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Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi appoints new Director of Sales & Marketing

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Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi has announced the appointment of Valentina Sobeshchuk as the resort’s new Director of Sales & Marketing.

Having worked in the Sales and Marketing departments of some of the world’s most iconic hotels and brands, Valentina brings with her a strong foundation of dynamic and result-driven hospitality experience with a deep understanding of the luxury market and the UHNW clientele. Based in Dubai, Valentina will lead the resort’s global sales and marketing efforts, forge relationships with both new and existing luxury tour operators, create and implement a strategic sales plan, guide the Sales and Marketing Team and identify new business opportunities.

Valentina brings over 12 years of sales and marketing experience from within the luxury hospitality industry and was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing at W Dubai – The Palm. Prior to joining the team at Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi, she worked in key management and director roles, leading the sales teams at groups such as Rixos Hotels UAE, Mövenpick, gaining a wealth of experience globally in the hospitality sphere. Always striving for excellence, she continues to build on her already vast skill set and will be graduating in April of 2024 from Middlesex University Dubai with an MBA in Finance.

In 2020, Sobeshchuk achieved Salesperson of the Year at the Hotelier Middle East Awards, following her success in the re-opening of Rixos Bab Al Bahr during pandemic; the property sold out one week prior to opening as a result of the campaigns devised by her and the team, which subsequently led to a huge spike in revenue and a 200% increase in sales from the local market. Over the course of 12 months, Valentina increased total revenue at her properties from US$16 million to $30 million and strives for this level of success at Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi.

Valentina Sobeshchuk says: “I’m delighted to be joining the exceptionally talented team at Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi, and it couldn’t be at a better time as the resort starts to prepare for an exciting festive period. I look forward to bringing my experience, determination, and passion to the resort, and leading the sales and marketing team towards a truly fruitful future.”

The new appointment comes at an exciting time for the resort, with the ministry of tourism in the Maldives reporting the country has received over 220,574 tourists in 2023 so far, a 31% increase compared to the same period in 2022. New for this year, Fairmont Maldives invites guest to stay in the Beach Tented Villas, which provide a conscious castaway experience unique to the island and take part in workshops at the Sustainability Lab to turn waste into wonder. Guests of the resort have plenty to choose from, with 120 villas each boasting a private pool, four restaurants & bars, an interactive Kids Club, Art Studio, tennis courts, water sports and Fairmont Spa & fitness centre.

For further information, visit: https://www.fairmont-maldives.com/

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The Nautilus Maldives welcomes Christopher Terry as Executive Chef

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The Nautilus Maldives has announced the appointment of Christopher Terry as their new Executive Chef. Chef Terry brings a wealth of experience and a global flair to the resort’s diverse dining experiences.

A native of Antigua and Barbuda, Chef Terry’s culinary skills encompass a wide range of cuisines, including Mediterranean, French, Caribbean, European, and Asian. This makes him a perfect fit for The Nautilus, which is known for its eclectic and unique dining options.

Throughout his 15-year career, Chef Terry has honed his craft at some of the world’s most prestigious luxury resorts, including Aman, Rosewood Resorts, and Sandals Resorts. His exceptional talent has been recognized with numerous awards, such as the Artisan Award at the Antigua & Barbuda National Youth Awards and Young Chef of the Year by the Antigua Hotel’s and Tourist Association.

Chef Terry believes in using the finest ingredients, with a focus on fresh, local produce. His culinary philosophy aligns perfectly with The Nautilus’s commitment to providing exceptional experiences and unforgettable taste journeys for its guests.

Under Chef Terry’s leadership, guests at The Nautilus can expect to explore the following:

  • Zeytoun: Offering a focus on the aromatic herbs and spices of the Mediterranean.
  • Ocaso: Blending Japanese cuisine with a modern Latin American twist.
  • Thyme: Featuring comforting international cuisine, with flavors ranging from Asian to Mediterranean.

