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Meet the Team: Sanjay Nayek, Stewarding Supervisor at Meeru Island

There is plenty of talent to be found in Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Meeru’s culinary team can have exceptional individuals. Here at Meeru, we have been lucky enough to build a team that truly excels in the Food & Beverage department. For this month’s Meet the team, we are proud to present the long-serving, Sanjay Nayek – Stewarding Supervisor at Meeru.

Q: Tell us about yourself and what it is like to be a Stewarding Supervisor at the resort? How long have you been with the resort?

My name is Sanjay Nayek, working as the Stewarding Supervisor for 11 years

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background, where are you from and where you have worked and how it has shaped you?

I am from Kolkata, West Bengal in India. Working in Meeru has given me the opportunity to learn new skills and interact with different nationalities.  With the knowledge that I have gained from my experience and through observations from my colleagues, I would say that it has changed my perspective from the time that I first came to the Maldives.  Training and kind words from my leaders have taught me a lot and I am happy to share this with the team working with me.

Q: How did you come to be in the Maldives? 

I applied to work in the Maldives because it is a beautiful country with great opportunities. It was just a dream before but now it has been 11 years and I would say I am still happy to work here in Meeru.

Q: What is your role and why did you decide to become a Stewarding Supervisor?

Stewarding Supervisor is a position responsible for maintaining all the back of house cleanliness and safety, especially in the food and beverage areas. Being a central part of the team who makes sure that HACCP standards are followed by ensuring the maintenance of equipment and scheduled thorough cleaning adhering to the principles, confirms that we are looking after the wellbeing of the guests and team alike and this is something to be proud of.

Image: Sanjay at the Meeru Cafe’

Q: What do you love most about the resort you work at?

Meeru is a beautiful island to be living in as a team member as there are a lot of facilities and activities. I enjoy the daily challenges in the work environment.

Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?

Playing Chess, Cricket, Billiards and going to the Gym are some of the things I do when not at work.

Q: What advice or motivational words can you give to your colleagues?

Respect others as you want others to respect you.  Different nationalities and cultures are together on the same island and Respect is very important to live a harmonious life in this lovely workplace. Also, understand the importance of the procedures in place and follow them without fail.

Q: What outlet or food on the menu will you recommend guests to try?

Meeru buffet has a wide selection of food catering to different menus from around the world.  The highlight is the food served during dinner time as there are different Themed nights at both Maalan and Farivalhu buffet restaurants.  My favourite is the Arabian Night which features famous dishes from the Middle East such as Samak Harra which is fillet fish in tomato and Harissa, shawarma, beef kofta, Maliya date cake and other tempting dishes to explore.

Meet the Team: Mohamed Nawaf, Housekeeping Coordinator at Meeru Island

There is plenty of talent to be found in Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Meeru’s housekeeping team have exceptional individuals. Here at Meeru, we have been lucky enough to build a team that truly excels. In our latest blog, let us introduce you to Nawaf, the housekeeping coordinator.

Q: Tell me about yourself and what it is like to be working as a housekeeping coordinator at the resort? How long have you been with the resort?

My name is Mohamed Nawaf Ali, 24 years old and working as a Housekeeping Coordinator. It has been 5 years since I started working in Meeru.

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background. Where are you from and where you have worked and how it has shaped you?

I am from an island called Fuvahmulah on the south end of the Maldives. I accomplished my Primary education in Mohamed Jamaaludheen School and completed my Secondary education and my O’ Level at Gn. AEC Education Centre. After my studies, I started my work life at the age of 16 at a small shop as a cashier. I worked there for a month, and then I realized that this was not the life for me as I wanted to join the tourism industry. This motivated me to look for opportunities which led me to my current role.

Q: Why did you decide to become a housekeeping coordinator?

Among the jobs in tourism, my preference is to be in the Housekeeping department because that way I can meet the guests daily, chat with them (which they love) and get to know about different parts of the world. I started applying for jobs in resorts, and then finally, I got a job as a Room Boy at one of the resorts here in the Maldives. After working for 6 months I decided to resign and look for other opportunities, and Meeru opened its door for me. In 2016, I started as Room Attendant. I love the Meeru environment, and my colleagues and supervisors are very supportive.

Q: What do you love most about your work?

