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Meet the Team: Meeru’s Commis Chef Parvisha

Meeru Team - Parvisha

Meet the Meeru Team: Parvisha 

For this ‘Meet the Meeru Team’ blog series, we ventured down into the kitchen and waited for a moment so that we could catch up with Parvisha. 

Originally from India, Parvisha works as a Commis Chef at Meeru Island Resort & Spa and has been with the property for three years. 

She holds a Diploma in Hotel Management and enjoys working in the kitchen and learning new and exciting things about her profession.

In her current role, she assists in the food preparation process, helps with deliveries and restocking, and contributes to maintaining kitchen and food safety standards. 

Like all of the team members at Meeru Island, Parvisha’s contributions to guest satisfaction do not go unnoticed.

Meeru Maldives Team - Parvisha
Image: Parvisha at the live pasta station at the family-friendly Farivalhu Restaurant 

Why did you decide to become a chef? 

I found my calling to cuisine at a young age. It was a childhood hobby that has turned into a fulfilling career, and I am truly passionate about it. 

What was the journey that led you to work at Meeru?

After completing my college course, I applied for the internship programme here at Meeru Island. I trained for six months in 2017, and I was selected as a permanent staff and given the opportunity to work as a Commis III Chef. 

What do you love most about your work?

It is a privilege to work in the Maldives for several reasons, including the culture, beaches, and tropical beauty – it’s like heaven on Earth! 

At Meeru, I enjoy doing various tasks, especially when catering to guests’ needs and requirements, working with people with a positive mindset, and working for a company that cares for its employees.

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

I love listening to music, dancing, and painting. I also enjoy gardening. In fact, I have a mini garden just right in front of my room! 

What is your favourite among the wide selection of food in the buffet? 

I do have a lot of favourites. I love omelettes, pasta, and hot dishes that are prepared and cooked fresh. 

When I am at the live cooking station, I love interacting with guests and serving them these food items according to their tastes and liking. It gives me joy, especially when they come back and share their feedback on how they enjoy the food. 

What food on the menu do you recommend guests to try? 

That’s easy – fresh seafood that we have in the buffets daily. At Meeru, we serve freshly caught, locally sourced fish from fishers from the nearby islands. 

Additionally, the meat selections at the live cooking station which are grilled as per guests’ requests and preferences.


We hope you get a chance to see Parvisha in action soon and taste her dishes. Furthermore, we look forward to introducing you to even more members of our team here at Meeru Island Resort & Spa over the coming months.

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

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Meet the Team: Aroofa, Meeru’s Front of House Supervisor 

Meet the Meeru Team - Aroofa

Meet the Meeru Team: Fathimath Aroofa

In our palm-fringed paradise here at Meeru Island Resort & Spa, we are so grateful to have many amazing colleagues working with us day after day to ensure that we are able to provide guests with a safe and beautiful holiday experience in the Maldives.

We want to take a moment this month to shine a spotlight on one of those amazing team members that has shown what it means to be a great Meeru team member. 

Meet Aroofa, Meeru’s Front of House Supervisor 

Born and raised in the Maldives, Fathimath Aroofa works as a Front of House Supervisor at Meeru Island and has been with the resort since 2017.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management and enjoys meeting new people and helping them craft a wonderful holiday experience.

Always motivated and up for new challenges, Aroofa is passionate about hospitality and eager to learn new things to grow and advance her career within the industry.

In her current role, she supervises and coordinates the entire Front of House team, ensures guests receive the warmest possible welcome, and that service runs smoothly.

We sat down with Aroofa for a chat to learn more about her experience and received some insightful tips that, especially those of you who are coming to Meeru Island for the first time, will appreciate.

Aroofa Meeru Island Resort & Spa Maldives

What is it like to be a Front of House Supervisor and how long have you been working at the resort?

As a Front of House Supervisor, I enjoy working with my colleagues from different nationalities and learning their cultures. Leading the team, providing excellent customer service, and overseeing day-to-day activities are my primary responsibilities.

I have been with Meeru Island Resort & Spa for already three years and eight months.

Why did you decide to become a Front of House Supervisor?

To become a Front of House Supervisor is a part of my journey to grow forward with my career in the hospitality industry.

What do you love most about your work?

What I love most about my work are my colleagues and the work environment. Additionally, I enjoy working with people and assisting them with their concerns to make their holiday experience feel like ‘a home away from home’.

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

In my free time, I enjoy diving, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.

What extraordinary experiences should guests embark on when holidaying at Meeru Island Resort & Spa? 

There is a wide range of spectacular experiences to be had at Meeru Island. I recommend diving with mantas and turtles and going on full-day snorkelling trips and sandbank excursions.

On the one hand, candle-lit beach dinners are perfect for couples seeking intimate time together alongside delightful cuisine. 

What advice or motivational words can you give to those who want to work in Front of House?

“Quality is never an accident. It is always a result of an intelligent effort.” – John Ruski


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Meeru Team Recommends: Night Scuba Diving In The Maldives

A Night Dive To A Shipwreck

“It’s a whole new perspective of the underwater world.”

