heart of the stunning Maldives, where luxury resorts and crystal-clear waters come together to create a paradise on Earth, there are individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that every guest’s experience is nothing short of exceptional. One such individual is Abdulla Wisam, whose remarkable journey in the hospitality industry is a testament to his dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to providing the best possible service to guests.
Abdulla Wisam’s journey in the hospitality industry began right after completing his schooling. In 2003, he embarked on his professional career by joining Dhoveli Beach Resort & Spa, where he gained his first taste of the world of hospitality. It was here that he discovered his passion for creating memorable guest experiences and building relationships with visitors from around the world.
After his initial foray into the industry, Wisam’s career path continued to evolve. His dedication and hard work caught the attention of industry leaders, leading him to take on roles of increasing responsibility. His time at Meeru Island Resort saw him as an Outlet Cashier and Night Auditor, roles that allowed him to develop a deep understanding of the operational aspects of a resort.
Wisam’s determination and eagerness to learn led him to the iconic Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, where he started as a Recreation Attendant. Over time, he showcased his exceptional skills in guest relations and management, and he was promoted to the position of Front Office Supervisor. His journey with Four Seasons served as a stepping stone for what was to come next.
In 2014, Wisam joined the W Maldives, a resort known for its luxurious offerings and unparalleled guest experiences. Starting as a Welcome Team Leader, he quickly rose through the ranks due to his impeccable guest service skills and innate leadership abilities. His promotion to Guest Experience Manager was a testament to his ability to not only meet but exceed guest expectations. He was then transferred to The St. Regis Maldives as the Assistant Front Office Manager with the pre-opening team.
As his career trajectory continued its upward trajectory, Wisam took on the role of Front Office Manager at prestigious resorts such as Milaidhoo Island, Raffles Maldives, and The Standard Maldives. These roles allowed him to refine his management style, hone his problem-solving skills, and contribute to the overall success of each resort.
Wisam’s journey eventually led him to COMO Cocoa Island, a resort renowned for its unparalleled luxury and exquisite attention to detail. Joining as the Front Office Manager, he embraced the challenges and responsibilities that came with the position. His dedication, combined with his innate ability to create genuine connections with guests, led to his promotion as the Director of Rooms.
Wisam’s journey in the Maldivian hospitality industry is a remarkable tale of perseverance, growth, and a genuine passion for creating exceptional guest experiences. His diverse roles, spanning from recreation to guest experience management, have equipped him with a holistic understanding of the industry. His commitment to continuous improvement and dedication to delivering top-tier service have not only benefited the resorts he’s been a part of but have also contributed to elevating the reputation of Maldives as a premier luxury travel destination.
As Wisam continues to shape the guest experience landscape at COMO Cocoa Island, one can only imagine the heights he will reach and the impact he will make on the ever-evolving hospitality industry of the Maldives. His journey stands as an inspiration to aspiring hoteliers and a testament to the boundless opportunities that await those who are truly passionate about their craft.
A remarkable tale of wanderlust: Naito Takashi’s 103rd journey to the Maldives
The azure waters of the Maldives have long been a magnet for travelers seeking paradise on Earth. Among these wanderers, one name stands out – Naito Takashi, a Japanese tourist whose boundless enthusiasm for the Maldives has led him to visit this tropical haven a staggering 103 times. His unwavering love for this island nation, coupled with its mesmerizing beauty, has turned his visits into a remarkable testament to the allure of the Maldives.
For the past 24 years, Naito Takashi has visited Maldives between three to five times annually, embarking on a journey that has spanned more than two decades. His tale is one of dedication, passion, and a deep-rooted connection with the captivating landscapes that the Maldives offers. Each visit is not just a vacation; it’s a renewal of his profound relationship with the natural wonders that have captured his heart.
Naito Takashi’s 103rd arrival to the Maldives was met with a warm and heartfelt welcome from none other than the Tourism Minister himself, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom. This gesture symbolizes the deep appreciation the Maldivian people have for their loyal and devoted visitors. The ceremony held aboard the M/V Blue of the Fun Azul Fleet was a fitting tribute to a traveler who has become an honorary ambassador of the Maldives.
