Male’, Maldives, 4th January 2024 – Stuart De San Nicolas has been appointed as the new Cluster General Manager overseeing Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Avani+ Fares Resort, and NH Collection Maldives Havodda, effective from December 23rd, 2023. With over three decades of hands-on experience in the hospitality industry across diverse global locations spanning Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, Stuart brings a wealth of expertise to his new role.
Hailing from Spain, Stuart joins Minor Hotels from Conrad Bora Bora Nui, where he significantly enhanced the resort’s luxury offerings as the General Manager. His hospitality journey began in 1993 at the Hyatt Regency group in France, and since then, he has held various pivotal roles in front office and food and beverage departments worldwide, honing his hospitality skills.
For more than 20 years, Stuart has held esteemed General Manager positions in prestigious hotels such as Altapura in France, Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Hotel & Spa in Mauritius, Marriott Islamabad, Pik Palace and Park Chalet in Azerbaijan, Hotel Paracas in Peru, The St. Regis Mauritius, and Le Meridien Bora Bora.
Recognized for his seasoned leadership style, Stuart has excelled in motivating large teams while ensuring five-star guest experiences. He has a proven track record of surpassing guest expectations by maintaining operational excellence at the resorts under his purview.
“We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the Minor family and to our leadership team in the Maldives. With his extensive experience and passion for excellence in service, we are confident that he will continue to enhance Minor Hotels’ growing presence within the region,” said Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Executive Officer of Minor Hotels and Group Chief Executive Officer of Minor International.
“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead three of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives. Anantara Kihavah is truly the definition of paradise, and I look forward to guiding this award-winning resort into the next chapter together with our incredible team,” Mr. De San Nicolas commented. “With the recent introduction of the Avani+ and NH Collection brands to the Maldives, Minor Hotels has such a strong footprint in the market, bringing the finest world-class standards to all sectors of this popular tourist destination.”
Anantara Kihavah, with its 80 luxurious villas and residences within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, represents one of Minor Hotels’ flagship properties. The resort offers guests a diverse culinary experience across six restaurants and bars, including the renowned SEA Underwater Restaurant, along with leisure facilities such as an outdoor cinema, kids club, water sports center, and a dive center.
Avani+ Fares Resort, situated in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, presents 176 stylish villas and residences, seven bars and restaurants, top-notch diving facilities, a fitness center, and a contemporary AvaniSpa. The resort also hosts the vibrant AvaniKids and Teens Club, providing an array of engaging activities for younger guests.
Located in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, NH Collection Maldives Havodda offers 120 beach and overwater villas, three restaurants, two bars, and an array of leisure facilities, including a fitness center, spa, pool, kids’ club, water sports, and a dive center, providing guests with a holistic island experience.