– Hassan Nazeeh (10/05/2021) –

Night scuba diving is a wonderful experience and a relatively hidden gem of activity at Meeru Island, which most divers can enjoy. The dive team selects different locations around Meeru for night dives, and I had the opportunity to explore a shallow shipwreck.

The dive spot for the day was the shipwreck, conveniently located 15 minutes boat ride from the island. 10 May 2021 was a beautiful evening when we set sail from the Meeru jetty into the direction of the sunset while the sun was still blazing down the ocean and illuminating the water. Our dive instructor Marc Vermaas from Euro-Divers Meeru Island gave us a briefing on the dive during the boat ride.

The sun was about to set when the dive was planned out, and mandatory dive briefs complied. With much excitement, all the divers put on their dive gear with the help of the boat crew. We then jumped into the ocean with our torches switched on.

 

We jumped into the ocean, and our dive instructor Marc gave the signal to go down and guided the team to swim down towards the shipwreck. The shipwreck at night was even more awe-inspiring. I felt like being in a museum at night with all the history that is sunken with it.

Marc started to swim around and showed small yet magnificent marine life and mollusc, including the colourful nudibranchs, pufferfish, and parrotfish laying comfortably in the ship’s compartments, ready to dose off to sleep. Starting from the ship’s propellers to the cargo compartment, we explored the ship’s depths. Laying underneath the hull, we found parrotfish, lionfish, and eels.

Swiping the ship to the top of the mast took around 45 minutes of the total dive time, and the air on the tank was more than enough to do the safety stops of 3 minutes. The boat crew lit up additional lights from the boat into the sea, making it easy to find the spot to ascend to the surface.

 

While we were still undersea at a depth of the 5-meter safety stop, there was another underwater show that left us more in awe. All the divers had to turn off the torch lights and wave their hands in the water to stir it in the pitch-dark of the ocean. The hand movement caused the bio-luminous planktons to light up like stars and spiral around like the night sky lit up by a galaxy.

After the underwater starry-night show courtesy of plankton, we ascended to the surface to be greeted by the warm fresh, salty breeze and a star-studded night sky. The boat crew assisted us as we climbed up the boat’s ladder with the equipment. To warm up from the dive, we had hot tea, coffee, and fruit.

As the divers shared their experience of the night, Marc, our dive instructor, logged down our experiences, time, depth, and air left from the night dive while the boat started sailing back towards Meeru. To me, it was bliss lying on the ship, in the breeze, on a starry night. We watched the well-lit marina of Meeru and the warm lights from the Kakuni Bar – a welcoming sight as we drew near the island. The excursion team reached the island right in time for dinner.

 

[Related: Dive Calendar For Scuba And Snorkeling Around Meeru Island, Maldives » ]

Night Dive Tips:

🤿 The first step to prepare for the night dive is to check and assemble all the dive equipment on the boat before leaving for the dive spot. A ‘buddy’ check is also important at the start of the journey to ensure a safe and fun dive.

🤿 An essential part of diving is to always know the location and what to expect from the night dive. Before the dive commences, it is important to receive general information about the dive site. Night dives differ from day dives, where a torch is needed and where the underwater sign language is different.

Parrotfish Fun Facts:
Every night, the Bicolor Parrotfish have often been seen envelope themselves in a transparent cocoon made of mucous secreted from an organ on their head. This secret bag masks their scent, making them harder for nocturnal predators, like moray eels, to find.

Night dive at Meeru is a guided dive by Euro-Divers Meeru.
The dive is USD 135* per person & is a 2-hour excursion.
Includes Single Dive, Full Diving Equipment, Underwater Torch, Single Boat Fee, Tea/Coffee, Fruits & Water on board.
Suitable for certified Open Water Diver and above with no previous night dive experience required.
Maximum: 8 persons. The minimum age is 12, and children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Optional: Fluorescent night dive, Underwater Camera rental, Night snorkeling

*Prices are correct at the time of publication and subject to change.

The Author:
Hassan Nazeeh is the Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager of Meeru Island Resort & Spa. A Maldivian, he has great respect and is awe-inspired by the ocean and the marine life of the Maldives. He is an avid diver and enjoys his time off at the resort diving, participating in reef cleaning, and monitoring the health of Meeru’s coral garden.

Photo Credit: Marc Vermaas, Euro-Divers and Euro-Divers Meeru Island


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Meeru Meet The Team, Rasheed

Mohamed Rasheed is a staff housing area attendant, who has been with Meeru for over a year. We caught up with him to find out what he loves most about his job and his insights on being a good team player.

 

What do you like most about your job?

I like working with my manager and the rest of my team. I am confident with my job as Staff Housing Area Attendant because of the training I have attended that help me in doing my best at work.

 

What are your hobbies?

I love playing football. I am also fascinated by Egypt and watch documentary films about it. I would love to see the pyramids one day.

