Atmosphere Group Hotels and Resorts reported two major internal appointments: Philippe Claverotte as vice president operations for The White Label Set; general manager of Varu, and Monica Suri as general manager of Oblu Select at Sangeli. The group has also designated Mei P. Pun as the general manager of Kanifushi.

Claverotte has been working as the general manager of Atmosphere Group Kanifushi since March 2020 and has a deep knowledge of the company’s philosophy – “Joy of Giving”. A veteran in the hospitality industry, Claverotte has served luxury hotel groups across 12 countries, including holding general manager positions in eminent resorts at the Bora Bora, Maldives, and New Caledonia.

Claverotte stated- “In this new role, my target will be to drive operations and commercial strategies for the two resorts while improving the overall service culture. I want the guests to experience a commonality via the White Label resorts, with perfect locations, lavish and authentic villas designed with a sense of place, superb fine dining experiences, and first-class service.”

Settled on the north-western edge of the Malé Atoll, Varu by Atmosphere Group provides alluring overwater villas and beach villas. The manifesto of the resort is ‘Naturally Maldivian.’ Following a concept that typifies the sublime charm of the Maldives, guests stay near to the sea and experience authentic Maldivian food accompanied by contemporary design and world-class service standards.

Salil Panigrahi, founder and managing director of Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts stated- “We are thrilled to have Phillippe leading our sub-brand, The White Label Set By Atmosphere. He will play an indispensable role in maintaining brand’s integrity while creating a robust positioning, enhancing service standards, and ensuring an genuine, high-value luxurious experience for guests. We look forward to expanding the brand to provide distinct and value-driven resorts under the White Label Set By Atmosphere.”

At the helm of the other ‘White Label resort’ is the newly chosen general manager Mei P. Pun. The flawless island resort is situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane ride from the International Airport in Malé. About 2 kilometres long and 90 metres wide, the island is covered with dense tropical vegetation and blessed with flamboyant, natural coral reefs.

With more than 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mei has worked at deluxe hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, Mauritius, China, France, and South-East Asia. She has extensive experience in the Maldives, having served as the food and beverage manager, resort manager, and general manager. Mei boasts of a robust background in food and beverage operations.

The third major leadership announcement is that of Monica Suri taking on the position of the general manager of Oblu Select At Sangeli. Monica joined as the general manager of Varu in October 2019, during the vital days leading up to the resort opening, and victoriously managed the team for a splendid launch.

Suri brings more than a decade of experience within the hospitality sector and a wealth of proficiency from human resources, training, and core operations. A graduate from the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Bengaluru, Suri has earlier worked as the general manager of a reputable resort in India. She has also pursued a Leadership Program from Cornell and is a vehement traveller who has visited thirty-six countries.

It is acclaimed for its exotic Honeymoon Water Suites and romantic aura. The vivacious island resort has a wide array of ‘contemporary designed’ villas and suites, a selection of restaurants and services, amidst some of the most exotic dive and snorkeling locations in the entire Malé Atoll.


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