Being a Room Attendant for 4 years was a good experience, and I learned a lot. In 2021, I was promoted to housekeeping coordinator, and it was a dream come true and an opportunity that I will truly treasure. I enjoy interacting with different guests from different parts of the world. In addition, as a housekeeping Coordinator, I get to learn how to manage and organize things and deal with different kinds of people and scenarios. Providing excellent service and learning new things drive me to love my job.

Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?

I love playing football and working out at the Gym when I am not working.

Q: Which villa is your favourite and why?

My favourite villa in Meeru is the 300 Jacuzzi Water Villa side as these are the best rooms in the resort. These villas are situated near the infinity pool, where guests can chill. This is also the area where at the end of the jetty is a great spot to watch the stars or different kinds of fishes.

Meet the Team: Mohamed Ali, Chef De Partie at Meeru Island

There is plenty of talent to be found in Meeru Island Resort & Spa and Meeru’s culinary team can have their exceptional individuals. Here at Meeru, we have been lucky enough to build a team that truly excels in the kitchen. In our latest blog, let us introduce you to Ali, one of the teams’ chefs de parties.

In his current role, guests can find him at the buffet restaurants and serving on the yachts.

Q: Tell me about yourself and what it is like to be a Chef De Partie at the resort? How long have you been with the resort?
My name is Mohamed Ali, I am 50 years old and I have been working in Meeru for over 25 years.

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background, where are you from and where you have worked and how it has shaped you?
I am from an island called Nolhivaranfaru in Haa Dhaalu Atoll. I started work as a crew member for a yacht called Hagern, before becoming a waiter onboard, then a kitchen helper and finally a Chef.

Q: Why did you decide to become a Chef De Partie?
I enjoyed my work as a kitchen helper and there was a position opened to become a Commis Chef and I took the opportunity. Then as I worked hard, I got promoted and now I am one of the Chef De Partie who enjoys cooking both for the staff and the guests of Meeru.

Q: What do you love most about the resort you work at?
I get to work on the Kamana, one of Meeru yachts as we go on excursions with guests which are very fun at the same time I get to prepare meals for guests of different nationalities.

Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?
In my free time, I enjoy talking with friends, playing football, fishing and snorkelling

Q: What is your favourite among the wide selection of food in the buffet?
I enjoy Maldivian food on the weekly Maldivian Theam Night and my favourite is Garudhiya (Maldivian Fish Broth) with Fried Fish a perfect combination eaten together with a variety of accompaniments and side dishes like thelulifay (fried drumstick leaves), boiled yam, fresh lime to name a few.

Q: What food on the menu will you recommend guests to try? Why?
Meeru guests should try the fish at the buffet and for a more extravagant evening to order the Maldivian lobster which is served with fresh vegetables mostly from the Meeru garden.

 

Meet the Team: Meeru’s Azheem System Administrator

Information technology plays a major role in this contently evolving world, therefore keeping up with the newest trends in this digital world is indeed very important.

For this month’s feature on Meet the Team, we decided to go around to have a word with one of the minds behind our information technology team Mr. Ismai Azheem Mohamed, System Administrator. Azheem as his colleagues calls him has dedicatedly worked in Meeru for 9 years.

In this digital world being one of the responsible person to upkeep the computer systems in Meeru and other CCR properties is a very challenging job.  I truly enjoy the work environment as every day is new day to learn and do better

Q: Tell me about yourself and what it is like to be a System Administrator at the resort? How long have you been with the resort?

Working in Meeru for a total of 9 years I would say that my job is very technical in all aspects. There is a torrent of new things to do with every passing minute, taunting you with various levels of urgency. The work I do has a very visceral and noticeable effect on the productivity of the people I serve be it the guests or my internal customers that are my colleagues.

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background, where are you from and where you have worked and how it has shaped you?

I started working as an IT Trainee and later have been promoted to Junior Network Administrator. This work field is my passion and as I improve, Meeru has also compensated me with experience and promotion. In 2018, I was again promoted to Assistant Network Administrator and then as a Network Administrator.  After years of dedication I am currently the Systems Administrator at Meeru Island Resort and Spa.

While working, I pursued further studies and earned a Diploma in Information Technology back in 2015 and some other certifications related to IT, particularly in the hospitality industry. Learning and sharing my skills and knowledge to others is happiness.

