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LUX* South Ari Atoll Appoints Patrice Aira as General Manager

Patrice Aira
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort and Villas announced the appointment of Mr. Patrice Aira as the resort’s General Manager.

LUX* South Ari Atoll announced the appointment of Mr. Patrice Aira as the resort’s General Manager. Patrice brings more than 25 years of international hospitality experience to his new role.

With an extensive career across the globe — United States, Canada, Egypt and the Indian Ocean — he has previously worked at Lily Beach Resort & Spa in the Maldives, as General Manager. A French national from Toulouse, Patrice played an instrumental role at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts during his 18-year-long association with the brand.

It is a privilege to be a part of the incredible team at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas, a resort that has become synonymous with leading luxury hospitality and sustainability across the region. I look forward to welcoming guests to this unique destination and to help them celebrate life.

Mr. Patrice Aira, General Manager of LUX* South Ari Atoll.

With a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the Ecole Supérieure Internationale De Savignac in France, Patrice is fluent in French, English and Spanish. Likewise, as an avid diver, he enjoys his time underwater immensely.

On behalf of The Lux Collective, we are excited to welcome Patrice to the group and for him to join the amazing team on the island. His many years of experience in the luxury hospitality and his passion for what he does will most certainly contribute to the continued success of the resort. I have no doubt that under his leadership, LUX* South Ari Atoll will continue to reach new heights and that the guest experience will continue to be second to none.

Dominik Ruhl, Chief Operating Officer of The Lux Collective.

About LUX* South Ari Atoll

The tropical holiday escape is among the top-rated resorts in the Maldives which offers unique experiences with off-the-grid retreats.

The luxury resort features 193 villas and 8 restaurants serving an array of diverse cuisines as well as 5 bars. Furthermore, LUX* South Ari Atoll features a 5-star PADI dive centre, two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts, and a Technogym fitness centre.

Feature image by LUX* South Ari Atoll
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Zakwan Ahmed as Director of Sales at Kuda Villingili Resort

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Josje Van Engelen as General Manager of Soneva Secret

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Ali Ashfag as Front Office Manager at Seaside Finolhu

Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll introduced Ali Ashfag as the new Front Office Manager this February. Ashfag joined the hospitality industry at the young age of 18, working his way up to this new position. His transition to Front Office was made eight years ago. From here on, Ashfag ventured on his journey as a butler, later becoming the Front Office Manager. Ashfag brings over a decade of experience across five internationally recognized brands and two local establishments to his new role. In addition to his priceless contributions to Seaside Finolhu, Ashfag has also made generous contributions towards handpicking and training individuals at the resort.

Interested in all the appointments made this February? Head over to our website, and find out more.

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