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Aitken Spence Hotels Maldives Produce Four Finalists at Stelliers Hotelier Awards 2020

Finalists of Aitken Spence Hotels Staff for Stelliers Award 2020
Aitken Spence Hotels Maldives four employees selected to the final round of the ‘Stelliers Hotelier Awards 2020.

In the midst of a pandemic and growing concerns worldwide, one positive ray of sunshine emerged for staff and management at Aitken Spence Hotels Maldives with the selection of four employees to the final round of the ‘Stelliers Hotelier Awards 2020‘.

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu HR cum L&D Manager Ahamaed Anwar is among the finalists for ‘CSR Hotelier’ with Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Executive Housekeeper Beede Perera listed in the ‘Housekeeping Hotelier’ category.

Heritance Aarah Executive Sommelier Lenka Praveen is among the finalists of ‘Sommelier & Mixologist Hotelier’ category with Aitken Spence Hotel Maldives’ Assistant General Manager Tharaka Appuhamy Talent Management & Quality Assurance up to win in the categories of ‘Sustainability Hotelier’ and ‘Corporate Hotelier’.

This years’ achievements pose as an important milestone for the Group as not one but four finalists made it to the final, represented both brands, Adaaran Resorts and Heritance Hotels and Resorts. The Stellier Award which debuted as The Hotelier Awards in 2014 annually recognize professionals in the hospitality industry in the archipelago, based on their performance in the respective fields as well as key aspects such as personality, team work and other.

Among the finalists are some of Aitken Spence Hotel Maldives’ brightest stars and upcoming talent. With Ahmed Anwar from Meedhupparu being part of the Spence family since 2007, his contribution towards the upliftment of thousands of lives over the years have been monumental. His passion to go beyond the confines of his role led him to champion varied CSR programmes.

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo has been known for its exceptional service and have been commended over the years on the quality of accommodation and public spaces. The team lead behind this success is Beede Perera, the resort’s Executive Housekeeper. Counting over 23 years of experience within the industry, he has certainly brought a unique touch to the resort and is deserving of the accolade.

Among the veterans is Heritance Aarah’s Lenka Praveen, whose foray into the field came just over one and half years ago. His enthusiasm to learn, his continued passion to better his skills and his thirst to innovate are well recognized with his listing as a finalist under ‘Sommelier & Mixologist Hotelier’.

Aitken Spence Hotel Maldives’ Corporate Assistant General Manager – Talent Management & Quality Assurance Tharaka Appuhamy, recipient of ‘Stelliers South Asia Human Resources Hotelier of the Year’ in 2019 is up for two more wins this year. Having entered the Spence Maldives family in 2016, Appuhamy has risen in the corporate ladder owing to his sheer drive and focus.

These four finalists make up part of the 98 finalists who were virtually selected for the final stage of the prestigious Stelliers Hoteliers awarding platform. Winners are set to be announced and recognised at a glamorous awards ceremony on 4 December 2020 in Macau.

As a Company, the hospitality giant Aitken Spence Hotels have been known for its trendsetting approach to creating a holiday experience unlike any other. The Company has, over the years, invested heavily on training and development along with research and development to stay abreast of the trends and curating aspirational memorable stays.

Aitken Spence Resorts today, is a recognized international resort chain that has been in operation since 1993 in the Maldives. The chain has been very active in establishing a solid training ground for many local hoteliers in the nation since its inception and has ever since upheld the responsibility of grooming local talent towards forging a career in the field of resort operations in the Maldives.

The Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio consists of 22 hotels, with ten hotels in Sri Lanka, one in India, seven in the Maldives and four in Oman. Aitken Spence Resorts, which commenced its operations in the Maldives in 1993 has an inventory of 750 rooms. The Company launched its latest property in 2019 with the opening of Heritance Aarah, a premier all-inclusive resort in the Raa Atoll.

Feature image by Aitken Spence Maldives

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Explore The Family Fun Summer Package with These Marriott Bonvoy portfolios of Resorts!

The Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of luxury resorts invites families to embark on an unforgettable journey. With these exclusive ‘Ultimate Family Summer Getaway’ packages, families can immerse themselves in the harmonious blend of opulence and natural beauty. Guests can explore this package at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, and JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa. Embrace luxury island living in any of the resort’s two or three-bedroom overwater and beach pool villas, providing guests with 24-hour personalized signature ‘Aris Meeha’, St. Regis Butlers, and ‘Thakuru’ butler services that cater to their every need.  

Guests can reserve their extraordinary summer retreat before May 31, 2024. This is applicable for stays until September 30, 2024, when kids under 12 can dine and stay for free. Benefits include daily breakfasts and dinners, a welcome amenity for kids, complimentary access to the kids club, and a host of specially curated experiences to create cherished memories for a lifetime.

Family Fun Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands unveils its exclusive summer program. The resort invites families to embrace the island life against the backdrop of the mesmerizing Indian Ocean. The resort’s thoughtful curation entices guests with transformative travel experiences. Guests can explore epicurean journeys with Michelin-starred guest chefs to wellness retreats guided by leading names. Additionally, guests can also go on adventurous surfing retreats with surf icons.

