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2018 in Review: Top 5 Highlights for Crown & Champa Resorts

December 2, 2018
Crown & Champa Resorts Team
  1. Leading Hospitality Company in the Maldives

On February 22, 2018, Crown & Champa Resorts was among the TOP companies to be awarded the GOLD 100 plaque in an exclusive invite-only event at Bandos Island Resort & Spa. The Corporate Maldives GOLD 100 Awards celebrate exceptionally performing companies and leading businesses in the Maldives, and of the 10 000 companies, Crown & Champa Resorts has achieved this prestigious accolade for the second year in a row.

 

  1. Secrets to Success

As an award-winning resort and hotel group, we have also shared insights into our continued success. The Secrets to Success series featured prominent team members, who gave valuable insider tips in their respective fields, such as Sales & Marketing, Training & Development and Human Resource Management. Some of our resorts have also taken the initiative to highlight the work that team members do within the property.

 

Secrets to Success: Part II Sales & Marketing Maldives with Ahmed Shaheen

 

  1. Trade Shows

Throughout 2018, we participated in over 25 Travel Fairs and Trade Shows worldwide in 2018, including the leading travel events, ITB in Germany and Asia; WTM London; International Luxury Travel Market; JATA World Travel Fair; Arabian Travel Market; Travel Trade Maldives; and Thai International Travel Fair.

 

Each succeeded at expanding the Maldives travel and hospitality industry, as well as the Crown & Champa Resorts brand in the various markets, together with Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators (MATATO); and Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporations (MMPRC).

 

  1. Sustainability

Crown & Champa Resorts’ awareness and commitment towards preserving the Maldives environment continued in 2018, to include initiatives to reduce plastic use in individual properties. We aim to operate in accordance with the best possible standards in a responsible manner that highlights the care we have for our guests, our teams, the island communities teams and our marine ecology. Read more in our Sustainability Report »

 

 

  1. New Resorts

The addition of two new resorts to the collection is the hallmark of 2018, the much-anticipated Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, which officially opened on December 1, 2018, and Innahura Maldives Resort, set to open early 2019. Both resorts offer an appealing sense of escape from the busy city life with Kudadoo as the first top-end 5-star, truly all-inclusive, resort in the Maldives and Innahura as a cost-effective option that includes an easy atmosphere, laidback environment and a touch of local Maldivian flavours.

 

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

 

Bonus Highlight

On March 1, 2018, the owners of Crown & Champa Resorts opened the first private, state-of-the-art tertiary institution in the country – Tree Top Hospital. The hospital features 210 inpatient beds, a wide range of specialised services and facilities that are benchmarked to international quality standards, and is accessible to locals, expatriates and tourists. Tree Top Hospital is a significant step toward providing quality medical treatment and an important milestone in the expansion of healthcare in the Maldives.

 

With so many remarkable highlights, we look forward to an even more prosperous 2019 as the leading hospitality company in the Maldives.

 

Add the Maldives to your bucket list of travel destinations and choose Crown & Champa Resorts.

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Added Value: All Inclusive Package Upgrades

November 12, 2018
Meeru Island Resort Maldives

As a highly rated travel destination, the Maldives is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to just lay back and relax under a palm tree or spend your days swimming in the warm turquoise waters. These comforts are enhanced by a value-for-money All Inclusive package that allows you to eat, drink and even discover fun things to do during your vacation. The Crown & Champa Resorts properties have made upgrades to their All Inclusive packages to offer you the best and most carefree experience of the Maldives.

 

To catch up on the highlights offered by each resort, read our previous blog post – A Seamless All Inclusive Plus Holiday in the Maldives.

 

By popular demand, the upgrades include milkshakes and smoothies to quench your thirst during your tropical retreat. The blended drinks form part of the unlimited ‘all you can drink’ beverages offered by the glass for you to enjoy all day at the bars and restaurants.

 

Another noticeable upgrade in the package is the inclusion of assorted snacks in the minibars, as well as juices such as orange and mixed fruit for you to delight in from the comfort of your own villa.

 

Komandoo Island Resort Maldives

 

Additional perks by the properties include an ‘all you can eat’ snack menu with pizzas, burgers and ice-cream from Vilamendhoo, Meeru and Veligandu; daily coffee capsules on Komandoo’s All Inclusive Plus; a Dhangethi Island Excursion at Vilamendhoo; as well as Snorkelling Trips, a Dhiffushi Island Excursion and use of the Pitch’n Putt Golf course at Meeru.

 

Kuredu’s All Inclusive Gold package now offers access to all bars, a selection of wines and premium spirits, a late a la carte breakfast and dinner or lunch at Franco’s, snorkelling equipment rental and use of non-motorised water sports equipment. The same upgrades can also be enjoyed at Komandoo, with a la carte dinners at Aqua Restaurant.

The All Inclusive package updates apply to the following Crown & Champa Resorts properties:

 

For full details on the new All Inclusive packages, please visit the individual websites by clicking on the desired property name.

