Noku Maldives Appoints Manoharan Mannarlingam as New General Manager

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PUBLISHED October 30, 2020 | updated November 12, 2020 04:33

Noku Maldives has welcomed their new General Manager Manoharan Mannarlingam (Mano).

Born and raised in Singapore, Mano graduated from the Bachelor of Science programme (Business Administration majoring in Travel Industry Management) at Hawaii Pacific University. 

In 2006, Mano worked with Pan Pacific Singapore, where he rose from a Front Office Manager to Revenue Manager, and was then promoted to Director of Revenue Management in 2010. In 2012, he moved on to become the Director of Revenue Management at Orchard Hotel Singapore (under Millennium & Copthorne Hotels). From 2013 to 2018, Mano was the Group Operations Director and General Manager of Scarlet Singapore and the Scarlet Huntington San Francisco (under hospitality management group Grace International Pte Ltd). The property in Singapore was lauded the city state’s Leading Boutique Hotel in the 2017 World Travel Awards.

With years of operational and management experience, he was then appointed as General Manager of Capri by Fraser in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from 2018 to 2020. He played a fundamental role in the opening development and progress of the hotel.

His experience in hospitality also extends to the classrooms of Raffles Academy Singapore where he was a lecturer and course coordinator for Diploma in Hotel Management.

Mano stated: “I am thrilled to join the Noku family and have always wanted to get my hands in running a resort and am thankful for the opportunity. With the support from the team we can beat this pandemic and continue to create memorable experiences for our guests that we are fondly known for.”

With 50 modern private villas on its private island Kuda Funafaru in Noonu Atoll, Noku provides guests with an elegant coastal charm and laid-back serenity. Access to Noku Maldives is by a scenic 45-minute

seaplane flight from Velana International Airport with the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA). Alternatively, guests can reach the island via a 40- minute transfer to the new domestic airport (Maafaru) via Maldivian Airlines, followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride.

Surrounded by untouched reefs and pristine beaches it features an outdoor pool, spa centre and dining options including in-villa dining. Each spacious villa comes with open bathrooms and magnificent views; a private pool included in some of the villas.

The fitness centre offers guests a place to work out, while the water-sports centre offers a selection of activities including banana boat rides, boat rentals, kayaks, scuba diving, snorkelling, stand up paddle boards, wave runners and wind surfing. Alternatively, guests can indulge their senses with wellness treatments at Noku Spa.

Unwind with a drink at one of the resort's bars, which include two bars. The main restaurant, Palms is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a range of International cuisine. Seating is available indoors and outdoors terrace overlooking the lagoons. Thari dining experience is designed to surprise; the restaurant serves an exquisite taste of local Maldivian, Thai, Japanese and Singaporean cuisine in an intimate setting under the stars.


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