Travel & Tourism

An Interview with General Manager “MEI P. PUN”, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives

The Appointed General Manager Mei P. Pun. The pristine Atmosphere Kanifushi island resort is situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane ride from the International Airport in Malé. About 2 kilometres in length and 90 meters wide, the island is blanketed by dense tropical vegetation and blessed with vibrant, natural coral reefs.

With over 22 years in the hospitality industry, Mei has worked at elite hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, Mauritius, China, France, and South-East Asia. She has extensive experience in the Maldives, having held the positions of Food and Beverage Manager, Resort Manager, and General Manager. Mei boasts of a strong background in food and beverage operations.

We Asked her about the importance and specificity of Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort location in the Maldives: Mei says: “Atmosphere Kanifushi situated in the sparsely populated Lhaviyani Atoll in the beautiful tropical archipelago of Maldives, just a short 35-minutes sea plane transfer from Male International Airport”.

“Atmosphere kanifushi resort designs feature luxurious with a romantic dimension which brings us back to authenticity and always aims to cater World Class experiences for our guests. Our resort has made sure to place the guests within the best surroundings to let them experience what paradise really feels like.”

” Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives Offers 172 stand-alone villas & suites. On land 132 beach villas & suites in 4 categories (Sunset Beach Villa, Sunset Family Beach Villa, Sunset Deluxe Beach Villa and Sunset Beach Villa with pool) and the resort has recently added 40 new over-water villas with an option of private pool”.

We were curious about the available in-room services and amenities, so she satisfied our curiosity with the following clarification:

EXCLUSIVE SERVICES FOR SUNSET BEACH VILLA WITH POOL

  • Direct Check-in at Villa
  • Daily refreshed Exotic Fruit Basket
  • Welcome bottle of champagne in the villa with canapés
  • 2 wine bottles of your choice: 1 White & 1 Red (from the Platinum Plus Wine Menu – refilled daily)
  • Additional 2 bottles of preferred alcohol brands of your choice(from the Platinum Plus Spirits Menu)
  • Early morning muffin service (Until 08:00am): with freshly brewed coffee/tea and fresh orange juice
  • A la Carte Breakfast served at THE SUNSET (Optional – 07:30-09:30am) Complimentary dining at sunset specialty restaurant on all day

EXCLUSIVE SERVICES FOR SUNSET WATER VILLAS WITH POOL

  • Direct Check-In at Villa
  • Welcome bottle of Sparkling Wine in the suite with canapés
  • Daily refreshed Exotic Fruit Basket
  • 2 Wine bottles of your choice: 1 White & 1 Red (Refilled Daily)
  • Additional 2 bottles of preferred alcohol brands of your choice (from Platinum plus Spirits Menu)
  • Complimentary Dinner at Pier-6 (above 4 nights stay)

The most prominent characteristic of Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort that makes it stand out amongst its competitors: Mei Says: “Atmostphere Kanifushi is on one of the physically longest resort islands in the Maldives, and as such we have some of the longest stretches of beaches of any resort here. Apart from that, it is our service that truly makes this place luxurious”.

And because food is the most important thing for anyone we asked How many restaurants in the Resorts, how do you find the customer turnout?

“Atmosphere Kanifushi offers 6 Food & Beverages Outlets showcasing cuisines from around the world including Pier Six, a large over-water dining complex that houses our newest specialty seafood fine dining restaurant offering an array of signature seafood dishes; the Teppanyaki Grill restaurant offering authentic Japanese cuisine; The Sunset restaurant serving specialty fusion cooking in an Asian and Mediterranean style; Just Veg, the first pure vegetarian restaurant in Maldives serving delightful vegetarian cuisine from the Mediterranean, Arabic, Indian regions; Ceylon Bliss, serving Sri Lankan street food in a rustic setting; and The Spice restaurant featuring all-day dining. All the restaurants are extremely popular with our guests.”

Considering her experience as a General Manager in a number of countries, we asked how do she rate the hospitality sector in Maldives market compared to the other markets? She said with pride and dedication: “The hospitality sector plays an extremely vital role in the economic growth of Maldives, but the challenges and opportunities in this sector are very similar around the world.”

And about the Economic Impact and Challenges on the hospitality sector in Maldives in general and Kanifushi Island in particular, And If they have any plans in that regard? Mei says: ” While the current market conditions are being severely impacted by the global pandemic, we are working hard to provide an amazing experience for travellers who are able to visit now, and we will continue to do so when more travellers are able to return.”

And Finally, she says for our “Emirates Tourism” esteemed readers: “Come and visit us, your blissfully tropical holiday awaits!”

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