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June 2020

Spa, Wellness & Wellbeing

Global Wellness Day – 7 steps to wellness

June 13, 2020

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of of making choices towards a healthy & fulfilling life. In order to make Wellness a lifestyle, Global Wellness Day aims to adopt the following seven simple steps. What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis.

We’re sharing below and hope that you will use these healthy tips on Global Wellness Day and each day that follows.

  1. Walk one hour.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy. You feel happier as you walk because the brain secretes endorphin while you are walking. You can keep fit by walking. Your muscles get stronger, you lose belly fat, the level of cholesterol reduces and it helps you overcome your weight problems.

  1. Drink more water.

Clear skin, slimmer waistline and other reasons to sip more throughout the day. People who drink less water might suffer exhaustion, attention deficiency and memory problems. The more water you drink the less carbonated drink you consume.

  1. Don’t use single use plastic

This starts with refusing single-use plastic items such as shopping bags, straws, coffee stirrers, plastic bottles, cutlery, barrier and vegetable bags, and coffee cups. The plastic bottles made of petroleum waste cause innumerable damage to our health and the environment.

  1. Eat organic, locally sourced produce.

Try to consume foods which are produced through natural methods by using appropriate fertilization and weed control techniques without using pesticides and certain chemicals.

  1. Do a good deed.

Do a good deed to break your prejudices, to make the world a better place to live. See how you will change your life by changing someone else’s. Doing good makes us feel good, raises our spirits, builds a sense of community, creates a bond that benefits us now and in the future and is psychologically a very positive and useful thing to do.

  1. Eat a family dinner.

Eat a family dinner with your loved ones in a room where, if possible, there are no smart phones and TV. Talk about your day. Listen to each other’s recommendations. Some research shows that the family dinners with the loved ones have a psychologically positive effect on the children who suffer obesity.

  1. Go to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Sleep is a critical process during which our body regulates everything and repairs and heals itself. It slows down ageing and protects us from diseases. HGH (Human Growth Hormone) is released by the brain into the bloodstream during sleep and it’s release is part of the repair and restoration function of sleep. The major period of HRH release is in the first period of stage 3 sleep during the night.

Wellness at Crown & Champa Resorts

From the serene environment to the attentive and revitalizing rituals, award-winning Duniye Spa across the Crown & Champa Resorts properties is an oasis of relaxation. Therapeutic massages, antioxidant rich natural skin care and freshly prepared body exfoliation are just some of the restorative treatments available at Duniye Spas. Additionally they provide retreats featuring Yoga, meditation, reiki and sound healing. Choose from the best Resorts in the Maldives for your next retreat from the busy world, choose Crown & Champa Resorts.


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Impact of continuing Training & Development and Quality of Service in Maldives in Post COVID -19

June 12, 2020

By Zakariyya Easa
As a country solely dependent on tourism, Maldives is amongst the worst affected countries in the Asia region and potentially globally, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, stated by recently released report by UNDP – Maldives (“Rapid Livelihood Assessment COVID 19”).

Remember, the economy has taken a hit. But the economy is not simply financial. The hotels industry is distinguished, among other services industry, by an everlasting competitiveness through an agile culture of imparted skills and talents delivered by L&D professionals across the organization.

The economy exists because of human capital and that capital requires support to grow and develop its resilience once again with careful nurturing of all the stakeholders, especially todays visionary and strategic HR/L&D leaders across in Maldives and in general around the globe.

Both Resorts and hotel industry is a human-intensive industry, the human element is crucial in this industry; where all the resorts and hotel activities and services are based on the human elements without denying the increasing modernity overflowing in to this industry.

Consequently, the need for well qualified and well-trained employees becomes a strategic objective. In turn, resorts and hotel’s human resource training system is a key factor in ensuring the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to achieve competitive advantage. Human touch is an inseparable element in hospitality service.

As learned from the recent virtual meetings organized by Maldivian Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP), there will be a huge skills gaps that would emerge and unpredictable shortage on required human capital in Maldives especially in hospitality industry. Obvious “leakage” of expatriates’ skills-sets will be imminent,   where many major high-class companies and resorts relied on, will no longer be available, especially when reopening the tourism activities in Maldives in post COVID era.

Can local workforce be able to manage? Will they be able to cope within the required skills and talents demanded by all the variety of service expectation of different categories of resorts and hotels in Maldives?  What sorts of skills and talents that would surface in post COVID – 19, resort/hotel operation as adjoining requirement?

As I believe, in hospitality sector, human capital development (L&D Activities) activities have to be a fundamental strategic business policy to achieve success and acquiring a competitive advantage. CCR, as a leading resorts operating company,  we believe that  a positive relationship between work-based training activities and customers’ behavioral intention, is highly considered a logical finding as customers satisfaction of quality of service and quality of the products offered in resorts and hotel operation.

The world of work has changed not only in Maldives. It has always been evolving, however, during post COVID -19 pandemic is more significant and expected beyond. The time and the service expectation has started changing. Think industrial revolution as well as the introduction of automation, digitalization, and contact-less, paper-less, demanded by Gen-CX, from millennials to centennials. This is future of this industry.  Are the HR and L&D professionals ready to mold the new skills-sets and talents that demands by new service expectation. Increasing productivity, learning new skills, acquiring re-skills and talents are vital for the time that we are entering now. Are L&D leaders prepared and skilled to meet the need?