Chef Terry’s creations promise to be a reflection of pure, high-quality ingredients, thoughtfully paired for a delicious dining experience.

Equipped with a degree in Culinary Arts and a Wines and Spirits certification, Chef Terry brings a spirit of curiosity and a passion for culinary innovation to The Nautilus. Inspired by the Maldives’s rich natural bounty and pristine ingredients, he aims to elevate The Nautilus’s menus with his signature Caribbean-infused creations.

To discover the epicurean journeys available at The Nautilus Maldives, visit www.thenautilusmaldives.com.

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Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort appoints Thaaif Ahmed appointed as Director of Sales & Marketing

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 Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort, part of Minor Hotels, has announced the appointment of Thaaif Ahmed as the Director of Sales & Marketing, effective 1 May 2024. 

Thaaif brings nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, with a significant portfolio  of roles within Minor Hotels. His career includes serving as the Director of Sales at NH Collection  Maldives, where he played a pivotal role in driving revenue growth and fostering strategic  partnerships. 

Throughout his tenure, Thaaif has demonstrated exceptional leadership capabilities and a profound  understanding of the industry landscape. His strategic prowess and collaborative approach have  consistently delivered outstanding results, making him a respected figure within the organisation. 

In his previous capacity as Cluster Director of Sales, overseeing Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives,  Anantara Veli Resort Maldives, and Naladhu Private Island, Thaaif contributed to the success and  growth of the brand.  

As he assumes the role of Director of Sales & Marketing at Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort, Thaaif is  poised to leverage his wealth of experience and expertise to drive brand positioning, enhance  revenue streams, and elevate the overall guest experience. His appointment underscores the  resort’s commitment to excellence and innovation in the hospitality sector. 

Please join Stuart De San Nicolas, Cluster General Manager of Anantara Kihavah, Avani+ Fares and  NH Collection Havodda plus Riaan Drever, General Manager of Fares in congratulating Thaaif on his  well-deserved promotion. We also express our gratitude to Paul Counihan, for his support during our  pre-opening and opening stages. Paul will transition to focus on Anantara Kihavah, our sister  property in Baa Atoll, while Thaaif assumes leadership at Avani+ Fares Maldives. 

Set on the natural tropical island of Fares and surrounded by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s deep  blue hues, the resort offers an abundance of aquatic adventures as well as pristine sandy beaches  for pure relaxation. With 176 stylish villas, pavilions, and studios, Avani+ Fares welcomes couples  and honeymooners, as well as families and groups, with a focus on multi-room accommodation. 

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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives appoints Warren Moore as Executive Chef

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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives has announced the appointment of Warren Moore as the resort’s new Executive Chef. 

Chef Warren Moore hailing from South Africa, brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise,  having earned his Culinary Degree at City and Guilds Culinary Institute. With over 25 years of  distinguished service in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry, Chef Warren is poised to elevate the  culinary offerings at Seaside Finolhu to new heights. 

In his previous role, Chef Warren served as Executive Chef at Jawakara Maldives, where he showcased  his culinary prowess and leadership skills. Prior to that, he spent seven years honing his craft within  various properties of the esteemed Crown and Champa Resorts Group. His culinary journey has taken  him across continents, including stints in South Africa, Mozambique, London, and the United States. 

As the Executive Chef at Seaside Finolhu, Chef Warren will oversee all culinary operations, ensuring  the highest standards of hygiene and food quality are maintained. His responsibilities include  supervising daily kitchen operations, managing food production, and leading kitchen staff with a focus  on excellence and innovation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Warren Moore to our team at Seaside Finolhu,” said Steven Phillips  General Manager of Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives. “His extensive experience and passion for  culinary excellence will undoubtedly enhance the dining experience for our guests and further solidify  our reputation as a gastronomic heaven in the Maldives.” 

With Chef Warren Moore at the helm, Seaside Finolhu looks forward to delivering unforgettable  culinary experiences that celebrate the rich flavours of the Maldives and beyond. 

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