Q: Why did you decide to become a System Administrator and how you come to be in the Maldives? 

A: Being a Systems Administrator is one part of my journey to grow forward with my career in the hospitality industry and this growing Technical field in this digital world.

Q: What do you love most about your work?

A: What I love about my job is every time I can help the team to do their jobs efficiently, less stressfully, and more effectively, it is the best feeling and to a great extent, why I do what I do.  And the fact that I do get to work with new technologies is heaven.

Q: What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not at work?

A: I enjoy gaming, reading and watching movies as part of my relaxation therapy to disconnect from work.

Q: What is your favourite sports, what sports do you play?

A: Football is my top favourite and in Meeru I am about to enjoy playing these sports with my colleagues.

 

Meet the Team: Nasheed, Meeru’s Housekeeping Supervisor

Meet the Team: Abdulla, Meeru's Housekeeping Supervisor

Meet the Meeru Team: Abdulla Nasheed

Meeru Island has created the ‘Meet the Meeru Team’ blog series to recognise the outstanding work of our team members and for our guests to have a chance to take a peek behind the scenes and get to know some of the faces who make us your favourite palm-fringed paradise in the Maldives. 

Originally from Kurinbi, one of the inhabited islands of Haa Dhaalu in Thiladhunmathi Atoll, Abdulla works as a Housekeeping Supervisor and has been with the resort since 2017.

Abdulla, Meeru's Housekeeping Supervisor

How do you describe yourself? 

I describe myself as a hardworking individual who always gives his best to accomplish all tasks. I can work under pressure well and handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a calm and organised manner.

Can you share with us your journey with Meeru Island?  

I started my hospitality career at Meeru as a Gift Shop Assistant in 2017, and then I got promoted to the Housekeeping Coordinator role in 2019.  Now, I am working as the resort’s Housekeeping Supervisor. 

I have decided to take these moves because I believe that when life opens up opportunities for you, you either take them or stay afraid of not taking them. 

What do you like most about your job? 

What I love most about my job is that I get to meet many people with different personalities. I also enjoy the interaction with both our resort team and guests.

What do you do in your free time? 

I like to play football and watch movies in my spare time – these activities help me relax my mind after a long day at work. 

Of all the room categories at Meeru, what is your most favourite? 

Water Front Villa is my favourite category at Meeru Island. These villas are located on the beach, at the water’s edge, featuring a private sundeck and a spectacular view of the aquamarine lagoon.

Please share with us some of your career advice. 

When you are happy at work and love what you do, you can become excellent at your role. People who enjoy their jobs are more likely to be motivated, optimistic, and perform stellar work.

Additionally, every experience is significant and worth having and should be dealt with passion and enthusiasm. 


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World Tourism Day 2021 at Meeru Island Resort & Spa

World Tourism Day 2021 - Meeru Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Kicking off the Festivities for World Tourism Day 2021

Happy World Tourism Day! Falling in line with this year’s theme for the day, ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’, Meeru Island Resort & Spa held a cultural event that displayed the diversity of the Maldives’ rich history and culture.

For the cultural display, the team presented the ‘Dhafi negun’. The dance goes back decades to when the Maldives was still a sultanate when the labourers would celebrate a hard day’s work by doing a celebratory dance. The men would walk in pairs of two, with wooden spatula-like instruments. First, the dancers would sing a traditional ‘Gaa Odi Lava’ which was sung in Arabic. The dancers would then form a circle around a special ‘present’ usually gifted by the Sultan, singing and dancing around it until the beats became stronger, the chanting, and dancing more trance-like. Eventually, one of the dancers would pick up the ‘dhafi’ or present, and the dancers would slowly disperse.

The team at Meeru Island hosted the culture-filled evening with a lot of support from our guests. The sunny beach overlooking our Dhoni Bar was packed with guests cheering on, and looking in awe as the drums beat faster and the dancing more energetic. The evening was further enriched by our guests joining in on the dancing.

 

 

World Tourism Day 2021 at Meeru Maldives

 

 

To have a look at other significant, historical information, drop by our Meeru Museum.


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Meet the Team: Trevin, Meeru’s Chef de Cuisine

Chef Trevin – Meeru Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Meet the Meeru Team: Trevin Gunasekera

The culinary experience is a highlight at Meeru Island Resort & Spa, and for many of our guests, it is one of the reasons they keep coming back to our palm-fringed paradise, year after year.

