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Hilton earns top honors as World’s Best Workplace and Great Place to Work

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For the first time ever, Hilton has been named the  No.1 World’s Best Workplace by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. This recognition  – the culmination of eight consecutive appearances on the “World’s Best” list – also marks the  first time a hospitality company has achieved the top honor in this best-in-class program.  

In another first, Hilton was certified as a Great Place to Work in the Maldives earlier this year,  celebrating a workplace culture where team members are encouraged to pursue their  passions, draw upon their unique experiences, and be their authentic selves at work as they  deliver exceptional stays for all guests.  

These awards are a testament to Hilton’s continuous efforts to build an inclusive, purpose driven workplace culture that provides growth opportunities and robust support for team  members to achieve their potential and thrive.  

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa continues to foster an environment for local talent to  flourish, empowering Maldivian professionals who have developed within the group to  progress along their career paths.  

Key figures at the resort include Director of Operations Ahmed Anees, who is the first  Maldivian professional to be elevated to this role within Hilton’s portfolio of brands in the  country; Bars and Beverage Manager Ali Hamdan, and sommelier Gasim Ibrahim. 

Anees’ 18 years of experience encompass a variety of roles, such managing transport,  housekeeping and front office operations for both Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and Waldorf  Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. His years of overseeing housekeeping also led him to co-found  the Maldives Housekeepers Association, the country’s largest and sole nationally recognized  association, where he advocates for training and development, and provides professional  support.  

Ali Hamdan joined Conrad Maldives as a bar attendant and was promoted to bartender within  three years. His growth as a mixologist was enhanced by plentiful opportunities to train in  various locations, from a Singaporean brewery to a Japanese sake house and the great  Champagne houses of France. He is the first Maldivian mixologist certified by the International  Bartenders Association.  

Like Hamdan, Gasim Ibrahim began his Conrad Maldives stint as an F&B attendant, and it  was there that he came under the tutelage of the head sommelier and began his education in  earnest. Over a decade later, he is now one of the rare Maldivian sommeliers working in the  industry and is currently completing his WSET Level 3 certification.  

While at Conrad Maldives, both Hamdan and Gasim competed with distinction at the Hilton  South East Asia Food & Beverage (SEA F&B) Masters, an annual series of rigorous  competitions designed to showcase the best F&B talent across Hilton properties in the region  on an international level. 

Another valuable benefit of working with Hilton is career mobility. This facilitates the seamless  exchange of skills and brings a diverse range of perspectives and expertise to the  organization, which is evident in the team make-up. 

Other team members such as Executive Housekeeper Hussain Visham, Front Office Manager Ali Shunaiz and Purchasing Manager Adam Ali, all of whom were previously from Waldorf  Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, brought their invaluable experience to Hilton Maldives Amingiri  Resort & Spa, and are fundamental to the smooth operations at the resort.  

Similarly, HR Manager Nani Rasheed, IT Manager Naji Mohamed, Restaurant Manager  Mohamed Niyaz, and Laundry Manager Abdulla Shareef all came from Conrad Maldives, and  other team members, like Duty Manager Sajid Bushry, joined from overseas Hilton properties  and contributed a wealth of multicultural perspectives. 

Resort leaders are actively involved in nurturing young professionals. Anees mentors fellow  Maldivian and Hilton SEA Management Trainee Hassan Visam throughout an 18-month  program designed to develop him for the Duty Manager role.  

Regular career workshops are a staple feature of resort activities, as are networking and  coaching sessions through the Women Team Members Resource Group. Team members are  also able to access specialist certifications, such as the childcare certification from Worldwide  Kids that was recently awarded to the Krakengiri Kids’ Club team.  

Community Collaborations 

Hilton continues to build purposeful relationships within the community, empowering team  members to pursue meaningful initiatives that lead to a lasting positive impact.  

IT Manager Naji Mohamed champions Hilton’s Travel with Purpose initiatives. These include a recent visit to Maafushi School in North Male Atoll where Team Members distributed educational children’s literature to the students and water dispensers for the school. 

The resort also partnered with Maldives National University to provide internship and career opportunities for the next generation of young hospitality leaders. The first intake culminated  in an intern’s successful integration as a regular member of the culinary team.  

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty  program for Hilton’s 22 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly on the hotel’s website  will have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to  choose nearly any combination of points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount,  free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors app.  

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Earns Prestigious Green Globe Certification

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has achieved the esteemed Green Globe Certification, solidifying its commitment to sustainable tourism practices. This recognition marks a significant milestone for the resort, establishing it as the first Marriott Bonvoy property in the Maldives to receive this distinguished accolade.

Celebrating Sustainability on the 50th Anniversary

Coinciding with its recent 50th anniversary, this achievement underscores Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa’s unwavering dedication to environmental and social responsibility. The resort excelled in a comprehensive sustainability assessment, scoring an impressive 86% across four key pillars: Sustainable Management, Social and Economic, Cultural Heritage, and Environmental Conservation.

