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December 21, 2023

Luxuria Lifestyle interviews Mr Rainer Steinhilber, GM of Amari Raaya Maldives

Meet Mr. Rainer Steinhilber, the visionary General Manager of Amari Raaya Maldives, a luxury haven. Here we explore his insights and delve into the enchanting world of the exquisite Amari Raaya Maldives:

How do you ensure a seamless blend of luxury and sustainability at Amari Raaya Maldives?

As General Manager of Amari Raaya Maldives, ensuring a seamless blend of luxury and sustainability is a key priority to meet the evolving preferences of our guests and to contribute positively to the environment.

We are deeply committed to providing an exceptional and luxurious experience for our guests while also being mindful of our environmental impact. To achieve this, we have implemented a comprehensive strategy that encompasses various aspects of our operations.

Amari Raaya Maldives is dedicated to promoting sustainability and responsible tourism in the Maldives, actively incorporating these initiatives into the guest experience. Actions and initiatives include:

Commitment to Sustainability: State-of-the-Art Water Bottling:

Amari Raaya Maldives is dedicated to sustainability and guest well-being, exemplified by the installation of a state-of-the-art water bottling system. This innovative system ensures the highest quality drinking water while minimising the environmental impact. By utilising advanced filtration and purification technologies, the resort’s water bottling system delivers pure, clean, and refreshing drinking water. Guests at Amari Raaya are served this water in eco-friendly bottles made from recyclable materials.

Sustainable Water Management: Reverse Osmosis:

The Maldives, a stunning and unique destination, heavily relies on sustainable water management practices to cater to the needs of its residents and visitors. At Amari Raaya Maldives, the utilisation of reverse osmosis systems plays a pivotal role in serving the island with freshwater. Reverse osmosis is a simple yet effective water treatment process that employs a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities and salt from seawater. By applying pressure to seawater and forcing it through the membrane, clean freshwater is obtained.

Fostering Corporate Social Responsibility:

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) holds significant importance at Amari Raaya Maldives. Supporting local Maldivian artists and nurturing the vibrant art community within the Maldives are key aspects of their CSR initiatives. By contributing to the growth and development of local artists, Amari Raaya aims to help them thrive and showcase their talents in the Art & Craft Studio. Amari Raaya collaborates with local artists to create unique and captivating artwork for the Art & Craft Studio. By showcasing their creations, the resort not only provides exposure to their talent but also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Maldives. Through collaborations with these local artists, Amari Raaya intends to produce distinctive and sustainable artisanal products that highlight their craftsmanship. By supporting local Maldivian artists, the resort contributes to the preservation of cultural heritage, economic empowerment, and the overall development of the local art scene.

Engaging with the local community is integral to our sustainability ethos. We actively participate in community initiatives, support local businesses, and contribute to projects that promote environmental conservation and social responsibility.

These measures demonstrate Amari Raaya Maldives’ holistic approach to sustainability and responsible tourism. We understand that sustainability is an ongoing journey of improvement and innovation. We regularly assess our practices, explore new technologies, and stay informed about the latest developments in sustainable hospitality to continually elevate our standards. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a luxurious experience that exceeds our guests’ expectations while minimising our environmental footprint and contributing positively to the local community and our exquisite natural surroundings.

What unique experiences does Amari Raaya Maldives offer to discerning travellers seeking exclusivity?

Amari Raaya Maldives stands as a beacon of exclusivity and refined hospitality, catering to discerning travellers seeking a truly exceptional Maldivian experience. The resort’s secluded setting, luxurious accommodation options, personalised service, and curated experiences redefine the concept of exclusivity, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an unforgettable retreat.

Unparalleled Seclusion and Serenity: Nestled amidst the pristine turquoise waters of the Maldives, Amari Raaya Maldives offers an unrivalled sense of seclusion and privacy. As the sole resort on a private island, guests can immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature, far from the crowds and distractions of everyday life. Spread across 390,000 square meters (39 hectares), Amari Raaya Maldives occupies one of the largest natural islands in Raa Atoll. This expansive domain offers guests an unparalleled sense of seclusion, providing ample space for them to escape the ordinary and embrace a true castaway experience amidst untouched natural beauty.

Luxurious Accommodation: Couples, families or friends can enjoy spectacular dining, exciting activities and unobstructed ocean views from 187 beach and ocean villas – which each offer direct access to the beach or ocean.  The Ocean Villas offer their own private overwater balcony with direct ocean access and a cool sea breeze.

