Island time

by Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Saddam Hussain is Residence Operations Manager at the Amilla Fushi, a member of the WorldHotels Collection. Born in the South Maldives, on Laamu Atoll, Saddam has worked at Amilla Fushi since its pre-opening in November 2014. He loves the fact he meets new people every day and has the opportunity to “fulfil all their requests to the best of my abilities”. Let’s spoil ourselves and take a trip to the Maldives…

Saddam Hussain.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off

Amilla Fushi is the best place to enjoy a day off. It is our Island Home.

Where he takes his own guests when they visit

I would always take them to explore the surreal marine life of Maldives through a trip like Turtle Adventure, or a swim with Mantas during the season; or a visit to the unique Blue Hole in Baa Atoll.

It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what we should do

Have a relaxing day at the award-winning Javvu Spa, enjoy one of our seven, branded treatments, from hair and nails, to a massage or facial. Wine & Cheese tasting at Cellar Door, in Emperor Beach Club (EBC) with our wine sommelier. Cooking Class with Chef Lucas, the Executive Chef at Amilla Fushi.

His recommendations for night-time entertainment

Drinks and dinner at award-winning Feeling Koi would be my first recommendation in the overwater restaurant. We have live DJ as well, to entertain guests for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Alternatively, we have various themed nights running in the week in our outlets at the Baazaar Bar, including Barolo Grill (Italian), WOK (Asian) and Fish & Chips. All of this is accompanied by a live-music band every night in the Baazaar Bar.

Key phrase or phrases we should learn

  • Shukuriyaa – Thank you.
  • Maruhaba – Welcome.
  • Kihineh – How are you?
  • Baraabaru – Excellent.

The best shopping, & souvenirs to buy

Hop on a local island trip to visit a local village and buy some Maldivian souvenirs.

A child-friendly thing to do or place to go

The ‘Worldwide Kids Certified’ Sultan’s Village Kids Club is filled with fun activities throughout the day for kids, so parents can enjoy their time, too. Activities include learning more about the Maldives as a culture, treasure hunt, pizza-making classes, arts & crafts, to name a few. Our islanders are trained and certified, as well. All restaurants and outlets on the island are children-friendly, with kids’ menu. We have tennis courts and football courts as well, if the family would like to play together or with other guests. Over seasons like Christmas and Easter, we randomly bring in professionals for Football camps to engage with the kids on the island. We have bikes on the island, not only for adults but for kids as well, so they can discover the island as a family and find it easy to move around during their stay. This also contributes to the wellness aspect as we are recognised as one of the best wellness resorts in the Maldives and Indian Ocean.

His best-kept secret or favourite hidden treasure

Amilla Fushi is proud to have one of the Baa Atoll’s unique reef formations right on its very own House Reef. Accessible with a short boat ride, the Amilla Blue Hole is a tropical reef wonder and this trip allows guests to snorkel above the entrance to the mysterious hole. Scattered near the Blue Hole are numerous coral blocks inhabited by a plethora of schooling fish. If lucky, you can see the turtles.

Best way to get to the airport

A 35-minute journey on a seaplane, with scenic views.

Best time of the year to visit

November to April.

Anything else we should know when visiting

Bring flip flops; summery, light clothes; something warm for the evenings; most definitely swim gear; sun block; and loads of space in the camera to take pictures and build memories.

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