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A Maldivian Tale – Kalhu Odi Brand Launches!

kalhu odi restaurant at the Marina, Crossroads Maldives
Kalhu Odi Restaurant, the first Maldivian cuisine fine dining restaurant at Marina, Crossroad Maldives has been introduced.

Kalhu Odi Restaurant, the first Maldivian cuisine fine dining restaurant at Marina, Crossroads Maldives has been introduced. Kalhu Odi is a Dhivehi word which translates to black vessels. Crossroads Maldives is the first extraordinary multi-island, fully integrated leisure destination in the Maldives. It is nestled amongst the breathtakingly exotic Kaafu Atoll and Emboodhoo Lagoon.

The main purpose of opening a fine-dining restaurant featuring Maldivian cuisine is to share the journey of rich taste from Maldives’ islands, it’s culture, depth of oceans, and vast tropical nature whilst giving the authentic Maldivian taste to the guests. The Kalhu Odi Restaurant is expected to officially open by the end of this year, 2020.

The background story of the restaurant is built on a 600-year-old beautiful love story of Dhon-Hiyala and Alifulhu. The story outlines the beautiful tale of Alifulhu, a humble ordinary sailor who falls in love with Dhon-Hiyala the most beautiful woman of that time, and how they fought to escape the cruelty of the king. Kalhu Odi is the strongest boat build during that time, much stronger than the kings’ boat.

The legend says that the Odi was built with blank coral from the depths of the ocean and many sacrifices, spells, and rituals were made to obtain the rare black coral. KalhuOdi plays a key role in the love story of Dhon-Hiyala and Alifulhu as it helps Alifulhu to reach to Buruni where Dhon-Hiyala lived and also helped him to rescue her and escape from the Kingsmen.

The restaurant is designed inspired by the rich tradition and culture of the Maldives. The designs will showcase different aspects of the Maldivian culture and traditions, aiming to build guest engagement and awareness about the Maldives and its history. Furthermore, Kalhu Odi restaurant celebrates local artists and their potentials by featuring their work in the restaurant. The creative digital artworks of the beautiful tale of Dhon-Hiyala and Alifulhu on Kalhu Odi’s social media features Lonufen Studio, an amazing local artist.

Feature image by Kalhu Odi
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Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives Announces New Leadership Appointments

Meet the newest leadership appointments at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives introduces Steven D’Souza as Director of Food & Beverages, and Tammy Gan as Assistant Director of Branding & Marketing.

Steven D’Souza – Director of Food & Beverages

Originally from India, Steve brings over 18 years of experience within the hospitality Industry. Having achieved a Bachelor of Hotel Management degree, Steve has accumulated invaluable pre-opening resort experiences. Steve has worked across three continents and served as the Food and Beverage division Head at Cap Jaluca, A Belmond Hotel in Anguilla.

When it comes to the Maldives, Steve has worked at The Nautilus Maldives, Niyama Private Island Maldives, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives. Additionally, Steven has also worked in Anantara in Thailand, Raffles Hotels Canouan Island, Buccament Bay Spa and Resort in St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Sheraton Jumeirah in Dubai.

At Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll, Steve will be reporting directly to the General Manager. He has been tasked with spearheading the F&B operations, prioritizing revenue growth, waste minimization, and regulatory compliance, as well as enhancing guest satisfaction through elevated service standards.

Tammy Gan – Assistant Director of Branding & marketing

Tammy, who is originally from Singapore joins Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll with over 14 years of Marketing and Branding experience in the hospitality sector. Throughout her career, Tammy has worked in countries across Southeast Asia to the Middle East as well as the Maldives. Prior to this, Tammy held the position of Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications at The Nautilus Maldives. Additionally, she held roles in esteemed properties like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited in Phuket, Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spa in UAE, and Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

In her new role, Tammy will report to the Director of Sales & Marketing. Here, she will oversee the strategic development and execution of marketing and communications plans for Finolhu and . HERE brands. Additionally, her role also encompasses brand enhancement, market analysis, advertising initiatives, resource allocation optimisation, as well as nurturing innovative branding and communication strategies through collaboration with external agencies.

I’m thrilled to welcome Steven and Tammy to Seaside Finolhu. I am confident that their expertise will help enhance our brand and elavate our dining experiences, ensuring unforgettable memoments for our guests, comments Steven Phillips – General Manager, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives is owned and managed by the Seaside Collection. The resort consists of 125 beachfront and overwater villas, four restaurants and an array of activities for guests to enjoy every day! Recently, the resort took groundbreaking measures to offer its employees more opportunities by signing an MoU with the Maldives National University. The MoU with Finolhu and MNU ensures the employees have opportunities to pursue further education and grow in the industry.

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