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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives Appoints Pak Wai Lau as Chef de Cuisine

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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands announced the appointment of Pak Wai Lau as the Chef de Cuisine at the resort.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands announced the appointment of Pak Wai Lau as the Chef de Cuisine at the resort. Chef Lau brings over 30 years of experience to the upcoming property.

According to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Chef Lau started his career in 1990 as a Chinese Chef at Hyatt Regency Dubai, UAE and transferred to Hyatt Regency Bandung, Indonesia in 1997. By his expertise and experience internationally, he was appointed Executive Chinese Chef at Grand Hyatt Hotel Fukuoka, Japan the following year.

Pak Wai Lau Ritz-Carlton
Image: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives

Chef Lau then moved to Seoul, South Korea in 2003 and Bangkok, Thailand in 2005 performing the same role with the same company. He continued to explore different countries and brands exhibiting his expertise. In 2017, Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel appointed him as their new Chinese Executive Chef.

With Chef Lau’s skills and experience being shaped by various countries, it is with no doubt that he will delight our guests with his authentic Chinese dishes.

A statement by The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands read.

Before joining The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, Pak Wai Lau was with Dong Phuong Group, a company based in Vietnam, performing the role of Chinese Executive Chef.

About The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The upcoming Ritz-Carlton Maldives is located at the Fari Islands in the North Malé Atoll of the Maldives. The island retreat is easily accessible via a 50-minute speedboat journey. Alternatively, holidaymakers can choose to access the destination by a 10-minute seaplane ride.

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Holidaymakers will find sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs with stunning marine life at the luxury resort. Moreover, Ritz-Carlton also features a unique ‘Aris Meeha’ butler concept. Guest villas at The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Island range in size from one to three-bedroom. These villas feature the refined elegance and legendary service that define The Ritz-Carlton brand.

Feature image by The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

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Roberts Ejubs as Group Director of Operations at Crown & Champa Resorts

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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

Soneva’s newest addition to the resort collection, Soneva Secret announced Josje Van Engelen as General Manager. Hailing from the Netherlands, Josje brings to Soneva Secret over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before this, Josje worked in various countries across the globe including the Netherlands, Belgium, Costa Rica, Australia, and Turks and Caicos. Josje will be leading an incredible team of over 25 nationalities. With this, she brings a new wave of rare, personalised hospitality to the Maldives!

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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