JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts will open JW Marriott Maldives on the island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll, in the fourth quarter of 2018. With its inauguration, the brand will have about 40 hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region, where it plans to continue expanding its presence.
Guests can explore distinct culinary options at the property’s multiple F&B venues. The dining options include Kaage, the all-day dining restaurant, which serves an international fanfare of culinary delights from around the world, with the Wine Room being its own oenology of both new and old world wines.
Raha offers the freshest Italian ingredients; Rum Bar and Kitchen serves Thai tapas street food; Farumas offers the delicacies of Japanese Teppanyaki from both below and above the water line, and Lonu serves the luxuries of succulent crustaceans and prime aged grain-fed cuts.
The master mixologists at the KoBaar, Rum Bar or overwater watering hole, will concoct exotic cocktails and mocktails, from early till late. Lounge 18 is home to a Cigar Room, Shisha Room, an insulated karaoke venue and a selection of sought-after games, both classics and today’s favourites, providing hours of entertainment.
Marc Gussing, who has been appointed the property’s general manager, said, “The opening of the JW Marriott Maldives is a milestone for Marriott International. The property is designed for today’s sophisticated and self-assured travellers, and will offer our guests the discreet luxury they seek in a comfortable and relaxed environment.”
“We are confident that the internationally-recognised JW Marriott brand will set a benchmark for service excellence and for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation retreat,” he added.
Gussing is an outstanding hospitality professional, with over 20 years of illustrious industry exposure in the luxury segment. He has proficiently been part of both city and hotel settings, corporate organisations and independent properties across the globe.
In his role as general manager, he is responsible for achieving targets by developing and implementing strategic sales, marketing plans and initiatives in the hotel’s continuing effort to deliver outstanding guest service and financial profitability.
Prior to joining JW Marriott Maldives, Gussing was general manager, Minor Hotels, Maldives. Over the past decade, he has worked as the general manager and hospitality consultant for a spectrum of companies, including Per AQUUM, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, ALiLA, Paresa, and Nira Hotels and Resorts.
His career has taken him across Europe, the Middle-East, the Indian Ocean and South-east Asia (Switzerland, France, Israel, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand and Indonesia).
On completing his tertiary schooling in hotel management in Switzerland, Gussing spent his early years honing his skills as a hotelier, predominantly in the food and beverage division, and working in a selection of hotels and bars, and on cruise liners.
A Swedish national with multi-lingual talents in four languages, he brings with him a fervent drive, immense professionalism and dedication to the job. A pro-active and dynamic personality with excellent communication skills, he leads a well-structured organisation par excellence.
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