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts and enjoy added value on your next holiday in the Maldives.

 

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Successful Training & Development in the Maldives

September 20, 2018

Zakariyya “Zaki” Easa, Training & Development Manager for award-winning Crown & Champa Resorts has been with the company for over 19 years and offers insightful secrets to success in Training & Development in the Maldives.

 

Training & Development is an essential department in any organization, where employees are further equipped with a range of skills designed to enhance their job performance and shape their overall career goals. In the Hospitality Industry, resorts and hotels further invest their resources on training employees, and most importantly, developing the necessary skills within the company.

 

Born and raised in the Maldives, Zaki holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University of Malaysia; a Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Honours from the University of Toulouse in France (via Taylor’s University of Malaysia); and has maintained a successful track record working in various departments of the hospitality industry.

 

He has grown in his career with Crown & Champa Resorts during the past 19 years, focusing on all the operational departments from junior levels to executive levels. His multifaceted management skills include the highest level of compliance-based activities, such as Implementation and HACCP/Food Safety Training, and currently leading the Training and Development team representing the entire award-winning group.

 

Zaki’s acute knowledge and experience allows him to observe the various changes in the training processes employed by various companies in the Maldives, ‘the perspective of Employee Training and Development has drastically changed over the years in Maldives, from least valued sector to the most vital strategic business tool towards a necessary competitive edge’, he mentions. He further emphasises the need to have skilled trainers at the various Crown & Champa Resorts properties.

 

“To sustain business success, quality standards and continuity of service improvements at a competitive edge, multi-skilled and experienced trainers are vital. Their partnership is inseparable from a company’s business strategies and the business plans.”

 

Open communication and genuine partnership are some of the reasons why the Training & Development Department at Crown & Champa Resorts is so successful and essentially, one of the leading teams in the Maldives. Zaki finds that although each company is unique, very few keep the global workforce in mind when creating training portfolios. Key factors such as cultural and generational differences in the workforce affect how receptive an employee is to any training activity.

 

There are many facets to understanding the factors that affect an employee’s development within a company. Zaki mentions, ‘not having clear expectations at an operational level, as well as a career and succession plan.’ He further states that career goals serve as a fundamental motivational tool for any employee who wants to work in this industry. ‘A development plan with a realistic time frame builds trusted social contract between employees and employers’, he adds. This plan eventually helps to sustain continuous service improvements by retaining qualified and experience employees.

 

Crown & Champa Resorts offer a variety of development programmes for the benefit of the employee, the company and our guests. These include a Sponsorship Programme for in-house staff, Graduate Management Training Programme, as well as Departmental and Inter-Resort Cross Exposure Programme.

 

“Apart from basic education qualification, good behaviour, a positive attitude, flexibility and a passionate for your work. The ideal scholarship programme candidate is a person who loves to learn and improve knowledge/skills, is results oriented and a people’s person.”

 

Find out more about one of the successful recipients of a Crown & Champa Resorts scholarship here.

 

Download our 5 ways to improve your Training & Development Methods and enhance your own teams… the Crown & Champa Resorts way.

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Destination Maldives: The Idyllic Islands

September 5, 2018
Maldives Islands

The Maldives has been awarded several international accolades over the years attesting to the sheer beauty of the Islands, as well as a hint at what makes the country one of the TOP travel destinations in the world. The awards include: Best Honeymoon Destination, Best Sea Destination, Best Travel Destination, World’s Leading Beach Destination, World’s Leading Dive Destination and Indian Ocean’s Best Spa Destination.

 

In the archipelago of coral islands, grouped into 26 atolls, the Maldives is purely surrounded by the pristine Indian Ocean. Each Island boasts its own charm and beauty, which saw the first tourist arrivals in 1972 completely engulfed with the idyllic paradise. The Tourism Industry of Maldives continued to grow at an exceptional rate with almost 800 establishments to date across all atolls catering to the increasing number of tourist arrivals each year.

 

Vilamendhoo Maldives

 

The Islands

With sand as soft as powder, spanning around the Island, The Maldives calls for a “no shoes, no news” lifestyle. Travelers enjoy the barefoot luxuries afforded by Resorts that make up the entirety of each Island. Days are spent under swaying palm trees along the beach and the sound of the shore inviting you for a swim.

 

Another captivating reason why the Maldives is the perfect holiday destination is the crystal clear lagoon that surrounds each Island. The pristine shades of blue ranging from sparkling turquoise to royal blue are inviting enough for a swim and often times, to explore the colorful marine life that lies beneath.

 

Kuredu Maldives

 

The Marine Life

The shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkeling, while the reef walls offer a variety of sea life for more experienced divers to explore. The fantastic underwater diversity includes lively corals and over 2000 species of fish, ranging from Sea Turtles, Reef Fish and Reef Sharks to Moray Eels, Rays and Whale Sharks.