Culinary Adventures and Exquisite Dining: Amari Raaya Maldives offers a diverse range of dining and culinary experiences that cater to the discerning palates of its guests. The culinary experiences at Amari Raaya Maldives are carefully crafted to showcase the local flavours and ingredients of the Maldives, while also offering a wide array of international dishes to cater to diverse tastes. We take pride in incorporating locally sourced seafood, fresh produce, and authentic Maldivian spices into its menus, giving guests an opportunity to explore the vibrant and delicious Maldivian food culture.

From the vibrant flavours on offer at Amaya Food Gallery, with live cooking stations showcasing Thai, Asian and Western favourites, to stylish beachside dining at the exquisite Ampers&nd, or savouring delectable Italian dishes at Pregolino, there’s something available to cater to all tastes.

Private Dining: The concierge team at Amari Raaya Maldives have the expertise to curate tailor-made dining experiences suitable for any group or occasion. Whether it’s an intimate beach dinner for two, a thrilling family lunch with a view from Seb’s watchtower, an adventurous castaway jungle barbecue, or a vibrant and lively garden party at the Village Square, we can create a bespoke dining event to meet your specific needs and preferences. For those who prefer the privacy of their accommodations, in-room dining is available, offering a menu of delectable dishes and beverages including a floating breakfast on your private villa pool.

Immersive Wellness Experiences: Our maai spa is a sanctuary of wellness, offering a holistic approach to rejuvenation. Guests can indulge in a range of personalised treatments, from traditional Maldivian therapies to rejuvenating spa rituals, all designed to restore balance and promote well-being.

Tailored Excursions and Unforgettable Experiences: Amari Raaya Maldives curates exclusive experiences that allow guests to connect with the Maldivian spirit and explore the wonders of the archipelago. From private sunset cruises to snorkelling and diving expeditions, guests can embark on personalised adventures tailored to their interests and desires.

Private Events and Celebrations in Paradise: The resort provides a breathtaking backdrop for private events and celebrations, whether it’s an intimate wedding ceremony, a special birthday celebration, a private beach dinner, or a corporate retreat. The dedicated events team ensures that every occasion is meticulously planned and executed to perfection.

Community Engagement and Cultural Immersion: We are dedicated to fostering meaningful connections with the local community, supporting local initiatives and preserving Maldivian heritage. Guests can participate in cultural activities, interact with local artisans, and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich Maldivian traditions.

Share the resort’s approach to preserving the Maldives’ natural beauty and marine life.

As a haven of pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs, home to some of the most diverse and awe-inspiring marine life on the planet, the Maldives is a paradise for both tourists and marine life. However, with increased tourism comes the responsibility to protect this delicate ecosystem. At Amari Raaya Maldives, we are committed to preserving this fragile ecosystem for future generations.

The resort is surrounded by a flourishing coral reef that is home to a kaleidoscope of marine life. The eastern side of the island is protected by a barrier reef, while house reef snorkelling is best on the western beaches and around the tips.

We recognise the urgent need to protect and restore coral reefs and we have actively embraced coral planting initiatives. These initiatives involve the careful transplantation of coral fragments onto degraded reefs, providing them with a chance to regrow and flourish. Working hand in hand, local communities, marine biologists, and conservation organisations collaborate to implement these vital projects.

We offer a diving and water sports centre with onsite certified PADI instructors. Our highly trained professionals are intimately familiar with the local marine life and will guide guests through the wonders of the ocean while ensuring minimal disruption to the delicate ecosystem.

Fostering a deep understanding of the Maldives’ delicate and exquisite ecosystem among our guests is a cornerstone of our commitment to preserving its pristine beauty for generations to come. By educating our guests on the intricate balance of this unique environment, we empower them to become active participants in its preservation and protection.

Amari Raaya Maldives is committed to preserving the delicate balance of the Maldivian ecosystem. The resort implements sustainable practices throughout its operations, from energy-efficient measures to waste reduction initiatives, demonstrating a deep commitment to environmental stewardship.

Can you highlight some innovative amenities and services that set Amari Raaya Maldives apart from other luxury resorts?

Amari Raaya Maldives stands out in the Maldives travel market for its combination of exquisite natural beauty, wide range of activities for all ages, and commitment to providing guests with a truly exceptional and unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. We cater to a diverse range of travellers, from families and groups of friends, honeymooners seeking romance to adventure enthusiasts, wellness seekers, and those simply looking to unwind in paradise.