I am sure all business leaders, not only HR/L&D professionals have had a gamut of emotions in the last few months. Inertia, panic, hope, fear. How can we rebound with loads of dreams that this industry looking for?  What is evident is the need to have a wide set of skills within the workforce. Swift adaptation on the majority of training now available online together with excellent remote support, it is a great time to invest for the future through training and upskilling and reskilling of teams through current techniques of blended approaches.

Preparing our HODs, operational managers as right –caliber of coaches and mentors for the operational teams. Inspecting what you expects through the true “eyes” operational leaders. Embracing resort team from top to bottom on technological adaptation.  Enabling operational implementation in line with newly amplified H&S measure to combat COVID -19 to live with “Ever–normal life” in resort operation. Both HR and L&D professionals and resorts management team, needs to focus on the following ranges of evolving work-force talent acquisitions to survive over rivals during post COVID and beyond in hospitality operation. Impact of continuing T&D and Quality of Service would be shifted upwards as the application of the following in the operation.

  • Workforce digital transformation and adaptation
  • Machine intelligence application at work
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence at work
  • Cross – Disciplines of Learning System ( Multi – Skilling, Re-skilling at work-force)
  • Working From HOME (WFH) and creating flexi-working culture among team members (no more micro-managing) – can this be applicable for resort operation?
  • How should human capital developers ensure Team Members’ Social Sustainability
  • Developing Training Programmes that would assist, team members mental well being
  • Preparing team members for “Work- Cultural Transformation” in Post – COVID19 and beyond
  • Preparing “teams” for Change Management during Digital Transformation
  • Adopting work team in to “Tele-Commuting” – different digital platforms for meeting teams, HODs and event organization – to adhere physical distancing as required
  • Emergence of “Different Talents Spectrums” in Post Covid 19 and preparing for those talent requirements( adjustments of Skills Gap, Developing Locals as required etc)
  • Operational Manager, HODs to become mentors and coachers for team member in operation to achieve service expectation

As an industry leader in L&D, CCR, Training & Development team and its business leaders, are fully immersed in to the new “curve and wave of service expectation” expecting from hospitality industry. We are prepared and adapting in to the best -fit agile – learning culture required for the “Ever-normal” operational journey.

Zakariyya “Zaki” Easa is the Director of Training & Development at Crown & Champa Resorts.

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World Environment Day in the Maldives – Celebrating biodiversity

June 5, 2020

Every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is celebrated to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment across more than 150 countries.

The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity”. This theme focuses on ‘time for nature’ and providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on Earth and human development.

But, as the world reconsiders its habits during the current pandemic, here are ways in which Crown and Champa Resorts is protecting biodiversity this World Environment Day.

Avoid single use plastics and try to limit your consumption and unnecessary waste Plastic causes severe damage to marine life like turtles, seabirds, whales, and other species. Across Crown & Champa Resorts properties we have eliminated single use plastics on plastic bags and straws, as well as plastic cups, bottles, utensils, and replaced them with environmentally friendly alternatives.

Planting more trees: Apart from purifying the air, trees also help us humans in many other ways which include climate control. With the increase in greenhouse gases, trees help in maintaining the air quality by emitting oxygen. Trees also act as habitat for wildlife. Forests are home 80% per cent terrestrial biodiversity of the world. More recently Veligandu Island resort, embarked on a coconut tree planting exercise for horticulture and as a method to control coastal soil erosion.  At Crown & Champa Resorts, guests will also see our landscaping inclusive of native and naturalized flora from grasses, shrubs to trees due to their adaptability in growing on the island soil and sustainable consumption on water.

Eco-Friendly bathroom amenities. Through Crown & Champa Resorts’s partnership with Healing Earth, a world-renowned luxury amenities provider, bathroom and Spa amenities are organic and bio-degradable. The products are free of any synthetic additives and are people, earth and animal-friendly, and the gentle manufacturing process ensures that the natural ingredients preserve the efficacy of their properties. In addition to that, they are biodegradable and ensure that no toxic pollutants run off into the sea and onto the fragile reefs, and housed in refillable recycled glass packaging.

Coral Reef Gardening on Kuredu & Meeru. Crown & Champa Resorts is doing its best to help preserve its reefs and has decided to give them a helping hand by transplanting coral to areas that need some support.

Coral reefs are important for many different reasons aside from supposedly containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They: protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms. Provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.

Crown & Champa Resorts is committed towards preserving the Maldives’ biodiversity through sustainable operations and various green initiatives. These initiatives include alternative sources of energy that include solar, food and water recycling facilities; a collection of greenhouses and desalination systems; and frequent island, reef and lagoon cleaning projects.


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The Maldives – One Island, One Resort

June 3, 2020

The Maldives is a unique destination promising an incredible journey with bespoke holiday experiences. The Island nation is well known for the unique concept of “One Island, One Resort“, meaning that one hotel occupies the whole island.

It is believed that the future traveler desires to experience a safe and care free environment during their holidays while still practicing social distancing. Maldives getaway options that include your own private villa, secluded beach surroundings, private pool pool, ocean view will be considered safe and sought after.

Crown & Champa Resorts, the leader in the Maldivian hospitality industry with the heritage that over 40 years’ experience brings, having nine resorts and one city hotel in its portfolio. The diverse collection of resorts include  Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, Hurawalhi MaldivesVeligandu Island Resort & Spa, Komandoo Maldives, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, Kuredu Resort MaldivesInnahura Maldives Resort, and one city hotel, Champa Central Hotel. Each resort is on a private secluded island and offers guests an unforgettable experience and memorable moments, with beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise waters, private beach dining options, contactless activities and excursions , dive centres, snorkelling, yachting in one of the most picturesque destinations in the world.