Gili Lankanfushi Appoints New Resort Manager and Director of Food and Beverage

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Matthew Senyard, Resort Manager (left) | Rodrigo Buanafina, Director of Food and Beverage (right)
PUBLISHED November 01, 2021 | updated November 01, 2021 03:39

Gili Lankanfushi has announced the appointment of Matthew Senyard as its new Resort Manager and Rodrigo Buanafina as the new Director of Food and Beverage. 

Matthew has worked with IHG for the past 14 years in various roles across his native Australia. Prior to his new appointment at Gili Lankanfushi, Matthew worked as the Operations Manager at Crown Plaza Hunter Valley.  

At the island, Matthew will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the resort’s 45 overwater villas, whilst also working closely to promote the resort’s ethos of sustainability, wellness, and barefoot luxury, together with Nicolas Khairallah, the General Manager of the resort. 

In his free time, as an active scuba diver, he will no doubt be looking forward to taking advantage of the Ocean Paradise Dive Centre, located close to world-renowned diving sites including Mantra Point. 

The recently promoted Director of Food & Beverage, Rodrigo Buanafina joined the resort in May 2018 and leads a 43-person team to deliver personalized and unique culinary experiences to the resort’s guests, including the launch of dining experiences such as a ‘Brazilian Churrascaria theme night’ and ‘Dining for the Senses’. 

Rodrigo will continue to enhance the resort’s ocean to plate philosophy, looking after the resort’s wide variety of dining and destination options, including modern European-Maldivian fusion, Japanese seafood, lantern-lit feasts on the beach, and private sunset cruises.  

Welcoming the new appointments, Nicolas Khairallah, General Manager, said: “I am delighted to welcome Matthew to the team and to be able to reward Rodrigo for all of his work over the past couple of years. I am confident that both will contribute to the continued success of the resort, providing guests with a uniquely laid-back experience like no other”. 


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