Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced the appointment of Stefano A. Ruzza as the resort’s General Manager. Ruzza will be responsible for overseeing all of the resort’s management, operations and business development to continue positioning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island as one of the leading luxury resorts, and brand of choice for travellers to the Maldives.
Ruzza joins Conrad Maldives Rangali Island from the award-winning Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand where he held the position of general manager and was responsible for resort management, operations and leading the sales and marketing team. Prior to Koh Samui, Ruzza was general manager at Hilton Namhae Golf & Spa Resort in South Korea where he was instrumental in driving service standards and introducing new food and beverage concepts to the South Korean market.
Originally from Switzerland, Ruzza holds more than 20 years of international hospitality experience with over 17 of these within Asia. His career has taken him to countries such as India, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.
Ruzza graduated from the Swiss Hotel Management School (SHL) in Lucerne. He is an Italian-Swiss hotelier who can fluently speak English, German, Italian, French and Spanish
As one of the Maldives’ leading resorts and one of Hilton Worldwide’s flagship properties, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island requires strong forward-thinking leadership. Ruzza is known for his dynamic, personalised and creative approach, and describes his leadership style as consultative, strategic and focussed. With these qualities Ruzza is well placed to oversee the award-winning resort’s 12 restaurants and bars, 150 villas and suites, two spas, two islands and over 500 team members which make up this pioneering operation.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is continuing to distinguish itself as one of the Maldives’ leading resorts by setting the trend for wellness and well-being in the destination. Providing more than just a ‘fly and flop’ holiday, the resort continues to evolve its healthy dining and wellness options, as well as offering an array of Stay Inspired experiences; a nod towards the booming world-wide health, wellness, and fitness trend. According to Global Wellness Data, the number of wellness tourism trips is expected to grow twice as fast annually in comparison to international trips overall. Increasingly, guests are looking to return from holiday feeling refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated and this what Conrad Maldives excels at.
Mandhoo Spa Restaurant
Arguably one of the most beautiful dining spots in the Maldives, set on stilts in the lagoon, Mandhoo is an over-water restaurant serving organic dishes designed to balance your energy flow. Based on natural elements of air, water, fire, earth and plant the menu uses local, organic ingredients to energise, nourish, detoxify, relax, and fortify the body. Executive Chef of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Marco Amarone’s cooking technique pays close attention to specific tastes, temperature, moisture level, and density as they all affect the mind and body in different ways. To accompany the selection of these delicious and nutritious dishes, Mandhoo offers a Lassi drink selection based on traditional Indian recipes, enhanced with fresh fruits, herbs, and spices. These ingredients are known to promote digestive enzymes, and aid digestion.
Conrad Maldives understands that it’s important to start the day the right way. The resort now provides guests with specialty morning juices at a dedicated breakfast juice bar in Atoll Market. The menu was designed by a professional nutritionist and naturopath and provides a combination of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals – all vital to good health. Guest favourites include:
Potassium Power – Carrots, spinach, celery ribs, and tomatoes crushed with parsley
Some Like It Hot – Fresh tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, radish, and Tabasco
Summer Special – Fresh mangoes, cool spearmint leaves, low fat yoghurt, and honey
Hydroponic Herb Garden
As part of the resort’s strong commitment to sustainability, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has introduced a hydroponic herb garden, growing produce carefully chosen by the resort’s gardening team after researching what crops can be effectively grown using a hydroponics system in a tropical climate. The garden is now able to sustain all 12 restaurants and bars with ingredients including hot basil, mint, butter lettuce, lollo rosso lettuce, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and green capsicum. The use of the garden eliminates the cost of importing these items into the country.
Stay Inspired Experiences
Travelling is about more than just a destination; it’s about how you spend every moment. To ensure that guests make the most of their time in paradise, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has curated 1, 3, and 5-hour itineraries, so guests can make the most of their stay. Guests looking for a one-hour wellness experience can visit the meditation pavilion, where long time yogi Manesh Johny will help achieve inner tranquillity with either a sunset or sunrise yogaclass. Manesh incorporates various elements of Flow, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga for the ultimate in relaxation. For those with five hours to spare find inner peace and tranquillity with a one-of-a-kind Zen revelation at The Spa Retreat. Located on the tip of Rangalifinolhu Island The Spa Retreat is a destination spa complete with 14 water villas and Mandhoo Spa Restaurant. The spa features an array of Maldivian indigenous therapies and treatments. The signature treatment is quintessentially Maldivian and inspired by the beauty regiment of the local women. The 90-minute treatment includes a massage using heated coconut sticks and an organic body scrub made from pineapple and papaya. Guests can follow their treatment with lunch at Mandhoo ultimate feel-good experience
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during, and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in-transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty program where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including the digital Conrad Concierge app and complimentary Wi-Fi at 26 Conrad hotels.