For this ‘Meet the Meeru Team’ blog series, meet Trevin GunasekeraMeeru’s Chef de Cuisine, one of our dedicated kitchen team members behind all the deliciousness on the island. 

Originally from Sri Lanka, Trevin works as a Chef de Cuisine at Asian Wok and has been with the property for over 14 years. 

He joined Meeru in 2007 as a Sushi Teppanyaki Chef and has had the opportunity to progress over the years. 

Chef Trevin – Meeru Island Maldives

Tell me about yourself. What is it like to be a chef at the resort? 

I decided to become a chef because I love cooking and seeing others enjoy the food I prepare for them.

Cooking makes me happy, and it has always been my dream to become a great chef. It is a fulfilling profession that allows me to learn new things every day.  When I serve meals to anyone, I always put in all my passion, love, and hard work.

How did you start your journey of becoming a chef? 

I started my career working in kitchens during my twenties. After finishing my training at a culinary school, I had the opportunity to work at ‘Mount Royal Beach Hotel’ in Sri Lanka. Later on, I joined Hilton Colombo and worked for the hotel’s Japanese Restaurant for 14 years. Thus, I brought all my culinary experiences with me here at Meeru Island. 

How did you come to be in the Maldives? 

Crown & Champa Resorts’ (management company of Meeru Island Resort & Spa) previous CEO used to be a regular customer at Hilton Colombo. I used to serve him with his guests, and he was the one who opened the doors for me to where I am at Meeru now.

What do you love most about working at Meeru Island? 

Working at Meeru is excellent. The management looks after all employees well by providing great recreational facilities and staff accommodation. I particularly love the staff swimming pool and gym. Additionally, we are like a big family here, and it gives me a good feeling, especially when you are away from home.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time?

I enjoy going to the gym, listening to great music, watching movies, and chatting with friends.

What is your favourite dining option amongst the wide selection of culinary offerings at the resort? 

I like the Teppanyaki dining experience at Asian Wok. It is where our chefs grill, flip, and cook an assort of seafood, meats, and vegetables on a flaming table right in front of guests – it is like a live cooking show but in true Japanese style! 

What culinary experience will you recommend guests to try? 

I recommend that they try our special dinners at the Asian Wok beach, such as the Seafood & Lobster, BBQ, and Full Moon. Guests can enjoy a delectable array of food according to their own liking, tastes, and preferences.  

To learn more about our dining experiences, you may visit Dining at Meeru Island Resort & Spa » 

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Meet the Team: Saeed, Meeru’s Senior F&B Supervisor

Meet the Meeru Team: Mohamed Saeed 

Eat, drink, chill, and repeat – this may sound too cliché, but a perfect summary of a typical guest holiday experience here at Meeru Island.

For this ‘Meet the Meeru Team’ blog series, meet Mohamed Saeed, Meeru’s Senior Food & Beverage Supervisor, one of our dedicated F&B team members behind all the ‘eat, drink, chill, and repeat’ moments here in our palm-fringed paradise. 

Originally from Hithadoo, Addu City (South of Maldives), Saeed works as a Senior F&B Supervisor at Meeru Island Resort & Spa and has been with the property for over 12 years. 

He joined Meeru in 2009, and over the years, he has had the opportunity to progress from being a waiter to F&B supervisor, and now, as a senior F&B supervisor. 

In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring that guests’ food and beverage expectations are being met. He also supervises all things related to dining experiences, including quality control, health and safety regulations, and staff management.

Meet the Meeru Team - Mr Mohamed Saeed

 

Why did you decide to become a Food & Beverage professional? 

It is a fulfilling job, especially when I see guests happy about their vacation experience. Perhaps they come to Meeru Island for a relaxing break to enjoy their time away from the stresses of daily life – and I need to ensure that they are having a lovely holiday and leave feeling rested and happy. 

What do you like most about working at Meeru Island? 

Meeru is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives, with a range of accommodations, including beach and over-the-water villas, upscale facilities, and lots of things to do in the Maldives for guests. 

As a Meeru team member, I enjoy the staff sports facilities where I can play with my colleagues after-work or on our days off. Additionally, we are like one big family here, and it is an amazing feeling, especially when you are away from your family back home. 

