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Maldives President And First Lady Inaugurates Hurawalhi


President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has initiated operations at Hurawalhi Maldives on Monday, 30th January. The newly established Hurawalhi Maldives in Faadhippolhu Atoll, is built and operated by Champa Lars Holding Pvt Ltd.

Fathimath Ibrahim, the First Lady of the Maldives inaugurated “5.8”; the world’s largest underwater restaurant installed at Hurawalhi Maldives.

“5.8” is an underwater restaurant made of glass for the most part and is fully submerged 5.8 meters under the sea. The restaurant holds capacity to serve 24 diners at a time. The 74 feet long restaurant stands on a steel structure and a transparent, acrylic dome situated 5.8 meters below the Indian Ocean, enabling the guests to experience the unusual phenomenon of dining and witnessing marine life passing by.

Hurawalhi Maldives is a five-star resort that offers 90 Villas. This includes 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas for adult guests who seek luxury and variation. The Villas are stylish and exquisitely conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views.

Hurawalhi gives back to the Maldives with a strong environmental focus. Sustainable methods such as using solar panels, its own water bottling plant, energy saving solutions and hot water recovery.

With an in-house marine biologist, Hurawalhi’s eco credentials are one of the finest in the Maldives. Further, Hurawalhi is cooperating with Manta Trust, the marine conservation and education specialists. Manta Trust is teaming up with the resort’s own 5* PADI Instructors to provide educational guided dives and snorkeling through the marvelous reefs and shipwrecks near the island.

Hurawalhi is a nesting site for Green Turtles and the reef, a breeding ground for Manta Rays and Manta Trust is tasked with preserving this natural habitat as well as educating visitors on these beautiful and endangered creatures.

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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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