Stuart De San Nicolas will assume the role of Cluster General Manager for Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Avani+ Fares Resort, and NH Collection Maldives Havodda starting from December 23rd, 2023. With more than three decades of practical experience in the industry, Stuart has acquired a wealth of knowledge from his remarkable career that has spanned various regions including Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. His extensive background positions him well for this leadership role.
Stuart, who is originally from Spain, recently joined Minor Hotels after serving as the General Manager at Conrad Bora Bora Nui. During his time there, he played a key role in enhancing the resort’s luxury offerings. Stuart’s hospitality career started in 1993 at the Hyatt Regency group in France, and since then, he has gained valuable experience in different positions within the front office and food and beverage departments at hotels worldwide.
Stuart has served as the General Manager in various renowned hotels including Altapura in France, Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Hotel & Spa in Mauritius, Marriott Islamabad, Pik Palace and Park Chalet in Azerbaijan, Hotel Paracas – a Luxury Collection Resort in Peru, The St. Regis Mauritius, and Le Meridien Bora Bora for over two decades.
Stuart’s seasoned leadership style has led to significant achievements in effectively leading and inspiring extensive teams, while unwaveringly prioritizing the delivery of exceptional guest experiences. He consistently exceeds guest expectations by maintaining a strong focus on excellence in the daily operations of the resorts he oversees.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International, expressed his excitement in welcoming Stuart to the Minor family and the leadership team in the Maldives. Rajakarier believes that Stuart’s vast experience and dedication to providing exceptional service will further strengthen Minor Hotels’ expanding presence in the region.
Anantara Kihavah, located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is one of Minor Hotels’ premier properties, offering 80 lavish villas and residences. With six dining venues and bars, including the renowned SEA Underwater Restaurant, guests can enjoy a diverse gastronomic experience. The resort also features an outdoor cinema, kids club, water sports center, and dive center for recreational activities. For ultimate relaxation, guests can pamper themselves at the Anantara Spa, which provides a range of Asian therapies, aesthetic treatments, immunity-boosting Medi-spa, and ancient ayurvedic wellness treatments.
Avani+ Fares Resort is a luxurious tropical getaway located on the western side of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The resort features 176 elegant villas and residences, as well as pavilions, seven bars and restaurants, top-notch diving amenities, a water sports center, a modern AvaniFit gym, and a contemporary AvaniSpa. Young guests can enjoy the lively AvaniKids and Teens Club, which offers daily activities and thrilling outdoor experiences.
NH Collection Maldives Havodda is located on a private island in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. The resort has a total of 120 beach and overwater villas that offer modern amenities and stunning views. Guests can enjoy three restaurants and two bars, providing a variety of dining options. The resort also offers a range of leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, all-purpose court, kids’ club, and water sports and dive center. Guests also have the opportunity to obtain a scuba diving license.