Hilton has appointed Gaurav Thakur as General Manager of the future Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa. Located on a private island in the North Malé Atoll, the 109 pool villa resort will open on July 1, 2022, marking the entry of Hilton’s flagship brand into the Maldives.

“Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is an exceptional resort, rooted in Hilton hospitality, promising guests innovative dining, wellness and leisure concepts that will help them create new experiences as they travel and reconnect. with loved ones,” said Jamie Mead, Senior Director of Operations, Hilton, Southeast Asia. “With his innate understanding of the industry, solid operations experience and solid leadership skills, I have no doubt that Gaurav will be able to guide his team skillfully to ensure an impactful launch and continued success for the station.”

An accomplished hospitality veteran with an extensive 17-year career at Hilton across the Waldorf Astoria, Hilton and Conrad brands, Thakur’s diverse background includes roles in countries such as the UK, India and the Maldives, where he oversaw operations in various departments. During his career, Thakur has also played key leadership roles in the opening teams of Conrad Pune, Conrad Bengaluru and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, where he served as Resort Manager before joining Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resorts & Spas. “I look forward to bringing signature Hilton hospitality to life with inspiring and unique experiences at Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa,” said Thakur. “Our team is committed to delivering exceptional stays as we prepare to welcome travelers from around the world to our iconic destination.”

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is set to open July 1, 2022. Conveniently accessible via a 20-minute premium speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport, the stunning island property features 109 beach villas and on stilts – each with its own private pool, six exceptional villas, restaurants and bars, holistic spa and wellness facilities and top-notch family-friendly amenities, including one of the world’s largest kids’ clubs Maldives and a teen-only rooftop lounge.