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First Underwater Restaurant in the World by a Michelin Star Chef: H2O By chef Andrea Berton

H2O By chef Andrea Berton
You & Me by Cocoon Maldives rebranded its H2O Underwater Restaurant to ‘H2O by chef Andrea Berton’ on 1st April 2021.

You & Me by Cocoon Maldives rebranded its H2O Underwater Restaurant to ‘H2O by chef Andrea Berton’. This is the first time in the world a Michelin starred chef takes the helm of an underwater restaurant.

Speaking to, chef Andrea Berton expressed excitement to have turned his relationship with You & Me Maldives into a wonderful collaboration. Furthermore, the Michelin starred chef described it as an honour to be in charge of one of the few underwater restaurants in the world.

It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce we have signed an agreement with the renowned Chef Andrea Berton who will manage our H20 restaurant.

Alessandro Azzola, Managing Director of Cocoon Investment Pvt Ltd.
Managing Director of Cocoon Investment Pvt Ltd, Alessandro Azzola and Michelin star chef Andrea Berton

An Italian chef, Andrea Berton won 4 Michelin stars—a major achievement and one the highest honours in the culinary industry. In the 90s he worked at Gualtiero Marchesi’s Via Bonvesin de la Riva in Milan. Afterwards, the chef also worked at Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV restaurant in Monte Carlo as well.

The chef claimed his first Michelin star at Taverna di Colloredo di Monte Albano where he was the head chef. Afterwards, his collaboration with Ristorante Trussardi alla Scala earned the restaurant two Michelin stars; one in 2008 and another in 2009. Meanwhile, Andrea Berton’s Ristorante Berton earned a Michelin star in less than a year after its opening.

About H2O by chef Andrea Berton

H2O by chef Andrea Berton is one of the few underwater restaurants in the world and the only one in Raa Atoll. Spaces at the submerged restaurant are designed by the leading made-in-Italy company, Lago. Moreover, the flagship restaurant of You & Me by Cocoon Maldives also offers diners a 360-degree view of the Maldives’ magnificent marine life.

About You & Me by Cocoon Maldives

The adults-only You & Me Maldives is targeted at honeymooners, couples and friends. The rustic-chic style resort is also the first entirely à la carte island resort in the Maldives. With the chic resort’s innovative dining concept, guests can choose different restaurants from their breakfast to dinner.

You & Me aerial view
Image: You & Me by Cocoon Maldives

Located in an untouched relaxing corner of the Maldives, the island retreat is the perfect place to; relax, curl up, and spend some quality ‘us time’. According to a press release by the resort, You & Me Maldives already made its mark on the market within few months after its reopening thanks to the resort’s unique features.

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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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