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Island dreams to resort realities: Le Meridien’s Executive Housekeeper Uzam



In the enchanting archipelago of the Maldives, where turquoise waters meet pristine white sands, lies a world of luxury and hospitality. Among those who make this paradise come alive is Mohamed Uzam, a Maldivian housekeeping expert whose passion for connecting with people and creating unforgettable experiences has led him on a remarkable journey in the hospitality industry. From humble beginnings to holding the esteemed position of Executive Housekeeper at Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, Uzam’s story serves as an inspiration to young Maldivians pursuing a career in hospitality.

In 2006, Uzam embarked on his journey by joining Kuramathi Island Resort. Here, he received comprehensive training in housekeeping, paving the way for his role as a housekeeping supervisor. Fuelling his interest in the hospitality sector were stories from family members, who also worked in resorts, about the beauty of service and meeting people from diverse backgrounds. The allure of seeing smiles light up guests’ faces as they experienced the magic of the Maldives inspired him further.

Reflecting on the opportunities available to Maldivians in their own country, Uzam describes them as boundless, particularly in the hospitality industry. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Maldives Housekeepers Association, he is committed to nurturing and developing local talent in the field of housekeeping, ensuring that Maldivians continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the country’s tourism sector.

Uzam’s exposure to an international hotel chain brought valuable lessons that have shaped his career. One of the key takeaways was the significance of networking and forging strong relationships within the industry. As the hospitality sector thrives on collaboration and connections, these networks open doors to new opportunities and keep professionals abreast of emerging trends and developments.

Throughout his illustrious career, Uzam has had countless unforgettable experiences. As a steward of hospitality, he cherishes the moments when guests feel at home away from home and leave with memories to last a lifetime. Joining the pre-opening team of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort and working with the renowned LUX* Resorts and Hotels brand stand as standout milestones in his career, shaping his path toward success.

Even in paradise, challenges abound. For Uzam, managing the high guest turnover at the resort remains a significant hurdle. Ensuring every guest’s room is impeccably clean and ready for new arrivals requires exceptional efficiency and attention to detail. Additionally, overseeing a large housekeeping team poses its own set of complexities, as maintaining consistently excellent service across all areas of the resort demands skilful leadership.

Uzam’s career has been punctuated by several notable milestones:

  • 2021 – Promotion to Assistant Housekeeping Manager at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
  • 2021 – Becoming Assistant Event Coordinator for the Maldives Housekeepers Association
  • 2022 – Appointment as Housekeeping Manager at Summer Island Maldives
  • 2023 – Elevation to the position of Executive Housekeeper at Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa

Each achievement is a testament to Uzam’s unwavering dedication to excellence in his profession.

To the youth aspiring to pursue a career in hospitality, Uzam imparts valuable advice. He emphasises that success is not instantaneous but the outcome of time, passion, commitment, dedication, and an unwavering work ethic. Embracing change, being open to learning, and daring to face new challenges are vital ingredients for personal and professional growth.

A typical day for Uzam begins with a meeting with his team, discussing the day’s operations and allocating tasks to housekeeping associates. After reviewing emails and attending to follow-ups, he embarks on a round-the-island tour, where the magic of housekeeping unfolds. Ensuring immaculate cleanliness and efficient completion of duties are among the top priorities as he oversees the facility’s maintenance in the assigned areas.

As the Maldives continues to be a sought-after destination for travellers seeking a piece of paradise, individuals like Mr. Uzam play a pivotal role in shaping unforgettable experiences for visitors. From humble beginnings as a housekeeping supervisor to holding the esteemed position of Executive Housekeeper, Uzam’s journey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and commitment in carving a successful career in the hospitality industry. As he continues to inspire and nurture local talent, his legacy will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the Maldivian hospitality landscape for generations to come.


The Nautilus Maldives welcomes Christopher Terry as Executive Chef



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.

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



 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



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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