Creating the wow factor

Key developments driving luxury hotel forward

Amit Majumder is General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives which consists of 43 beach villas and suites, 46 infinity pool ocean villas and private ocean retreats and a Royal Residence. With the resort making a number of announcements this year, we asked him to tell us more.

At Jumeirah Vittaveli, we are always thinking of new and exciting ways to wow our guests. Be it the first ice skating rink in the Maldives, the five-bedroom Royal Residence, the underground Whisky Salon UnderChic, or our stunning beachside bar B4R. The list goes on. We look forward to welcoming our guests to stay at the resort and especially our new Private Ocean Retreats and Infinity Pool Ocean Villas which now feature the longest water slides in the Maldives.

GUESTS CAN EXPERIENCE 10 DIFFERENT DINING OUTLETS AT JUMEIRAH VITTAVELI

The Private Ocean Retreats sound like a lot of fun Can you tell us a little more?

At 400 sq m, guests can relax during the day on the newly enlarged open-air deck and admire the underwater world from the extended overwater hammocks. By night, they can sink into the outdoor relaxation lounge to gaze at chiffon-pink sunsets for which this tropical hideaway is so famous. Perched on stilts, the Private Ocean Retreats offer a fabulous vantage point to look for black tip reef sharks and shoals of tropical fish while sipping a piña colada or fresh coconut juice. There’s a private infinity pool and wooden steps that lead past your very own sand lled terrace straight into the warm waters of the lagoon.

What are your “key selling points”?

We constantly aim to surprise guests with new and unique features they can experience only at Jumeirah Vittaveli. Every year, we aim to introduce at least one new highlight for our guests, such as the exclusive Indian restaurant Swarna, which is repeatedly named Best Indian cuisine in Asia. One of our greatest achievements is the team we have built on the island. I believe that your team is your most valued treasure as it makes the difference between a stay in any luxury hotel and a stay in “your” luxury hotel. The team is what gives life to any luxury property, and transcends the traditional boundaries between host and guest. I am very lucky to have a passionate team on property here at Jumeirah Vittaveli. Over the past years, food has become such a trending topic, and we are fortunate enough that we started early on to regard our dining experience as one of our key highlights in terms of guest experiences. In total, guests can experience 10 different dining outlets at Jumeirah Vittaveli, with four restaurants, one wine library, two bars, two lounges, and an underground Whisky Salon. Last year, Chef Anthony Demetre from Michelin starred restaurants Arbutus and Wild Honey in London visited Jumeirah Vittaveli to open our wine library Cuvee, giving our guests the chance to taste his unique creations in the blissful surrounds of a tropical island paradise. This year, Chef Ollie Dabbous of London’s Michelin- starred restaurant HIDE will be visiting us for Easter, and guests can book the ultimate private dining experience with him. Mr Dabbous is cooking an exquisite dinner, just for you. The night will be spent star-gazing from a luxury yacht, before guests take a short seaplane journey back to Jumeirah Vittaveli.

How important is ITB Berlin as a platform for you to reach your partners, and why?

ITB Berlin has become the most important travel trade show for the international tourism industry. It is the best platform for us to connect with partners and negotiate new collaborations and partnerships. The vibrancy of the show is inspiring, and my team and I make a point to visit at least one different country each day of the show to learn about hospitality trends in different regions worldwide.


Photo: Amit Majumder General Manager, Maldives Jumeirah Vittaveli

Hall 5.2a / Stand 108