The M/V Blue, Fun Azul Fleet, holds special significance for Naito Takashi. As an avid diver, he has found his perfect companion in this cruise boat specialized in diving charters. The vessel offers schedules tailored to explore the best dive spots around the Maldives’ islands, making it an ideal partner for a diving enthusiast like Naito Takashi. The crystal-clear waters of the Maldives have witnessed countless underwater escapades orchestrated by this intrepid traveler.
The Maldives’ Ministry of Tourism has lauded Naito Takashi’s enduring passion for the nation’s beauty. Their tweet acknowledging his multiple visits serves as a testament to his unique and cherished relationship with the country. He has witnessed the ever-changing landscape of the Maldives, from its pristine beaches to its vibrant marine life, and has undoubtedly contributed to the thriving tourism industry.
Naito Takashi’s story also reflects the profound impact that travel can have on an individual’s life. His unwavering commitment to exploring the Maldives has not only enriched his own experiences but has also brought attention to the natural wonders of Maldives. It stands as a reminder that the act of traveling is not just about ticking off destinations from a bucket list; it’s about forming connections, fostering appreciation, and creating lasting memories.
As Naito Takashi continues his journey through the Maldives, his story resonates as an inspiration to fellow travelers and a tribute to the unyielding allure of this island paradise. His 103rd visit is not just a numerical milestone; it’s a celebration of an extraordinary bond between a traveler and a destination, a bond that has grown stronger with each passing year and promises to endure for years to come.
Amari Raaya Maldives opens its gates to paradise
In a grand celebration of luxury and nature’s wonders, Amari Raaya Maldives resort has officially opened its doors, welcoming its first guests to experience a slice of paradise in the Maldives. The exclusive event was attended by the resort’s management team, as well as Atul Chordia, Chairman of Panchshil Realty, the developer behind this magnificent project.
Nestled on a pristine natural island in the heart of the Maldives’ Raa Atoll, Amari Raaya promises to be a sanctuary for travelers seeking an unforgettable escape amidst the archipelago’s breathtaking beauty. From the moment guests arrived via Manta Air seaplane, they were greeted with warm hospitality and a taste of Maldivian culture, as they were presented with traditional cultural items and treated to mesmerizing Maldivian dances.
Atul Chordia, the visionary behind Panchshil Realty, and Yuthachai Charanachitta ONYX Hospitality Group’s CEO marked the official opening of the resort by cutting the ribbon, signifying the culmination of a labor of love and dedication to creating a unique haven for luxury travelers.
With 187 villas offering a variety of luxurious experiences, Amari Raaya ensures that every guest’s stay is truly exceptional. Visitors can choose from an array of accommodation options, including the Beach Villas, Beach Pool Villas, and interconnecting Family Beach Villas, perfect for creating cherished memories with loved ones.
For those seeking unparalleled luxury and seclusion, the Ocean Villas and Ocean Pool Villas provide panoramic views of the azure waters teeming with marine life. Sunset enthusiasts can revel in the breathtaking beauty of the Maldivian dusk from the privacy of their villas, opting for the Sunset Ocean Villas or Sunset Ocean Pool Villas, promising an unforgettable experience.
Amari Raaya Maldives goes beyond offering captivating villas; it has curated an extraordinary culinary journey for its guests. With eight distinct dining options, visitors can embark on a gastronomic adventure that caters to every palate. From the signature Amaya Food Gallery, serving famous street food and hawker delights, to the rooftop bar Ampers&nd, where guests can savor sunset snacks and cocktails, the resort promises to delight all epicureans. Poolside Italian favorites, freshly caught seafood infused with Maldivian and Asian flavors, and the fun and playful experience of enjoying mobile snacks and drinks served from a bus all add to the culinary magic of the resort.
In the evenings, guests can find a sense of community and immerse themselves in the local culture through live music, traditional Boduberu nights, and regular cultural events and festivities, making every moment at Amari Raaya Maldives an enriching and memorable one.
Amari Raaya Maldives is developed by Panchshil Realty, a name synonymous with excellence in luxury real estate in India. The resort is managed by Onyx Hospitality, renowned for its exceptional and personalized hospitality experiences.
With its official opening, Amari Raaya Maldives invites travelers from around the world to discover the allure of the Maldives in unparalleled comfort and style. As guests arrive at this oasis of luxury and natural splendor, they are sure to find themselves enchanted by the timeless beauty of the islands and immersed in an experience that will linger in their hearts forever.
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