 

What do you like most about the resort? 

Meeru provides good accommodation and food for its employees. There are also different staff facilities to cater to the employees’ needs.

 

What advice or motivational words you can give to your colleague?

My advice to my colleagues is to always be professional at work. In doing so, you have to be always punctual, follow your supervisor’s instructions and have a good attitude towards work. If you love your job, everything comes easy.

 

 

What is the secret to being a team member?

Punctuality is one important factor in being a good team player. If you come to work on time, you can complete your tasks every day. Sharing your knowledge is another essential factor. I find time to teach my colleagues some ways to do things faster, sharing tips that I have learned from previous experience. Lastly, I think it is important to be cooperative to work well with each other.

 

Meet The Meeru Team: Aseel

Aseelullahi Raashid, popularly referred to as Aseel, is an excursion assistant who has been with Meeru for two years. We caught up with the jovial character to learn more about him.

What do you like most about your job?

I like my job because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. This truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other.

What is your favourite excursion and why?

My favourite excursion I would say is the Turtle Explorer on a Yacht which is a full day trip as I really like being in the water as much as possible. This excursion is really fun and relaxing. Sailing on a yacht can be a memorable experience in the Maldives.

What excursion would you recommend for guests to try?

I would recommend Meeru Adventure Snorkelling. This is a half-day excursion that offers the possibility of seeing sea turtles, manta rays and reef sharks at a reasonable price.

What are your hobbies?

I love playing football, table tennis, video games, reading and surfing the internet to stay updated and knowledgeable.

What do you like most about the resort? 

I like the resort because the accommodation is pretty good, and everyone respects each other. Additionally, the management appreciates and motivates me to improve.

What advice or motivational words you can give to your colleague?

Teamwork is the best way to reach the goal. Respect everyone, and appreciate the things others do for you.

What is the secret to being a good team member?

Being a team player, respecting everyone and being open to ideas from everyone to learn more.

Meet The Captain

In our latest edition of Meeru Meet The Team, we go out to sea to meet Mohamed Ismail. Nicknamed Keyolhu, Ismail is the Captain of Meeru-14. He lets us in on his favourite things and the secret to being great at his job.

What do you like most about your job?

I like that my job allows me to be out at sea. Since I was a child, I have always loved the ocean. I would spend my time swimming, snorkelling and fishing on small dhonis. Now, as a Captain of Meeru-14, I take guests on fishing trips, which makes me truly happy.

What are your hobbies?

In my free time, I love going fishing, watching movies and playing indoor games like Carom and Table Tennis.

What do you like most about the resort?

What I love about Meeru is the caring management who look after our welfare and my friendly team members.

What is the secret to being a good Captain?

The secret to being a good Captain or working in Guest Transport is to be punctual and always ready. You must strive to keep the vessels clean and tidy. It helps to have a can-do attitude and to respect everyone.

What is your greatest dream?

My dream is to continue providing excellent service and keep doing my best.

Meet The Meeru Team: Shaji, Luggage Coordinator

Neelakanta Pillai Shaji Kumar is a Luggage Coordinator in the Front Office Department who has been with Meeru for 21 years. Shaji had a chat with us regarding his job and interests. Read on.

What do you like most about your job?

I like being able to serve the guests, bringing in luggage that contains important holiday essentials for their most awaited vacation.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy playing games at Ekuveni (staff recreational facility) such as carom and billiards. I also love watching cricket matches, but most of the time, you will find me watching Hindi movies.

What do you like most about the resort?  

I love that the resort has provided great staff facilities and modern amenities such as the coffee machine to make us comfortable. I also love our guests who make it possible for us to be here.

What do you love to do during your free time?  

Meeru is just a speedboat transfer away from Male’ so I love travelling to the city to meet friends for dinner or coffee once in a while.

What is the secret to being a good luggage coordinator?

I believe the secret to working well is hard work, honesty and dedication to the job.

#MeetTheMeeruTeam: Michael

Ibrahim Ahmed Waseem fondly referred to as Michael, is an ever-smiling waiter who brings a cheerful presence wherever he goes. We met up with him on the job and asked him a few questions. Read on.

What do you like most about your job?

Serving the guests and making them happy makes me love my job more. In fact, Meeru guests’ happiness is the best part of my job!

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include dancing, playing futsal and mixing dance music. My favourite dance styles are Robot and Lyrical Dance.

What do you like most about the resort?

Meeru’s working environment and staff recreational facilities are the highlights for me.

Meeru is a great place to work as it is just a speedboat away from Male’, the main city.

What is your favorite restaurant/bar in Meeru?

Kakuni bar is the best for me as this is the bar where we mostly entertain the guests.

What does it takes to be a good waiter?

To be a good waiter you should be able to provide great customer service that will make each guest inspired to keep coming back to Meeru.

We hope you learnt a little more about Michael, and will be coming to say hello to him in person. Follow our #MeetTheMeeruTeam series to get to know more about our wonderful staff.

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