…..Although the story is a little old…
Ms. Helga Otto has indeed been named as the new Resort Manager of the five star resort, Naladhu, situated on the island of Velighandu Huraa (check google map which still has not updated the map)amidst the cluster of beautiful island gems of the South Male Atoll in the Maldives.
Helga started in the hotel industry as a receptionist at South Africa’s, Sundown Ranch Hotel. Her first management role came in 2004, where she was promoted to Lodge Manager for Thabana Safari Lodge located in the North West Province of South Africa. During that time she oversaw the daily management of the lodge. She also oversaw the marketing, housekeeping and front of house sections of the resort.
A keen netballer, hockey and tennis player, Helga started a law degree at Potchefstroom University, South Africa before pursuing a career in hospitality. She brings to Naladhu over eight years hotel management experience from working in the hospitality industry. Before joining Naladhu, she worked in various managerial positions at leading resorts in Africa such as Jaci’s Tree Lodge, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Nxabega Safari Lodge, Whispering Pines Country Estate and more recently The Manta Resort as part of management couple in Pemba Island, Tanzania.
Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Operating Officer of Minor Hotel Group, the part owners of Naladhu, commented: “We are very happy to welcome Helga as Resort Manger of Naladhu, Maldives. Her youthful outlook coupled with her strong experience in management roles throughout some of the most exciting lodges and hotels throughout Africa brings a fresh, new and exciting outlook for Naladhu. She has considerable experience across the broad spectrum of hotel management responsibilities including staff management and customer service and she is a great asset to the management team at Naladhu.”
Naladhu, Maldivian for “beautiful island” is Anantara’s sister island offering a mosaic of timeless moments on the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is a home away from home with personalized outstanding service. The classic colonial period designed resort has six beach houses and thirteen ocean houses on the pristine island situated 35 minutes by speedboat from Male airport.