Location and Setting: The brand-new resort is located on one of the largest natural islands in Raa Atoll – easily accessible just 45 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport. It is nestled on a private island surrounded by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, making it a secluded and idyllic destination for those looking for a tranquil and unspoiled environment. This large island, with its natural greenery and wide range of activities and experiences, presents quite a different option to the ‘typical’ Maldives experiences and, whilst romantic experiences are aplenty, also works well for families and groups. There is much to explore, activities such as diving with the certified PADI instructors to spot the local sea turtles – or swimming with whale sharks, paddle-boarding, jet-skiing or kayaking on the azure blue waters. Extra special experiences are also on offer such as welcoming sundown from atop a canopy of palms or dining on a private corner of the beach.

Explore untouched nature: Guests looking to escape the world and relish exquisite natural beauty should look no further. Amari Raaya has been sympathetically designed with much of the lush forest reserved for guest enjoyment, including a natural mangrove with forest trails for walking, and sky-high watchtower views to enjoy.

Seb’s Story: Setting Amari Raaya Maldives apart from other resorts is the fictional story of Seb, a portrait artist who was shipwrecked on the island and who has inspired the resort’s concept. Discover the remnants of his castaway story, including his art studio, ship and watchtowers converted to private dining and star-gazing venues. Seb’s story is interwoven into the island experience.

For families: Not just for couples, Amari Raaya Maldives offers comprehensive facilities for young children and teenagers, from sports to play areas. The kids’ club offers fun for all ages – younger children can enjoy arts and crafts whilst older children can venture out armed with a map and compass in search of puzzles, art and treasure. Families and groups can opt for a Family Beach Villa, a unique accommodation style, offering two-interconnected villas and a shared private outdoor living space for quality time together.

For activity hunters and thrill seekers: The local reef is home to an abundance of ocean life including sea turtles, and in season the famous bioluminescent plankton. Venture into the deep blue Indian Ocean and dive with the onsite certified PADI instructors – spot the local sea turtles, or enjoy fun-filled water activities. Alternatively, guests can try archery, zip lines, mini-golf, paddle tennis, badminton, or take a dip in the two stunning pools.

For romance and relaxation: Romance knows no bounds at Amari Raaya Maldives. Start the day with one of the Maldives’ most iconic experiences – a floating breakfast served in your very own private pool. Relax in the sumptuous Maai Spa, offering unique, personalised treatments inspired by Thai traditions. Later, enjoy a candlelit dinner on the beach surrounded by fresh flower petals as the sun sets beyond the ocean. Alternatively, dine beneath the island’s lush forest canopy, with twinkling lights providing an atmosphere of true romance.

For foodies: Guests will be in gastronomy heaven with seven dining options serving up vibrant flavours, combining Thai, Asian, Maldivian and International cuisine. Each dining destination offers something special, from bustling hawker food stalls at the signature Amaya Food Gallery to sunset snacks and cocktails on rooftops, Italian favourites served poolside, mobile snacks and ice-creams served from a bus, and sumptuous freshly caught seafood daily.

For bucket-list experiences: Those looking to tick something extra special from their life to-do list can take their pick from experiences including welcoming sundown from atop a canopy of palms or dining on a private corner of the beach whilst feeling the sand between your toes and watching the sun slip from the horizon. Or how about the thrill of swimming with whale sharks beneath the ocean waves, or paddle-boarding, jet-skiing or kayaking on the azure blue waters – moments never to be forgotten.

How does the resort engage with its team to create a positive impact within the resort?

At Amari Raaya Maldives, creating a positive impact goes hand in hand with cultivating a strong and engaged team. We recognise that our staff is at the core of delivering exceptional guest experiences, and their well-being and satisfaction directly contribute to the overall positive atmosphere within the resort.

First and foremost, communication is key. We prioritise open and transparent communication channels to ensure that every team member feels heard and valued. Regular team meetings, suggestion boxes, and one-on-one sessions are some of the ways we facilitate this open dialogue.

To instill a sense of ownership and pride among our team, we encourage a collaborative and inclusive work environment. We foster a culture where every team member’s contributions are acknowledged and celebrated. This could be through regular recognition programs, employee of the month awards, or team-building activities that strengthen camaraderie.

