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Sometimes it’s the small things… sometimes it’s the big things, at Kurumba Maldives




Maldives Promotion House – At Kurumba Maldives that it is both the small things and big things that make for an enriching holiday in the Maldives. Over the past two years, Kurumba Maldives has implemented a series of small touches that highlight a sense of care and thoughtfulness towards its guests. When the guest arrives, they are welcomed with a lemongrass face towel and a Kurumba Ice Cream.

When the guest enters their room or villa, they will notice larger touches such as the oversized bath towels, the biggest beach towel in the Maldives, fluffy pillows and hefty beach bags that fit ones books, snorkelling equipment and towel for a day of sunning. And while enjoying these features enjoy the “Make Your Own Cocktail” kit in the private bar, featuring a range of bellini’s, mojitos and martinis. The smaller touches within the room are aromatherapy-based amenities, super soft beach slippers and other small surprises.

If guests have chosen to stay in a higher category room, they will enjoy the additional option of a daily champagne breakfast at the premium Ocean Grill Restaurant; and smaller touches in the room, like the music player docking stations, coffee presses with freshly ground Lavazza coffee, premium hot chocolate and daily afternoon cocktails and canapés at the Beach Bar.

Additional small touches that come well recommended by guests are the Daily Kurumba newsletters, highlighting the activities such as complimentary snorkelling lessons and tours, the nightly entertainment and the all-important weather forecast. Once at the beach, guests receive cold towels, fruit sticks and a cold coconut sorbet throughout the day.

Jason Kruse the General Manager of Kurumba Maldives stated that: “Our concept for our guest service is to add value through a series of thoughtful small and larger touches, so to create a heartfelt experience for our guests. It is important that every guest leaving our Resort feels a renewed appreciation for life, all with a Maldivian twist”.

Kurumba Maldives service concept has proven positive results as their ranking on public trip review forums has witnessed unprecedented improvements by any other resort in the Maldives.


Marriott International doubles down on luxury in the Maldives with focus on sustainability and local talent



Marriott International is solidifying its position as a leader in Maldivian luxury hospitality, boasting seven resorts across the archipelago’s stunning atolls. In an interview with Hotelier Maldives, Oriol Montal, Managing Director, Luxury, Asia Pacific (excluding China) at Marriott International, shed light on the company’s strategy for the region.

“In Marriott International’s luxury segment, we proudly feature seven classic and distinctive luxury brand,” said Montal. “Currently, in the Maldives, we have four luxury brands present: The Ritz-Carlton, The St. Regis, JW Marriott, and W Hotels. Each brand possesses its own unique identity.”

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Marriott International’s Maldivian portfolio leans towards high-end experiences, with distinct identities for each brand. From the heritage-rich St. Regis to the trendy W Maldives, meticulous staff selection ensures each guest encounters the brand’s unique ethos, as Montal explains: “Maintaining each brand’s identity begins with our recruitment process, where we carefully select team members who fit the brand’s culture. W Hotels favours a casual approach, while classic luxury brands demands a more formal demeanour to deliver an exceptional experience.”

Beyond luxury, Marriott International prioritizes giving back. The Marriott International Maldives Apprenticeship Program (MIMAP) recently graduated over 40 students, highlighting the company’s dedication to cultivating local talent. This initiative, a collaboration with the Maldivian government, equips apprentices with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

“For Marriott International, community impact is paramount,” said Montal. “Our comprehensive programme aims to benefit the communities where we operate. Take, for instance, the Marriott International Maldives Apprenticeship Program (MIMAP), which recently saw over 40 students graduate. This historic partnership with the Maldivian government showcases our dedication to fostering local talent.”

The first graduating class of the Marriott International Maldives Apprenticeship Program (MIMAP)

The Maldives’ tourism industry has seen a swift recovery due to its natural social distancing advantage – one island, one resort. This aligns perfectly with current luxury travel trends, where privacy and pristine environments are paramount. Moreover, the country’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, including the elimination of single-use plastics, resonates with today’s eco-conscious travelers.

Marriott International echoes this focus on environmental responsibility. With a dedicated Director of Sustainability and property-level champions, the company has set ambitious goals for water and food waste reduction in its Maldivian resorts. Additionally, guest programs like “Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy” connect travelers with local communities and conservation efforts.