Exploring Culinary Journeys at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

Families can embark on a gastronomic journey, enjoying a Michelin-starred dining experience at the resort. From July 31 to August 1, Chef Bruno Verjus will bring a taste of his two-star Michelin Parisian restaurant Table by Bruno Verjus to the Beach Shack. He will also offer an exclusive masterclass for guests. From August 10 to 11, Chef Pam Soontornyanakij, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2024 and chef-patron of the one-Michelin-star Restaurant Potong, will present a bespoke menu. Guests can explore her progressive Thai-Chinese cuisine at the Summer Pavilion.

Healing Journey this Summer

In a ‘Summer of Renewal,’ celebrity healer Susy Markoe Schieffelin will lead her signature sound baths. Guests can explore this experience under the Maldivian skies from July 19 to 23. Renowned practitioner Abi Adams will also guide guests through emotional and hormonal balance journeys. Abi will be using breath, meridian dancing and yoga from August 15 to 19. Last but not least, Surf enthusiasts can learn to master the four most popular waves in the North Malé Atoll. The resort is bringing championship surf heroes Nic von Rupp from June 8 to 11 and Victor Bernardo from July 3 to 6. 

Something Exciting for the Young Explorers

Young explorers from ages 4 to 12 can ignite their imaginations at Ritz Kids and learn about marine life, nature and sustainability. Young guests can go on an adventure with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program. Children can dive into the action at Ritz Kids, a futuristic indoor-outdoor haven filled with interactive playgrounds, napping pods, cinematic movie experiences, and an adrenaline-pumping pool complete with slides and jets.  

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ Package, guests can savour daily breakfasts at La Locanda, dinners at Summer Pavilion, Arabesque, Beach Shack, or EAU Bar, and a special welcome amenity for kids. Families can choose from elegantly designed villas including Two Bedroom Water or Beach Pool Villas, or elevate their stay at The Ritz-Carlton Estate, a private beach residence with its own exclusive cove and sunset views.

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Ultimate Summer Escape at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort 

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, situated on a private natural island in one of the destination’s most exclusive atolls, welcomes families for a luxurious summer getaway in the Maldives. Guests can explore the breathtaking surroundings, complemented by the resort’s distinctive design inspired by nearby marine life, including the atoll’s house reef. Along with The St. Regis Butler Service – a hallmark of the brand’s commitment to excellence – a dedicated St. Regis Butler is available to curate tailored experiences and meet every need of the guests. 

Exploring the Local Culture

Families can delve into local culture with thrilling expeditions on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni, from dolphin sightings to sunset fishing. The resort also offers marine conservation experiences through unique interactive classes and activities for both children and adults with the resident Marine Biologist. Adults can revel in luxurious amenities and exquisite dining experiences, while young travellers will find an abundance of excitement on the island. At the resort’s dedicated Children’s Club, children aged 4 to 12 can partake in yoga classes, painting, origami, and other creative crafts. Kid-friendly snacks and refreshing juices are available from the private dining menu. For teens ages 16 and older, the Socialite Club boasts an open-door recreation area with a variety of entertainment, including table tennis, foosball, billiards, and air hockey, as well as video and board games.

Families booking the ‘Ultimate Family Summer Escape’ package will enjoy a range of exclusive benefits, including a special welcome amenity for kids, daily breakfasts at ALBA, dinners at select restaurants, kid-sized luxuries like robes and treats, and complimentary access to the resort’s dedicated Children’s Club. Guests can choose from a variety of elegantly designed villas set amidst lush forest surroundings or with breathtaking ocean views, including the award-winning John Jacob Astor Estate, Caroline Astor Estate, Knickerbocker Villa, or Cesar Balsa Villa each featuring family-friendly amenities such as private plunge pools and state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

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Tropical Summer Fun at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa 

Nestled on Vagaru Island overlooking the azure waters of Shaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa invites guests to its multi-generational luxury resort for an immersive and eco-friendly holiday experience. Families can bask in the unspoiled beauty of the island’s pristine white beach, savour diverse dining experiences, and embark on daily excursions for diving, snorkelling, dolphin watching, and sunset fishing to explore the vibrant marine life. 

FAMiLY by JW™ Little Griffins Kids Club

Travelling with children is now even easier with FAMiLY by JW™ Little Griffins Kids Club. The club provides a captivating and educational environment for young adventurers on Vagaru Island. The club runs over 100 activities. This ranges from arts and crafts to cooking classes. Some of these activities are specially designed for the whole family to enjoy.

Fine Dining Experiences

Fine dining experiences can be elevated through bespoke destination dining services. This ranges from in-villa barbecue dinners and traditional Maldivian Malafaaiy dinners on the beach to a sublime eight-course interactive Indian fusion dinner in the hidden oasis of RIHA. The resort’s sustainability efforts are centred on the vibrant JW Garden, which sources fresh produce for creative cuisine. The JW Garden to Table concept celebrates locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a farm-to-table experience for eco-conscious travellers. This summer, guests can delight in a new vegan menu with innovative plant-based dishes. Explore dishes crafted from homegrown JW Garden ingredients, emphasizing sustainability and wellness.

With the ‘Family Fun Summer’ package, guests can immerse themselves in luxurious island living. Guests can explore the modern and spacious Duplex Overwater or Beach Pool Villa. Each of these villas features private pools and personalized Thakuru butler service. The package includes daily breakfasts at Aailaa and a choice between daily lunches or dinners at select restaurants. Additionally, guests will receive a welcome amenity for kids, a one-time 30-minute complimentary photography session. You can also get one printed photo and complimentary usage of non-motorized watersports throughout their stay.

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