Professional development is a cornerstone of our approach. We invest in training programmes that enhance both the skills and career growth of our team members. By providing opportunities for advancement and continuous learning, we empower our staff to excel in their roles and take on leadership positions within the resort.

Employee wellness is another critical aspect of creating a positive impact. We offer wellness programmes, health initiatives, and recreational activities to ensure that our team members are not only satisfied in their work but also in their overall well-being.

Moreover, we actively involve our team in community engagement and social responsibility initiatives. This could include local volunteer opportunities, environmental conservation projects, or collaborations with charitable organisations. Engaging in such activities not only creates a positive impact within our team but also strengthens our connection with the local community.

In summary, our approach to creating a positive impact within the resort revolves around effective communication, inclusive culture, professional development, employee wellness, community engagement, and continuous feedback. By prioritising these aspects, we aim to ensure that our team is not only motivated and fulfilled but also actively contributing to the positive and vibrant atmosphere that defines our resort.

Amari Raaya Maldives is managed and backed by the expertise of ONYX Hospitality Group, a renowned management company with over five decades of hospitality management experience, specialising in hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, and luxury residences. ONYX Hospitality Group recently achieved double success in the HR Asia Awards: being included within the highly regarded ‘HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2023’ as well as the ‘HR Asia Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards’. These distinguished honours underscore ONYX’s dedication to cultivating an exceptional workplace and fostering an inclusive environment for employees – qualities that are instrumental in shaping the thriving business as it seeks “to be the best medium-sized hospitality management company in Southeast Asia”.

In what ways has Amari Raaya Maldives incorporated Maldivian culture and traditions into its guest experience, explain Seb’s Story?

It is highly important to us that our resort celebrates Maldivian culture and traditions. We offer a range of activities and experiences that showcase the local heritage and customs, seamlessly integrating this into the wider guest experience.

Immersing Guests in Local Traditions: Amari Raaya Maldives offers a range of cultural experiences that allow guests to immerse themselves in Maldivian traditions and customs. From traditional Boduberu drumming performances to local handicraft workshops, guests can gain a deeper understanding of Maldivian culture through interactive and engaging experiences.

Promoting Maldivian Cuisine and Culinary Delights: The resort’s culinary offerings showcase the vibrant flavors of Maldivian cuisine. Guests can savour traditional dishes like Garudhiya, a spicy fish broth, and Mas Huni, a breakfast staple made with tuna, coconut, and onions. The resort’s restaurants celebrate the Maldivian culinary heritage while incorporating modern culinary techniques.

Encouraging Interaction with Local Artisans: Amari Raaya Maldives provides opportunities for guests to interact with local artisans and learn about traditional Maldivian handicrafts. Guests can witness the intricate craftsmanship of local artisans and purchase unique souvenirs that represent Maldivian culture.

Supporting Local Community Initiatives: The resort actively supports local community initiatives, contributing to the preservation of Maldivian culture and heritage. Guests can participate in community outreach programs and gain a firsthand understanding of the resort’s commitment to social responsibility.

Embracing Maldivian Architecture and Design: The resort’s architecture and design draw inspiration from traditional Maldivian craftsmanship, featuring thatched roofs, wooden accents, and open-air spaces that connect guests with the natural surroundings. The resort’s design philosophy reflects the harmony between Maldivian architecture and the island’s environment.

Plans are already afoot to offer even more activities, enriching experiences and cultural pursuits to our guests. For example, we are thrilled to thrilled to announce the appointment of Ahmed Shazin Mohamed, widely known as “The Island Artist,” as the resort’s resident artist.

Ahmed Shazin Mohamed, a 25-year-old artist from N.velidhoo, Maldives, specialises in working with acrylic, oil paint, and wall paint on diverse surfaces such as canvas, walls, wood, fabric, and more. He will engage in a variety of art workshops including sand art shows, live art demonstrations, and create bespoke paintings for guests, offering a unique and immersive artistic experience.

In addition to the new resident artist, we are proud to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maldives Artist Community, solidifying a commitment to fostering local artistic talent. This collaboration seeks to provide an inclusive platform for Maldivian artists, offering opportunities to showcase their individual skills through a series of events, exhibitions, and workshops hosted by Amari Raaya Maldives throughout the year.

This collaboration is a testament to our unwavering commitment to supporting and showcasing the immense talent of local artists in the Maldives. By providing a dedicated platform for the Maldives Artist Community, Amari Raaya Maldives aims to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and artistic diversity of the Maldives.

