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Male’, Maldives, 2nd April 2024 – W Maldives has proudly announced the appointment of Amila Handunwala, a seasoned luxury hotelier, as its new General Manager. With an illustrious career spanning over 25 years in the Maldives, Middle East, and Southeast Asia, Handunwala brings a wealth of experience from managing top-tier luxury brands such as Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, St. Regis, and Raffles.

His appointment signals a new era for W Maldives as he is set to lead the luxury playground through its evolution, leveraging his extensive expertise and impressive track record in the luxury hospitality sector. Handunwala’s leadership aims to further enhance guest experience and ensure the perpetuity of the resort’s unparalleled liberated luxury and elevated experiences to its discerning connectors.

Expressing his enthusiasm about his new role, Handunwala stated, “I am thrilled and eager to lead the talented team at W Maldives. With its stunning location and unique offerings, W Maldives is indeed a top destination in the country and should continue to remain exactly that. I look forward to working closely with the team to elevate the guest experience and further establish W Maldives as the top luxury lifestyle resort in the region.”

W Maldives is renowned for its idyllic setting on a private heart-shaped island, surrounded by one of the best house reefs in the country, as well as its cutting-edge liberated luxury experience and exceptional guest services. With Handunwala’s appointment as General Manager, the resort aims to reinforce its commitment to excellence and innovation in luxury hospitality. His vision and leadership will play a pivotal role in steering W Maldives towards its reinvention while ensuring W Hotels’ brand mission to ignite curiosity and expand the world for its guests.

Oriol Montal, Marriott International’s Managing Director, Luxury Asia Pacific (excluding China), expressed his excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to have such an experienced and passionate leader joining the team. His extensive background in luxury hospitality and deep understanding of the Maldives market will be invaluable as we continue to evolve and enhance the W Maldives experience for our guests.”

The management and talents of W Maldives extend a warm welcome to Handunwala and look forward to embarking on this exciting new chapter under his esteemed leadership. With his proven track record in leading high-performing teams and delivering exceptional results, Handunwala is considered a valuable asset to the luxury playground.

W Maldives is confident that under the leadership of Handunwala, the resort will evolve and solidify its reputation as a top destination not only in the country but also in the region. Guests can look forward to experiencing the unique blend of liberated luxury and the signature Whatever/Whenever service that W Maldives is renowned for.

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