Gili Lankanfushi Announces New Resort Manager and Director of Food and Beverage

Gili Lankanfushi, one of the Maldives most-loved resorts has announced the appointment of Matthew Senyard as the island’s new Resort Manager, whilst Rodrigo Buanafina has been promoted to Director of Food and Beverage.

With IHG for the past fourteen years in various roles across his native Australia, Matthew has moved to the Island after working at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley where he worked as Operations Manager.

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In his new role, he’ll be responsible for the day-to-day running of the resort’s 45 overwater villas, whilst also working closely to promote the resort’s ethos of sustainability, wellness, and barefoot luxury, in partnership with Nicolas Khairallah, the General Manager of the resort. An active scuba diver, he will no doubt be looking forward to taking advantage of the Ocean Paradise Dive Centre, located close to world-renowned diving sites including Mantra Point.

The new Director of Food & Beverage, Rodrigo Buanafina joined the resort in May 2018 and leads a 43-person team to deliver personalized and unique culinary experiences to the resort’s guests, including the launch of dining experiences such as a ‘Brazilian Churrascaria theme night’ and ‘Dining for the Senses’.

Rodrigo will continue to enhance the resort’s ocean to plate philosophy, looking after the resort’s wide variety of dining and destination options, including modern European-Maldivian fusion, Japanese seafood, lantern-lit feasts on the beach, and private sunset cruises. Nicolas Khairallah, General Manager, said: “I am delighted to welcome Matthew to the team and to be able to reward Rodrigo for all of his work over the past couple of years. I am confident that both will contribute to the continued success of the resort, providing guests
with a uniquely laid back experience like no other”.

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