Male’ Maldives, 20th December 2023 – In an exciting and strategic move, Lily Beach Resort & Spa proudly announces the appointment of Laurent Driole, a seasoned hotelier, as its new Resort Manager. Bringing more than twenty-five years of extensive experience in the hospitality sector, Driole is set to infuse the pristine shores of Lily Beach with his wealth of expertise and a dedication to delivering exceptional guest experiences.
Originally from France, Driole’s impressive academic background includes earning an MBA from ESSEC, a prestigious French business school, and completing a joint program in International Hospitality Management at Cornell University.
Driole’s journey in the industry commenced in the Food and Beverage sector, laying a solid foundation for his illustrious hospitality career. His initial role in the Maldives dates back to 1996 as a F&B Manager at Farukolhu Fushi, which served as a stepping stone for his specialization in the F&B department. Over time, he ascended the career ladder, holding positions in renowned establishments such as Les Bains Paris, The Reverie Saigon, Swissotel Moscow, The Westin Paris, Radisson Nice, and Eco resorts in Borneo. Each experience broadened his understanding of the industry and his adaptability to diverse cultural settings.
As Resort Manager at Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Driole‘s strategic initiatives align with Lily Beach’s unwavering commitment to excellence. “This involves placing an even greater emphasis on service standards, with a keen focus on the details to ensure every stay at the resort is a memorable one for each and every guest from all-around the globe. Food is at the heart of Lily Beach, with the experienced F&B team at the resort I intend to ensure food quality is kept at the highest standards as we are very particular with sourcing the right ingredients from the best sources from around the world and creating great buffet and a-la-carte dining experiences at the resort. I also aim to create opportunities for guests to experience the rich culture of the Maldives by further improving the various cultural experiences available at the resort such as the weekly Culture Night where we bring culture to the guests here with help of nearby local islanders providing a taste of truly Maldivian experiences and we bring guests to local island for an immersive cultural exchange.” Driole explained, “my motivation isn’t just about personal success, but it is also about leading and inspiring talented and passionate teams.”
As the Festive Season approaches, extensive efforts have been dedicated by Driole and his exceptional team at Lily Beach Resort to curate an impressive lineup of activities and events for guests to revel in during this special period. These offerings encompass exclusive VIP dinners crafted by Michelin Star Chef Jeno Racz, a collaborative Live Music showcase, and an array of other exciting experiences.
The Lily Beach team is thrilled to have Driole join them and lead the way in steering this esteemed resort to greater heights. Their collective aim remains dedicated to maintaining the essence of Lily Beach—a destination renowned for providing an exceptional home-away-from-home experience characterized by the exceptional value of its generous Platinum Plan and unmatched authentic service.
The upcoming year, 2024, holds particular significance as Lily Beach commemorates its 30th anniversary, promising grand celebrations on the island. With Driole and his diligent team at the helm, a spectacular event to mark this milestone is assured. Stay updated on all forthcoming events and particulars through the resort’s website and social media channels.