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Meet Josje Van Engelen, General Manager of Soneva Secret

Josje Van Engelen
One of the most renowned resort brands in the Maldives, Soneva announced its upcoming new property Soneva Secret which is set to open in 2024. Although the resort has let travellers have a glimpse through the resort's website, here is a look at one of the important faces set to lead the property.

As Soneva prepares to open up its new property Soneva Secret this year, the resort introduces the General Manager – Josje Van Engelen.

Bringing over 20 years of hospitality experience to Soneva Secret, Guardian of the Experience Josje is originally from the Netherlands. Before this, Josje worked in various positions in the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, the Maldives, as well as Turks and Caicos. In addition to having garnered experience working in countries across the globe, Josje is also accomplished in five different languages.

Josje passionately lives life, experiencing new cultures, cuisines, and views, which she believes enrich her soul. She strives to become a role model for women in hospitality and continually encourages her team to follow their dreams.

Josje’s next venture is set to be as the General Manager of the highly anticipated property of Soneva Secret. Leading an incredible team of over 25 nationalities, Jojse is bringing a new rave of rare, personalised hospitality!

About the new Property Soneva Secret!

This barefoot luxury resort, featuring 14 overwater and island villas is going to be the fourth property by the Soneva brand. Taking the Soneva hospitality up a notch, Soneva Secret villas are going to feature a dedicated team of three. This includes a Barefoot Guardian, Barefoot Assistant and a dedicated chef, to ensure every stay is personalised.

The property will also introduce the first floating villa in the Maldives – the Castaway Villa. Read more about Soneva Secret and its villas here!

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Siyam World Hosts Summer Football Camp With Spanish Goalkeeper Star Player José Manuel Pepe Reina Páez

Get ready to kick it up a notch as Siyam World Maldives gears up for an epic summer football camp. This camp is hosted by none other than Spanish football sensation, José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez. Guests can join in on the fun from June 23rd to 26th, 2024. Building on its tradition of hosting world-class football camps and following the success of its spring series featuring international legends and star players, this event promises to be a highlight of the summer.

Pepe Reina is set to bring his A-game to Siyam World for an unforgettable football experience. The trill can be experienced at its premier sports complex and full-size soccer pitch – The World Sports Arena. The three-day summer football camp in June runs from 16:30 – 18:00 hrs. This camp also offers participants the chance to receive personalized coaching from the star goalkeeper himself. Along with a series of skill-building drills, friendly matches, and fun football-related activities, this camp is designed to inspire and excite football enthusiasts of all ages. Dressed in their personalized Rascal training kits, young players aged from five to 12 will seize the perfect opportunity to refine all aspects of their game. This includes everything from tactics to technical skills. This unique experience promises to enhance their abilities and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

José Manuel “Pepe” Reina Páez is a Spanish professional footballer renowned for his exceptional skills as a goalkeeper. He is also known for his dedication to nurturing young talent. With a career spanning La Liga and beyond, Pepe Reina brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the game.

Our goal is to inspire our young guests to dream big. Seeing a legend or a star player in person can help these youngsters realize that making their dreams a reality is possible, says Ausy Waseem – Resort Manager at Siyam World.

Legendary Line-Ups at Siyam World

But that’s not all! Siyam World is no stranger to hosting football legends and star players. Earlier this year, the resort scored big with a legendary line-up featuring Wayne Bridge, Adrian San Miguel Castillo, Francesco Totti, and Michael Owen.  These stars led unforgettable spring football camps. Guests had the chance to hone their skills on our impressive sports complex and soccer pitch at The World Sports Arena. With this, guests were able to soak up world-class coaching and immersive experiences as well. 

Furthermore, Siyam World has also had the pleasure of hosting several other football legends and star players recently. This includes players such as EstebanCuchu” Cambiasso, Carlos Puyol, Marco Materazzi, and Robert Pirès. Joining them were players like Harvey Elliott, Kostas Tsimikas, Juan Sebastián Verón, Roberto Pires, Eric Abidal, Nicola Ventola, Bobo Vieri, and Jay Jay Okocha.

Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going with “Pepe Reina” leading the charge. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with one of football’s greatest. And now, you can do that at one of the most beautiful locations in the world!

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