Coral restoration at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

“The Maldives led the way in post-pandemic tourism reopening, setting standards adopted by many countries, which facilitated its rapid recovery,” observed Montal. “Luxury travellers now seek privacy, space, and nature, preferences that align with the Maldives’ one-island-one-resort policy. The country’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, including eliminating single-use plastics, resonates more than ever.”

Looking ahead, Marriott International’s Asia Pacific strategy prioritizes retaining its luxury leadership position. Talent acquisition and development are a cornerstone of this plan, especially in the Maldives with its upcoming resort expansions. MIMAP’s second iteration, launched in partnership with local institutions, further strengthens this commitment.

By fostering a skilled local workforce, Marriott International can ensure its continued success in the Maldives while contributing to the nation’s sustainable growth and community well-being.

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Michelin-starred chef Jan Van de Voorde takes helm at Dusit Thani Maldives



he recently appointed Executive Chef and F&B expert is dedicated to expanding the range of  cuisine offered at the luxury resort.

Dusit Thani Maldives has announced the appointment of Jan Van de Voorde as the new Executive Chef.  

“We are delighted to welcome Jan Van de Voorde to the Dusit Thani Maldives team,” said Mr.  Jean-Louis, General Manager of Dusit Thani Maldives. “With his extensive experience and  passion for the industry, he is the ideal candidate to lead our food and beverage department’s  efforts as we strive to provide the utmost experience to our guests.” 

Bringing a wealth of expertise and creativity from his background in Michelin-starred restaurants  in Belgium and the Netherlands, Chef Jan will lead the Culinary and Food and Beverage  Departments in his new role. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Dusit Thani Maldives and to enhance the culinary  experience at this stunning resort,” Chef Jan remarked. “I am passionate about using local  ingredients and crafting innovative dishes that highlight the flavours of the Maldives.” 

Chef Jan has built a career focused on delivering exceptional guest satisfaction, adept problem solving, effective food cost control, and meticulous HACCP hygiene management. His expertise  extends to Nikkei cuisine and encompasses strong management skills, including team  leadership, decision-making, and budgeting. 

Before joining Dusit Thani Maldives, Chef Jan held executive chef positions at Centara Grand  Beach Resort Krabi, Dhigali Maldives Resort, and Holiday Inn Resort Pattaya. In these roles, he  achieved significant success in reducing food costs, enhancing guest satisfaction scores, and  introducing new culinary concepts. 

Chef Jan is a graduate of Ter Groene Poorte hotel school in Bruges, Belgium, where he  obtained his Bachelor’s in Hotel Management in 1992. He is fluent in Dutch, French, and  English, with basic proficiency in German and Thai. 

Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll – Maldives’ first UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – Dusit Thani Maldives is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital city, Malé, or a 25-minute  domestic flight and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Airport. 

Encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning 360-degree living house reef, and a turquoise  lagoon, the resort comprises 94 luxury villas and residences, five restaurants and bars, Baan  Sanook Kids Club, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Wellness, which features spa treatments  inspired by ancient Thai healing principles and a wide range of healthy, invigorating, and  meaningful activities for guests to enjoy. 

For more information about Dusit Thani Resort Maldives, please visit the resort’s official website or contact 

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Constance Hotels & Resorts Honors Manjoola Dowlutrao’s 20-Year Career Journey



Constance Hotels & Resorts celebrates the dedication and excellence of Manjoola Dowlutrao, recognizing her remarkable 20-year journey within the group.

Dowlutrao’s story began in 2001 as part of the inaugural class of the Constance Academy’s Management Training Program. This experience launched an exceptional career within the prestigious hotel group.

Starting at Constance Lemuria Seychelles as a Reservations Supervisor, Dowlutrao has consistently demonstrated exceptional growth and leadership. Her path led her to Constance Prince Maurice in Mauritius, where she spent two decades honing her skills. She rose from Sales/Guest Relations Manager to Executive Assistant Manager, embodying a true commitment to providing exceptional hospitality experiences.

Dowlutrao’s recent appointment as Executive Assistant Manager in the Maldives signifies both her valuable contributions and the confidence Constance Hotels & Resorts holds in her abilities. Her career trajectory exemplifies the supportive and empowering environment the group fosters, encouraging individuals to excel and assume leadership roles within the luxury hospitality industry.

Manjoola’s remarkable journey across Constance’s esteemed properties in Seychelles, Mauritius, and now the Maldives, stands as a testament to her vast knowledge and her dedication to enhancing the guest experience over the years.

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