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Normally, there’s something you expect from a luxury resort; beautiful pools, crystal clear lagoons, white sandy beaches, a choice of fine dining and exquisite detail… Isn’t that right?

Well everyone, how would you feel living and working in one of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious tropical island resort? How would you like being in the lap of luxury when you’re thousands of miles away from anywhere else? Have you thought about it?

I’ve decided to take my first internship in the best hotel in the Maldives, One &Only Reethi Rah. An all-villa resort located in the North Male Atoll, just one hour by yacht from the airport. For those of you who have never heard about One &Only, it is a luxury brand which owns 7 exclusive resorts among the most beautiful destinations in the world such as Mexico, Bahamas, Maldives, Mauritius, Dubai and South Africa.

When I was in the plane, on the way to the Maldives, I was quite nervous about what was waiting for me in my new working environment, as well as curious to discover more about it since I had been offered the job. I arrived in Male, December 19th early in the morning, where the beautiful sun and an absolutely pleasant 28°C temperature gave me a warm welcome.

After being pick up by the hotel representative and boarded the guests’ yacht for the hotel, I still couldn’t believe I was not there on holiday, but to work, for the next 6 months of my life. Upon arrival at the resort, together with the guests, we were welcomed by some of the executive managers. Then I met Gianni, the F&B assistant director, who made me feel at home from the very beginning. After a short tour I was shown to my room to get some rest.

The following day, after a very short orientation and some paperwork, I was introduced to the One &Only principles, and the concept of blowing away the customers. Throughout my working experience I personally learned that a One &Only experience is made of moments, which may relate to a time, a place, or a person. Some of these moments make your day, others may change your life, some you’ll forget…while others… you will remember and treasure forever.

I hope I gave you a nice and accurate idea of where I’ve been working for the last 6 months. I truly hope I can give you a good impression of my actual work experience in my future posts.

Have a wonderful week!

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Glion Institute of Higher Education
Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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