We believe that this collaboration will not only elevate the profile of local artists but also contribute to the vibrant cultural tapestry of our resort. We take great pride in being a catalyst for artistic expression, with activities on offer for guests already including our Artist Zone which promotes creative and mindfulness focused activities including private art therapy sessions. We believe that fostering a strong connection with the Maldives Artist Community aligns seamlessly with our commitment to providing enriching experiences for our guests, rooted in the authentic culture and creativity of the Maldives.

We are thrilled about the positive impact of both this collaboration, and our appointment of Ahmed Shazin Mohamed as our resident artist, on the destination’s art scene, and we look forward to further showcasing this to our guests. As we embark on this inspiring journey, Amari Raaya Maldives is excited to become a hub for artistic discovery, cultural appreciation, and meaningful connections.

In addition, throughout the guest journey at Amari Raaya Maldives, a captivating tale unfolds, reminding guests of Seb, a fictional intrepid adventurer who found himself marooned on the island. In 1954, a young portrait artist named Sebastian King III embarked on a voyage from Thailand to Istanbul, his destination being a crucial exhibition that held the potential to shape his career. Boarding the Ocean liner Grace, fate had a different plan in store as the vessel was detained in the port of Colombo by customs. Undeterred, the resourceful Seb decided to charter a small sailboat, intending to sail to nearby Goa and continue his journey by train. However, Seb’s overestimation of his navigational skills led him astray, and he found himself adrift on the open sea for days.

Eventually, Seb’s fortune turned as he stumbled upon land. The island he discovered was stunning, yet he found himself alone. As time elapsed, Seb built his own compound, complete with a watchtower, an art studio, and a forge where he fashioned tools with little more than his bare hands. Passionate about his art, Seb adapted to his solitary existence by finding inspiration in the island’s flora and fauna, using handmade brushes and salvaged boards to create artwork. Eight years later, Seb’s rescue marked the end of his island sojourn, leaving behind the legacy of his ingenuity. Remarkably, Sebastian’s original collection of portraits, which had motivated his ill-fated voyage, survived. These captivating works can still be found on the island, allowing guests to appreciate Seb’s talent while immersing themselves in the structures and objects he created during his castaway life.
Exploring the remnants of shipwrecks, ascending ancient watchtowers, and discovering beautiful pieces of art, visitors of all ages can unravel the enigmatic tale of Seb’s survival.

Upon arrival at Amari Raaya, guests are presented with Seb’s Journal, a beautifully detailed booklet chronicling Seb’s island adventures, his remarkable craftsmanship, and the structures he ingeniously crafted for survival. Encouraging exploration and nurturing the inner artist and adventurer, guests are invited to partake in the journal’s activities, unlocking the island’s mysteries and forging their own connection with Seb’s extraordinary story.

Share insights into the design that enhances the overall ambiance and aesthetics of the resort

The design of Amari Raaya Maldives is a blend of modern and traditional Maldivian influences, creating a tranquil ambiance that complements the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The resort’s design is both modern and inviting with expansive outdoor spaces, which include diverse dining options, sports grounds, our maai spa, gym, and various activity hubs.

Comprising of 187 guest rooms and villas, the resort offers nine distinct styles of accommodation, each one a relaxing sanctuary bursting with style and personality. Guests can choose between stunning private beach villas or luxurious overwater pool villas, inspired by the natural materials and contemporary castaway vibes that all the island villas exude. Whether opting for a villa on the beach or one floating over the shimmering Indian Ocean, every room offers unobscured views of the magnificent Raa Atoll waters and boasts the best in contemporary Maldivian architecture, Thai hospitality and a luxurious castaway feel.

The design of the resort enhances the overall ambiance and aesthetics by creating a sense of harmony between the natural beauty of the surroundings and the modern amenities offered by the resort. The use of local materials and traditional Maldivian influences in the design of the resort creates a sense of authenticity and connection to the local culture, while the modern amenities and contemporary design elements provide a sense of luxury and comfort. The expansive outdoor spaces and unobscured views of the ocean create a sense of openness and freedom, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the Maldives.

Overall, the design of the resort plays a crucial role in creating a unique and unforgettable experience for guests.

How does Amari Raaya Maldives ensure the wellness and well-being experiences are second to none for the guests?

