The decision to reprieve resorts who are dodging payment of rent and accrued fines is a dangerous precedent created by the tourism ministry. This is actually a very serious issue as all of the owners of these defaulting resorts are senior members of the ruling MDP party. Tourism industry is the one sector of our economy that works well relatively compared to other sectors so its an alarming situation. The ministry and administration has to make a point of being seen as not playing favourites to the party members.
Tourism ministry may have considered the effect of revoking operation license of these resorts and the ensuing economic factors which might negatively effect the upcoming national elections in their decision. However these figures owed by the resorts in question are not of the magnitude that would have been impossible for resorts to come up with if the resorts are in business. Our resorts are well known for their over pricedness where even a bottle of water is sold for guests to the equivalent of a bottled water case! Also a quarter of million dollars is average monthly value of payroll in a mid sized resort. So its bewildering how the ministry has to bend its uprightness just to appease party benefactors.
Below is a list of resorts and the amounts owed by these resorts as rent and fines.
The beautiful island of Six Senses Laamu or Laamu Olhuveli is still in the works and incorporating lots of finer points to luxury resort design. Although the resort is reported to be said to be marketed for ordinary human beings (vs the super rich like in most resorts) the resort is offering great insights to how resorts could be innovative in design and purpose. Here are some pics of the resorts facilities below.
The organic garden is supposed to grow almost all the cabbages, carrots etc for the restaurant nearby the garden. The idea is to pluck the fruits and vegetables right when the guest orders it and then have it prepared in real time! Could be a very delicious idea!
Massaging is more about tweaking human sensations… So the sensation demands exotic places, sometimes like over the tree-tops.
Dining jetties are also a bright idea where the guests can enjoy the meal with breathtaking scenery…
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.
The island is being developed by Six Senses brand which owns the Sonevafushi and Sonevagili resorts. The island is located in Laamu atoll which has the longest islands and the area is set to become the next hub of tourism. The resort is still under construction with work at frantic speeds trying to beat the deadline of August in time.