some Kihaavah pics..

Anantara Kihaavah is going to open somewhere at january 2011 if the resort’s website is to be believed. Till then here are some pics of the island from various sites.


rendered image of the island


Underwater wine cellar before being lowered into the lagoon
image courtesy:http://www.poole-associates.com


signature restaurant
image credit:http://www.poole-associates.com


kihavah spa
image credit:http://wifeinresidence.blogspot.com


Paths wind through pandanas jungle
image @ http://www.poole-associates.com

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Anantara Artist Aid: A sustainable aid programme


By Ali Naafiz

MALE, November 17 (HNS) – Kids from the Children’s House orphanage in Villingili were painting enthusiastically at the art studio in Anantara Maldives Dhigu Island Resort and Spa. A kid painting a picture of a coral shook his head when I asked whether he painted before. The 10 kids who took part in the first round of the “Anantara Artist Aid” programme on Saturday had a whole new experience by painting according to the instructions of a professional artist.

“Everybody, anybody can be an artist… There is an artist in everyone of us, but at different levels. In order to get that artist self of yours out, you need to be aware of your surroundings,” Christopher Hogan, the in-resident artist and visual communicator at Anantara Maldives told Haveeru after the session.

Here is the rest of the article @ Haveeru.

Brands in the country

Here are some resort brand names in the country. Some resorts like Gaakoshibee by Mariot, Kandooma by Holiday Inn are working against time to finish the construction project to open the resort in earnest by 2010 or earlier. Still there are re-branded resorts like Zitahli and Adaaran which is only a name change and nothing else.

Alila Villas Hadaha
Anantara Boduhuraa, Dhigufinolhu, Veligandu huraa, Kihaavah (shortly opening)
Banyan Tree Ihuru & Vabbinfaru & Madivaru &  velavaru:
Best Western Madoogali
Centara Machafushi
Club Med Kani
Como Hotels and Resorts Cocoa (Makunufushi)
Constance Moofushi & Halaveli
Four seasons Landaa Giraavaru & Kuda Huraa:
Hilton Irufushi & Rangali
Holiday Inn Kandooma & Holiday Inn Male’
Jumeirah (opening in 2010) Bolifushi / Meradhoo
Kerzner ReethiRah
Marriot (opening in 2011) Gaakoshibee
Naide Dhidhoofinolhu
Robinson Club Funamaudda (huvandhumaafushi)
Shangri La Vilingili
Sheraton Fullmoon:
Six senses Kunfunadhoo (Sonevafushi) &laamu & Gili
Taj (coral now vivanta) & Emboodhoo finolhu (exotica)
W Fesdu
Waldof Astoria -Beach House Manafaru

The salutation

Most resorts have a standard form of salutation the staff shall use to great guests and to answer telephone calls to the resort. These forms of greetings are chosen and determined by the management sometimes after extensive research and a good amount of thought. Sometimes decisions are taken even after consultation with linguists, historians and tourism ministry itself. However the forms of salutations appear terribly unwieldy and out of place in the local language or to the guests who are absolutely baffled by strange forms.

In common normal starred resorts, the greeting maybe the standard forms everyone accepts such as the English forms and Italian, German forms. However resorts who wants to be classed as classy and exclusive choose exotic forms which are quite hilarious at times. For example the word “dharuma huri” is an invented form of salutation used in Anantara resorts in Maldives. The words are local and yet has never been use for forms of greeting in Maldives or anywhere else. “Dharuma” means something like blessing and is associated with Hindhu concept of Dharuma and Karma. “Huri” simply means there is and conjoining the words to form an exotic form of greeting to be used as standard simply does not make much sense. An alternative form infrequently used in local language is “Baajeveri” +”Hendhune”, “Raegande”, “Haveere” etc. These words are simple translations of the words good + morning, evening, afternoon etc. These same forms are used in Arabic such as Sabaah al kahir, Masaa al kahair, etc which is in addition to standard Islamic salutation of Assalaam alaikum.

Resort workers strike updates:

First it was Reethi Rah resort staff followed by Anantara staff in solidarity with them, next comes Medhuparu staff all demanding basically that the resorts follow the rule of law. Quite simple eh?
But the managements of these resorts don’t seem to agree.
Here are some points to ponder:
• At anantara the HR has teamed up with Universal Group to get clarifications of the various points of the law basically because the HR is headed by an expat (expats are more cautious when it comes to matters of law and rightly so…) but the point here is that as one of the most reputed staff friendly resort as Anantara is they have chose then worst possible partner to discuss staff issues. Universal Resorts Group is renown for its notoriety to staff and Anantara stands to loose from such collaborations at least in reputation.
• W Maldives by far the best employer in terms how much service charge they can pay to staff also has agreements with Universal Group as they have lease agreements of 2 islands from the group but w Maldives doesn’t seem to be as fond of asking clarification of every clause of law from Universal Group lawyers. Y?
• Compared to Anantara Bandos Island is basically a one man job with Mr. Waheedu Deen as the owner and yet Bandos has preempted compliance to the labor law even before the law came in force. While Anantara boasts many hotel properties worldwide it is still struggling to follow through compliance to labor law.
• The 8 hours work to be deduced from a clause of the labor law was interpreted by Anantara lawyers as meant to mean 8 hours work exclusive of meal times and rest times etc etc. if this same logic is applied to all ranges of work in equal measure to resort workers, some workers will fail to do their 8 hours work no matter how hard they try. Take for example the case of telephone operator. If work is meant in this case the time spent in work then a telephone operator’s work consists of talking on phone and call timers in pabx system will be the best indicator of the work he or she did on a particular shift or day. Now it remains to be seen whether an average size resort’s operator can talk 8 hours call time in 24 hours! I doubt this.
• Although Anantara management like all managements reiterate that they don’t temper with service charge its simply not true… like Gayoom said. Lol. The proof lies in 2 staff meetings where the management said they would have to deduct some monies from service charge for damages caused by staff (1 was the case of a flat screen tv which was broken by construction staff, another was a time when some monies were stolen from a guest room).
Many more points to come…
Send ur comments and happy reading!