What hobbies do you enjoy in your free time? 

I have a keen interest in agriculture. I also enjoy reading and watching local and international news. 

What is your favourite bar on the island? 

Dhoni Bar is my favourite drinking spot since I have worked at this bar for a long time. It is located at the heart of the island, offering so much fun for holidaymakers of all ages. Families, couples, and groups of friends come here not only to drink and chill but also to enjoy breathtaking sunset views. 

What particular beverage do you recommend guests to sample? 

A lot of our guests speak highly of ‘Meeru Iced Coffee’. You can never find this taste anywhere in this world. It is just so delicious that it makes guests come back to Meeru for more. 


To learn more about our dining experiences, you may visit Dining at Meeru Island Resort & Spa » 

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IN PHOTOS: 56th Maldives Independence Day Celebration at Meeru Island Resort & Spa

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56th Maldives Independence Day Celebration at Meeru Island 

July 26,  2021 marked the 56th Independence Day of the Maldives, and the palm-fringed paradise of Meeru Island Resort & Spa honoured this joyous occasion where team members and guests alike gathered together for the flag hoisting ceremony, including various activities to share the deep-rooted local customs and traditions of the island nation. 

The day saw the unique beauty of the Maldivian culture and history, featuring traditional performances accompanied by the beats of ‘Bodu Beru’ drums. 

Guests and team members had the opportunity to learn more about the history of the independence of the Maldives through the inspiring speech given by the management of Meeru Island. 

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Happy glorious 56th Independence Day to the Maldives on behalf of Meeru Island Resort & Spa. 

Interested in knowing more about the Maldivian culture?

 

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Celebrate Maldives Independence Day in Style at Meeru Island Resort & Spa

MEERU - Maldives Independence Day 2021

Celebrating Maldives Independence Day in Style at Meeru Island 

26 July 2021 marks the 56th Independence Day of the Maldives, and Meeru Island Resort & Spa is dedicating the day to celebrating the unique beauty of Maldivian culture.

The day will see the colours of the Maldivian flag, traditional costumes, cultural performances and hear the beats of ‘Bodu Beru’ drums, providing guests with a glimpse of local culture.

As one of the long-established resorts in the Maldives, Meeru prides itself on offering truly local and authentic experiences to guests.

Find out what you can expect to do on your stay at our Maldives resort in North Malé Atoll.

Independence Day Activity – Meeru Museum Special Guided Tour

Located at the heart of the resort is the traditional Dhoni-shaped Meeru Museum that offers an insight into the Maldivian way of life. It exhibits various artefacts and collectables from centuries ago that portray the Maldivian culture.

On this cultural tour, guests will learn about how the early local Maldivians cooked, dressed, travelled, and schooled – an experience that is sure to intrigue culturally curious minds.

» The special tour starts at 09:30. The meeting point is at the Main Reception.

Independence Day Activity – Maldivian Heritage Presentation with a Local Cultural Show

Meeru Island Resort & Spa Bodu Beru Show

Guests at Meeru must not miss out to experience the opportunity of immersing themselves in fascinating local culture by discovering an evening filled with music, dances, and discovery.

The experience begins with a cultural presentation followed by Bodu Beru dance performances.

» The show starts at 21:00 at Kakuni Bar Beach.

More cultural experiences for guests at Meeru

There is plenty to keep the cultural traveller entertained at Meeru. The Meeru team recommends:

Locally-inspired Excursions

Casting and Big Game Fishing are two excursions guests can opt for that will offer them the chance to learn how to reel in the big fish like a local fisherman – Maldivian style! On these trips, they will be introduced to the environmentally sustainable fishing practices in the Maldives.

View our range of Maldives excursions at Meeru here »  

Make it a Summer to Remember in the Maldives at Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Meeru Island Resort & Spa - Maldives

We invite you to come to soak up some tropical sunshine this summer with us. Whether you are holding a wedding amidst our palm-fringed paradise, dining at one of our beachfront restaurants, or simply appreciating as many Maldivian sunsets as you can, we look forward to welcoming you.

Here at Meeru Island Resort & Spa, we are genuinely proud of our heritage, and we love sharing it with everyone who chooses to stay with us.

Find out how we can make your Maldives holiday one to remember by getting in touch with us today.


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