VARU by Atmosphere Announces Key New Appointments

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Ahmed Rifau (to the left), Sobah Solih, Anand Kumar (to the right)
PUBLISHED August 21, 2021 | updated August 21, 2021 03:47

The fifth property introduced under the brand, Atmosphere Resorts & Hotels, VARU by Atmosphere has announced key appointments to its team of talented and diligent individuals.  

On Jun 1, 2021, Ahmed Rifau was appointed as Resort Manager at the resort. Rifau is a well-rounded, motivated, and hands-on professional and 27 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. He has led multiple teams to successfully deliver towards business goals and guest satisfaction.  

Rifau’s career spans over brands like Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Explorer, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas (USA), Four Seasons Resort Maldives Landaa Giraavaru, The Beach House at Manafaru Maldives, Shangri-la’s Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives, Beach House Iruveli, Sun Siyam Irufushi Maldives, Sun Siyam Olhuveli Beach, and Spa Maldives. His last assignment was at Sun Siyam Vilu Reef as Resident Manager. 

Rifau has completed an MBA from the British School of Commerce.  

Sobah Solih was appointed as Human Resources Manager at Varu by Atmosphere on May 1, 2021.

Sobah is a Human Resources professional with more than 16 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry. Sobah’s career spans over brands such as Sun Island Resort & Spa, Angaga Island Resort & Spa, Constance Hotels & Resorts and LUX* Resorts & Hotels. His last assignment was at Riu Hotels & Resorts as Cluster Assistant Human Resources Manager looking after the HR operation of two properties in the Maldives.  

Sobah completed his Masters in Human Resources Management & Development from University of Salford, UK.  

Appointed as the new Executive Chef at Varu by Atmosphere, Anand Kumar started on his role effective from June 17, 2021. Anand has accomplished 18 years in Culinary and 6years as an Executive Chef. He is a calm, pleasant, helpful, and hardworking individual who has a passion for great food and enjoys cooking mouthwatering dishes.  

Anand’s career spans over brands like JW Marriott Mumbai, Hyatt Regency Mumbai, and Hyatt Hyderabad. His last assignment was at Hilton Bangalore as Executive Chef.  

Anand has also completed a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Burdwan.  

‘Varu’ in Dhivehi means strength, resilience and life in abundance, and the resort offers a truly Maldivian experience by incorporating aspects of local traditions and cultures. 

Located in the North-West edge of Malé Atoll and easily accessible by a 40-minute speedboat journey from Malé International Airport. VARU by Atmosphere features 108 luxurious villas. Out of this, 39 Beach Front Villas have spacious interiors and outdoor decks, surrounded by lush green vegetation and just a few metres from the white sandy beach, while 69 Overwater Villas have signature Maldivian-style interiors and direct access to the turquoise lagoon from the deck. 

Both villa types offer minimalistic design styles with splashes of vibrant colours, and come with the option of private pools. Additional resort facilities include a dive and water sports centre, ELENA spa, gymnasium and kids club. 

The resort also includes an all-inclusive package, The VARU Plan, which lets guests dine, enjoy snacks, taste premium alcohol, indulge in unlimited cocktails and take part in complimentary water activities during their stay at VARU. 

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