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Angsana Ihuru Unveils New Look

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Maldives Promotion House – Angsana Ihuru has unveiled its newly refurbished 45 beach villas. With 20% more indoor space, several of the resort’s villas can now take up to four guests and is ideal for families or groups of friends travelling on a dive-centric holiday. As part of its refurbishment, the resort also boasts a new dive centre with enhanced facilities and is the first to offer SNUBA in the Maldives, which enables snorkelling up to six metres below the surface.

Just twenty minutes away by speedboat from Malé in the North Malé Atoll, Angsana Ihuru arguably houses one of the best reef in the Maldives which encircles the island and teems with vibrant marine life and coral just steps from the beach. Divers also have access to sister resort Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru’s stunning house reef, located just five minutes away. Both resorts are passionate about their reef conservation projects which serve to combat devastation of Maldivian corals in 1998 from high water temperatures. These projects include coral transplantation onto a man-made barnacle steel structure charged with electricity to speed up coral growth.

Twenty six metres deep on the ocean floor at Angsana Ihuru lays the magnificent Rannamaari Wreck which acts as a habitat for thousands of sea creatures. With its rich cloak of algae spawning plankton, the wreck provides an abundant source of food for local marine life and acts as a protective barrier from strong currents and predators.  With shimmering waters so clear that visibility can stretch up to fifty metres, divers at the wreck can expect to see giant moray eels, scorpion fish, stingrays, groupers, batfish, squirrelfish, nurse sharks, fusilier fish and more.

Divers at Angsana Ihuru have easy access to over thirty sites including Lankan Manta Point, located one hour away on the reef of Lankan Finolhu and a world-renowned site for manta rays during the south west monsoon period of April to December. Forty five minutes away is Kudaa Ha, a protected marine sanctuary resembling a two-humped camel covered in sponges and corals, where bluestripe snapper, basslet, and butterfly fish and even sharks can be found. Closer to Angsana Ihuru, just fifteen minutes away, is Hoholha Gaa in North West Malé Atoll, a beautiful reef formation with unique dwellers including longnose hawk fish and red anemones.

Angsana Ihuru offers a 5 Star PADI Gold Pal Dive Centre with training facilities in major languages. The centre offers seven instructors who provide basic PADI to professional dive courses.  The centre is one of the few in the Maldives to offer a photo lab where instructors can help divers take pictures or videos and compile them onto a DVD upon request.

Nitrox is offered on a complimentary basis to all divers and the resort is located twelve minutes away from the DAN (Divers Alert Network) medical facility with a hyperbaric chamber.

For those who prefer snorkelling or are new to diving, Angsana Ihuru is the first resort in the Maldives to offer SNUBA, which facilitates a feel for diving without the need for deep underwater submersion. Breathing air is supplied from a long hose that is connected to a floating raft on the surface, allowing guests to dive up to six metres.

Children ages four to six can also participate with their older siblings or parents in SNUBA Doo, a specially designed flotation device which keeps them buoyant at the surface while the others SNUBA dive below them.

Angsana Ihuru celebrates these developments with a ‘Reopening Celebration Offer’ featuring 25% off Best Available Rates. This is applicable for bookings with a minimum four-night stay from now until 25 August, valid for stays between 1 July to 31 August 2012.

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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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