Mohamed El Aghoury, General Manager of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, emphasizes the importance of sustainability: “As travelers become increasingly eco-conscious, prioritizing sustainability is crucial. This accomplishment reflects the dedication of our entire team, and we are proud to be part of an organization that values positive global impact.”

Holistic Approach to Sustainability:

Nestled amidst the natural beauty of Furanafushi Island, the resort implements a range of sustainability initiatives:

  • Coral Restoration: Pioneering a coral propagation program in partnership with Reefscapers, the resort actively restores reef habitats through their ‘Adopt A Coral’ initiative. By the end of 2023, over 567 coral frames and massive coral pyramids were planted, attracting diverse marine life.
  • Energy Conservation: The INNCOMM system automatically adjusts air conditioning based on guest occupancy, optimizing energy usage.
  • Waste Management: A pioneering Biogas plant will soon transform organic waste into biogas for cooking, minimizing environmental impact.
  • Reduced Plastic Waste: The resort utilizes reverse osmosis technology to purify seawater and bottle it in reusable glass containers, eliminating plastic bottle usage and saving an estimated 375,000 bottles annually.
  • Locally Sourced Produce: The Chef’s Garden and Furana Organic cultivate fresh vegetables, reducing the resort’s carbon footprint and promoting farm-to-table dining.

Community Engagement:

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa fosters meaningful connections with the local community through partnerships like the ‘Maldivian Journey’ program. This weekly event showcases local culture through activities, demonstrations, and traditional attire, fostering cultural appreciation.

Aligned with Marriott International’s ‘Serve 360’ Platform:

The resort’s sustainability efforts align with Marriott International’s ‘Serve 360’ platform, which emphasizes responsible and sustainable business practices that benefit both the environment and local communities.

Invitation to Responsible Travel:

By receiving the Green Globe Certification, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa invites guests to embark on a journey of responsible travel. Guests can experience unforgettable moments while contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.

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Angsana Velavaru nominated in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific

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Angsana Velavaru, part of Banyan Group, an independent, global hospitality company with purpose, formerly known as Banyan Tree Group is delighted to share its nominations in two prestigious categories for the 2024 Travel + Leisure Awards.  Recognised as a contender for the Best Hotels in the Maldives, the resort also secures a nomination in the Resort Pools and Resorts for Families categories at the 2024 Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific.

Nestled within a stunning lagoon, guests can explore an all-natural island paradise with crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, creating an enchanting and untouched haven.  Featuring 113 villas – 79 on the main island and 34 over the water, the resort offers a harmonious blend of comfort, privacy, space, and style.  From Beachfront Family Pool Villas to the exclusive Deluxe InOcean Pool Villas, each accommodation is adorned with stimulating wall art and vibrant colors, providing generous indoor and outdoor spaces.

The all-inclusive dining experiences cater to the most discerning palates, offering authentic Maldivian flavours, rich Indian cuisine, flavorful Asian dishes, and elegant international fare – presenting diverse options for guests to indulge and savour exquisite culinary delights.

Beyond the traditional sun, sand, and sea experience, the resort curates a list of “101 Things To Do.”  From water sports to wellness retreats and cultural excursions, guests can immerse themselves in a diverse array of activities, ensuring a holiday filled with excitement and discovery.

The dedicated associates, representing various nationalities, seamlessly combine warm Maldivian hospitality with exceptional service.  From the moment guests arrive, they experience genuine warmth that ensures every aspect of their stay is not only comfortable but also personalized to perfection.

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Kuda Villingili nominated for Travel & Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024

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Kuda Villingili, the stunning island retreat in the Maldives, has announced its nomination in the prestigious Travel & Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2024. The resort has been shortlisted for the Maldives Resorts category, reflecting its dedication to excellence in the luxury travel sector.

The Travel & Leisure Awards are highly regarded in the travel industry, known for their exclusive determination by the discerning votes of Travel & Leisure readers. This unique aspect makes the awards a true representation of the outstanding quality and unparalleled experiences offered by the winners, which includes destination spas, hotels, cities, airports, trains, and more.

The editorial team of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Macau collaborated with travel experts from around the Asia Pacific area to diligently select nominees for the Travel & Leisure Asia Pacific Awards 2024. The extensive awards program covers diverse categories, ranging from five-star urban escapes, private-island beach resorts, and innovative spas to Instagram-worthy swimming pools, exceptional airlines and airports, captivating cruises, reputable travel agents, exclusive travel experiences, and more.

The voting process for the Travel & Leisure Asia Pacific Awards 2024 is now open to the public until March 31, 2024. This reader-led approach allows travellers and enthusiasts to actively participate in recognising and celebrating excellence in the travel Industry.

Kuda Villingili invites everyone to be a part of its journey towards industry recognition. Your vote will contribute to the acknowledgment of the resort’s dedication to providing unparalleled luxury experiences in the heart of the Maldives.

To support Kuda Villingili and cast your vote, please take a moment to visit the official voting page: https://luxuryawards2024.travelandleisureasia.com/maldives/resorts/

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