W RETREAT & SPA – MALDIVES WINS BEST EMPLOYER AMONG RESORTS IN THE MALDIVES AS VOTED BY JOB-MALDIVES.COM
“Talents” are what the W Hotels call their employees. This not only encompasses the skill set needed to work at a luxury hotel, but it also speaks of the individual personalities that portray the “Warmth of Cool”. As the creative workshop of the W Retreat & Spa concept; the Resort looks forward to continuing to grow the exceptional brand, blend the W soul with unique destinations and put a contemporary twist to the hospitality industry.
General Manager Brian Segrave said, “On behalf of the entire team at the W Retreat & Spa- Maldives who strive to make our island a home for our talent, as well as a private playground for our guests, it is a privilege to have this effort recognised with this award.”
Though the island is small there are several opportunities provided for the talent: W Lifestyle and Language training, Talent-of-the-Month award ceremonies, Trips to Male, Cultural excursions, fishing trips, BBQs, sport competitions with other islands, monthly birthday parties and a newly finished sport court for soccer, basketball, badminton and volleyball. Says guest Gina Johnson from Dubai, “You can just tell how happy, genuine and informed the staff are. You see that they take a lot of pride in their work.”
The 78-villa private island retreat is located in the North Ari Atoll, just a 25-minute scenic seaplane flight from Male International Airport. The island itself houses 220 talent, with an additional 20 gardeners brought in daily from Feridhoo; there are also 9 talent located in the Male office.
The Whatever/Whenever® W Brand philosophy is epitomized by the service and attention to detail provided by all the talent at the W Maldives. This award complements others the Resort has won: Best New Hotel in Asia (Travel Weekly Asia), 7 medals in the Asia Culinary Challenge and The Truly Stylish Hotel (World Hotel Awards).
W Retreat & Spa – Maldives is the first Retreat in the W Hotels Brand. W Hotels is a global lifestyle brand with 22 properties, with 20 in the pipeline over the next 3 years. The fastest growing luxury brand hotel brand in the world, W Hotels offers a unique mix of innovative design, comfort, and cultural influences from fashion to music to art and everything in between. Parent company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. continues to aggressively grow its global footprint with a record number of new hotels projected by 2010.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element®. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com