Markus Iseli joins as General Manager of the upcoming LUX* North Male’ Atoll
The swiss-born hospitality expert Markus Iseli joins as General Manager of LUX* North Male’ Atoll, taking charge of every aspect of the mould-breaking resort as it prepares for its opening in early 2018.
The private island resort LUX* North Male’ Atoll is scheduled to open early next year, specially awaited is the oversized penthouse architecture and easygoing south beach ambience which is expected to bring a new level of luxury to the Maldivian Hotel Industry. With such ambitious scope and high expectations for the property, Mr. Markus Iseli was appointed after many months looking for that exceptional individual to welcome the resort’s first guests.
The hotel group shares the delight of welcoming the new general manager who adds over three decades of high-level hospitality experience to the island, which has seen him graduate from service and guest-relations positions to the most senior levels of hotel management.
Markus Iseli began his career in Switzerland as an apprentice cook, working his way up through various F&B positions before moving to Germany to assume the role of Chief Steward at Hilton International Munich Park, where he managed banquets and conferences for up to 800 people. From here, his professional trajectory took him into executive roles in international luxury hospitality, seeing Iseli recruited by the likes of Hilton Worldwide, Intercontinental, Four Seasons and Shangri-La, as well as a number of other properties recognised as Leading Hotels of the World.
His life in hotels has taken him all over the globe; Iseli has variously made his home in Germany, Kenya, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Portugal, Syria, the Seychelles, South-East Asia, Oman and Saudi Arabia over the years, giving him an unparalleled understanding of the needs and expectations of travellers from countless cultural backgrounds. Before joining LUX* Iseli was the Managing Director behind the opening of Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya in Bodrum, Turkey.
As General Manager, Iseli’s current challenge is building strong leadership teams to ensure that the resort opening lives up to – and surpasses – the excitement it has generated. With 67 double-storey residences, five restaurants and bars, an expansive LUX* Me spa complex, and comprehensive diving and water sports facilities for him to take responsibility for, it’s no mean feat. Nonetheless, Iseli is eager to get his teeth into the challenge:
‘I am excited and grateful to have been chosen to become a part of this amazing pre-opening team for LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ second property in the Maldives. With such great architectural design, state-of-the-art services and facilities, and the support of a handpicked group of dedicated Team Members, combined with my knowledge and appreciation of high-end luxury hotels and resorts, I believe we can create truly different guest experiences that are not only unique but extraordinary.” – Markus Iseli, General Manager, LUX* North Male Atoll