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Gili Lankanfushi Rises from the Ashes with Gorgeous New Villas

Gili Lankanfushi rises from the ashes and has reopened its shores to guests with new villas. The eco-resort closed in January following a devastating fire incident. With major renovations, the resort has welcomed guests on 1st December 2019, less than an year later.

Honouring its laid-back philosophy, Gili Lankanfushi still remains the intimate and sustainable paradise the barefoot luxury travellers love so much. With the new design concept and wellness programmes, the resort ensures guests have a soulful experience. 

The island now offers accommodation in 10 categories; The Private Reserve, Family Villa with Pool, Family Villa, Gili Lagoon Residence, Crusoe Residence, Residence with Pool, Residence, Gili Lagoon Villa, Villa Suite with Pool and Villa Suite. 

As a new addition to the resort, the Family Villas with Pools feature two en suite bedrooms, a private swimming pool, a rooftop terrace with space to dine, and a living room situated over the lagoon accessible from a safe walkway. 

A large Private Reserve located 500m from the main island features four bedrooms, a private open-air cinema, a spa, a gym as well as an infinity pool and a two-storey waterslide leading directly into the lagoon. 

Inspired by the resort’s surrounding, the new interior consists of a warm and neutral colour palette. As sustainability is the heart of the island’s vision, all the furniture in the new villas and living areas has been made using upcycled materials. The renovated villas feature open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon. 

The resort marks its re-opening with a series of new educational and active wellness programmes; enriching spa sessions at the serene Meera Spa and educational exploration with a team of experts at the Marine Biology Shack. 

Gili Lankanfushi is located in North Male’ Atoll, a 20-minute speedboat journey away from Velana International Airport. The resort initially opened in 2012 and has been a favourite amongst guests seeking to reconnect with nature and experience the barefoot luxury of the island. 

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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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