Seaside Collection acquires Finolhu a luxury resort in the Maldives
The luxury hotel chain, Seaside Hotels, which now operates as Seaside Collection, has successfully acquired Finolhu, a luxury island resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Finolhu is the hotel chain’s 11th boutique property and it’s first in the Maldives.
Gregor Gerlach, CEO and Managing Partner said, “Whilst the long stretches of beach, crystal clear waters and the abundance of marine life were almost enough to seal to the deal, it was also important that the resort aligned with the Seaside Collections’ brand values. Environmental protection is an important theme at the Seaside Collection and is something we have won awards for. Finolhu is largely self-sufficient and works closely with marine biologists and environmental experts, so it was a good fit for us.”
Finolhu, meaning sandbank, is considered one of the finest resorts on Baa Atoll, a biosphere reserve protected by UNESCO. An environmental study for each hotel on the Baa Atoll determines what can be built and how things need to be maintained. In addition to working closely with the Parley for Oceans organisation, an in-house marine biologist takes care of the responsible interaction of guests and the environment. To avoid plastic pollution, Finolhu has created its own facility for bottling drinking water; it doesn’t use plastic straws and discourages guests from bringing plastic bottles to the resort.
“Another key focus for the Seaside Collection is gastronomy. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality dining experiences for our guests and look forward to putting the Seaside gastronomy stamp on Finolhu,” said Gerlach.
Finolhu’s partner hotel will be the award-winning Seaside Hotel, Grand Hotel Residencia. The grand luxury 5-star hotel is located on Gran Canaria and belongs to the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel’s Michelin star chef, Wolfgang Grobauer, has been working closely with the chefs at Finolhu to optimise the menus across all four restaurants. In addition, after recognising that the restaurant Fish & Crab Shack, is a favourite amongst guests, opening hours will be extended for sunset cocktails and snacks.
Moving forward, both hotel management teams will meet regularly to share both knowledge and experience, to ensure guests continue to receive high levels of service and hospitality.