 

Maldives Underwater

 

The People

Hospitality and Service are some of the subtlest yet important reasons why travelers return to the Islands, year after year; the warmth and friendliness of staff, the personalized service and authentic culture, as well as the artful touches that make each stay unforgettable.

 

Veligandu Island

 

Leading Hotel & Resorts Group in the Maldives, Crown & Champa Resorts combines the natural and authentic charm of an untouched tropical Island, with specially designed accommodation and experiences to suit each traveler’s needs. The properties place emphasis on the Maldivian hospitality that makes the Islands more than just a popular holiday destination, for many, the Maldives become a second home.

 

Meeru Island Maldives

 

Crown & Champa Resorts properties are located in the North Male’ Atoll, Meeru Island Resort & Spa; the Ari Atoll, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in the North, as well as Mirihi Island Resort and Vilamendhoo island Resort & Spa in the South; the capital city of Male’, Champa Central Hotel; and the Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island Resort, Kuredu Island Resort & Spa and Komandoo Island Resort & Spa, as well as Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi Island Resort and Innahura Island Resort coming soon.

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8 Reasons to try Fine Dining in the Maldives

August 15, 2018
Mirihi Award Wining Restaurant

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leading Hotel & Resort Management group in the Maldives, currently manages 8 properties across the Atolls that feature ‘optional’ Fine Dining and each with unique offerings. Read the 8 reasons to enhance your evenings in paradise with an a la carte dinner:

 

#1: Mirihi’s Muraka Restaurant

Enjoy the dazzling sunsets in the South Ari Atoll from the decked terrace at Muraka Restaurant, Mirihi Island Resort’s award-wining eatery. The Restaurant features eight exclusive tables with a range of delicacies such as delicious seafood, lobster or Angus beef, all served with the perfect wine paring from an award-winning list. The 5-Star Boutique Resort has also been shortlisted in the 7th Annual Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards as International Hotel of the Year 2018.

 

#2: Vilamendhoo’s Asian Wok Restaurant

Another Fine Dining experience to enjoy in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives, is over-the-water Asian Wok Restaurant at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. The a la carte Restaurant is a sight to behold and offers a range of Asian specialties, including Teppanyaki. At Asian Wok, guests can learn interesting recipes from the skilled chefs and make their own lunch.

 

#3: Meeru’s Hot Rock Restaurant

Hot Rock Restaurant & Bar is on the eastern side of Meeru Island Resort & Spa, located in the North Male’ Atoll of the Maldives. The Restaurant offering idyllic views of the lagoon and a vast selection of delectable meats to choose from, served on a ceramic hot rock to cook at your table, to your perfection. Enjoy a range of meat and game including such exotics as Kangaroo Tenderloin and Ostrich Filet.

 

#4: Veligandu’s Madivaru Restaurant

In traditional Maldivian style architecture, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa’s Madivaru Restaurant offers an authentic Fine Dining experience in the North Ari Atoll. The a la carte dining venue offers fresh, grilled seafood and prime beef along with tranquil views of the shore. Guests can choose to dine indoors and feel the soft sand beneath their feet or on the outdoor deck with the soft tropical breeze.

 

#5: Hurawalhi’s Aquarium Restaurant

The Aquarium Restaurant at Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Lhaviyani Atoll is a contemporary venue, located over-the-water for scenic views of the Indian Ocean. The Restaurant offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, offering the finest quality of prime beef and a contemporary a la carte menu that is thoughtfully sourced, organic and artisanal, with an emphasis on the freshest of local seafood.

 

#6: Komandoo’s Aqua Fine Dining

Also in the Lhaviyanhi Atoll, Komandoo Island Resort & Spa’s a la carte Restaurant, Aqua is… Simply Spectacular. Resting on stilts over the lagoon with glass floors, Aqua reveals the ocean life beneath your feet while you enjoy tantalizing cuisine to satisfy all palates. Every meal is prepared with passion and flair by our culinary team of chefs using fresh local ingredients such as s yellow fin tuna, lobster and many more delicacies from the Indian Ocean.

 

#7: Franco’s at Kuredu

If you are looking to explore a wide selection of Mediterranean food delights in a cozy setting, then Franco’s at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa in the Lhaviyani Atoll is the Ideal venue for you. The menu includes quality Spanish, Greek and Italian food highlights with spices, herbs and other fresh ingredients from Resort’s own greenhouse. Guest can also enjoy pizza and burger options as afternoon snacks.

 

#8: Champa Central Hotel’s Roof Top Restaurant

In the heart of Male’ City, Champa Central Hotel is known as the most convenient Hotel for business and transit travelers, as well as for events and special weddings. The Roof Top Restaurant is located on the 10th floor of the Hotel and offers an a la carte menu with a variety of international selections, specializing in Indian cuisine along with spectacular views of the city.

 

Choose Crown & Champa Resorts for your next holiday destination and experience the heights of Fine Dining in the Maldives. To explore each Resort, simply click on name.