Holding two decades of hospitality experience, Thakur will lead the pre-opening team in all aspects of resort operations, from guest satisfaction to commercial activities.
Hilton has appointed Gaurav Thakur as the general manager of the upcoming Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa. Located on a private island in the North Malé Atoll, the 109-all pool villa resort will open on 1 July 2022, marking the entry of Hilton’s flagship brand into the Maldives.
“Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is an outstanding resort, anchored on Hilton’s signature hospitality, promising guests innovative dining, wellness, and leisure concepts that will help them create new experiences as they travel and reconnect with their loved ones,” said Jamie Mead, Senior Director of Operations, Hilton, South East Asia. “With his innate understanding of the industry, strong background in operations, and sound leadership skills, I have no doubt that Gaurav will ably guide his team to ensure an impactful launch and continued success for the resort.”
An accomplished hospitality veteran with a 17-year long career in Hilton across the Waldorf Astoria, Hilton, and Conrad brands, Thakur’s diverse experience includes roles in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, and the Maldives, where he oversaw operations across different departments. Throughout his career, Thakur also played key leadership roles in the opening teams for Conrad Pune, Conrad Bengaluru, and Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, where he served as resort manager before moving to Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa.
“India continues to be one of the top source markets for our destination,” said Thakur. “The team and I look forward to introducing unique and inspiring experiences to travelers from this key location, whether they are visiting for the first time or rediscovering the iconic beauty of the Maldives.”
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is set to open on 1 July 2022. Conveniently accessible via a 20-minute premium speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport, the stunning island property showcases 109 beachvillas and overwater villas – each featuring its private pool, six exceptional restaurants and bars, holistic spa and wellness facilities, and best-in-class amenities for families, including one of the largest kids’ clubs in the Maldives and a rooftop lounge exclusive to teenage guests.