Amari Raaya Maldives offers a range of wellness and leisure amenities designed to promote relaxation and well-being during a guest’s stay. Here are some of the wellness and leisure offerings at the resort:

maai spa: Drawing inspiration from the enchanting metamorphosis of the Thai silkworm into a graceful butterfly, maai spa embodies a unique approach to comprehensive spa methodologies. Each treatment is meticulously crafted to nurture your physical, mental, and spiritual harmony and well-being.

Swimming Pools: The resort has swimming pools for guests to take refreshing dips and soak up the tropical sun while enjoying the ocean views.

Water Sports: Amari Raaya Maldives offers a variety of water sports and recreational activities, including snorkelling, diving, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and more. These activities provide not only physical exercise but also a chance to explore the vibrant marine life.

Private Beach: Guests can relax on the private beach, sunbathe, and take in the beautiful ocean vistas.

Artist Zone: There is also an Artist Zone, promoting creative and mindfulness focused activities including private art therapy sessions.

Amari Raaya Maldives is committed to promoting relaxation and well-being by offering a combination of physical activities, holistic wellness programs, cultural experiences, and a tranquil setting. Whether guests seek to unwind by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment, engage in water sports, or immerse themselves in local culture, the resort provides a wide range of options to ensure that visitors can achieve a state of relaxation and rejuvenation during their stay.

What exciting developments and initiatives can guests anticipate from Amari Raaya Maldives in the coming year?

We are thrilled to have just launched our luxury private yacht, Raaya, redefining the concept of opulent escapades, this extraordinary 20.98 metre luxury vessel accommodates up to 20 guests across 4 cabins, beckoning those seeking the epitome of luxury and style on the open seas.

Raaya can be requested for an array of bespoke experiences, from full-day private charters with VIP services including an on-board private chef and waiter, to exclusive ‘Chasing the Sunset’ evening cruises featuring breathtaking golden sunsets. Alternatively, revel in the romance of a Champagne breakfast, whilst the sun-kissed morning unfolds against the gently lapping ocean. As the day transitions to night, savour the magic of a private dinner on the upper deck, where every detail is curated to perfection.

Raaya is also available for charter for private airport transfers. Seamlessly blending sophistication and comfort, guests can ensure their luxurious castaway journey begins from the moment they touch-down in Male and continues as they depart back for the airport after their stay at Amari Raaya Maldives. With the launch of Raaya, the resort continues to set new standards for unforgettable moments, style, and a personalised service. Raaya adds to the wealth of activities and experiences already on offer at Amari Raaya Maldives, from diving with the certified PADI instructors to spot the local sea turtles – or swimming with whale sharks, paddle-boarding, jet-skiing or kayaking. As well as a multitude of sport facilities, the resort also offers two pools, a gym, mini-golf, paddle tennis, wild mangrove forest trails and sky-high watchtower views.

In addition to our new Raaya yacht, we recently launched three new wedding packages, including the ultimate underwater wedding ceremony.  Amari Raaya Maldives is fully equipped with a team of wedding planners and on-island caterers, ready and eager to add the signature Amari warm touch to a couple’s dream island wedding. No corner of the island is off-limits for the perfect destination wedding – Amari Raaya Maldives becomes a couple’s own private paradise waiting to be explored. The wedding packages, Vows on the Beach, Vows under the Trees, and Vows in the Ocean, each offer distinct island locations for an unforgettable ceremony.

What are the challenges for you personally in the day-to-day running as GM of Amari Raaya?

In general, the GM of a Maldivian resort island needs to navigate many challenges while maintaining a high level of service and creating an unforgettable experience for guests. Adaptability, strong leadership, and a deep understanding of both the hospitality industry and the unique aspects of the location are key to success.

You need to be versatile and skilled in handling a wide range of responsibilities to ensure the overall success of the resort. Effective communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills are crucial for addressing challenges and creating a positive guest experience.

All of this while being on a remote island, requires a good set of experienced skills and confidence, a positive attitude and a “Yes we can” approach.

In a nutshell, you need to walk the talk in order to be an effective leader and to inspire your team for excellency in everything they do. By being an approachable Manager, you must be able to instill the true spirit of hospitality in your team which is – service from the heart! This will guarantee the best level of services for our guests.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

We have been thrilled with the response since our opening in August 2023. The launch of Amari Raaya Maldives has been very well-received both locally and internationally, and we look forward to building on this momentum welcoming new and returning guests in the months and years ahead.

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