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Komandoo Reopens After Renovation



Maldives Promotion House – Komandoo Maldive Island Resort has successfully reopened after two months of extensive refurbishment and upgrading from May and June 2012.  The resort proudly received its first guests on July 05th, 2012 after the total refurbishment.

The owners of the resort have once again adopted the time tested tradition of being guided by guest feedback, and their constantly changing expectations during their holiday in a destination like the Maldives.

The resort offers 65 villas in three categories – 14 Beach Villas along the western beach of the island, 36 Jacuzzi Beach Villas on the eastern beach and a part on the western beach, 15 Jacuzzi Water Villas arching around the southern end of the island.  Each of them is independent well-appointed villas spaced adequately to provide privacy.

This opportunity was taken to refurbish all the villas when the resort was closed for refurbishment with additional facilities.  Beginning with the new entrance glass doors to the black granite vanity counters inlaid with twin wash basins and a walk in rain shower, they have added a new range of luxury to villas.

Falhu, the main restaurant and Aqua fine dining restaurant offer dining options compliment each other with two unique concepts.  Aqua built over water has tables on the deck and serves multinational cuisine.

Falhu has a new image altogether after being refurbished.  The deck over the water has been extended around the restaurant.  A longer live cooking station with four chefs who serve an ideal cuisine on to plate right out of the oven, and the buffet counters are stretched all along the entire length of one side of the restaurant adding a lot more space for a wider buffet spread to choose from.

The guests of Komandoo have two bars to enjoy – Thundi Bar, located at the southwestern edge of the island is a beach bar quenching the thirst of our guests from mid day to sunset; while the Kandu Bar at the northeaster side of the resort is the main bar.  Kandu bar has a sunken counter with water cascading over lava stone tiles behind the display shelves, a vision that transcends mind and thoughts to a peaceful ambiance.

One of the major development during the this refurbishment is the addition of an infinity swimming pool inlaid with tiles that resemble the colours of the sand around the pool, causing a breathtaking illusion of the pool stretching out to the infinite boundaries of the horizon.  The 1.4 meter deep, 260 cubic meter pool is embedded into a raised wooden deck adjoining the Kandu Bar, which has also received new comfortable lounge chairs, at the north eastern edge of the island.  Set amidst tropical vegetation on one side, the pool has the mesmerizing endless view of the vastness of Indian Ocean, only dotted with deserted islands in far distances.  Can paradise have a different definition!

Within a radius of 30 minutes boat ride around Komandoo are about 45 dive sites.  Maldives being a nation with 99% ocean, diving is a unique feature of Maldivian tourism. ProDivers support us with their dive center professionally manned and operated with four dive instructors.  They also are 5 star PADI training center offering a wide range of diving courses.

Maldives attracts also, in the recent past, a large number of honeymooners and special occasion holidaymakers.  Spa is a very sought after facility among these visitors with tender and warm hearts. Duniye Spa operates a facility that caters to this segment of unique guests extremely well.  In the recent refurbishment, the entrance and welcome lounge of the spa has received a total facelift with textured new colours on the walls that, when combined with the new water feature, effectively intensifies the rejuvenating tranquility.

The resort further features a newly built fully air-conditioned indoor gymnasium equipped with state of art Life Fitness topline equipment.  The body tone up range comprises of cardio treadmill, bicycle, multi-machine and weights.

The island as a whole has received a new facelift with plentiful new coconut palms and improved land scape adding enriched colours of vegetation right around the resort in the recent refurbishment.  The fragrance of tropical nature is now richer in the air.

Summing up, Komandoo Maldive Island Resort is vibrant with new image offering a whole new level of holiday experience to the guests.  The impressions of the first guests on the resort are gratifying to note the changes are very well accepted and appreciated.  ‘We are very confident that the efforts that we have put in developing the all new image of the resort would fulfill our intentions of providing our guests with a holiday experience that would yet be very uniquely Komandoo, a holiday experience they would crave to repeat year after year, over and over again’ commented Filip Petre from the Management.



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.

To discover the epicurean journeys available at The Nautilus Maldives, visit

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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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